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Florida State Fair

Always in February, always in Tampa, always fun!

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Florida State Fair
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February 6-17, 2014

The year was 1904. The American flag had 45 stars, Theodore Roosevelt was president and the average American earned just 22 cents an hour. That year, what would be later known as the Florida State Fair opened its gates in Tampa. Since then, there has been incredible inventions, wars, social change and musical styles that have rocked each generation. Still, the Florida State Fair remains a showcase of the best the state has to offer.

Fairgoers can enjoy a spacious midway that provides more than 100 rides and games and there is nothing like fair food — cotton candy, ice cream, and things fried that you never thought of frying. Exhibitors come from all over the state to continue the tradition of showing off their handiwork, children participating in 4H and FFA are eager to show their skills and animals, and a visit to the Florida State Fair isn't complete without stepping back in time in Cracker Country — a rustic turn-of-the-century village.

In the fall of 2010, it was decided that the use of a changing theme from year to year would be eliminated in favor of a consistent slogan that best represents the Florida State Fair brand. The Florida State Fair's new slogan is "The Best Time of the Year!" Indeed, the slogan captures the essence of the brand as a 'must see' event that should not be missed.

Entertainment

While some headline entertainment for the 2014 Florida State Fair is free, regular fair admission is required. Some shows require a special ticket in addition to fair admission. Special shows and entertainment includes:

  • February 12 - The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour - 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. - Concert tickets are $10-$15.

Of course, free attractions and performances both indoors and out are on tap daily throughout the fairgrounds, including daily parades, bands and crafts and returning favorites.

Admission & Information

Advance admission tickets ($9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6-11) for the Fair will be on sale beginning in January 3, 2014 at Walgreens throughout the state and AAA Tampa Bay area locations. Advance or online. Save by purchasing advance tickets available through early February. Midway ride tickets, armbands and concert tickets do not include fair gate admission.

Directions

The Florida State Fair is located just seven miles east of downtown Tampa with access via I-75, I-4, Hwy. 301, and Martin Luther King Blvd (Hwy. 574). Parking is FREE with wheelchair accessible parking spaces available at each gate. There is a FREE weekend park and ride shuttle service that runs continuously between Highland Oaks (I-75 at Hwy. 574 Exit) and the entrance gate from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.

Gates open daily at 9:00 a.m. The Midway opens at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Expo Hall is open from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. Most other exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Cracker Country is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Florida State Fair is presented in association with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner.

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