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KVLS & Osceola County Fair Celebrate 75 Years!

Kissimmee, FL (Jan 2019) – Grab Your Boots, Put on Your Bling, It’s Our 75th Anniversary Fling! presented by Your Local Ford Dealers, the 75th annual Osceola County Fair is set to open Friday, February 8th and will run through February 17th.This 10-day event at Osceola Heritage Park, in Kissimmee, will feature livestock shows & youth exhibits, live entertainment, carnival rides and more.

Steeped in tradition and committed to their agricultural roots, this years Fair promises another year of fantastic food, exciting entertainment and agricultural appreciation.

“There is nowhere else in Central Florida that you can feel the nostalgia of a real county fair other than right here in Osceola County. There is a real sense of community here.Many of our volunteers and exhibitors are third and fourth generation, their families were the founding members of the organization.As a Fair it is our duty and responsibly to preserve the agricultural, historical and cultural legacy of Osceola County and at the same time support and give back to our community through scholarships and awards,” says Stacey Wade, CFE, Director of Special Events and Education.In keeping with that “nostalgic fair feel” guests can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment from the Truck and Tractor Pulls, a pie-eating contest, numerous livestock shows and interactive agricultural education exhibits.

Speaking of community; the James E. Strates Shows will once again operate more than 70 rides, games and shows, headquartered in Orlando and just a few miles from the fairgrounds, the James E. Strates Shows celebrates 95 years in the carnival business, making this partnership with the Osceola County Fair even more of a community celebration.

Opening weekend is Kids Weekends with ride specials for the littlest guests, and special appearances by Max Power & Nitro, the nine-foot tall robot that is a walking, talking dance party that is accompanied by his monster truck Nitro; Priscilla the Dinosaur, the life-size, like-like dino makes a return visit this year to meet and mingle with guests. The Magik Cirques, makes its debut at the Osceola County Fair, a Magical, Comical and Amazical Variety Show that is fun for the whole family.

The Fair opened The HAYLOFT (Helping All Youth Learn of Farming and Technology) last year; and 11,000 square foot interactive, hands-on agricultural education exhibit where young guests can milk a cow, brush a lamb, pick oranges, gather eggs, compete in the pony races (on pony cycles) and even navigate their way through the hay maze on peddle tractors. The HAYLOFT was such a huge hit last year; the organizers have expanded the exhibit to include a farmer’s market, a garden, a pig pen and a water conservation station. “The Osceola County Fair is unique; in that we strive to produce and maintain a real county fair by keeping agriculture the center of our annual event,’ said Wade. “Our goal is to provide our guests an experience that they cannot get at the local theme parks or surrounding attractions; our mission has been and always will be educating guests about the importance of agriculture.”

While additional special events will take place throughout the week, some of favorite not to miss events include; Monday is Carload Night; STEM Night hosted by Osceola County Schools is Wednesday, Thursday will feature a concert by Williams & Ree, presented by Country Thunder. All leading up to KUA Student Day on Friday, February 15th. All K-12 students receive free admission to the Fair before 5 p.m.

The second weekend is jam packed with exciting entertainment and events as well; legendary country music artist Marty Brown will take the stage Friday and Saturday; the Miss Osceola Pageant will be held Saturday evening at 7:00 pm and up and coming artist Angie Keilhauer will perform Saturday and Sunday.

Discounted admission and unlimited ride armbands are on sale now through Friday, February 8th at OsceolaCountyFair.com. You can also visit the website for a complete schedule of events and additional daily specials.

Osceola County Fair Begins to Celebrate 75 Years!

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The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair celebrated their 200 DAYS TIL FAIR, Monday, July 23rd in Kissimmee with the unveiling of their hot pink LYNX Fair bus! Representatives from Experience Kissimmee, LYNX, Positively Osceola and Strates Shows, the Fair's Carnival; joined the KVLS Directors, Staff and ROCCO for the celebration. The bus can be seen throughout Osceola County and parts of Orange County promoting the 75th Anniversary of the Osceola County Fair which runs February 8-17, 2019.

"We are excited to be working with LYNX Transportation in celebration of our 75th Anniversary. The County Fair is a tried and true American Tradition yet at the same time it is ever evolving. Bus advertising is new to us and we hope to reach a broader demographic and invite them to join us in February to see everything we have to offer at our event,' remarked General Manager, Miranda Muir.

