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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.

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.

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.

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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