UNION COUNTY — The “only traveling sea lion exhibit in the United States” is coming to the 2016 Union County Fair.
Fair Director Paul Winters announced that this year’s fair, which will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds Oct. 18-22, will be a mixture of the new, the returning, and the traditional.
“What we’ve done this year is we’ve brought the best attractions we’ve ever brought since I became director in 2009,” Winters said. “We’re really excited, there are going to be attractions our community has never seen or experienced before.”
The new will include “Sea Lion Splash,” which Winters described as “the biggest marquee attraction we are bringing this year.” Winters said that Sea Lion Splash is a Sea World class that has trained sea lions performing a variety of fun and entertaining tricks.
According to its website (www.sealionsplash.com), Sea Lion Splash is “the only traveling sea lion exhibit in the United States” and a “fun and unique sea lion performance showcasing California and South American sea lions!”
Sea Lion Splash is owned and operated by Squalus Inc. which the website states “is one of the few groups that are approved to take in beached stranded sea lions. We are involved with research at Mote Marine Laboratory (Research Center and Aquarium).”
The website further describes Sea Lion Splash as “an exciting and one of a kind traveling sea lion exhibit. Squalus Inc. was first established when Marco Peters began adopting and providing a home for sea lions who were unable to survive in the wild because of sickness, age, or injuries. Marco’s passion for sea lions led him to educate the public on the need to coexist with these special marine mammals in harmony. Thus, began the journey of the “Sea Lion Splash” which now travels all over North America entertaining thousands of people each year. This unique show is truly one of a kind, being the only sea lion show which features both California sea lions and South American sea lions. This incredible show features sea lions performing entertaining and educational tricks including handstands, balancing balls, flips, dancing, smiling, and even teaching kids how to recycle!”
It also states that “for the guests that like to get up close and personal with the sea lions, there is a unique photo opportunity that is available after most presentations.”
Winters said Sea Lion Splash will perform a minimum of two shows per night each night of the fair. He said performance times will be posted at the sea lion performance area.
In addition, Winters said Sea Lion Splash will also perform on Senior Day.
Another new addition to the fair is “Team Rock” which Winters said features “extreme breaking and martial arts and gymnastics.” He said the show, which also includes audience participation, is designed to entertain while also presenting a Christian message.
Carolina Helicopter will also be taking part in the fair, offering helicopter rides to those interested in experiencing what it is like to fly in a helicopter.
Winters said Carolina Helicopter will use the north end of Union County Stadium as a landing pad. He said the rides, which cost $20, last 10 minutes.
There will also be “Red Dragon Laser Tag” which will enable those attending to play laser tag. Winters said that the activity is free and there will be a winner each night.
A returning event will feature pigs racing.
Winters said “Show Me Swine Racers” from Missouri will be at the fair, entertaining and amusing those attending with fun, but intense racing by its pigs.
Another returning event will be bingo which Winters said will be played each day with a small prize awarded to each winner. He said there will be an entry fee of $3 and each card, which has three plays, will cost $2 each.
Winters said that the fair will also offer a number of rides. To get the best value and ride the most rides, purchase your tickets in advance.
Locations for purchasing your advance tickets are listed on the fair website (www.unioncountyscagfair.com).
For more about the 2016 Union County Fair see Saturday’s edition of The Union Times and visit our website (www.uniondailytimes.com) and our Facebook page.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.