The KVLS Team started a SPOT THE BUS Contest as well. If you spot the Osceola County Fair bus snap a picture (do it safely please) and post it to their Facebook page. They will register you to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to the 2019 Osceola County Fair.

Stacey Wade, CFE is Elected to the FFF Board

Stacey Wade, CFE was elected to Florida Federation of Fairs Board of Directors July 27, 2018 in Plant City, FL

Stacey joined the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair team in May 2017 as the Director of Special Events & Education. Stacey comes with 15 years’ experience as the Director of Competitive Events & Education at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando. Ms. Wade was responsible for developing and managing the agricultural and educational programs. In 2017, she also had the opportunity to redesign and redefine the Arts and Culinary Program including producing the Waste 2 Wonder competition, a successful youth fashion show and an interactive Farm to Table Exhibit. Stacey brings a wealth of experience to our event and her dedication to the promotion of agriculture and education of area youth sets her apart in her field.

Stacey serves on the International Association of Fairs & Expos and the Florida Federation of Fairs Agriculture Committees in addition to the Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical Advisory Board and the Florida Cattlemen’s’ State Finals Ranch Rodeo Board. She is also a graduate of the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management and has earned the distinguished title of the IAFE’s Certified Fair Executive.

Stacey lives in Winter Garden with her two daughters Ashley and Sarah.

Miranda Muir Receives CFE Status

MINNEAPOLIS – Miranda Muir of the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee was honored at the 2018 Management Conference of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) as a recipient of the Certified Fair Executive (CFE) designation.

“We in Osceola County, have been very fortunate to have Ms. Muir join us and handle the day-to-day operations for KVLS. She is truly one of our treasures and certainly an asset to the Fair industry!” – Don Miers, Osceola County Sports & Event Facilities Director (Retired)

Miranda was one of 8 CFE recipients recognized during a ceremony at the IAFE Management Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Muir is a native of Illinois and has been with the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair for 5 years.Previously, she served as the General Manager of the Tillamook County Fair, in Tillamook, Oregon.Miranda, along with her husband Steve, currently reside in St. Cloud along with their two boys, Wrisley and Huxley.

The purposes of the CFE program are to: a) provide incentive for professional improvement in fair management, b) recognize those who achieve the specific standards, and c) develop professional status in the field of fair management. Certification also honors those members who have demonstrated their abilities through years of service to their fairs, fair associations, communities and the Association.

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields. For more information, visit www.fairsandexpos.com, follow the IAFE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, or call 800.516.0313.

2018 Osceola County Fair Huge Success

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Kissimmee, Florida –

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair, Inc. is celebrating yet another successful run of their annual Osceola County Fair.With picture perfect weather, the 501c3 Non-Profit organization hosted more than 95,000 visitors during their 10-day event at Osceola Heritage Park.With a record breaking opening weekend management attributed the success to additional promotions as well as special entertainment geared towards families.“It is well known that our second weekend, in combination with the Silver Spurs Rodeo, is our biggest and most crowded.This year we wanted to encourage families to join us, on the first weekend, in order to take advantage of smaller crowds, shorter lines, and budget friendly, popular entertainment.” -KVLS General Manager, Miranda Muir

This year’s event included visits from Thomas the Train and the very popular characters from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol.In addition to live entertainment, the Fair also included an all new H.A.Y.L.O.F.T. (Helping All Youth Learn of Farming & Technology) area.The space was free to enter and included games, toys, and information linked to agriculture and the ultimate reason behind this annual event.The group hopes to expand the area again next year, adding more stations and agriculture related information.

In additional to rides and entertainment, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show hosts a variety of contests and livestock shows.This year’s Market Animal Auctions raised a record breaking $534,125 for area youth exhibitors and an additional $75,000 in premiums and awards were given for excellence in a variety of areas including photography, baking, demonstrations, and more.The Board of Directors also hopes to award an additional $10,000 in educational scholarships in the coming months to qualified participants.

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair, Inc. is dependent upon the volunteer members of the organization as well as the many outstanding sponsors who support the various programs each year.Several corporate sponsors, including Local Ford Dealers, Experience Kissimmee, Kissimmee Utility Authority, and Telemundo Orlando were a huge part of making this year’s event possible.However, Muir notes, “Every sponsor, whether they give $1 or $1,000 makes this all possible. They area all making a difference in the lives of our area youth.”

