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.

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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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