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MEDIA ALERT - October 8, 2017

FLORIDA STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES FLASH SALE, ADMISSION AND RIDE ARMBAND COMBO PACKAGE FOR $20

WHAT: The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa, always in February – announced a one day flash sale for the upcoming fair, February 8-19. In celebration of four months until opening day, the Florida State Fair is offering a combo package of one admission and ride armband good for unlimited Midway rides for only $20. The combo package is good for any day for a savings of up to $28! Limited quantity available.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Flash Sale begins at 9:00 a.m.

TICKET INFO: To purchase the flash sale combo package, visit the Florida State Fair Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds/

PR CONTACT: Please contact Krystin Olinski at 813-205-5572 or krystin@thisispress.com for additional details, media credentials and/or hi-res photos.


About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.
The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go towww.floridastatefair.com.
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Annual Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!

Tampa, FL – On Saturday September 23, 2017, Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket at a participating museum or cultural venue.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to offer the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants nationwide.

As the Tampa Bay area recovers from Hurricane Irma, Cracker Country is especially pleased to offer FREE museum admission to our community.

Cracker Country will be open 10:00am – 4:00pm. During Museum Day Live, visitors can tour historic buildings and grounds that represent home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. Watch a blacksmith at work, dip your own beeswax candle, meet a 19th century Florida cow hunter and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard. Get a head start on holiday shopping with nostalgic gifts from our general store.

For more information about the event and to download a free ticket, visit: http://crackercountry.org/index.php/come-visit/smithsonian-magazine-museum-day

Visitors who present this ticket will gain free entrance for two.

Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. Please enter through the US Highway 301 entrance to the Fairgrounds. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

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For more information, contact:
Cindy Horton, Director of Museum Operations
(813)627-4225
cindy.horton@floridastatefair.com

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Homeschool Day at Cracker Country

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Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

HOMESCHOOL DAY at CRACKER COUNTRY featuring Make and Take Crafts!

(March 23, 2017, Tampa, FL) Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country invites home educators and students to participate in Homeschool Day on April 18 from 10am until 2pm on the grounds of the Florida State Fair, 4800 US Highway 301 North, in Tampa.

Children of all ages can learn about the lives of Florida settlers who arrived before the turn of the 20th century through hands-on activities that were common for youngsters growing up in a Florida farming community at that time.

Back by popular demand, the theme of the event is Make and Take Crafts.

Educators in historic dress will be on hand to welcome guests to the 1885 Carlton House, railroad depot, general store, church and other authentic structures. Young learners can make their own toys, dolls and helpful items for the household. They also will learn to operate an early 20th century printing press and make their own postcard.

Homeschool Day activities are designed to capture the interests of students of all ages. Groups set their own pace and choose their level of participation.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.crackercountry.org. Admission is $8 for individuals aged four years and older. Children three years of age and younger are free. There is no charge for parking for this event. Enter the Fairgrounds via the Orient Road entrance.

Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country is a rural Florida living history museum located at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The museum includes a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 on four acres of grounds and gardens.

For more information, visit www.crackercountry.org or call 813-627-4225

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Champion of Champions Winner

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Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

2017 Champion of Champions Winner Honored at Florida State Fair

(February 22, 2017, Tampa, FL) For the past 20 years, the Florida State Fair has paid homage to its agricultural roots by sponsoring the Champion of Champions program, which provides youth exhibitors the opportunity not only to show their prize-winning animals but to participate in educational opportunities and earn achievement and animal premiums. On February 20, the final day of the Fair, the top 32 senior champion youth exhibitors competed to be named the Champion of Champions. The 2017 winner is Ainsley Peterson from Mayo, who received a $1,500 cash prize.

Ainsley also received third place in the Youth Swine Show, which earned her an additional $250 cash award.

The top four Senior Exhibitors in Steer, Sheep, Goat, Beef, Swine, Rabbit, Dairy and Poultry Youth Shows are invited to participate in the Champion of Champions program. They then compete in a round-robin contest to demonstrate their knowledge of eight different species.

“Participants must be prepared to answer questions not only about the species that they exhibited, but about any of the other seven species,” explains Lynann Hudson, Agribusiness manager for the Florida State Fair Authority.

“Subject matter is on a four-year rotation and includes products and marketing, nutrition, reproduction and health,” she adds. “To be successful requires a commitment to learning as well as the ability to articulate that knowledge.”

Cady McGehee of Okeechobee earned second place and a $1,250 cash prize in the Champion of Champions competition. Sydni Sinka of Dade City came in third and received $1,000. Fourth place and $750 went to Michael Fioretto of Bradenton, while Abigail Clapp of Punta Gorda claimed fifth place and $500. Tierani Johnson of Land O Lakes came in sixth and received $250.

The prizes were handed out at the Champion of Champions banquet in the Special Events Center during the Fair on Monday. Lisa Hinton, executive director for the Florida Federation of Fairs served as the event’s emcee. Hinton previously served as Director of Agribusiness for the Florida State Fair and was instrumental in developing the Champion of Champions program.

“All of these students here tonight are champions,” Hinton told attendees at the dinner. “They have competed against over 1,200 other students in their individual shows and have earned the right to be here tonight.

“These students started with an animal project months ago,” she said. “They purchased an animal, trained it for show, washed it, groomed it and fed it every day. Next they exhibited their animals here at the State Fair and took the challenge of entering the Champion Youth Program.

“In order to be here tonight these young people have excelled in all areas,” Hinton stressed.