In 2019 the Fair will celebrate its 75th Anniversary and the group is already hard at work planning for a fantastic celebration.“For any event to celebrate 75 years is amazing and something to be proud of.We cannot wait to celebrate with the entire community and are planning big surprises along the way.” Miranda Muir. Mark your calendars, February 8th – 17th, 2019.



Kissimmee, FL — (Dec 2017)— Mattel, a leading provider of quality children’s entertainment, and the Osceola County Fair invite Central Florida area children to join Thomas on a fun-filled, sing along adventure by helping Thomas plan for a special Sodor surprise party using teamwork, friendship and discovery on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Osceola County Fair. The Really Useful Engine will be at the Osceola County Fair Events Center with three Shows and Meet & Greets 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Thomas the Tank Engine will also be available for photos with children and their families immediately following each show.

Created by a father for his son over 70 years ago, Thomas & Friends™ invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Today, families in more than 300 territories and in more than 40 languages enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons including discovery, friendship and cooperation.
For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com, and follow Thomas on Facebook at facebook.com/thomasandfriends, Twitter @ThomasFriends and Instagram @ThomasandFriends.

About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created over 70 years ago by a British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families in more than 150 territories and in over 40 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 400+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 14 websites in nine languages; apps; toys (ranked number one property in the pre-school toys category in the UK and Australia and number two in the US); consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends has scooped prestigious accolades including a Parent’s Choice Award, a Webby and a Licensing Award for Best Classic Licensed Property. The famous and cheeky No.1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train. Together, the children and engines embark on timeless adventures while experiencing valuable yet fun life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. For more information about the wonderful world of Thomas & Friends please visit: www.thomasandfriends.com, www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and for bonus material and exclusive content www.youtube.com/user/thomasandfriends.

About Mattel
Mattel is a global learning, development and play company that inspires the next generation of kids to shape a brighter tomorrow. Through our portfolio of iconic consumer brands, including American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels® and Thomas & Friends™, we create systems of play, content and experiences that help kids unlock their full potential. Mattel also creates inspiring and innovative products in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies as well as other partners. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.

About the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair:
The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the promotion of Florida’s Agriculture Industry and the education of Osceola County Youth. Established in 1944, more than 200 volunteers produce multiple events including workshops, community livestock shows and the Largest Annual Event in Osceola County, the Osceola County Fair.

For more information, please contact:
Stacey Wade/ Director of Special Events & Education
Phone: 321-697-3050
Email: Stacey@osceoalcountyfair.com

Amber Pietrobono \ Mattel PR
Phone: 716-687-8121
Email: Amber.Pietrobono@mattel.com

KVLS General Manager Named Rising Star

2017 Rising Star - Miranda Muir

Las Vegas, Nev. – November 27, 2017 – During the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, Miranda Muir of the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee, Fla., was honored with the Rising Star Award, according to IAFE President and CEO Marla Calico. The Convention is being held Nov. 26-29 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Rising Star Award was created by the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative (YPI) to recognize leadership and industry contributions of young IAFE members. Nominees are any employee, volunteer, or board member under age 40 of a member fair, show, exposition, or exhibition in good standing with the IAFE.

Muir grew up in New Berlin, Ill., across the street from the Sangamon County Fairgrounds. Her grandfather served on the board of directors at the Sangamon County Fair for more then 20 years, which is how she got her start. She volunteered and worked in the office of the fair for 18 years. While at the Sangamon County Fair, Muir worked with Fair Secretary Elizabeth McDevitt, who encouraged her to be a bigger part of the fair industry.

Muir began as the Osceola County Fair manager in 2013. During her time there, she has instituted several new programs. The fair is a non-profit with more than 250 members. She began a "star volunteer" program to encourage the membership to get more involved. She began the Miss Osceola Scholarship Pageant, made barn videos to increase traffic to the barns, and began a "Trunk or Treat" event in the fall to increase non-fair usage of the grounds. In addition, Muir was able to beautify the grounds with new signage, including adding visual screens to hide utility boxes, and instituted an all new Greeter Program and Information Booth.

In addition to serving her fair, Muir actively networks with other young fair professionals by serving as chair of the YPI Steering Committee for both Florida and IAFE Zone 2. She is a member of Rotary of America and active in multiple Chambers of Commerce.

You can use our hashtag if you post this story on social media: #IAFE2017

KVLS To Present Nutrition Workshop

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In conjunction with their Fall Festival and 4th Community Trunk or Treat, the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair, Inc. will offer “Taking Back Your Health; 1 Dish at a Time” on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the KVLS Pavilion at Osceola Heritage Park.

