Manatee County Fair Honoring our Veterans - Looking for the Public to Help


Manatee County Fair Honoring our Military Veterans, Tuesday, January 19th in a Safe Drive-Thru Parade - They are Looking for the Public to Help Line the Parade Route in Palmetto, next to the Fairgrounds to show their Support for our Local Military Heroes

Manatee County Fair Manager - Danny Alfonso, joined Maverick and Lulu to talk about the Veterans Parade, as well as all the safety measures the Fair is undertaking for this year's event:

Listen to that conversation here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-maverick-lulu-28366298/episode/manatee-county-fair-manager-danny-76292177/

I am honored to have been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for this amazing evening and tribute to our American Heroes.

Here are the details about the Veterans Parade..

The Manatee River Fair Association will continue their tradition of honoring veterans, on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:00pm, as part of the 2021 Manatee County Fair. With the understanding that COVID-19 could be a health risk for our Veterans, the Association is inviting all veterans to take part in a parade outside the entrance to the Fair. This will allow our Veterans to remain in their vehicle(s), but still be honored and recognized.

The parade route will begin just outside the fairgrounds on the west end of 17th Street in front of the Palmetto Baseball field and continue down 17th Street to 13th Avenue West. At that point, the parade will turn right on 13th Avenue West and will end at the intersection of 13th Street West and 15th Avenue West.

If Veterans would like to come into the Fair, they would exit their vehicle and enter the fairgrounds at Gate 5 where they would be escorted to the main stage for the Veteran’s Tribute Program. If they are not inclined to come onto the fairgrounds, their vehicle would continue down 13th Avenue West with the understanding of how much they are appreciated and honored.

The Manatee River Fair Association asks that all veterans interested in participating in the Parade contact the Fair office at (941) 722-1639. There is no cost to participate in the Veteran’s Parade. The Parade is currently limited to 100 vehicles.

Before the 6pm start time, the public is invited to line the parade route which will begin just outside the fairgrounds on the west end of 17th Street in front of the Palmetto Baseball field and continue down 17th Street to 13th Avenue West. The parade will turn right on 13th Avenue West and will end at the intersection of 13th Street West and 15th Avenue West.

Fair gate admission that evening (Tuesday, January 19th, 2021) will be free courtesy of Palmetto Build/Galatians 6:2. Palmetto Build will be conducting a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Manatee.

The Manatee River Fair Association has implemented the following safety guidelines to attend the upcoming 2021 Manatee County Fair:

· Strongly recommend that all guests wear a facemask to attend.

· Facemasks will be required to enter all buildings

· Follow all directional signage that accommodates for a socially-distanced environment.

· Frequently use the hand sanitizing stations that will be readily accessible throughout the fairgrounds.

· Be considerate of others around you and follow social distancing protocols.

Adherence to the guidelines will assist in our efforts to present a safe and successful Fair.

COVID-19 Exposure is an inherent risk in any public locations where people are present: Guests should only attend after evaluating their own health risks.

The theme for this year’s fair is Family Fun For Everyone-2021 and will be held January 14 through January 24th.

About the Manatee River Fair Association

The Manatee River Fair Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation and a registered agricultural fair with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Manatee River Fair Association, Inc. is operated by a Board of Directors consisting of thirty-seven Directors elected by the members of the Manatee River Fair Association, Inc. Officers of the Association are

elected from among the directors. All citizens of Manatee County are eligible to be members of the Manatee River Fair Association, Inc. Day to day operations of the Association and the Fairgrounds are managed by the Fair Manager, the Office Manager and Maintenance Supervisor.

For more information, visit: https://www.manateecountyfair.com

Manatee County Fair Honoring our Military Veterans, Tuesday, January 19th in a Safe Drive-Thru Parade - They are Looking for the Public to Help Line the Parade Route in Palmetto, next to the Fairgrounds to show their Support for our Local Military Heroes

Manatee County Fair Honoring our Military Veterans, Tuesday, January 19th in a Safe Drive-Thru Parade - They are Looking for the Public to Help Line the Parade Route in Palmetto, next to the Fairgrounds to show their Support for our Local Military Heroes