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Neal Communities Helps Sponsor Manatee County Fair -- Rock-It the Robot Returns to the Midway

Neal Communities Continues Its Support of One of Manatee County's Most Cherished Traditions

Lakewood Ranch, FL, January 22, 2012 --( Neal Communities loves the Manatee County Fair and has long been a supporter of the event. This year, the home builder is sponsoring the ever-popular Rock-It the Robot. The 9 foot tall automation is a favorite of children and adults of all ages. The Fair, which is currently running, attracts thousands of visitors every year. The theme for 2012 is “A Star Spangled Year.”

“It’s important to support the Fair because it’s a celebration of agriculture and all the industries that are vital to our county,” explained Neal Communities’ President, Pat Neal. “As a child growing up in Iowa, I always loved the county fair. Manatee County should be proud to have such a well-organized, educational, and genuinely entertaining fair each year.”

“Rock-It is a hit this year,” said Fair Manager, Dan West. “He’s like the Pied Piper of the Midway and attracts a crowd wherever he goes.” Rock-It’s engaging personality and quick wit enable him to easily interact with fair-goers.

Rock-It is remarkably agile for a robot his size. He walks, dances, signs autographs, poses for photos, and rides a large scooter. He is part of the entire fair and can be spotted wandering through the grounds, always willing to stop for a chat or an impromptu dance.

Fair schedules and ticket prices are available at The Fair is held at the Manatee County Fair Grounds, located at 1303 17th Street West in Palmetto, Florida.

Neal Communities is recognized for its philanthropy in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The company’s President, Pat Neal, has also received the Legislative Service Award, the Audubon Society Legislative Award, the Award for Meritorious Public Service, The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Humanitarian of the Year award, and many other awards and recognition for service and philanthropy. Neal Communities is ranked #94 nationally based on sales by BUILDER Magazine, #1 locally by Home Builders Weekly Inc. based on number of permits issued in 2010, and #1 locally by Metrostudy and Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales. With over 8,600 homes built in Southwest Florida, Neal Communities’ honors and accolades include being named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine, receiving the 2011 Business of the Year “Sandie” award from the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, 37 Awards in the 2011 Parade of Homes, 48 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards, and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit

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