Just like a parade, everyone loves a fair. And if you’re in or will be visiting Florida anytime between now and Feb. 21st, you’re in luck, because the annual Florida State Fair near Tampa is going strong.
The fair in its current form has been held since 1915, and since 1977 it has been located about seven miles from downtown Tampa. It boasts indoor and outdoor exhibits, rides and shows, and such gourmet fare as chocolate covered bacon and mashed potatoes and gravy on a stick. Equestrian events and agricultural exhibits are also featured during the 11-day festival.
Admission to the fair each day ranges between $5- $12 and rides, food and some shows are an extra expense. Tonight is the Corndogs and Country concert at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, which will have five headline acts. This weekend is the cheer and dance competitions, with an additional talent show tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Other fair highlights include County Gold concerts at noon and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16th in the entertainment hall, the Nock Helicopter Trapeze show fly over at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends, and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the weekends. Fireworks will be on display on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. And there are other daily shows, too, including the Hollywood Racing Pigs, the Sea Lion Splash and the Kachunga Alligator Show.
The fair opens at 10 a.m. daily, and the fairground is located at 4802 U.S. 301 N. Tampa. FloridaStateFair.com has more information on all shows and events.