The event also included the presentation of five $1,000 Florida State Fair Agricultural scholarships, which were presented by Florida State Fair Authority Executive Director Cheryl F. Flood and Board Chairman Doyle E. Carlton, III. Champion of Champions award winners McGehee and Fioretto were joined by Nicole Falk of Edgewater and Casey Wingate and Genaveve Henson from Myakka in receiving these scholarships.

“As a child, I raised steers for the Polk County Youth Fair,” Flood notes, “and went on to show cattle at the Florida State Fair. I know how hard these youth work and am proud to be able to reward their efforts with these scholarships and other incentives.”

In addition, Kayleigh Heather of Dade City received a scholarship from Mosaic and Joshua Case Birge of Graceville was the recipient of the Jan Dillard Memorial Scholarship.

The 2018 Florida State Fair will be held February 8 to 19.

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Caption: Caption: The Champion of Champions banquet was held in the Special Events Center during the Fair on Monday. From left: Florida State Fair Authority Board Chairman Doyle E. Carlton, III, Champion of Champions winner Ainsley Peterson, Cady McGehee, Sydni Sinka, Michael Fioretto, Abigail Clapp and Nikki Foster from Mosaic, the presenting sponsor.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Thanks for a great Fair!

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Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

2017 Florida State Fair Celebrates Successful Year, Increased Attendance

(February 21, 2017, Tampa, FL) The 2017 Florida State Fair, the first event with Florida State Fair Authority (FSFA) Executive Director Cheryl Flood at the helm, closed Monday after a successful run. Unaudited numbers show the fair ending with an 11.4 percent increase in attendance over 2016 and solid gate and midway revenue.

“I am so excited we were able to share the Fair with so many fellow Floridians,” said Flood, who assumed her position in September. “We placed a renewed focus on family entertainment, booking Shopkins and other kids’ entertainment. We had a huge success the last weekend with a Peppa Pig Meet and Greet.”

In addition to the children’s characters, the 2017 Fair also featured the largest variety of entertainment ever, including Sea Lion Splash, Sweet: A Tasty Journey – a museum quality exhibit exploring candy in pop culture, K-9s in Flight, Circus Hollywood under the Big Top, the Welde’s Big Bear Show, the Winter National Championship Lawnmower races, the Florida State Fair Championship Tractor Pull, Budweiser Clydesdales, Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country, concerts and top quality agricultural exhibits.

“Agriculture is at the heart of what we do,” said Doyle E. Carlton, III, FSFA Chairman. “We crowned our new Champion of Champions, Ainsley Peterson, a young lady from Mayo and showcased thousands of youth participants from all over the state. Our barns and buildings including Salute to Agriculture, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Florida Ranch and Cattleman’s Exhibit and Agriculture Hall of Fame were filled with the best that Florida has to offer and we were delighted to demonstrate our rich agricultural and cultural heritage to so many people,” said Carlton.

Fair management already is at work planning an even bigger and better 2018 fair.

“With the first fair under my belt, and feedback from our guests and staff, I am excited to bring more of the best in family entertainment to the fair. I can’t wait for next year and the exciting new things we are going to offer our guests,” Flood concluded.

The 2018 Florida State Fair will run February 8 – 19.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Caption: Giannah James, 3, of Valrico could barely contain her excitement at meeting Peppa Pig and her younger brother George at the Florida State Fair on Sunday. The appearance by the Nick Jr. stars was part of the new focus on children’s entertainment at the Florida State Fair.

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Peppa Pig and her brother George at the Fair!

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Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
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Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
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Laurie L. Hayes

Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com

Peppa Pig and her brother George to Host Meet and Greet at the Florida State Fair
Pint-Sized Pleasures on Tap for the Youngest Fair Goers

(February 14, 2017, Tampa, FL) – Peppa Pig and her brother George are making their first appearance in Tampa at the Florida State Fair! The Nick Jr. stars will be on hand to meet and greet their young fans on the Coca Cola Stage in the Entertainment Hall on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 at 10 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. In keeping with the Fair’s 2017 theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” children and parents can have their photo taken with these lovable swine siblings!

Peppa Pig and her brother George are among the more than 100 things to see and do at the Fair. Other attractions of particular appeal to children include appearances by Shopkins characters Kooky Cookie and Apple Blossom, a giant 28-foot long coloring wall, an interactive candy exhibit and a petting zoo filled with baby farm animals as well as the Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie, which features Twigs the giraffe, llamas and other cuddly critters.

There also is a Big Top circus and shows featuring sea lion and canine performers. All are included with the price of admission. There also are kiddie rides for those 36 inches and taller.

The Florida State Fair runs through February 20. Weekday admission is $11 for adults and $6 for kids aged six to 11. From Friday through Monday (President’s Day), admission is $13 and $7 respectively. Children five years and younger are admitted FREE.


Highlights for Tuesday, February 14

Valentine’s Day
It’s Valentine’s Day at the Fair! The Midway Sky Eye is open for business and, just for Valentine’s Day, the Fair is offering 2 for 1 rides on the new GIANT Ferris Wheel. Stop by any Guest Service Booth and get a complimentary pack of breath mints courtesy of Simon Properties and prepare to lean in for a smooch at the top of this 155-foot ride.

Senior Day

All persons aged 55 and older received $2 off the regular admission price of $11 at the gate.

Country Gold Tour
The Country Gold Tour once again will return to the Fair. A fan favorite, the 2017 concerts will boast some of the biggest names to join the tour, including Johnny Lee, David Frizzell, Barbara Fairchild – and, of course, Leroy Van Dyke. The show starts at 2pm on the Coca Cola Stage in the Entertainment Hall. $10 general admission, $20 reserved floor seating. Contact the Box Office at 813.740.4640 to reserve.

