TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida State Fair will be the first fair of the year come 2017. WFLA News Channel 8’s Lila Gross has all the event information, how to get tickets and how to apply for a vendor spot.
The 113th Florida State Fair’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” is all about capturing the moments with you family.There will be tons of rides, shows, concerts, shopping, food, animals/livestock and Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country.
This year the Florida State Fair is presenting Sweets: A Tasty Journey. It is an interactive exhibit, which explores candy’s history and role in popular culture. There also is a giant Candy Land game, a “beanboozled” taste test challenge and candy-inspired art One is even a replica of the famous Mona Lisa, created with jellybeans.
Visitors can also learn about the ingredients used to make their favorite treats from a “farm to fork.”
Fairgoers can vote for the People’s Choice Burger from a selection of new and returning burger businesses. You can also try a Steak Sundae and Oreo Funnel Cake for the first time.
The 2017 Florida State Fair lasts from February 9 until the 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where parking is free.
From now until February 8 you can get early-bird ticket pricing for $7 for seniors, $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-years-old to 11-years-old and children 5-years-old and younger are free. Also, unlimited ride wristbands are available for $20-$30. Tickets are sold online here and at Walgreens.
For vendors, there are indoor and outdoor locations up for grabs. Specifics on space size can be found on the application. The Florida Sate Fair said vendor applications are evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Specifications and other criteria for each vendor area are listed on the applications.
“The Florida State Fair offers incredible exposure for merchants, artisans and competitors. The Fair provides vendors a unique opportunity to get in front of many thousands of visitors,” said Cheryl Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority.
Fair contestants can also enter their exhibits in competitive categories including, baking, woodworking, fine arts and others. Winners will receive cash prizes and other recognition.
Details and applications for merchants, arts and crafts vendors and competitive exhibit entries are available here. To apply, click on “2017 Fair Applications” on the homepage.
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