South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

The 100th anniversary edition of the South Florida Fair is being celebrated sort of like a wedding. It seems a stretch, but hear us out: There’s something old, as in some of the most popular, tried-and-true returning favorites that the festival, running from January 13-29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, has to offer, plus special things to commemorate the fair’s big birthday.

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Fairgoers enjoy the midway during Thursday’s soft opening of the 2012 South Florida Fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

The big ferris wheel looms over the midway on Thursday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Fireworks commemorate 100 years at the South Florida Fair, during the Fair’s soft opening on Thursday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Linda Ripatranzone of Wellington poses for a photo with sea lions in the Expo Center East. The sea lions perform three shows daily, and visitors can be photographed with them. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Above and below: magician Dale Scott creates a snow storm from water, and performs a magic trick with the help of “Pablo,” during the “Dale Scott & Ana, The Future of Magic” show. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

A bantam rooster crows at Seth Suchy, 8, of Loxahatchee, as Suchy changes his water at the South Florida Fair. Suchy won first place with a Blue Slate turkey he was showing at the fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Six-week old Yorkshire piglets race in the Robinson’s Racing Pigs show. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Last year, fair directors unwittingly created a swine-based scandal when, in the spirit of trying something new, they substituted the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show for Rosaire’s Racing Pigs. But after a resounding vote of disapproval from fans, the bolting bacon are back at the fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

One of the Robinson’s Pig Paddling Porkers swims across a water hole while competing against three other wild Florida pigs. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

The Fort White-based owners of Robinson’s Racing Pigs say their company started the concept and began appearing at the South Florida Fair in the 1980s. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

One of Robinson’s Pig Paddling Porkers emerges from the water hole. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

One of the pigs hams it up to close the show at the South Florida Fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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