Tribute to the Statler Brothers
Can’t get enough Country music? The River City Boys present a Tribute to the Statler Brothers, celebrating that band’s nearly 50-year career that included five GRAMMYs, two Academy of Country Music awards and three County Music Association awards. The Show starts at 5:30pm, just prior to the Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

Elvis Extravaganza!
Put on your blue suede shoes and take in the Elvis Extravaganza National Championships! Cheer on your favorite Elvis impersonator while bopping to ‘50s favorites. Still in a happy days kind of mood? Swing by the Alaskan Soda Jerk for an old fashioned treat!

Meal Deal
Today’s Meal Deal is a Greek salad with feta, pita bread, fires and choice of meat for $10 (a $5 savings) at Wacky Creations Gyros stand in front of Gate 4.

Deal of the Day
Buy a pair of sterling silver earrings at Sparkles (Booth 922 in the Expo Hall) and get the second pair at half price.

Find more information about the rides, concerts, attractions and other news online at www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Last Chance for Discount Ride and Admission Ticket

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Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com

Last Chance for Discount Ride and Admission Tickets Available at Walgreens and Online

2017 Florida State Fair Takes Place February 9 through 20

(Tampa, FL, February 8, 2017) – Today is that last day to purchase discounted admission and ride tickets for the 2017 Florida State Fair. Tickets are available at participating area Walgreens through February 8, as well as online at FloridaStateFair.com. Individuals and families can save up to 30 percent off the price at the gate by buying in advance. The 113th Florida State Fair opens tomorrow, February 9 and runs through February 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” emphasizes all of the unforgettable moments waiting to be captured – all at an excellent price and always with free parking.

Adults can save up to $4 by purchasing advance admission tickets for $9, while tickets for seniors and kids are $2 off the regular prices of $9 and $7 respectively. Weekday armbands good for all-you-can ride on either February 9, 13, 14, 15 or 16 are $20, while ride armbands good for any one day of the Fair (including weekends and holidays) are $30 –a savings of $5 on both.

For less than the price of a movie ticket, the 2017 Florida State Fair offers some of the best family entertainment in the country, including the only travelling sea lion act in the country; a museum quality, interactive exhibit that explores the influence of candy on pop culture; a spectacular Big Top Circus; an opportunity to see the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales up close; the wild and wacky antics of the Sunshine State Lawnmower Races; the chance to feed a giraffe and see more than 5,000 other animals – and so much more. As the first State Fair in the U.S., the Florida State Fair also gives Fair goers an opportunity to be the first to experience some of the newest thrill rides and outrageous Fair food.

Discounted admission and armband tickets can be purchased at participating Florida Walgreens locations through February 8. Tickets also are available at FloridaStateFair.com. Purchase by midnight on February 8 to receive the discounted rates, or buy online at regular price any time during the Fair to save time in line.

AT-A-GLANCE

When: February 9 – 20, 2017

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds – 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa 33610

Parking: FREE

Tickets Sales:

• Purchase online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also are available through the Fair Box Office or by mail or fax. Call 1-800-345-FAIR (3247)

Tickets sold at participating Walgreens stores through February 8

Pricing:

Advance pricing discounts, available through February 8

• $7 for seniors (a savings of $2) – Must be used Feb. 13-17

• $9 for adults (a savings of up to $4); $5 for children ages 6 to 11 (a savings of up to $2)

• Children five years and younger are FREE

All-You-Can Ride Armbands good for one day (Save $5 when you purchase by February 8)

• Weekday Ride armbands - $20 for unlimited rides (Valid Feb. 9 and Feb. 13-16)

• Any Day Ride armbands - $30 for unlimited rides (Valid during Midway hours)


Tickets for the Country Gold concerts held February 14 and 15 can only be purchased through the Florida State Fair Authority. Shows will be at 2 p.m. The concert on Valentine’s Day features Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell and Johnny Lee, while the February 15 show stars Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare and Marty Haggard.

For more information about the Florida State Fair, including announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Salute to Black History

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Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com

Florida State Fair and Hillsborough County Public Schools Host Salute to Black History exhibit and performances
Features an appearance by NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dungy

(Tampa, FL – February 7, 2017) – Bestselling author and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who was the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl, will make an appearance at the Florida State Fair with his wife Lauren Friday, February 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the Florida State Fair Salute to Black History presented by the Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Office of Diversity and the Florida State Fair Black History Community Committee.

Dungy, who retired from coaching in 2008, has been involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, Mentors for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs and others. Dungy and his wife, who have nine children, also are the founders of the Dungy Family Foundation, which works to strengthen, sustain and empower communities by providing opportunities to those in need.

Based in Tampa, Tony and Lauren Dungy are among those who inspired this year’s theme for the Salute to Black History – “Celebrating Local & National African-American Legacies.” Friday’s schedule also includes artistic and musical performances by students and community members in the Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. India White, an author and assistant principal in HCPS, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

In addition to the performances, there will be exhibits by Hillsborough County Public School students in the Florida Center for all 12 days of the Fair. The 27 displays, including 19 from local schools, include a collection of videos depicting prominent African Americans and their contributions for equality in Tampa, news clippings from the historical sit-ins for equality in downtown Tampa, and a pictorial display of the lives and contributions of local educators including Doretha Edgecomb and Dr. Lewis Brinson.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Hillsborough County Public School system to highlight the important contributions made by these local African American leaders to improve not only our surrounding communities, but the State of Florida and our country as a whole,” said Doyle E. Carlton III, Chairman of the Board for the Florida State Fair Authority.

