Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair Announces Special Benefit Events

The Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair announces new and expanded hours in addition to Senior/Military Day on Wednesday, March 2 and Harry Chapin Food Bank Night on Monday, Feb. 29 to further its commitment to giving back to the community it has served for 92 years.
All seniors and veterans are invited to attend a special day of appreciation on Wednesday, March 2 beginning at 11 a.m., with $5 gate admission all day. The lineup of entertainment includes a dance contest to live music from the Del Prados. The contest is open to seniors ages 62 and over. Registration begins at 12:15 and ends at 1 p.m., and will be held on site only. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of the Jitterbug and the Twist. At 4 p.m. it’s Danny & The Juniors, featuring Joe Terry. Lee Memorial Health Services along with various agencies will be hosting a mini health fair. A printable brochure is available at
Harry Chapin Food Bank Night is Monday, February 29 with gates opening at 4 p.m. Gate admission is free with a donation of three canned goods per person. Regular admission applies without a donation, with proceeds from gate sales on that night going to this charity, which supplies food pantries all across Southwest Florida.
The Creative Living and Home Arts Departments are where the community’s creativity comes alive. With just under 1,000 entries in 2015, this vibrant department continues to grow as categories expand and entries arrive from neighboring counties. New this year are the Cake Decorating Category and 3D Doodling. Cake Decorating is open to Youth, ages 14-20, and there are adult categories for non-professionals and for advanced/professionals.
There will be various Master Gardener Workshops throughout the Fair with workshops on a variety of topics from Growing Hydroponically to Growing Orchids. Master Gardeners ‘Ask The Expert’ will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is still open at
The Fair Association itself is recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and re-donates to a number of other non-profits, including the local 4-H clubs, the United Way, the Rotary and the Araba Shrine units. Lee County Schools are also a beneficiary, and the Fair offers scholarships to graduating seniors.
The Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair runs Feb. 25 through March 6, and is celebrating its 92nd anniversary. Until February 24, advance tickets are available at a discount online at and at authorized outlets across Southwest Florida for the Fair that has been “Making memories since 1924.” Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Mega passes, good for gate entry and unlimited rides for one visit, are $25, and cannot be purchased after Feb. 24.  
About the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair
Held at the Fairgrounds and Lee County Civic Center, located on Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, the Fair is dedicated to promoting agricultural, horticultural, creative arts, and educational opportunities while providing quality entertainment for the citizens of the area. The Fair is recognized as a 501(C)3 non-profit educational organization by the federal government and the State of Florida. The Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair Association is chartered under Florida State Statues Chapter 616 as a District Fair serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. For more information visit
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