Now in its 62nd year, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition entertainment lineup includes mixed martial arts and pro wrestling.
• 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30 - WWE NXT LIVE with eight matches and WWE guest appearances.
WWE superstars and divas signing autographs include Brodus Clay, The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) and Naomi. Talent subject to change.
As the official developmental system of WWE, nearly 50 superstars and divas currently on the WWE roster have traveled through the doors of NXT, formerly FCW, to hone their craft.
They include Aksana, Wade Barrett, Evan Bourne, Daniel Bryan, Camacho, Cameron, Antonio Cesaro, Brodus Clay, Johnny Curtis (Fandango), Bo Dallas, Ted DiBiase, Alberto Del Rio, Epico, Alicia Fox, Justin Gabriel, Hunico, Kaitlyn, Tyson Kidd, Big E. Langston, AJ Lee, Brad Maddox, Jinder Mahal, Michael McGillicutty, Drew McIntyre, Rosa Mendes, Naomi, Natalya, Titus O’Neil, David Otunga, Primo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Alex Riley, Damien Sandow, Sheamus, Skip Sheffield (Ryback), Heath Slater, Tamina Snuka, Jack Swagger, Yoshi Tatsu, Jey and Jimmy Uso and Darren Young.
• Appearing in Miami from NXT include top prospects Bray Wyatt and Jason Jordan.
Wyatt, 25, a cult-like Louisiana backwoods character, hails from a wrestling family. His brother, Bo Dallas, 22, is a WWE superstar. Their father, Mike Rotunda, wrestled for Florida Championship Wrestling, the NWA and WCW, but he is most noted as former WWF superstar I.R.S. Their mother, Stephanie, is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Mulligan. So their grandpa is Blackjack, and their uncles are former wrestlers Barry and Kendall Windham. Barry is also a WWE HOFer.
March video interview with Bray Wyatt: YouTube Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel):
Jordan, who earned his Bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry, social science and medicine, is a former Indiana University wrestling standout. A multi-sports athlete, he is billed from Chicago.
March video interview with Jason Jordan: YouTube Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel):
NXT is under the direction of Steve Keirn, the Lon Chaney Jr. of wrestling. Keirn, 61, is a former WWF, Southeastern United States and international grappler as well as a Florida legend.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 - MMA Matches and DJ Irie
The Miami Heat’s popular DJ Irie will be hyping the crowd before mixed martial arts matches.
Witness several MMA superstars battle in “Rumble at The Fair II.” This is the second year The Fair will host this exciting event featuring amateur MMA fighters from throughout South Florida like Pedro Alfonso and Romeo Diesel. Celebrity guests will attend.
• This free entertainment (NXT and MMA) at the Fair is included in the price of admission.
• Upgrade your Experience with VIP Tickets
VIP Tickets for Saturdays Live Shows called the Ultimate LIVE! Experience package is $49.99 and includes:
Meet-n-greet and digital photo with artist. Find your photo at facebook.com/miamidadefair
VIP seat in the Ultimate LIVE! seating area
Admission ticket to the Youth Fair
Sixteen ride coupons
Ultimate LIVE! Experience lanyard
Quantities are limited
• The Youth Fair is on Coral Way (SW 24th Street) at 112th Avenue. Gates open on weekdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at noon; Spring Break (March 22-29) at noon.
General admission $10. Free admission for children age 5 and younger. Admission for active duty and retired military personnel $5 during weekdays (with military ID).
Parking is free. Preferred parking is $15 per vehicle. Space is limited.
The Youth Fair also offers many amenities for families, including stroller and wheelchair rental, lost & found, paved walkways, convenient sitting areas, lush landscape, diaper changing facilities/restrooms and more. Sponsors include KIA MOTORS, Pepsi and Sedano’s Supermarkets.
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a private, not-for- profit organization that has donated more than $10 million in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade students and is dedicated to supporting education and South Florida agriculture.
The Youth Fair is now through March 31. For information visit www.fairexpo.com or call 305-223-7060.