Celebrating Local & National African-American Legacies
Friday, February 10
Florida Center/Botanical Gardens

Tony and Lauren Dungy
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Kan Dance Studio
10 a.m.

Salvation Army Brass Band
Salvation Army – Monologue “Ain’t I a Woman?”
11 a.m.

Bles’d Productions: Song and dance, entertainer portrayals: Smokey Robinson, Dr. King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and others
noon

Black on Black Rhyme: Poetry and Music with Hillsborough County Poetry Jam winners
1 p.m.

Howard W. Blake Warrior Poets
2 p.m.

Dynasty: Hip Hop Artist
3 p.m.

In addition, AM 1150WTMP.com will be broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets for the Florida State Fair are available for purchase online www.FloridaStateFair.com, in person at the Fairground’s Box Office, by phone, at 1-800-345-FAIR (1-800-345-3247), or at participating Walgreens throughout the state until February 8.

The 113th Florida State Fair will be held February 9 through the 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” emphasizes all of the unforgettable moments waiting to be captured. The Florida State Fair offers non-stop fun AND an excellent value with more than 100 things to see and do included in the price of admission – and always free parking.

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Find the Golden Ticket!

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Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com


Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com


2017 Florida State Fair Featuring “Golden Tickets” Each Fair Day With Amazing Prizes!
Fairgoers will have a chance to receive even more value for their Fair visit

(February 7, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – The Florida State Fair is bringing Sweet: A Tasty Journey to Tampa this year as a feature attraction. Celebrating all things candy in popular culture, this museum-quality exhibit highlights one of the most popular candy-related films: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

Inspired by the fun and excitement the Wonka Bars generated with the Golden Ticket, the Fair will run its own version of the contest. Each day of the Fair will have its own Golden Ticket promotion with fabulous prizes for the winners.

“We are thrilled to announce our Golden Ticket promotion for the 2017 Florida State Fair,” said Cheryl Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “Our sponsors are supporting the contest with fantastic prizes including a 55” flat screen TV, luxury tickets to Lightning games, overnight hotel stays, a $500 Visa Gift Card and box seats to upcoming concerts, to name just a few,” said Flood.

Each day of the Fair, a clue for finding the Golden Ticket will be posted on the Florida State Fairground’s Facebook page, along with instructions about how the winner will be chosen and the prize for the day.

The winner of each day’s contest will be announced on the Fair’s social media channels along with a picture of the winner, the Golden Ticket and the daily prize.

“The Golden Ticket promotion adds another element of excitement to an event already filled with fabulous entertainment such as Sea Lion Splash, Hollywood Circus under the

Big Top and, of course, Sweet: A Tasty Journey,” said Flood. “From being one the first riders on the new Midway Sky Eye to VIP Meet and Greets with Shopkins characters Apple Blossom and Kooky Cookie, we are offering some amazing once in a lifetime experiences for our Golden Ticket winners.”

Discounted admission and ride armband tickets for the Florida State Fair are available online at FloridaStateFair.com and all participating Walgreens through February 8. Tickets also can be purchased online or at the gate during the 12 days of the Fair.

For more information about the fair including attractions information, news and discounts, visit www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Florida State Fair People’s Choice Fare Favorite

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Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com


Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com


The People Have Spoken: Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake Crowned Florida State Fair People’s Choice Fare Favorite

(February 1, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – The Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake by The Best Around beat out 22 other culinary concoctions to win the title of People’s Choice Fare Favorite at the Florida State Fair. This hotly anticipated twist on a traditional Mexican dish earned 19 percent of the votes logged in on the Fair’s website, FloridaStateFair.com.

The Best Around food concessions have been owned and operated by the McGrath family since 1978. Always a draw at the Fair, Kevin and Mama Jane McGrath cooked up the Pizza Funnel Cakes that were featured on the Food Network’s Carnival Eats show in 2016. This year’s invention features corn meal funnel cake batter mixed with enchilada spices, poured through a funnel and deep-fried. The savory cake is then topped with queso and ground chorizo.

The runner up in the People’s Choice competition, which this year was expanded to include all manner of Fair food, was the Florida Firecracker – 10 ounces of fresh ground chuck mixed with special seasoning and stuffed with freshly made jalapeno poppers filled with cream cheese and extra sharp cheddar cheese. The meat is then wrapped in bacon and slow roasted in a smoker. It is served on an eight-inch hoagie roll layered with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles – and a variety of special sauces.

The Florida Firecracker, which earned 13 percent of the vote, is the brainchild of Greg Shockley whose Bacon Bomb burger was last year’s People’s Choice favorite.

Running neck in neck to round out the top five were the White Cheddar and Bacon Pretzel Dog, the Nutella Oreo Funnel Cake and the Pizza Cone. Among the other entries were the BBQ Gator Slider, Kettle Corn Ice Cream, Shrimp and Grits Sundae and the Donut Grilled Cheese.

“As the first State Fair in the country, we’re excited that our guests get to experience the new and unusual food offerings before the rest of the country, as well as to offer the nation a sneak peek into what sort of tempting treats are in store when their Fair rolls into town,” said Cheryl F. Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority.

“And like so many of our voters, I too am looking forward sampling the Cheesy Funnel Cake Enchilada, the Florida Firecracker and many of the other delicious sounding treats – spaced out over the 12 days of the Fair of course!”

