Celebrate Florida’s Traditions & Visit the Annual State Fair in Tampa

Get Ready for the Annual State Fair in Hillsborough County, FL

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, you’re in luck, because the Florida State Fair is coming up. Held at the Florida State Fairgrounds from February 6th to 17th, this fair is one of the state’s most popular events. Offering a wide selection of events, competitions, and food, the fair offers plenty of fun for people of all ages.

Take a few minutes to read about what you can expect from this event.

Agricultural Exhibitions

Agricultural Exhibition, With Barns And Plants Growing Nearby
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One reason behind the fair’s popularity is its use as a celebration of Florida’s agricultural industry. Agriculture plays a large role in Florida’s economy, and the fair allows companies to celebrate this success with Florida’s residents. As part of the fair, several exhibitions are held to teach people how the food is farmed and produced.

The Ag-Venture is among the most notable exhibitions, as it gives attendees a rundown of the important role agriculture plays in Florida’s society. Attendees can also visit Cracker Country, and get a firsthand look at what rural life was like. Through these exhibitions, kids and adults will have fun learning about the impact of the agricultural industry.

Fun & Exciting Rides

Midway Sky Eye Ferris Wheel Illuminated at Nighttime
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Of course, it wouldn’t be a state fair if there weren’t some fun rides for attendees to check out as well. Over 30 attractions will be set up this year, and they’ll remain open for the duration of the event. One of the highlights of the fair is the Street Fighter, a popular thrill ride that spins 360 degrees in the air.

Another popular attraction is the Midway Sky Eye, which is famous for being the largest travelling Ferris wheel in the United States. For those looking for something more relaxing, there’ll be a swinging ship, a haunted mansion, bumper cars, and more. Regardless of your intensity level, there’s plenty of fun to be had at this fair.

Shows & Entertainment for All Ages

Man Wearing Black Jacket, Holding onto an acoustic guitar

Over the course of the event, a selection of fun and exciting shows will take place. We’ve highlighted some of the shows below, so be sure to check out the complete schedule so you don’t miss any of them.

Among the most notable events includes the XPogo show, which involves a professional team pulling off stunts on pogo sticks. Ripley’s Believe It or Not will also be set up here, so if you enjoy seeing bizarre oddities you’re in for a treat. There’s also a sea-lion show, a demolition derby, a Circus Hollywood performance, and much more.

In addition, there will be plenty of live musical performances to check out. A wide selection of performers will be in attendance, including Josh Carroll & the Fresh Fix and Born Lonesome. Other musical events include a dueling piano show and a community showcase, among others.

Try Some Unique Food

Crab Cakes Cooking on a Grill at Florida State Fair
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One of the staples of the Florida State Fair is the collection of vendors offering unique treats for attendees. While traditional options are available, like crab cakes and fried Oreos, there’ll be plenty of food that you can’t find anywhere else. Here just a few examples to give you an idea of what will be offered:

  • Cheeseburger On-A-Stick
  • S’mores Doughnut
  • Cheesy Tater Corn Dog
  • S’mores Funnel Cake
  • Piña Colada Candy Apple
  • Hawaiian Jerk Chicken Pizza

Participate in Some Friendly Competitions

f you’re up for some friendly competition, you’ll be able to participate in several contests at the fair. From cooking showdowns and eating contests to baton twirling, there’s plenty of time for some friendly rivalries to form.

A new addition to the Florida State Fair is the 5K Deep Fried Dash & Fun Run. Taking place on February 15th at 7:00 am, this race will take competitors all around the fairgrounds. All proceeds go towards the Florida State Fair Foundation, so don’t hesitate if you want to join in the fun!

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