The 2015 Pasco County Fair: Babies and Bull Riding

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Of all the wacky fairs I have attended during my visit to Florida, the Pasco County Fair was by far the best.  A cute baby contest, full rodeo, and wild amusement rides — need I say more?

I started the day at the cute baby contest.  Unfortunately, I never found out the exact criteria for judging, but competition was fierce.  No out of control pageant moms here, just lots of proud parents eager to have their little one put her or his best foot forward.

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The cute baby contest at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The Pasco County Fair had the prerequisite livestock display — this time with pigs!  Let me tell you that they are very vocal when they are hungry and not cute at all.  While the little porkers were sadly missing from the Florida State Fair, the Pasco County Fair did not have cows.

Livestock on display at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
The evil eye, chicken-style
Livestock on display at the Pasco County Fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
I like mealworms too.

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The rodeo was a unique delight, and had all the bells and whistles: bull riding, calf roping, and barrel racing for the ladies.  A rodeo is my kind of sport: fast and furious.  No matter the event, each was dangerous and exciting in its own right. It makes me want to do a photo essay on female bull riders, which sadly, were not represented at this particular rodeo though they do exist.

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
Cowboy yoga: stretching is important in every sport

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
This judge was all business

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
These two little girls put on quite a show for the crowd at half-time

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
The official ‘catching-of-the-free-beer-koozie’ event

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
Rodeo fans love to show off their YMCA disco moves
The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams
No horses were injured during the clown’s performance

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

A cowboy changes out of his chaps at the county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Finally, I took a tour through the amusement park.  While I am not a fan of mechanical contraption that throws you up in the air, the sun setting over the fair made it look like a surreal wonderland.

Amusement park rides at the county fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Amusement park rides at the county fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Amusement park rides at the county fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Amusement park rides at the county fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

The parking lot at the county fair, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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