The Florida State Fair runs February 9 through 20. Discounted admission and ride armband tickets are available online at FloridaStateFair.com and all Florida Walgreens through February 8. Tickets also can be purchased online or at the gate during the 12 days of the Fair.

For more information about the fair including attractions information, news and discounts, visit www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Caption: The Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake by The Best Around has earned bragging rights as the Florida State Fair People’s Choice Fare Favorite.

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2017 Wall of Fame Honorees

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Florida State Fair to Honor Diversity Leaders

(February 2, 2017, Tampa, FL) — Two women, both of whom have long histories championing educational opportunities for minority and other students, have earned a place on the Florida State Fair Authority’s Diversity Wall of Fame. Patsy Sanchez, director of diversity and inclusion for the University of South Florida System (USF) and Doretha Edgecomb, a Tampa native who has devoted the past 52 years to a career in education in Hillsborough County will be honored at a ceremony during the 2017 Florida State Fair.

The Florida State Fair Authority annually recognizes outstanding men and women who exemplify a commitment to excellence and have enhanced Tampa or Florida’s rich heritage and culture within their respective communities. Sanchez and Edgecomb were nominated by the Fair’s Diversity Advisory Committee and chosen by popular vote on the Fair’s website.

The Committee also is honoring two diversity leaders posthumously. The first, Perry Curtis Harvey, Jr., was a top union official on Tampa's docks and the first African-American elected to the Tampa City Council. While on the Council, he pushed for more playgrounds and the hiring of more African American police officers. Harvey died of heart failure in 2012.

Tony Garcia is the Fair’s other historic honoree. Garcia was Tampa’s “Mr. USO” for 40 years, serving personnel from Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base, Naval Reserve unit and military visitors. A World War II veteran, he brought the likes of Bob Hope, Aretha Franklin and Jimmy Steward to Tampa to perform for servicemen stationed in Tampa. Garcia passed away in 2003.

“The Florida State Fair Authority is pleased to recognize the exemplary efforts of these distinguished individuals,” said Cheryl F. Flood, executive director of the Fair. Regarding Sanchez and Edgecomb, she added, “Both of these woman are an inspiration not only to their communities but to the state of Florida and the nation as a whole in their tireless efforts to ensure equal educational opportunities for all.”
In her capacity at USF, Sanchez plans, develops, implements and evaluates university-wide comprehensive diversity policies, programs and initiatives to support the university’s Diversity Statement and Strategic Plan. She works to create awareness about USF’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and also serves as director for USF Latino Scholarship Program.

During the past 15 years, Sanchez has held various leadership positions at USF. She has been instrumental in partnering with local, state and national organizations, corporation and foundations to raise funds for scholarships to support and mentor talented first generation in college Latino students with financial need.

Sanchez, a Cuban-born native who came to the United States as a teen in 1980, is a member of several community organizations including the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Latin Community Committee. She twice has received the USF Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and was named Hispanic Woman of the Year in 2016 by Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.

Edgecomb began her career in education as a junior high school English teacher with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the same school system where she received her own education and where three of the four generations of educators in her family have served. She went on to serve as a parent involvement coordinator and reading supervisor and became principal of Robles Elementary School in the mid-‘90s.

Edgecomb entered the political side of education when she ran and won a seat of the Hillsborough County School Board in 2004. She served three terms until 2016, when she decided not to seek reelection.

Edgecomb is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the NAACP, and the East Tampa Revitalization Committee and is the president-elect of Athena Society. She recently was named one of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s 2017 Women of Distinction and Woman of Promise.

Sanchez and Edgecomb will be honored at the Wall of Fame Recognition Ceremony at Florida State Fair 10 a.m. Saturday, February 11 in the Frontier Steakhouse on the Waterfront. Their names will be added to the Wall of Fame, which will be on display outside of the restaurant for the remainder of the Fair.

The Florida State Fair runs from February 9 through 20. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at floridastatefair.com and at participating Walgreens throughout the state through Feb. 8.

For more information about the fair, including special attractions and HUGE discounts visit: www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Note to media: Photos of the nominees are available under the News tab at floridastatefair.com.
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Shopkins are coming to the Florida State Fair!

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Florida State Fair rolls out more family entertainment than ever before #1 selling Shopkins toys to make rare appearance during fair

(January 30, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – Ask almost any adult what the best selling toy was for 2015 and most would guess one of the toys from the blockbuster Star Wars movie. Little girls know better however, as they drove sales of the tiny Shopkins line from Australian toy company Moose Toys to the #1 spot, filling four of the top 10 positions.

This was no surprise to Cheryl Flood, the new executive director of the Florida State Fair and mom to four-year old daughter Alexa.

“It is an initiative of mine to bring the most popular children’s entertainment to the fair. Everyone knows we have the largest midway in the U.S. and some of the craziest food ever invented, but I also want to be known for outstanding family and children’s entertainment. It’s our children that will keep the fair strong for generations to come,” said Flood.

Booking Shopkins was her strongest move in that direction so far. Sales of Shopkins toys were showing a 98 percent increase over 2015 going into the Christmas season, and the popularity of the brand’s YouTube channels has skyrocketed. Securing characters Kooky Cookie and Apple Blossom for appearances at the fair wasn’t quite so easy, however.

“We searched the entire country for the what we believe to be the best in family entertainment,” said Flood.

At conventions and trade shows, she found there was lots of family entertainment available but very few entertainment agencies were able to produce the top name brands Flood was interested in bringing to the fair. After numerous calls to agents and even reaching out to the official Shopkins licensing company, Flood was finally able to secure a rare appearance of the wildly popular tiny toys.