This FREE community workshop will be organized and presented by Chef Rich Rosado. A former United States Marine and graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Chef Rich is a personal chef to NBA All-Star Grant Hill and contracted by the U.S. Pear Council to showcase pear recipes at Walt Disney’s Epcot, during the annual Food & Wine Festival.His extensive background and expertise have given him national exposure including on Fox News and the NBC Nightly News with former host Brian Williams.

During this 2-hour workshop, Chef Rich as representative of his company, 1-Dish Kitchen, will share his passion and desire to help America change the way they view food.Through his company, Chef Rich and his team inspire consumers to shop better by educating them to cook healthy, quick meals, and leading the “Food can be your Greatest Medicine” movement.The program focuses on 3 items;

Smart Shopping – Saving money by debunking the myth that healthy food is expensive.

Sound Culinary Technique – More than just quick delicious meals, proper techniques maximize the nutritional value of food.

Bridging the Gap between Food & Nutrition – Proper portion sizes and choices are key ingredients for your health.

1-Dish Kitchen is committed to helping those suffering with chronic illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, High Blood Pressure and even various types of Cancers.By giving families the skills and knowledge they need to shop smarter, properly prepare foods, and identify healthy ingredients, they hope to decrease that suffering.

The KVLS Fall Festival is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st.The day will include vendors, a bounce house and hay ride for children, as well as their annual Trunk or Treat from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.This FREE Nutritional Workshop is a part of the day’s activities and will be held inside the KVLS Pavilion.The entire community is invited to attend.For questions regarding the KVLS Fall Festival contact the office at 321-697-3050 or email kvls@osceolacountyfair.com.For questions specific to this nutritional workshop, contact Chef Rich Rosado at chefrich@1dishkitchen.com.Visit the KVLS website, www.osceolacountyfair.com for Chef Rich’s complete biography and workshop details.

KVLS to Host Florida Federation of Fairs Workshop

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show is proud to be hosting employees, volunteers, and executive members of Fairs from across the State of Florida at Osceola Heritage Park. The Florida Federation of Fairs is a state wide organization dedicated to “increasing the overall quality of Florida’s Agricultural Fairs.” With Fair and Festival Members as well as Associate Members including entertainers, concessionaires, and industry experts, the group is committed to the continued education of those organizing our county and state events, as well as connecting venues and providers in an effort to produce the best events in the country.

The two day workshop will consist of various educational workshops and host presenters from across the United States. Several Osceola County residents will also speak including Beth Knight, Deputy County Manager who will share the importance of working together, as a community, to continue and promote our traditional and beloved County Fairs. Additionally, Detective Al Vazquez from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to discuss safety and security of large events and the proud relationship KVLS shares with his department. The overall goal is to bring individuals from all types and sizes of events together to improve this piece of American Heritage.

Former KVLS General Manager and active KVLS Board Member Dawn Rowe is currently serving as President of the Florida Federation of Fairs. Her position with the group was instrumental in luring the workshop to Osceola Heritage Park. Current KVLS General Manager Miranda Muir stated, “We are extremely proud of Dawn and the level of success she has achieved within the industry. It is quite an honor to serve in this capacity and KVLS is lucky to have such wonderful representation.” Muir also thanked Osceola County, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Osceola County Administrative Staff, SMG, Savor, and Experience Kissimmee for their key roles in solidifying the location selection and assistance with the event. “It was a true team effort.” Stated Muir.

The workshop is only available to current members of the Florida Federation of Fairs and will run July 28th and 29th. For more information, please visit the organizations website, www.floridafairs.org.

KVLS Announces Educational Initiative & 2018 Theme

June 28, 2017

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show has been a part of Osceola County Heritage for nearly 74 years promoting Agriculture and the education of area youth. Throughout the years, the 501c3 Non-Profit organization has seen many changes, embracing the modern day fair and working hard to advertise and develop their annual Osceola County Fair in an effort to continue to serve its youth exhibitors and farming and ranching communities as best possible. Since 2005 they have awarded more than $72,000 in educational scholarships, hosted an annual livestock auction grossing an average of $400,000, and each year distributes more than $50,000 in premiums, ribbons, and awards. With the support of extremely generous businesses and individual donors, KVLS & the Osceola County Fair has been able to both entertain the entire Central Florida Community, while preserving the traditions of many earlier generations.

