Experience The Barn, The Garden and More than 63,000 Competitive Student Exhibits at the 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Expo returns Mar. 15-Apr. 8

Also, Don’t Miss the Horse Shows, Open Steer Competitions,
Horticultural Demonstrations and Much More all at The Youth Fair

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition has a longstanding tradition of supporting agriculture and horticulture education. The Barn and an entirely new area focusing on horticulture is called The Garden. Along with these two areas, fairgoers will be able to see more than 63,000 competitive exhibits from Miami-Dade County students.


Guest will get to come face-to-face with more than 100 breeds and varieties of livestock, animals and poultry under one roof at The Barn, which serves as the home for all The Youth Fair’s agriculture shows and competitions. The Youth Agricultural Division allows the exhibitors to showcase and apply what they’ve learned in school and beyond. Students will showcase their livestock, rabbits and poultry after preparing for the competition for nearly a year.


The Garden is an area that immerses the fairgoer where he/she will be able to enjoy the many and varied products of the Miami-Dade County horticultural industry, workshops with master gardeners with those wanting to learn more about planting a garden. It’s the perfect destination within the Youth Fair where fairgoers can relax and have a pleasant time. Visitors can gaze at beautiful landscaping exhibits designed by students and take part in horticultural demonstrations, plus get tips for their own gardens.


The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition’s goals are to create awareness of South Florida’s agriculture and horticulture industries by offering different ways of interacting with nature and science, while also showcasing youth achievement in fine arts, crafts, education, agriculture, science, technology, social sciences, mathematics and robotics.


The Garden

  • Walking Tree of Life
  • Landscape Design and Construction Competitions
  • Horticulture Competitions
  • Plant Clinics by the 4H Group
  • Master Gardener Showcase
  • DIY Information
  • Home Vegetable Gardening & Edible Landscaping
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Volunteers from Miami-Dade County Public Libraries Storytime
  • Activities for Kids by the 4H and Farm Bureau
  • Musical Performances every Friday and Saturday6-8 p.m.

Arnold Hall 

  • Competitive Student Exhibits – On display inside Arnold Hall are exhibits from students in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Every entry receives an award; each student earns a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th place ribbon. Visit the more than 603,000 exhibits from 40 divisions ranging from crafts to fine arts, posters to popsicle sticks, robotics to Renew, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Sandscapes Sand Sculpture – An impressive (and Instagram-worthy) work of art will come to life inside Arnold Hall! Visit The Youth Fair between March 15 and April 8 to witness 100-tons of sand as it is being shaped for the opportunity to learn about the art of sand sculpting directly from the experts. Make sure to return April 4-8 to snap a picture with the completed sculpture.


Community Stage in the Mary E. Reilly Coliseum

Both school and community groups will perform at the Community Stage at the Mary E. Reilly Coliseum inside of Arnold Hall. Every day will bring something different and exciting.

  • Magic Shows with Fritzner Paul
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Fantasy Theatre Factory Performances
  • Diaspora Arts Coalition
  • Sport and Dance Studio Performances
  • World Language Creative Writing
  • The Barry Mann Orchestra
  • School Performances
  • Singer Ian Saunders
  • Singer and Dancer Migue
  • Fashion Shows – Categories include sport, formal/evening wear, business/career and up-cycle.


Competitions in the Mary E. Reilly Coliseum 

  • Coding with Scratch Challenge
  • VEX IQ Elementary and Middle School Competition
  • TSA Competition Metric 500
  • iCode Me Challenge
  • VEX Robotics Competition
  • BattleBots Robotics Competition
  • Lego Education
  • Lego Construction Competition


Performing Arts at FIU’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center

There will be a variety of competitions and other exciting presentations taking place March 17 – April 8.

  • Dance, Instrumental, Vocal, Piano & Drama Competitions
  • World Languages Performing Arts


The Barn Youth Competitions, Shows & Exhibits

The Youth Agricultural Division allows the exhibitors to showcase and apply what they’ve learned in school and beyond. Market Steer, Market Hog, Youth Lamb, Poultry, and Rabbit exhibitors can showcase their breeds qualities and strengths through bathing/fitting & grooming and showmanship.

  • Cavy, Equine, Poultry & Rabbit Shows
  • Market Animal Show (Steer, Lamb & Hog)
  • Howdy’s Barnyard featuring a Goat Mountain, Pigs plus Cow Milking Station
  • Howdy Appearances on March 17, 18, 23, 24, 30 and 31 & April 7-8, 5pm to 8pm
  • Howdy Field Trip on April 3rd



Sudsy’s Barn at The Barn

Who knew hand hygiene could be so fun? Sudsy’s Barn is a one of a kind hand wash station promoting clean hands nationwide. If you miss a spot or don’t wash your hands long enough, Sudsy’s Barn will make sure to let you know.


