It was a record-setting night at the Highlands County Fair last night, as two hogs brought in some $80,000. The money goes to the Alvarez family who have undergone a series of tragedies.
Both parents died this summer as a result of Coronavirus, then the house flooded out. The oldest adult daughter has come in to take care of the family.
Officials believe the money paid for the hogs will help do home repairs and set the family up for a time.
In all, more than $850,000 in total bids were received for hundreds of steers, heifers, hogs and goats put on the block at the Junior Livestock Auction.
Today is Brooker Fence Day at the Fair with the Wolves of the World Show, Scott’s World of Magic and the Street Drum Corps. Gates will open at 5pm. The fair runs through tomorrow night.
It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend in the area. It all begins tomorrow morning at the Sebring Regional Airport with a "Girl’s Fly Day," where local pilots introduce young women to aviation. That will be preceded by an Experimental Aircraft Association Pancake Breakfast, where youngsters get a chance to go up in a plane as part of the "Young Eagles" program.
Tomorrow evening will be the "Lincoln Day" NASGRASS Lawn Mower races at the Avon Park Mowerplex. That’s off State Road 64 at the westernmost end of the Avon Park Airport.
In Frostproof, it’ll be their Valentine’s Day Street Dance. Music there will be provided by Bryce Mauldin and DJ Jeremy. Naturally there’ll be a full complement of food trucks and other vendors.
There will be a bit of shifting around at this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring. According to reports, the "Gallery of Legends" display of historic Sebring race cars will be moved from the Don Panoz building, to a new location at Seven; The Sebring Raceway Hotel.
As the World Endurance Championship series takes over the Ken Breslauer Media Center, the media will be moved to the Panoz building to report on the race.
Raceway officials say the move should make the cars more accessible to the fans.