Gathering of Warriors - A Salute to Our Men & Women in Uniform

. Sarasota Fairgrounds . November 8 & 9 . 10:00 am - 6:00 pm .
Free to the Public with Option of Donation at the Gate .
Proceeds to Benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs “Paws for Patriots” and Haley House .

The Gathering of Warriors is a tribute to the men and women who defend our freedoms. In cooperation with the United States Armed Forces Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard, and the Florida National Guard, the Fair is sponsoring this event to honor our men and women in uniform, educate the public, and provide wholesome family entertainment.

In addition to military displays, participants will include the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota Sheriff’s Department, and the Sarasota Fire Department.

Events that are being planned include military vehicle displays, military helicopters, restored and antique military vehicles, a Massing of the Colors, patriotic motorcycle contest, drill teams, and more. There will be something for everyone with Live Entertainment, Craft vendors, as well as a variety of food vendors.

The RCR NASCAR Experience will be there with Dale Earnhardt’s #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy Monte Carlo on display. Experience the thrill of driving laps at Daytona or other tracks with the NASCAR Simulators.

The Fair is seeking additional participants and/or sponsors that will add to the theme of the event. Sponsorships are still available. Businesses or organizations that provide benefits or services to military veterans are welcome. We are seeking sponsors to compliment the event by assisting in covering the cost of NASCAR displays, entertainment, and fuel for military vehicle transport.

The Fair is working with the Sarasota Veterans Commission members, Gold Coast Distributors, Clear Channel Radio, the Sarasota Military Academy as well as other corporate sponsors to make this event an annual celebration for Sarasota.

Information Request:
For more information or request to participate, please contact the Wanda Sauls, Exhibit Coordinator at the Fair Office at (941) 365-0818 or email at

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