“We were able to get them for meet and greets all fair days,” enthused Flood, and she is expecting large crowds of youngsters to greet the characters.

In addition to these popular toys come to life, the 2017 Florida State Fair will also feature acts from national TV Shows such as America’s Got Talent, exotic animals and death-defying acts of daring, all FREE with the price of admission.

“Where else, for less than the price of a movie ticket, can you see sea lions perform right before your eyes, experience a spectacular Big Top Circus, feed a giraffe from your own hand and see giant bears dance? There is no better family entertainment value in the state than the Florida State Fair,” said Flood.

The 2017 Florida State Fair is packed with hours of entertainment for guests young and old. Among the most popular attractions for 2017 are:

Shopkins – Shopkins are tiny, collectable plastic figurines modeled after items found in a grocery store. Manufactured by Moose Toys, an Australian toy company, each Shopkin has a unique name and personality. Two of the beloved and ultra rare characters – Kooky Cookie and Apple Blossom – will come to life at the Florida State Fair for a rare meet and greet with their adoring young fans.

Kooky Cookie and Apple Blossom will hold court for several hours each of the 12 days of the Fair. In keeping with the Fair’s 2017 theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” children and their parents can have their photo taken with these two BFFs! – Multiple appearances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Sweet: A Tasty Journey – Making its first ever appearance at a State Fair is Sweet: A Tasty Journey, an interactive exhibit that utilizes games to explore the history of candy and its role in popular culture. There also is a giant Candy Land game perfect for fun pho-to ops, a “beanboozled” taste test challenge (grass flavored jelly bean anyone?) and can-dy-inspired art, including amazing replicas of famous paintings like the Mona Lisa, created with jelly beans.

Visitors also learn about the ingredients used to make their favorite treats from a “farm to fork” perspective and get schooled in the nuts and bolts of the confection-making process. All this is punctuated with fascinating stories of famous candy makers and chocolatiers. The Sweet exhibit is located in the Florida Center and is free with the price of admis-sion.

Sea Lion Splash – As the only traveling sea lion exhibit in the United States, Sea Lion Splash is a fun and unique animal performance showcasing Californian and South American sea lions. For guests who like to get up close and personal with the sea lions, there is a unique photo opportunity available after most presentations. When the Sea Lion Splash exhibit is not on the road, the stars of the show make their home in Myakka City. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

K-9s in Flight – These athletic pups perform each day, showcasing their amazing skills and training. See the dogs perform high jumping acts or make incredible Frisbee catches, all in a fast-paced, high-flying atmosphere. The show also highlights the importance of pet adoption, exercise, nutrition and the special bond between humans and dogs. All of the stars of K-9s in Flight have been rescued or adopted from U.S. shelters. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Circus Hollywood Under The Big Top – Some of the most death-defying circus acts can be seen daily under the Big Top tent on the grounds. Watch as the singing ringmaster presents a spectacular trapeze show, incredible chair balancing performers teeter high in the air, some of the funniest clowns in the country delight with their antics, and beautiful Friesian horses perform along with camels and dogs. Don’t miss the incredible globe of death riders as they race around the inside of a steel cage. This high-energy show has state-of-the-art lights and sound, all presented under the Fair’s giant Big Top. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Butterfly Encounter – Not only can Fairgoers observe these delicate creatures up close, they also can feed them nectar from a sponge. The screened-in encounter contains more than 250 butterflies including monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies. – In the Agriculture Hall of Fame Building. Free with the price of admission.

Hollywood Racing Pigs – On your mark – get set – go! Watch cute little porkers make their way around the track. Join in rooting for your favorite as they race to entertain and win a treat. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie – Join Twigs the Giraffe and other amazing exotic animals up close in the Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie. Where else can you feed a giraffe, get a close-up look at a llama or learn more about some of the most beautiful creatures on earth? Open each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission

Welde’s Big Bear Show – The Weldes once again bring their beautiful family of bruins to the Fair. The Welde’s bears are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild, delivering a vital message of conservation and preservation for all. Learn about the bears while seeing them interact with their handlers – only at the Fair! – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Cracker Country – Throughout the Florida State Fair, Cracker Country comes to life with skilled artisans and historical educators who demonstrate crafts and life skills that would have been important to Florida settlers of the 19th century. Open all fair days until 6pm.

Florida State Fair Tractor Pull – Tractor Pulls use modified farm tractors in the world’s heaviest motorsport competition to pull a weighted sled along a track. It’s not about speed – it’s about going the distance. – Feb. 12 at 2pm in the Equestrian Center Covered Arena. Free with the price of admission.

Sunshine State Lawnmower Races – The MOW the merrier – join in the fun! A dreaded weekend chore is reinvented into a competitive sport. Sanctioned by the United State Lawn Mower Association, there are 11 racing classes from wild to mild. – Feb. 18 at noon and Feb. 19 at noon, in the Equestrian Center Covered Arena. Free with the price of admission.

Budweiser Clydesdales – The iconic Clydesdales, with their energetic personalities and elegance, will be on display for the first three days of the Fair. – Feb. 9-11, in the Equestrian Center. Free with the price of admission.

Vex State Robotics Championship – The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation sponsors competitions that test the technical and interpersonal skills of students that they will need to succeed in the 21st Century. – Feb. 17 (middle and high school) and Feb. 18 (elementary and middle), during Fair hours on the Coca Cola Stage, Entertainment Hall. Free with the price of admission.

