The Manatee County Fair kicks off on Thursday, January 11th at the fairgrounds in Palmetto for 11 days of family fun!Β The fair is a showcase for the best of Manatee County an features exciting exhibits and vendors, livestock shows and auctions, competitions, a thrill-packed midway, delicious food, and a variety of great entertainment including Colton Dixon on Jan 14th and Phil Vassar on the 19th.