The Alachua County Fair has opened its gates for another round of rides, shows and fried food.
Along with tried-and-true fair attractions, like carnival rides and funnel cake, the fair is introducing new bands, new food vendors, and a new show — “Wild About Monkeys” — this year, said Miriam White, a fair spokeswoman.
White said new food vendors include a smoothie booth and a locally grown boiled peanuts booth.
Kurtis Lee, a 21-year-old UF mathematics senior, said that although he enjoyed the “Wild About Monkeys” show, he would probably not go next year.
“I only had fun because I was with friends,” he said. “The fair felt pretty low quality, but the price is fair.”
But Vassia Daskalakis, a 19-year-old UF accounting sophomore, said she would attend again.
“What I liked most is that it was cheap,” she said. “I won two fish in a game, and they had tons of unhealthy food, like fried butter.”
Daily specials include a student’s day on Friday, on which students with a valid ID or ticket provided by the school will be admitted free between 2 and 5 p.m.
A version of this story ran on page 1 on 10/22/2013 under the headline "Alachua County Fair runs through this weekend"
Patrons walk in front of a Ferris wheel Monday evening at the Alachua County Fair, held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, 3100 NE 39th Ave. The fair runs through Saturday.