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Madeline Fields of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA gets ready to show her cow Peso.

High stakes on opening weekend of the Manatee County Fair

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Madeline Fields of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA gets ready to show her cow Peso.

Camryn Shear of the Carlos E. Haile Middle School FFA hugs her cow Trooper who took first place in Class 6.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Camryn Shear of the Carlos E. Haile Middle School FFA hugs her cow Trooper who took first place in Class 6.

Peyton Pederson of Lakewood Ranch and Cream of the Crop 4H brushes Polo the cow.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Peyton Pederson of Lakewood Ranch and Cream of the Crop 4H brushes Polo the cow.

Conner Christman of Palmetto shows off the goldfish that he won by tossing ping pong balls into a jar.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Conner Christman of Palmetto shows off the goldfish that he won by tossing ping pong balls into a jar.

Kaylee Hatwig of K&M Equestrian Services (left) was the buyer of Peso. Also pictured are Manatee County Fair Cattlemen's Sweetheart Shelbie Davis and Madeline Fields of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Kaylee Hatwig of K&M Equestrian Services (left) was the buyer of Peso. Also pictured are Manatee County Fair Cattlemen's Sweetheart Shelbie Davis and Madeline Fields of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA.

Kyle King of the R. Dan Nolan Middle School FFA is ready for the show.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Kyle King of the R. Dan Nolan Middle School FFA is ready for the show.

Taylor Zwart of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA coaxes Jack into the cattle show area.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Taylor Zwart of the Lakewood Ranch High School FFA coaxes Jack into the cattle show area.

Allison Bizata, Kailee Hooey and Al Barrett, all of Bradenton, show off their giant prizes — including a huge blue stuffed sloth — in the midway.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Allison Bizata, Kailee Hooey and Al Barrett, all of Bradenton, show off their giant prizes — including a huge blue stuffed sloth — in the midway.

Isabelle Monroe of the Lakewood Ranch High FFA poses with her cow Hemi.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Isabelle Monroe of the Lakewood Ranch High FFA poses with her cow Hemi.

"Pirate Man Dan"Jolley cruises the midway in his pirate ship.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

"Pirate Man Dan"Jolley cruises the midway in his pirate ship.

Carter Keel of the Braden River High School FFA is ready to show Oakley.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Carter Keel of the Braden River High School FFA is ready to show Oakley.

Gabriella Wood of the Parrish High FFA gets Blackjack ready for the show.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Gabriella Wood of the Parrish High FFA gets Blackjack ready for the show.

Hokey Pokey behaves well for Coy Cone of Myakka All Stock.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Hokey Pokey behaves well for Coy Cone of Myakka All Stock.

Austin Gardieff of Ruskin gets close to a goat in the petting zoo.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Austin Gardieff of Ruskin gets close to a goat in the petting zoo.

Raelynn and Lila Grimes of Bradenton feed carrots to Melman the giraffe.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Raelynn and Lila Grimes of Bradenton feed carrots to Melman the giraffe.

The crowd reacts to seeing pigs jump through hurdles, navigate their way around barriers and jump through hoops at the Hollywood Racing Pigs show.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

The crowd reacts to seeing pigs jump through hurdles, navigate their way around barriers and jump through hoops at the Hollywood Racing Pigs show.

Miss BBQ jumps a hurdle during the Hollywood Racing Pigs show.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Miss BBQ jumps a hurdle during the Hollywood Racing Pigs show.

Revelers enjoy a walk through the midway on a picturesque Saturday at the Manatee County Fair.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Revelers enjoy a walk through the midway on a picturesque Saturday at the Manatee County Fair.

The Ring of Fire rollercoaster gives riders a thrill by stopping while completely inverted.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

The Ring of Fire rollercoaster gives riders a thrill by stopping while completely inverted.

Victoria Hubbard and 4 year-old Bryson Hubbard of Bradenton enjoy a ride on the Silver Streak.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Victoria Hubbard and 4 year-old Bryson Hubbard of Bradenton enjoy a ride on the Silver Streak.

Christian Benzon, 3, of Bradenton, steers his semi truck on a ride in the midway.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Christian Benzon, 3, of Bradenton, steers his semi truck on a ride in the midway.

Riders enjoy a flight on the Yo Yo ride at the Manatee County Fair.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 |

Riders enjoy a flight on the Yo Yo ride at the Manatee County Fair.

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