South Florida Fair Awards 14 College Scholarships
Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fair, 2013
South Florida Fair 2013
Step Back in Time
Scary, Spooky, Supernatural, 1st Friday of the Month
Florida Fair Awards 14 College Scholarships
left, back row) Sarah Lapp, Danielle Chelsea
Marie Sirianni, Sarah Helen Davis, Shiloh T. Anuez,
Kate Trimble, Alexandra Fitzgerald, Evelyn Ross,
Collier Abowd, Donna Lewis, Allyson Causey, Markus
Howell (From left, front row) Haley Shurack, Jessica
Palm Beach, Fla. –– The South Florida Fair has
awarded 14 scholarships to students ranging from $1,000
to $4,000 for a grand total of $23,500. The funds can be
used at any accredited institution of their choice. The
scholarship program is sponsored by FPL.
Vymlatil, the Fair’s president and CEO, Craig Elmore,
chairman of the Fair’s board, and Lorie Stinson, the
Fair’s special events manager, announced the winners
during the Fair’s Scholarship Night. The scholarship
recipients were selected from a pool of 88 applicants
from high school seniors in Broward, Hendry, Martin,
Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties. The scholarship
categories were general, arts and entertainment,
agriculture and band.
process began last August when the Fair sent
applications to participating high schools. Part of the
application process included writing a 200 word essay
entitled, "How I Would Benefit from Receiving This
Scholarship," as well as including two letters of
recommendation. The students had until the end of
October 2012 to send their applications. The South
Florida Fair Scholarship Committee reviewed the
applications. The qualifying students were then
interviewed in January and were notified of the
committee’s decision shortly after that.
Fair collects money for these scholarships from its
annual golf tournament and uses part of the proceeds
from its silent auction. Since 1982, the Fair has raised
$450,000 in scholarship money. In addition to these 14
scholarships, the Fair will give one student a $3,000
Palm Beach Post Pathfinder scholarship to be awarded in
May. The Fair also will give a $2,500 scholarship to
Palm Beach State College to present to a student of its
choosing. Florida Atlantic University also will receive
a $2,500 scholarship from the proceeds of the James
Patterson event that was held during the Fair.
South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida
Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit
organization, and is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard
in West Palm Beach. The 2014 Fair is slated for Jan. 17
through Feb. 2, 2014. For more information, call
561-793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.
the South Florida Fair
by Jimmy Shirley
South Florida Fair is over for this year. It was
reportedly a huge success. My favorite venue at the Fair
is the Yesteryear Village which is just east of the main
Expo Building. The Village is "populated" with
volunteers who dress in period apparel and man the
various buildings representing the era from 1895 to
1945. The Riddle House is the big, three story house
located at the southeast end of the Village. Two of the
volunteers at the Riddle House, pictured here, are Lynn
& Sheldon Mead of Century Village, WPB. She is 85
(Feb. 5) and he is 89. The couple have been volunteers
for over 14 years. From Fairlawn, N.J., the couple spend
several months here and became volunteers at the village
when they first came to West Palm Beach.
says of volunteering at the Village, "We
feel we are part of a family at Yesteryear
Village is proud of their new fire house and print
photos below by Jimmy Shirley
Chief Wilbur Danley,
South Florida Fair’s Expo Hall brimming with
historical and current Washington D.C. attractions
of Air Force One display at the South Florida Fair Expo
Hall. The public can walk through the fuselage and see
the seats that President Reagan and the First Lady sat
in for take-off, her office, his office, the cockpit,
the galley, and more. The communications center is a
visual copy of the one aboard Boeing Air Force One used
by President Reagan up until 1989.
by Jimmy Shirley
occupied by the president and first lady on take-off and
Force One cockpit
South Florida Fair’s Exposition Hall took on a
presidential look during its run from Fri., Jan. 18,
through Sun., Feb. 3. A number of new attractions were
set up in the 70,000 square foot expo space with the
theme, "Washington, D.C., Our Nation’s
presentations gave fair goers an opportunity to
experience aspects of our nation’s capital in South
Florida. The "American Presidential
Experience" allowed visitors to enter Air Force One,
the Oval Office, view exhibits of First Lady gowns, sit
in President’s chairs and experience a photo
opportunity at the President’s desk, the U.S. Capitol
Dome and the Washington Monument.
Florida Holocaust Museum offered its newest original
exhibition, "Courage & Compassion: The Legacy
of the Bielski Brothers," as a traveling exhibit to
the South Florida Fair. This unique multimedia
exhibition, the only one exclusively focused on this
inspiring story, appealed to a wide audience of visitors.
The exhibit’s content included an overview of the
Holocaust within the history of the Bielski partisan
group and its design enhanced the visitor experience.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is housed adjacent to
the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man For All Times,"
an exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute,
featured excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches and
quotations and invited visitors to understand the
challenges and accomplishments through his own words.
