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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Year’s First State Fair is a Fun Place

You can write it in stone. The Florida State Fair: always in Tampa and always in February.

The 12-day showcase of Florida's best in agriculture, industry, entertainment (shows, music, games, rides and food) and achievement is celebrating its 110th year from February 6 through 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa near I-4/I-75. 

Advance tickets are now on sale at Walgreens locations throughout Florida and also at participating AAA Tampa Bay area locations.

The theme “1st Place For Fun” reminds fairgoers that the Florida State Fair is the first state fair of the year in the country. Boasting the largest independent midway and highlighting the largest traveling roller coaster in North America, the Fair also offers 110 free things to do; four featured concerts including America, Country Gold, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker; amazing animals and livestock; the Mildred W.and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country; bizarre side show spectacles like sword swallowing and fire eating; an exciting FMX Motorcycle Thrill Zone; fantastic fair food and other exciting entertainment throughout the twelve days of Fair fun. 

“We’ve created expanded daily discounts and promotions to appeal to every group from honoring our heroes on opening day and four senior days to college day and four student days touching nine surrounding counties,” notes Charles Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “This is a great year to experience the fair and the key for having epic fun on a budget will be to buy early and save.”

Parking is free. Advance admission pricing is $7 for seniors (select senior days only), $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are free. Ride armbands – $25 in advance.
Country Gold concert tickets on Wednesday, February 12 can only be purchased through the Florida State Fair Authority. Shows will be at noon and 4 pm. 

Visit www.floridastatefair.com for details.

For more information about top events in Florida take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Florida.