Florida State Fair Draft Horse Pull Championship – Watch as these majestic animals compete by pulling a weighted sled for a short distance. The most powerful equine athlete will be declared the winner. – Feb. 16 at noon in the Equestrian Center Covered Arena. Free with the price of admission.

In addition to the exhibits and performances throughout the Fairgrounds there will be Strolling Acts in various locations to keep Fairgoers entertained for all 12 days. These in-clude:
• Rock-it Robot – More than just a costume character, Rock-it is a high tech body puppet. This nine-foot tall gentle giant stands head and shoulders above the crowds.
• Marc Dobson’s One-Man Band – The One Man Band and Son is a one of a kind show of extreme music with comedy for all ages.
• Those Funny Little People – a one-of-a-kind entertainment troupe of life-size puppets who dance, sing and spread good cheer. As seen on “America’s Got Talent.”

The Florida State Fair runs from Feb. 9-20. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at floridastatefair.com and at Walgreens throughout the state through Feb. 8.

For more information about the fair, including special attractions and HUGE discounts visit: www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create posi-tive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Opera-tions are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Florida State Fair to Honor Diversity Leaders

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Florida State Fair to Honor Diversity Leaders
Honorees to be Determined by Popular Vote

(January 26, 2017, Tampa, FL) — The Diversity Advisory Committee of the Florida State Fair Authority annually honors outstanding men and women who exemplify a commitment to excellence and have enhanced Tampa or Florida’s rich heritage and culture within their respective communities. This year’s nominees, chosen by the Committee from a pool of recommended individuals, include education and religious leaders as well as attorneys specializing in civil rights and immigration law. Two honorees, as determined by popular vote, will earn a place on the Diverse Community Leaders Wall of Fame during the annual Florida State Fair. Voting is ongoing and continues through Monday, January 30 at FloridaStateFair.com.

The nominees are:
Warren Dawson, an attorney who has championed civil rights over a career that next year will hit the 50-year mark. He was the first black hired in the National Labor Review Board's Tampa regional office and was Tampa's first black assistant city attorney. Dawson recently was elected to the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the highest judicatory body of a church estimated to have 7.5 million members in 39 countries.

Patsy Sanchez, director of diversity and Inclusion for the University of South Florida System (USF). Sanchez plans, develops, implements and evaluates university-wide comprehensive diversity policies, programs and initiatives to support the university’s Diversity Statement and Strategic Plan and creates awareness about USF’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Sanchez also serves as director for USF Latino Scholarship Program.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Scott, Senior Pastor of 34th Street Church of God in Tampa. Scott has served in this capacity for 35 years and currently is the Chairman of the Tampa Bay Coalition of Clergy. Rev. Scott also sat on the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council, serving as chairman of each for three terms. He is the only individual to have served as chair of both these bodies.

Doretha W. Edgecomb, a Tampa native who has devoted the past 52 years to a career in education. She was elected to the School Board in 2004, and reelected in 2008 and 2012. Edgecomb began her career in education as a junior high school English teacher with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the same school system where she received her own education and where three of the four generations of educators in her family have served.

Paul Palacios, an attorney specializing in immigration law in Tampa. Palacios owns his own firm which primarily represents clients in removal defense and family immigration. He was appointed as special magistrate for Hillsborough County by the Board of County Commissioners in 2013 and also has held office in a number of Hispanic organizations including the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Hispanic Young Professional and Entrepreneurs.

Go to FloridaStateFair.com for photos and more information about these distinguished individuals, as well as to cast a vote for the African American and Hispanic representative to be honored during the Florida State Fair.

The Florida State Fair runs from February 9 through 20. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at floridastatefair.com and at Walgreens throughout the state through Feb. 8.

For more information about the fair, including special attractions and HUGE discounts visit: www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Note to media: Photos of the nominees are available under the News tab at floridastatefair.com.

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2017 Florida State Fair Wall of Fame Nominees

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Paul Palacios 
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Florida State Fair Features Outrageously Delicious Food!

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2017 Florida State Fair Features Outrageously Delicious Food
Something for Every Palate – from Mild to Wild

Cast Your Vote to Determine the Fare Favorite!

(January 20, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – The excitement offered by the rides on the Midway of the Florida State Fair are matched only by the thrills served up by the food vendors throughout the Fairgrounds. This year, adventurous foodies can feast on a White Cheddar and Bacon Pretzel Dog, Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake, Steak Sundae, the Florida Firecracker – a burger stuffed with jalapeno poppers and bacon, slow roasted and served on an 8” hoagie roll with cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles – and more! And Fair fans once again will have a say in the featured fare by voting online starting Monday.

Because of the overwhelming enthusiasm for all manner of culinary concoctions at the Fair, the Annual People’s Choice Burger Awards have been expanded to include all categories of food, including sweet treats like Kettle Corn Ice Cream and the Nutella Oreo Funnel Cake. Check out all the offerings – with enticing photos and mouth-watering descriptions – at FloridaStateFair.com starting January 23 and choose the option that most tickles your taste buds by January 30. The creation that garners the most votes will be crowned the Fare Favorite. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 31.

“As the first State Fair in the country, the Florida State Fair is able to offer our guests the opportunity to taste some of the most unique food creations of the year,” said Cheryl F. Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “Over the years, food has become an iconic part of the fair experience, and our vendors work very hard to bring the most delicious and unusual foods to our Fair. We’re always excited to sample the latest creations.”

