The Florida State Fair offers unlimited thrills, endless entertainment and all the deep-fried treats you can imagine. It starts on Thursday, Feb. 6, and continues until February 17 (President’s Day) at the Florida State Fair Grounds at 4800 U.S. Hwy. 301 N in Tampa. S
Bring the entire family to enjoy live performances including the Sea Lion Splash and Dueling Pianos as well as a variety of musical entertainers and a roaming clown. Ride on roller coasters and carousels and indulge in decadent fair foods like cheeseburgers on a stick, Oreo cookies, cream cinnamon rolls and funnel cakes.
Tickets start at $5 for child admission, $7 for seniors and $9 for adults. Children 5 and under are free. Group discounts are available. Get more information at FloridaStateFair.com.
From a small start in 1904, to its explosive events today,
the Florida State Fairgrounds believes that nothing brings a community together
like a good time. The first Fair in 1904 was held in downtown Tampa at Henry B.
Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel. In 1915, the
State Fair combined with Tampa’s Gasparilla Carnival to become the biggest,
best, most deep-fried event of the year – now known as the Florida State Fair.
Community members gathered from every corner of the state to eat, compete and
celebrate everything Florida.
As the event grew in popularity, the need for a governing body and a permanent home arose. In 1975, the Florida State Legislature created the Florida State Fair Authority. Now an official organization, the event packed up and moved to its new home – the Florida State Fairgrounds, just off Interstate 4. Today, the Florida State Fairgrounds is a year-round hub for community-oriented fun. During this year’s State Fair, you can expect to see a wide variety of live entertainment, food and animal competitions and lots of fun.
Through the year, the Fairgrounds attracts over 1.5 million visitors for a wide variety of events, but none is more fun than the Florida State Fair. While some things have changed, the State Fair’s goals have not. Come on out to celebrate Florida through amazing events, hands-on experiences and exciting competitions.
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