Florida State Fair 2016

The Florida State Fairgrounds is restricted air space. Drones are not allowed.

During this stretch of cold, windy weather in the Sunshine State, today was a beautiful day to visit the Florida State Fair in Hillsborough County. Many visitors came for the comfort fair food, midway rides, free entertainment, arts & crafts, livestock shows, Cracker Country and the exhibits saluting Florida’s agriculture, cattle ranching, forestry, fish and wildlife and railroad history. The fair also pays tribute to several local and Florida residents who are Hispanic, African-American and Asian American for their business and community accomplishments in a display along the fair’s waterfront near the Expo Hall.

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New this year is the White House Exhibit at the Florida Center. It’s not to be missed. The White House Exhibit is on tour and presented by the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont, Florida. It’s an interactive exhibit of presidential life and where you can be President of the United States. Tom from Brooksville tried out the podium in front of the Capitol.

Florida State Fair 2016 014Fried, grilled and barbequed food are everywhere at the state fair. This classic hamburger with bacon ($7) is from Donut Burger near the Salute to Agriculture/Mooternity Ward and Midway. Many food and drink vendors accept only cash. Bring cash with you in case the fair’s ATMs are not dispensing money.


Senior Days at the fair also continues this week through February 12th.  Parking is free. There also are free shuttles to take you to and from the entrances in the parking lots. The Florida State Fair is located at 4800 U.S. 301 North off I-275 in Tampa.  Fair entrances also are on MLK Boulevard and Orient road. The fair ends February 15th. For more information, go to http://www.floridastatefair.com

—Carol Lim

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