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Chilly night at the South Florida Fair

Posted at 11:04 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-13 13:11:51-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.  — We are in for a roller coaster ride this week weather wise, but families at the South Florida Fair are taking the colder weather in stride.

The fair opened two hours early for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. People were dressed in heavy coats at 10 a.m. Monday and they were bundled back up at night.

“Its just been a family tradition, we come every year,” said Stephanie Lapointe, who was born and raised in West Palm Beach.

The South Florida Fair attracted big crowds to wrap up the holiday weekend.

“My favorite thing about the fair is playing with the games and rides,” said Ayanna Douglas.

“We come mostly for the rides and the food,” said Bruce Williams.

In its 107th year, the fair helps stimulate tourism and provides family-fun shows and exhibits. Lapointe never misses it.

“It’s nostalgic. It’s like home. You know, the memories I have here and the new ones I’m creating with my son,” Lapointe said.

But the past two nights, fair goers had to break out the jackets and brave the chilly temperatures.

“Kind of weird because it’s supposed to be like really hot in Florida, but like it’s super cold,” said Jaden Harrigan.

“A little cooler than most of what us South Floridians are used to, but you can still have a great day at the South Florida Fair,” said Rick Vymlatil, President and CEO of the fair.

Some people ducked into the expo building for a warmup, but others like Lapointe’s son, Justin, were fired up just to be at the fair.

“It’s a wonderful experience, I’m pretty sure my mom thinks so too,” said Justin Lapointe.

The South Florida Fair runs until Feb. 3.