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Hundreds of volunteers give their time at the South Florida Fair

Posted at 10:54 AM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 10:54:51-05

You see the thrilling rides at the South Florida Fair food.

But you don't necessarily see the countless volunteers behind the scenes making sure the fair is a success.

Stacy Wakefield, the volunteer services manager, says, "I have some volunteers that take their vacation from work so that they can volunteer. I have volunteers that live in other states and come down just for the Fair."

Linda Biancarosa has been volunteering for 13 years, "It has become a family and we have a great working commitment making the fair as best as we can. We enjoy working with people, helping people and it's fun."

Whether they are volunteering in the main buildings, in the livestock tent or in other areas, the 900 volunteers are more than willing to give of their time.

Stacy said, "So we would have some empty tents and buildings if we didn't have them."

Once you walk beyond the rides, it's a flashback in time in the Yesteryear Village. There is history from the early 1900's of life in Palm Beach County.

Carol Bailey has volunteered for more than 30 years, "A lot of times I will have this radio open. This radio was donated and it was made by Gurvy and he started making radios around 1914."

Erika Duff says she visited this place when she was a kid. She's a teacher now, spending her spare time here. "Just making sure all of the guest on the property in the Yesteryear Village have a optimum experience when they come out. That they are learning, that they are enjoying themselves that they are getting the best for their money," she said.

Today, Sunday, February 3, is the last day for the South Florida Fair. The gates open at 10am.