Clay County Agricultural Fair visitors can get traffic, safety information from Saferwatch app

Don Johnson

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is promoting its smartphone app, Saferwatch, to those attending the Clay County Agricultural Fair that opens at 2 p.m. Thursday at the fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs.

The sheriff’s office says the smartphone app will keep fairgoers informed on traffic and safety issues during the fair.

The department launched the app earlier this year as a new tool in reporting crimes or tips about suspicious activity. The app is a free tool that can be downloaded from the app store.

“SaferWatch provides real-time two-way communication during emergency and non-emergency situations,” Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook said in a press release.

Users can report incidents by sending in live information, photos and video.

The app can connect users with dispatchers in the Clay County Sheriff’s Office real-time crime center.

The theme for this year’s fair is Big Wheels & Pig Squeals. Advance ticket sales, including Midway armbands, are ongoing, click here. Visitors can save $3 on gate admission with an advance adult ticket bought prior to Thursday. Regular adult ticket prices are $10 beginning Thursday. Ticket prices for seniors and children above the age of 5 are $7. Children aged 5 years and younger get in free. The fair ends on April 10.

Rapper and hip hop performer Nelly will perform in a 7 p.m. concert on the first day of the fair on Thursday. No free seating is available for the Nelly concert and VIP seating is sold out.

A concert by the rock groups Quiet Riot and Warrant with Papercutt will be held on Friday.

Country music artist Lorrie Morgan will perform on Saturday. All concerts by the top performers are held at the Cattlemen’s Arena.

The other musical acts performing at the Cattlemen’s Arena include: Sublime, Rodney Atkins and Tracy Bird, Shenandoah and Montgomery, Marlowe and Rodgers. For a full list of events, click here. To check out VIP or other seating, click here.

The fair will hold a talent show on the Community Stage at 7 p.m. on April 8. Registration deadline is March 28. All entrants must send in a video for pre-screening. To register, click here.

Speed dating at the Ferris wheel will be held on April 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pre-registration has ended, but there will be a wait list for those arriving at the Ferris wheel at 4:30 p.m. The Ferris wheel circles twice with each date and the participants fill out a scorecard to determine if the date continues. Couples who match will be attending the Split Tone/J.J. Grey & Mofro concert later that night.

The Redneck Romper fashion show will be held in Ag Town on April 3 at 5 p.m. Deadline for entries is March 30.

The fair website describes the event as a fashion show of the best redneck romper outfits “that will not be soon forgotten.” But adds that only “family appropriate attire” will be allowed. Also, must be over the age of 18 to enter.

The fairgrounds are located at 2497 State Road 16 W. in Green Cove Springs. For more information on the fair including hours each day and events, click here.

Editor’s Note: Newsbreak has recently opened a news bureau in Clay County. If you have a news tip, contact bureau chief Don Johnson at 813-390-4857 or by email at don.johnson@newsbreak.com.

To keep up to date with Clay County news, download the free Newsbreak app from the app store.

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The Clay County Agricultural Fair's midway offers rides, games.Photo courtesy of the Clay County Agricultural Fair

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Clay County Sheriff's Office promoting new Saferwatch app to fairgoers.Photo courtesy of Clay County Sheriff's Office.

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Redneck Romper Fashion Show will be held at Clay County Fair.Photo courtesy of the Clay County Agricultural Fair

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Clay County Agricultural Fair midway opens on Thursday.Photo courtesy of the Clay County Agricultural Fair

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