Get ready to gorge on fried food and spin 'til you're dizzy, because The Florida State Fair returns to Tampa for its 110th year, Feb. 6 through 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Advance tickets went on sale today at Walgreens stores throughout Florida and AAA locations around the Tampa Bay Area. Tickets are also available at the box office at the Florida State Fairgrounds, by calling 1-800-345-3247, or on the official fair website.
The fair's theme for 2014 is “1st Place for Fun,” playing on the late-winter fair's status as the earliest state fair of the year in the U.S., a news release from the fair's organizers said.
Among the attractions at the fair will be the “largest traveling roller coaster in North America,” “bizarre sideshow spectacles” including sword swallowing and fire eating, the FMX Motorcycle Thrill Zone and more than 110 free things to do after paid admission, the release said.
Musical performers include America, Country Gold, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker. Tickets for Country Gold's concerts Feb. 12 at noon and 4 p.m. require purchase of a reserved-seating ticket. Other concerts are included with admission.
There will also be the usual mix of indulgent fair food, livestock, and the rustic Cracker Country, which uses actors and authentic buildings and tools to recreate Florida life in the late 19th century.
Advance pricing for admission is $7 for seniors (select senior days only), $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 11. Children aged 5 and under are free. Ride armbands are $25 in advance.