Tropicana Field will be the site of the Pinellas County Fair in March

LARGO, Fla. - Marjorie Hynish has a soft spot in her heart for the Pinellas County Fair.

"We need this fair. From the time I was five years old in 1935, my mother took me to the first fair. And from then on, it was in me. It just is still in me all these 78 years later," Hynish, the current County Fair Coordinator recalled.

The first Pinellas County Fair was held back in 1917.  For years, the annual event took place here at what is now Largo Central Park.

"Back along that way was buildings, office for the old fair office was back over here and the carnival midway came on through here," Steve White pointed.

White remembers those times well. For years, he performed at the fair as 'Korky-The Clown Prince of Magic'.   Now, White, Hynish and musician Bobby Barnes, whose band The Impacs was also a staple, are spearheading efforts to bring the fair back to life. Due to lack of financial support and interest, the fair went dark for 12 years.

So for five days in late March, the Pinellas County Fair will come to the Tropicana Field parking lot.

"It takes a handful of people and the three of us found each other again.  And the three of us have that feeling from the heart about being involved in this community; and the Pinellas County Fair for us is a giant way to do that," said Barnes, the Entertainment Director.

The trio hopes that the people of Pinellas County will embrace a community event that everyone can take part in. There are competitions for all age groups, from horticulture to baking.

White, the Fair manager said, "A county fair is a mirror image of its community. It is the youth, the parents, the senior citizens.  It's everybody coming together and showing what their life is within Pinellas County."

Hynish is confident things will go well.

"I'll tell you, we're going to have a fair.  It is going to be as good as it used to be," she said.

 

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