The Peep Show

An incubator where visitors can watch the miracle of hatching chicks peck their way out of an egg every day of The Youth Fair.


Milking Station

The milking station gives fairgoers a brief insight into the world of dairy cattle and the dairy industry. They are given a unique opportunity to view first-hand how dairy cows are milked.


Horse Shows and Ranch Sorting

Experience South Florida’s premier horse shows, events and competitions. Teams from across the United States will travel to Miami for a chance to compete for top prizes. Speed, precision, and strategic planning are key in the sport of Ranch Sorting. Watch as teams of riders move quickly on horseback to sort cattle

in this timed and exciting event.


Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.     Ready, Set, Show Open Horse Show Clinic

Saturday, March 24, 12 – 4 p.m.                    Youth Horse Show (English Horse Show 12 p.m., Western Horse Show, 2 p.m.)

Saturday, March 24, 5 – 6 p.m.                      Horse Soccer Team Competition

Saturday, March 24, 7 – 8 p.m.                      Club Hippico Mexico-Americano featuring full Mariachi Orchestra and Folkloric Dancers

Sunday, March 25, 2 – 4 p.m.                        Parade of Breeds Show with Costumes representing Heritage

Sunday, March 25, 5 – 6 p.m.                        Hacienda Venecia Paso Fino Trote, Galope Exhibition

Saturday, March 24, 6 – 7 p.m.                     Club Hipico Nicaraguense Miami USA

Sunday, April 1, 6 – 7 p.m.                              Rancho Victoria, Folkloric Dancers and Parade of Horses

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.                Homestead Everglades Posse

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m.           Homestead Rodeo Queen 2018 Meet and Greet

Friday, April 6, 2018, 6- 10 p.m.                     Ranch Sorting by World Class Teams

Saturday, April 7, 2018, Noon – 11 p.m.        Sorting by World Class Teams

Sunday, April 8, 2018, Noon – 11 p.m.          Sorting by World Class Teams


Professional Open Competitions

The Youth Fair is a premium competition show for steer in Florida. Purebred cattle are professionally shown. Some weigh in at more than 2,000 pounds. Agriculture exhibit programs help to promote our local agriculture community and educate students on the principles of developing, implementing, and managing agricultural based businesses.


Monday, March 19, 3 -4 p.m.                         Open Santa Gertrudis Show

Wednesday, March 21, 7 – 10 p.m.               Open Angus Show

Friday, March 23, 7 – 10 p.m.                        Open Brangus/Red Brangus Show

Tuesday, March 27, 3 – 6 p.m.                       Open Red Brahman Show

Tuesday, March 27, 6 – 9 p.m.                       Open Gray Brahman Show

Thursday, March 29, 4 – 7 p.m.                      Open Simmental Show

Thursday, March 29, 7 – 10 p.m.                    Open Limousin Show


Rabbit, Cavy and Poultry Competitions 

Sunday, March 18, Noon – 4p.m.                     Youth Rabbit and Cavy Breed ID and Showmanship

Friday, March 30, Noon – 4p.m.                       Youth Poultry Breed ID

Wednesday, April 4, Noon – 6pm                      Youth Poultry Showmanship

Thursday, April 5, Noon – 6pm                          Youth Poultry Bathing and Grooming

Adventure awaits as the 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition will take place at Tamiami Park on SW 107 Avenue & Coral Way, its home since 1972, from March 15 thru April 8, 2018, except March 19 & 20 and April 2 & 3. The 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition will provide 21 days of all-new surprises as well as breathtaking amusement rides, one-of-a-kind unique and delicious foods, free live outdoor entertainment, free concerts and agricultural and academic student exhibits and much more. Youngsters 5 and under & seniors 65 and better enter free every day, all day. Parking is only $5.00 when purchased by March 14th and $10.00 starting on March 15th.


The Youth Fair & Exposition offers many amenities for families including stroller and wheelchair rental, lost and found, paved walkways, convenient sitting areas, lush landscaping, restroom and diaper changing facilities and more. Premiere Sponsors include Coca-Cola®, the South Florida Ford dealers and Sedano’s Supermarkets. For more information, visit www.fairexpo.com or call (305) 223-7060.

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