In 2018, KVLS will be returning to those roots and concentrating on educating even more individuals about the importance of Agriculture. General Manager, Miranda Muir stated, “Most people do not realize how profoundly their lives are impacted by farmers and ranchers and it is our mission to get back to the basics of our event, educating all ages and all walks of life about agriculture.” As such, the 2018 Osceola County Fair will be themed #AGVOCATE. The hash tag will help celebrate the Fair, many new events and areas, and Osceola County’s roots while introducing the public to modern agriculture, the science and technology involved, and hopefully attracting a new market of individuals. The theme is designed to merge the trends of today with the celebration and education of the agricultural industry.

The new theme will also be paired with a new fundraising effort. Muir indicated, “The #AGVOCATE fund will be designated strictly for use in educational areas.” This will be an expansion of a fund previously established by the Chapman family who generously and tirelessly worked to support the fair ensuring its existence and securing its future with the opening of Osceola Heritage Park in 2003.

The initial $50,000 goal will be promoted and raised over the next two years. A large portion of the initial funding will be dedicated to opening the H.A.Y.L.O.F.T (Helping All Youth Learn of Farming & Technologies) at the Osceola County Fair. This nearly 10,000 square foot area will be dedicated to activities geared towards educating visiting youth. Participants will have a chance to milk a cow, drive a tractor, sheer a sheep, or practice their roping skills in this completely hands on area. Muir cited a recent report by the Washington Post indicating more than 7 percent of Americans, “think that the color of milk is related to the color of spots on a cow.” In other words, chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Muir advised, “It is so disheartening to ask a young child where milk comes from and their answer is the grocery store. KVLS is ready and willing to step up to the plate, beginning agriculture education at a young age, and informing kids everywhere why and how Farmers and Ranchers make a difference and an impact on their lives each and every day.” In addition to this interactive exhibit, the group also plans to begin educational seminars for both exhibitors and the general public, and are hopeful to begin an Ag based summer camp in 2018.

The group however needs your help. They encourage everyone to not only attend the 2018 Osceola County Fair, February 9th – 18th, but to also consider donating to the new #AGVOCATE campaign. Every dollar counts and gets them one step closer to their goal. If you would like additional information, please call the KVLS Office at 321-697-3050 or visit www.osceolacountyfair.com.

To make a donation to #AGVOCATE, our Agricultural Education Fund, please CLICK HERE.

Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Welcomes New Staff

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KVLS, the 501c3 Non-Profit responsible for organizing the annual Osceola County Fair, has welcomed two new team members. General Manager, Miranda Muir is “excited for the new changes and to start planning for 2018 with a fresh new perspective.” With the support of the KVLS Board of Directors, Muir recently restructured the administrative team and hired both a new Director of Special Events & Education as well as an Administrative Assistant.

Stacey Wade of Winter Garden will join the team in May as the Director of Special Events & Education. Stacey comes with 15 years experience as the Director of Competitive Events & Education at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando. Ms. Wade was responsible for developing and managing the agricultural and educational programs. In 2017, she also had the opportunity to redesign and redefine the Arts and Culinary Program including producing the Waste 2 Wonder competition, a successful youth fashion show and an interactive Farm to Table Exhibit. Ms. Muir stated, “Stacey brings a wealth of experience to our event and her dedication to the promotion of agriculture and education of area youth sets her apart in her field.”

Jacqueline Santiago has formerly worked for KVLS as a temporary employee each year during Fair time and during the 2017 event went above and beyond helping to fill roles in a variety of areas. A long time 4-H parent and volunteer, Mrs. Santiago has a wealth of knowledge regarding KVLS and the programs they support. She will now be filling a permanent role as the Administrative Assistant working throughout the year to support both KVLS Members and her fellow staff.

Miranda Muir commented, “Our new team is already hard at work planning for upcoming events, making improvements, and most importantly getting ready for the 2018 Osceola County Fair. I am confident both our Membership and Community will be pleased with the forward progression of our 70+ year old organization.” The mission of KVLS has always been to promote and support agriculture and with the new team in place, Muir indicated there will be a renewed focus on the heritage and traditions of the organization, including their agricultural roots. “We want to stay new and fresh, but it remains of the upmost importance to continue our educational mission and teach the next generation about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.” Ms. Muir has been the General Manager since 2013, and the Fair continues to see growth and positive change under her leadership.

