It will be part of a presidential exhibit at this year's South Florida Fair.
A 65 foot-long Boeing fuselage, a re-creation of the Reagan-era Air Force One is on a truck and on its way through the Glades, en route to the South Florida Fairgrounds.
If you're on Southern Boulevard, anywhere west of State Road 7 sometime between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday, keep an eye out.
The plane is just a piece of the "American Presidential Experience" at the South Florida Fair this year.
Fair organizers tell us the theme's timing is no coincidence. They try to come up with a theme that is timely and still in the public conversation during the run of the fair, and with the November elections just behind us, this worked out perfectly.
The South Florida Fair opens Friday, January 18th. Here are more details about the presidential exhibits:
The South Florida Fair’s Exposition Hall will take on a presidential look during its run from Fri., Jan. 18, through Sun., Feb. 3. A number of new attractions will be set up in the 70,000 square foot expo space with the theme, “Washington, D.C., Our Nation’s Capital.”
The presentations will give fair goers an opportunity to experience aspects of our nation’s capital in South Florida. The “American Presidential Experience” will allow visitors to enter Air Force One, the Oval Office, view exhibits of First Lady gowns, sit in President’s chairs and experience a photo opportunity at the President’s desk, the U.S. Capitol Dome and the Washington Monument.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is offering its newest original exhibition, “Courage & Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers,” as a traveling exhibit to the South Florida Fair. This unique multimedia exhibition, the only one exclusively focused on this inspiring story, appeals to a wide audience of visitors. The exhibit’s content includes an overview of the Holocaust within the history of the Bielski partisan group and its design enhances the visitor experience. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is housed adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
“Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man For All Times,” an exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, will feature excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches and quotations and invites visitors to understand the challenges and accomplishments through his own words. “From Freedom’s Shadow,” an exhibit from the US Capitol Historical Society, will depict the journey of African Americans from slavery to freedom and political representation in the US Capitol. There also will be a towering 19 foot, 400 ton sand sculpture of President Lincoln as he is immortalized in the Lincoln Memorial as well as a six foot by 15 foot mural of the National Mall.
“The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office,” is a new traveling exhibition showcasing both iconic and rarely seen images of U.S. presidents through the eyes of their official photographers. The exhibition features 50 framed images and a text panel with brief biographical information on each photographer. Since the 1960s, photographic images have become an increasingly critical tool in how presidents are understood. John F. Kennedy was the first president to have an official photographer and nearly every president since then has had one. This exhibition offers a fresh and candid viewpoint on the life and work behind the famous facade of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These engaging photos capture moments of high drama and turmoil and moments of family fun and intimacy.
The 2013 South Florida Fair, Jan. 18 – Feb. 3, is located at 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Advance discount tickets are on sale through Jan. 17. Adult admission, 12 and older: $10 advance, $15 gate. A child’s admission, under 12, is $5 advance, $8 gate (5 years and younger are free) and seniors 60 and older, pay $7 in advance, $9 gate. Bring two cans of food or dry goods to be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit the website.