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Chamber exhibit at Florida State Fair wins blue ribbon

By Staff | Feb 9, 2010

With elements including a miniature alligator, a coconut painted like a football and a full-sized action hero, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce's exhibit at the Florida State Fair took top honors.

The Sanibel-Captiva exhibit received the first place award at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The booth was designed by Sam Bailey, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce and Sabra Brown, who Bailey hired to put the booth together.

Sanibel has been represented at the Florida State Fair since the 1930s. Bailey’s General Store would enter their grapefruits into the produce competition, and dominated the citrus category many times.

The exhibits are judged by the Florida State Fair Authority. Typically, exhibits must represent a county, not a city or municipality, but since Lee County does not participate in the Fair, Sanibel and Captiva are represented as their own entity.

The Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce invites island residents and visitors to see the exhibit. The Florida State Fair runs through this Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4800 Highway 301 North. Gates open at 9 a.m. Closing time varies.

For more information, visit floridastatefair.com.