Clay County Fair expected to bring in $50 million to the county

Clay County Fair impacts economy

It’s the final weekend of the Clay County Fair, an event expected to bring more than $50 million to the county.

With new rides like Spaceport, and triple the amount of entertainment, fair general manager Tasha Hyder says people are coming from all over Florida and Georgia -- and beyond.

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She said 51 percent of attendees come from outside Clay County, booking an estimated 300 hotel rooms this year.

“Our local restaurants benefit from this, the shopping malls benefit from this. Everything that is around us benefits from the fair being in town,” Hyder said.

Money spent on rides and games not only stimulates the economy, it also helps families in Clay County.

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Hyder said the fair is a nonprofit that supports local animal shelters and families.

“We have a scholarship program. We raised over a quarter million dollars last year in our livestock sale and all that went right back into kids’ pockets for college,” she said.

Families say they’re happy to be making memories together while also pumping money into their community.

"My favorite part of the fair is always the family time and the food," Clay County mom Aurelia Sykes​ said. "Clay County Fair is one of the best fairs I've attended in my lifetime."