Central Panhandle Fair of Bay County officially open

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The annual Central Panhandle Fair of Bay County is back in town at the Bay County Fairgrounds.

The fair opened Monday evening at 6 p.m.

This year, organizers say they'll have about 48 rides available for people of all ages.

For more than 70 years, the fair has been an annual event for all to enjoy.

According to officials with the fair, the event was originally held in Springfield, but then moved to Panama City after they purchased the land we now know as the Bay County Fairgrounds.

The fair offers crafts, games, rides, and many other types of amusement. It's also a good place to find food items such as corn dogs and funnel cakes.

"Everything we got here is family oriented. The fair and circuses, everything we do around here is family oriented, it's for the families," Central Panhandle Fair General Manager Bob Johnson said.

You can also find animals at the fair such as horses, sheep, chickens, and many others.

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend.

The fair will be open until October 6th.

Admission is $12.