Miami-Dade Youth Fair opens in Miami, Florida

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Fairgoers visitors enjoy the Wave swinger ride attraction during the opening of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Miami.

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Don’t adjust your schedule. Yes, it’s November. And yes, the Miami-Dade Youth Fair opens this week.

Normally, the annual event is a spring adventure, scheduled during spring break for Miami-Dade Public Schools. But the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled the fair in 2020 just hours from its opening date, has pushed back the usual March opening until now.

This means you don’t have to wait long to experience jaw-dropping rides including the Zipper, Mega Drop, and Ring of Fire, plus plenty of kid-friendly rides.

You can also eat your weight in heart-stopping foods. We’ve got our eye on the pickle pizza, but you can also dive headfirst into the Flaming Hot Cheeto corn dogs, fried conch po’ boys, shrimp, and bacon mac and cheese. and the very popular funnel cake. Because eating fried dough is our right.

Entertainment options include live music, BMX stunt shows, and pig racing. There’s a harvest village and vacation village in addition to a petting zoo and exhibits showcasing the talents of Miami’s youth.

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Jane Harris, aka Mama Jane, shows off her famous funnel cake at the fair in 2019. Get your fix after the spooky rides for maximum fun. DAVID SANTIAGO [email protected]

Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition

Open: 18 Nov-Dec 5

Or: Miami-Dade Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami

Tickets: $14 general admission; $5 entry Thursday; the unlimited pass starts at $28; www.thefair.me

This story was originally published November 17, 2021 11:34 a.m.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t feed him a mango.

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