"From Freedom’s Shadow," an exhibit from the
US Capitol Historical Society,depicted the journey
of African Americans from slavery to freedom and
political representation in the US Capitol. There was
also a towering 19 foot, 400 ton sand sculpture of
President Lincoln as he is immortalized in the Lincoln
Memorial as well as a six foot by 15 foot mural of the
President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval
Office," is a new traveling exhibition showcasing
both iconic and rarely seen images of U.S. presidents
through the eyes of their official photographers. The
exhibition features 50 framed images and a text panel
with brief biographical information on each
photographer. Since the 1960s, photographic images have
become an increasingly critical tool in how presidents
are understood. John F. Kennedy was the first president
to have an official photographer and nearly every
president since then has had one. This exhibition offers
a fresh and candid viewpoint on the life and work behind
the famous facade of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These
engaging photos capture moments of high drama and
turmoil and moments of family fun and intimacy.
For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit
the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.
an Historic Village of Restored Buildings --
the South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL
Yesteryear Village —
on the South Florida Fairgrounds at 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm
Beach, Florida, visitors will find the historic Yesteryear Village,
comprising of a collection of more than 20 restored buildings from all
over Florida, most of which date back to the turn of the century
through the early 30s and 40s.
of the School House (left) from the Bink Glisson Museum yard.
first building to -- the one that started it all -- was the
Loxahatchee Two Room School House. It now houses a school room on one
side and the World War II Museum on the other.
Riddle House, a beautiful three story frame house, was built in the
early 1900s. It was known as The Painted Lady because of its bright
painted colors of Flagler yellow, Jefferson green, white and sky blue.
(The underside of the wrap around porch roof is painted sky blue which
was said to discourage carpenter bees from making their home in the
rafters.) Built by some of Henry Flagler's hotel construction workers
and using some of the materials from the hotel construction, the
Riddle house was erected on the Jefferson Park land owned by Joseph
Jefferson, the most famous American actor of the time. It became the
home for the first West Palm Beach City Manager and Superintendent of
Public Works, Karl Riddle. The house was donated to the Village by
West Palm Beach.
Bink Glisson Historical Museum was built entirely by volunteers and
donations of materials and remains the largest single contribution to
the Village, valued at $450,000, and is a replica of the 1858 Haile
Plantation House which still stands in Alachua County, Florida. It
houses artifacts from the late Bink Glisson's collection. Mr.
Glisson's family came to the area in the early 20s and he was very
instrumental in the development of Wellington, Florida.
of the Church (right) from the porch of the Riddle House.
buildings at the Village include the L Street House, Sewing Circle,
Smoke House (it is in operation during the Fair), the Fish & Bait
House, Church, Corbett House, Fire Museum, Print Shop, Wood Shop,
General Store where visitors can purchase period merchandise,
preserves, some baked goodies, candies and more,
Bridge Tender's House, Seller's Farm, Blacksmith Shop, Post Office,
entrance to the Village is graced by the 1934 West Palm Beach Country
Club Arch Donated by the Town of Golfview, Florida.
Yesteryear Village is "populated" by a "community"
of volunteer reenactors in period dress. There are quilters, candle makers, weavers, spinners, woodworkers, leather
craftsmen, and more. You will experience the sights, smells and
sounds of old Florida. The village is a product of the hard work and
dedication of these volunteers.
The Village is
open year round for group tours by appointment.
more information, please call (561) 795-3110.
PALM BEACH, FL – It is said that if you
quietly stroll by the Riddle House in historic
Yesteryear Village at night, especially late
evening, you could experience a chilling
sighting or sound. Climb the creaking, wooden
stairs inside and you might just bump into
someone or something very frightening.
you dare? Do you have the bravery to see what’s
really going on in Yesteryear Village?
years, there have been whispers of hauntings,
ghost sightings and cloaked figures in several
of the town’s buildings. Some spirits have
been chronicled on national television.
Paranormal experts from throughout the nation
have visited to conduct their own investigations
and document evidence. Now, see for yourself!
next month, "An Evening in the Dark..a
Ghostly Affair Walking Tour" will be
offered. Scheduled stops include the Riddle
House where a soul believes he was wronged in
death and cannot move on. From there, step to
the mysterious Corbett area shack where legend
says bodies were once found. What about the
abnormal clock at the Pineapple Processing Plant
that stopped working at midnight and was found
on the floor stuck at 3:00 A.M., the identical
time a soldier was killed a century ago?
you eerily wind your way through Yesteryear
Village, your tour guide reveals the haunts,
history and bizarre sightings of these buildings
and others. The first tour is scheduled for
Friday, August 5 and is presented every first
Friday of the month thereafter (except January)
from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. Tour capacity is
limited. Admission is $15. Reservations can be
made at southfloridafair.com/Ghosttours
or phone (561) 790 5232.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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