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SW 8th Street opens, easing traffic heading east to The Youth Fair in Miami
By: Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition
The major thoroughfare, also named Tamiami Trail, was reopened between the Florida Turnpike and Southwest 107th Avenue. Also, the Turnpike Exit 25, both northbound and southbound, is open.
Drivers can access the Fairgrounds at four convenient locations:
• SW 112th Avenue and Coral Way
• SW 114th Avenue and Coral Way
• SW 117th Avenue and SW 22nd Street
• SW 117th Avenue and SW 21st Street
Guests using ride-share apps such as Lyft and Uber should know the drop-off and pick-up point is Gate 7 at Southwest 107th Avenue and Southwest 17th Street, found on their apps as the FIU Maidique Campus Bus Terminal. The Metrobus stop is at the same location.
Pedestrians can enter through Gate 2 at SW 109th Avenue and Coral Way on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 2 p.m.
During the Youth Fair, which runs through April 8, guests can obtain discounted $8 parking passes online only at www.fairexpo.com. Three discounted parking passes can be purchased at a time. The fee to park at the Fairgrounds is $10.
Southwest 8th Street was closed last week after a pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the thoroughfare. Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition Inc. has established the FIU Bridge Accident Victims Fund to assist victims, their families, and affected community members. The Youth Fair initiated The Miami Foundation fund with a $25,000 donation. The Fund will collaborate with community organizations already providing short-term and long-term support services. We hope you will join us in this community-wide effort. You may access the fund at The Youth Fair website, http://www.thefair.me.
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit association is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits more than 63,000 student projects to nearly 600,000 Youth Fair guests and, in 2017, awarded more than $530,000 in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami-Dade community. The Youth Fair was a finalist for Community Outreach in the 2018 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Top Entrepreneurial Awards. It received the 2016 Trustee of the Year award from the South Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2016 Diamond Award for Large Non-Profit. It was recognized in 2015 as the Leisure & Entertainment Services Firm of the Year by the Latin Builder's Association, the Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Diamond Award Winner for Outstanding Hospitality Entity by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit fairexpo.com or call 305-223-7060.
Wragg & Casas Strategic Communications