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Best Of The 2014 Florida State Fair: Food, Rides & Armbands

The Florida State Fair in Tampa swings into high gear on Thursday, Feb. 6 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 17. Because there is so much to do and know about  the State Fair we have put together the best information you need for your day at the fair.

The only thing we didn't include is the antacids for your stomach after you pig out on the fair's crazy fried-on-a-stick foods.

Dates - February 6 – 17, 2014

Monday – Thursday 10am   till Close
Friday – Sunday   9am till Close


Admission Prices

Monday – Friday
Ages: 12 & Over $10
Ages: 6-11 $5
Ages: 5 & Under FREE

Saturday – Sunday
Ages: 12 & Over $12
Ages: 6-11 $6
Ages: 5 & Under FREE

Parking is free at the Florida State Fair.

Cost of Advance Tickets ahead of opening day: $8 adults or $4 ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are FREE.  Advance Senior tickets are $7 and good only on Senior days. Advance Ride armbands are $25.

Address and Directions

East Lake-Orient Park | Tampa FL 33610
(800) 345-3247 |

For driving directions click this highlighted link.

Which gate?
There are 3 entrances into the Fairgrounds property: Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., US Hwy. 301 and Orient Road.  MLK, Jr. Blvd. and US Hwy. 301 are only open when there are events ongoing at the Fairgrounds.

Rides will cost you between $3 and $6 each without armbands.  Unlimited ride armbands will set you back $15-$30 per person and are available to purchase on certain days and times, unless you buy in advance of Fair opening. There are steeply discounted prices for the armbands but they are only on certain discount days which are listed below.

Midway Closing Time:
There is no set closing for the midway it varies by day depending on that day's scheduled activities and attendance are.

Discount Days
$20 Midway Ride Armbands – Sold after 3PM at the fair on opening Day Feb. 6
$5 after 5pm Days –
Admission is $5 after 5 p.m. Takes place Feb. 10, 11, & 12
Senior Days –
Feb. 10, 11, 12 & 13.  Admission Tickets for Seniors are $9 at the Gate. Regular prices are $10 M-F | $12 on  weekends
4-H and FFA Day –
FREE Admission for 4-H and FFA Members with Identification or Jacket: Feb. 8 & 15.
Midweek Midway Madness –
Armbands $15 after 3PM – Sold only that the fair on Feb. 12.
$30 Midway Ride Armband Day –
Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16 & 17.
Family Fun Day admission $20 up to 4 people -
Sold only at the Fairgrounds on Monday, Feb. 17.

Best Bet to save big at the State Fair: Wednesday, Feb. 12 after 5pm - Admission is $5 for everyone with unlimited ride armbands costing $15. Saving per adult $20.

Heroes Day at the Fair
Opening Day Feb. 6 - all active, reserve, or retired Military Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firemen, and First Responders are admitted FREE!

Valentines' Day
On FRI, Feb. 14 Couples can register to win a free cruise for two. Drawing will take place at 7:30PM in the Expo Hall.

School Days
2/7 – Hillsborough County School Students received a FREE Fair Ticket from school.

2/ 13 - College day armband $20 at 3PM, Sold only at the Fairgrounds.

2/17 – Manatee, Pinellas, Polk & Sarasota Students Receive a FREE Fair Ticket from school.



Feb. 6 at 7PM
Entertainment Hall
Concert is included with Gate Admission

Country Gold Tour Staring
T.G. Sheppard
Leroy Van Dyke
Suzy Bogguss
Marvel Felts
Bobby Bare
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Noon & 4pm
Tickets are $15 and $10 – Does not include Fair Admission

Sister Hazel
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7PM
Entertainment Hall
Concert is included with Gate Admission

Uncle Kracker
Monday, Feb. 17 at 7PM
Entertainment Hall
Concert is included with Gate Admission

Food:  Most fair foods are between $4 and $10. There are all the on-a-sticks a person can think of to eat. There are also some new food items at the fair this year that will astound you.

Free things to do while in Fair
Xtreme Sports Show
Exhibits, agribusiness and equestrian shows
Cracker Country and the expo area
Exotic petting zoo
Blues Brothers
Dennis Lee
Kachunga & The Alligator
Welde Bear Show
Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
Racing Pigs
Circus Hollywood
Bluegrass Music Stage
Florida Arts & Craft Show.
Goat and sheep tent and small animal show ring

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