President Dale Davis Retires From Position

KVLS President Dale Davis 

At the April Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Membership Meeting, long time President Dale Davis retired from his position on the Executive Board. Mr. Davis has served in this capacity for numerous years and many of the association’s volunteer members have known no other leader. They have grown accustomed to his leadership style, caring heart, and calm demeanor and all agree he will certainly be missed.

Mr. Davis indicated the best part of serving in this position is the lasting friendships he and his wife have made and watching the annual Osceola County Fair continue to grow. For the Davis family, their love of Osceola County’s Heritage and their desire to keep that alive for today’s youth have been the driving forces behind thousands of hours of volunteer labor. Dale hopes more volunteers will spend time getting to know about and being a part of KVLS because in this ever changing world, it is important to preserve our history and traditions.

KVLS General Manager Miranda Muir said, “Dale has been wonderful to work with. He has been more than a boss, as he is also a friend and mentor.” Muir indicated Davis is the only President she has worked for in her 4-year tenure with the Non-Profit organization and he will be greatly missed in that capacity. However Muir, a self-proclaimed life-long Fair person, also knows how much heart and soul Mr. Davis has put into the organization and indicated that, “putting so much time into something other than your family and career can be tiring. Life is about balance and we are so happy Dale will now have more time to spend with his wonderful family.”

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Board of Directors selects the Executive Board which will lead the organization for a one-year term. The newly appointed President is Shawn Beck of St. Cloud. Shawn has served KVLS previously as Vice President and also as Chairperson for the annual Market Hog Show and Auction. Mr. Beck’s daughter, Marina, has grown up showing at the annual Osceola County Fair and the Board of Directors recognized his passion and experience with the organization as key to taking over the reigns.

KVLS is a volunteer organization dedicated to the success of area youth, promotion of agriculture, and preservation of Osceola County Heritage. Each year they present many events, including the Osceola County Fair. To learn more about this 501c3 Non-Profit Organization, please visit their website, www.osceolacountyfair.com.

The Osceola County Fair Celebrates Another Great Year!

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The 73rd Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair wrapped up late in February, but the tallies are just being finished. This year’s event hosted more than 90,000 visitors, and boasted a record breaking Rodeo Day, with more than 25,000 in attendance. With new rides, entertainment, and vendors, the Central Florida community enjoyed 10 days of safe, family oriented fun.

Beyond the Midway, this year’s competitions welcomed more than 5,589 exhibits including 1,288 livestock exhibits. The Youth Market Animal Auction raised $468,000 and over $65,000 in premiums were awarded to both youth and adult exhibitors. One such exhibitor was Brendan Barody, age 12, from St. Cloud. Brendan’s favorite part of exhibiting was, “Learning so many new skills and meeting new friends.” And 10 year old Lawson Horner of Kissimmee said, “The fair is my favorite time of year! I think I might even like it as much as Christmas! I love being at the fair with all of my friends and showing my lamb and riding all of their rides and eating all the great food. I have been in 4H and exhibiting at the fair since I was five years old and I just love it so much!”

KVLS General Manager, Miranda Muir indicated, “The youth programs always seem to be bigger and better. It is wonderful to see the kids grow each year, learning more and becoming more confident in their abilities.” Mrs. Muir also praised the many volunteers who make it all come together and the businesses and individuals who sponsor the various programs and events. “Without the support of this community KVLS would not be able to do what we do.” The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. Their largest annual event is the Osceola County Fair, however they also host various livestock shows, educational programs, and community events such as Trunk or Treat, each year.

Even before the 2017 event concluded, the group of more than 200 volunteers and office team were already hard at work planning for 2018. Students are already beginning to register for the citrus program, themes and promotional materials are being developed, and a continued dedication to the safety of everyone who enjoys the Fair requires additional training and strategic planning. Maintaining this annual event requires constant attention to detail, continued education, and a creative passion. “We cannot wait to see you all next time, February 9th – 18th, 2018.” -Miranda Muir

KVLS to Present Home & Garden Show

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show will present their first annual Home & Garden Show on October 21st and 22nd at the KVLS Pavilion in Osceola Heritage Park.The 501c3 non-profit organization has teamed up with the Osceola County Master Gardeners to provide this FREE event, running 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., daily.The show, to be held concurrently with the gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale, will host area businesses and groups providing services and products for your home and garden.In addition to the sale and show, there will also be gardening demonstrations and workshops, free children’s activities, and a mid-year taste of the Fair with favorite food and beverage vendors.The KVLS Office is currently accepting vendor applications and more information can be found on their website, www.osceolacountyfair.com.

