Tampa Bay’s The Impacs will perform at the Greater Pinellas Country Fair’s sock hop fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N.
PINELLAS PARK – Country fairs have been in Marjorie Hynish’s blood since she was a little girl.
Hynish, 83, of St. Petersburg went to her first county fair in 1935, when she was just 5 years old, and it changed her life forever.
“My mother said when she walked out of there with me she knew I took that fair home with me,” Hynish said.
From that point on, she was involved with the fair in some way each year, whether submitting to its various competitions or working at the fair in some capacity. And for the past 30 years, she served on the board of the Pinellas County Fair.
Now Hynish is the driving force behind the brand-new Greater Pinellas Country Fair, which will take place March 19-23, 2014 at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N. The idea is to create a “true local country fair,” she said.
The fledgling organization will hold its first fundraiser, a sock hop featuring music of the 1950s and 1960s, on Friday, Aug. 30, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Tampa Bay’s The Impacs will perform, re-creating the classic feel of Dick Clark’s Great American Bandstand. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The organization is also seeking support in other areas, from local talent to perform to volunteers for administrative work in the office Park Station to physically setting up and breaking down the fair to local businesses to sponsor the event.
Submissions for most competitions, which include arts, crafts, photography, computer art, sewing, quilting, horticulture, agriculture and more, begin in January.
The fair also will include carnival rides, a Miss Pinellas Country Fair Pageant, a science fair, toy tractor races, a 1950s soda shop, mud wars, live animals, car shows, a lumberjack show and more.
“It’s such a positive thing,” Hynish said. “It’s so wonderful for the youth and new residents to see what the county used to be.”
For more information about the Greater Pinellas Country Fair, visit www.pinellasfair.org or call 800-9880.