Miami-Dade County Youth Fair

Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition / Courtesy

For the past 68 years the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition has brought fun amusement park rides, funnel cakes and magic shows to South Florida. But it's more than just fun; organizers also want to educate kids on the agriculture industry. This year's fair, which has been going since March 14, is training the future generation of farmers.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Activists and state elected officials rallied on Saturday outside the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, calling for an end to gun shows at the center. 

Protestors waved signs and chanted as they faulted the Fair for allowing the gun shows to continue at the fairgrounds in Tamiami Park for more than three decades. 

While the center is home to the annual Youth Fair in the spring, the nonprofit — the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Inc. — leases the property from the county and holds other events there throughout the year. 

NICHOLAS POBLETE / Miami Herald

An hour after the collapse of the FIU bridge on Southwest Eighth Street, opening day for the nearby Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition at Tamiami Park went on as planned.

“We are truly saddened to learn of those that have lost their lives or were injured,” the Fair said in a statement. “We send our sincere sympathy and condolences to those affected by this tragedy.”

Traffic, however, is heavily affected. Southwest Eighth Street from the Turnpike to Southwest 107th Avenue is closed until further notice. The bridge crosses Eighth Street at Southwest 109th Avenue.

Miami-Dade Voters Will Decide Future Of County Fairgrounds

Sep 4, 2014
Miami Herald

On the Nov. 4, Miami-Dade County voters will decide whether Florida International University can gain access to 64 acres of land from its neighbor, the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition.

FIU has been trying to get hold of the fairgrounds for over three years, but can only do so if the county terminates the fair’s lease, or if the fair and FIU come to an agreement on the site and price of relocation.

Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opened its doors last Thursday, bringing back roller coasters, elephant ears and magic shows. But some of the attractions are not what we typically see in Miami.

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings its animals to South Florida once a year for the Youth Fair -- all the way from East Prairie, Missouri.

Nathan Tidwell is the animals' caregiver. He's traveled with them to Miami for many years.

"Kids can come in and pet ‘em and feed ‘em," says Tidwell. "Animals that they wouldn't get to see on a everyday basis."