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show is comprised of more than 200 volunteers who work year-round promoting agriculture and education.The groups also organizes the annual Osceola County Fair held in February.For more information on KVLS or the programs it provides, visit their website, www.osceolacountyfair.com or call 321-697-3050.

Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Sends Contestant to Miss FL

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Miss Osceola, Jessica Hargrave recently represented the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair at the annual Miss Florida Program held in Lakeland, Florida. As Miss Osceola, Jessica is not only a representative of the organization, visiting and speaking on behalf of the 501c3 Non Profit, but also had the experience of a lifetime, competing among 47 other contestants on the road to Miss America.

The program was held June 26th – July 2nd. All contestants competed in Personal Interview, Onstage Question, Talent, Evening Gown, and Physical Fitness. Throughout the week, the contestants also participated in community service events and visited numerous local businesses and tourist attractions promoting the Lakeland area and all of Central Florida.

The Miss Osceola Scholarship Program is sponsored and organized by the members of the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show. It is a part of the Miss America Organization, which is the largest provider of scholarships for young women, in the world! The local Miss Osceola program provides $3,000 in educational funding, including $1,500 awarded to the 2016 winner, Jessica Hargrave. While at Miss Florida, Hargrave had the opportunity to earn a portion of the nearly $1 million in scholarships available.

Though not selected as Miss Florida, the duties of Miss Osceola continue and Jessica will continue to be active in the community promoting the Osceola County Fair and also serving to bring awareness to her person platform, “Autism Speaks.” Miss Hargrave is a vocalist and recently had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the Orlando Pride game. If you are interested in having Miss Osceola appear at your organization’s next event, call the KVLS Office at 321-697-3050.

Miss Osceola 2017 will be crowned during the Osceola County Fair, February 10th – 19th. The program is open to young ladies ages 17 to 24 and more information will be posted on the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show website as further details become available, www.osceolacountyfair.com.

KVLS Summer Update

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In the fair industry, 4 months after the biggest event of our year is considered our off-season. Many are taking family vacations, enjoying free time, and trying to forget how quickly next year’s event will creep up on us, but that is definitely not the case here in Osceola County. The team at the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show is moving full steam ahead, planning for 2017, making an impact in our community and beyond, and looking forward to new and exciting events coming our way!

In May, twelve members of our association traveled to the Florida Federation of Fairs Annual Convention in St. Augustine. There, we received top honors in the photography contest and as a reward, a beautiful photo from our 2016 event, taken by KVLS Member Gary Schmidt, will grace the cover of the 2016 – 2017 Florida Fairs Directory. Junior Board Member Ashley Avant was also victorious as her Christmas charity work earned a $500 grant. With this funding, Miss Avant and the KVLS Family will be able to continue their community work this holiday season and again make a difference in the lives of others.

I was also extremely proud to be a part of this year’s YPI Charity Drive. As the Chairperson of the Florida Federation of Fairs Young Professionals Initiative, my leadership skills were put to the test as our committee developed and implemented new programs encouraging those under 40 years of age, to step up to the challenge, become a part of their community, and develop the skills necessary to keep our industry thriving for years to come. Part of these programs included our new charity drive and during this year’s event, we partnered with St. Augustine Youth Services, a home for mentally or physically abused young men ages 5 – 18. We raised $4,000 in cash AND more than $1,000 in supplies and gifts. It was amazing to be a part of this awesome event and help lead the way for generations to come.

Upon returning from convention, we were blessed to be selected as the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Organization of the Quarter. It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of our association and I was ecstatic to see our group praised for all of their hard work and dedication to Osceola County.

As we look forward to what is next, we are already hard at work on our 2017 Fair and cannot wait to introduce you to our new mascot, Rocco. Fresh new marketing campaigns, unique entertainers, and revamped community programs are coming your way. However, before we get there, we are looking forward to our Fall fundraiser; A Night with the Sweeney Brothers. If you like the Sweeney Family Band at Fair time, you are going to love this one night, full-length concert in the KVLS Pavilion. Wholesome, family entertainment, lots of laughs, and great music will fill the arena on October 1st. We hope to see you there!

The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show is proud to be a part of Osceola County and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

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