This year’s Fair also will boast the debut of the Alaskan Soda Jerk, a one-of-a-kind soft drink concession stand serving up Root Beer Floats and popular “boardwalk” delights like cherry lime aides, as well as shakes and malts. Making its inaugural continental U.S. Fair appearance, Alaskan Soda Jerk invites fair goers to step back in time with ‘50s music, a diner style booth and costumes complete with aprons, paper hats and bow ties. “Soda Jerks” will entertain customers with an exciting presentation sure to draw a crowd.

The Florida State Fair runs Feb. 9-20. Discounted admission and ride armband tickets are available online at FloridaStateFair.com and all Florida Walgreens through February 8. Tickets also can be purchased online or at the gate during the 12 days of the Fair.
For more information about the fair including attractions information, news and discounts, visit www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Caption: The Chili Bacon Mac Grilled Cheese by Sunshine Concessions will be one of the new foods at the Florida State Fair.

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Entertainment at the 2017 Florida State Fair

Building 429
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Entertainment at the 2017 Florida State Fair Sure to Get Feet Moving
Performers Range from GRAMMY nominees to a Voice Alum

(January 17, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – Whether you prefer boots, heels or something in between, get ready to tap your toes and stomp your feet along with the musical performers at the 2017 Florida State Fair, taking place from Feb. 9 through 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

All concerts are FREE with gate admission to the Fair, with the exception of the Country Gold Tour. Discounted admission and ride armband tickets, as well as tickets to Country Gold, are on sale now at FloridaStateFair.com.

Among the featured performers:
The Roots & Boots Tour features Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippen and Collin Raye, an all-star line-up sure to please both hardcore country fans and those who simply enjoy great music. Kershaw has long been one of Country Music’s most definitive voices, with a string of hits ranging from the rowdy “Cadillac Style” to the romantic “Love of My Life.” His newest disc, “The Blues Got Me,” pays homage to the Blues, a genre that Kershaw says always has been a part of his musical influences. Kershaw is joined by Raye, whose soulful delivery has set country standards, and Tippen, who marked his silver anniversary as a recording artist in 2016. – Feb. 20 at 6pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

Shalyah Fearing of Hudson, FL, has been singing since the age of five. Flash forward 10 years to 2015, when she auditioned for Season 10 of The Voice and went on to earn a place in the Top 8 Semifinals. With her powerhouse voice and penchant for R&B, she drew comparisons to the likes of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Catch Shalyah before her career explodes! – Feb. 10 at 8pm, on the Sleep Number Stage

Performing their award-winning songs and high-energy live shows is GRAMMY-nominated Christian rock band Building 429. The band took their name from the Bible
verse Ephesians 4:29, which, to paraphrase, means "If you can't say something nice, don't
say anything at all." Hailing from Fayetteville, NC, these four men are as committed to
their music as they are their message. – Feb. 19 at 6pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola
Stage

The Country Gold Tour once again will return to the Fair. A fan favorite, the 2017 concerts will boast some of the biggest names to join the tour, including Johnny Lee, David Frizzell and Barbara Fairchild on Feb. 14 and Bobby Bare, the Gatlin Brothers and Marty Haggard (son of the legendary Merle Haggard) on Feb. 15. Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk on By” fame will perform at both shows. $10 general admission, $20 reserved floor seating. Contact the Box Office at 813.740.4640 to reserve. Tickets do not include Fair admission. – Feb. 14 and 15 at 2pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

Joe Zuniga divides his time between Tampa and Monterrey, Mexico. Zuniga grew up listening to music genres such as Tejano, Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Merengue, Salsa and Bachata, and now is focused on creating a new Grupero style. He has played with several Florida bands as a keyboard player and back-up vocalist, but recently recorded his first single, “Atado A Tu Amor,” in Mexico. – Feb. 19 at 7pm on the Sleep Number Stage

The Judge Talford Band is comprised of five talented musicians from rural Tennessee. Well-known in the Bluegrass community, the band wanted to broaden their show by including other genres. They now add their own twist to classic rock ‘n’ roll songs – from the ‘50s to modern hits. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Sleep Number Stage

Belles & Whistles creates a great, fun live show that alternates originals with favorite country and rock covers. This mother-daughter duo are talented singers and masterful songwriters. Their show features rich, pure harmonies and lyrics both compelling and clever. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Tampa Bay Times Stage

“The family that plays together, stays together” could be the motto of the Rolf family, who make up Matt’s Family Jam. Matt, wife Lisa and their three children began touring fairs and festivals in 2011 and have been treating audiences to their harmonious combination of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, country and gospel ever since. A Fair favorite in 2016. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Sleep Number Stage

Dennis Lee is a dynamic entertainer with a magnetic stage presence that captures any crowd. Lee blends musical favorites from every genre with improvisation and audience antics. A longtime Fair favorite. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Tampa Bay Times Stage

Elvis fans won’t be disappointed when the Elvis Extravaganza National Championships return to the Fair. Check out dozens of the country’s best Elvis impersonators competing in this three-day event. – Shows on Feb. 14-16, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

Based in Orlando, the Z Street Band combines creativity and today’s technology with innovation to have a full and authentic big band sound true to the original artists. – Feb. 13 at 11am, 1 and 3pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

Mighty Mongo is a five-piece rock band hailing from St. Petersburg. Fun-loving and freewheeling, Mongo plays a kind of party rock punk that gets the crowd moving. – Feb. 11 at 7pm, Sleep Number Stage

Shawn Scheller has rebooted his solo career backed by a top-notch backing band of musicians he has named The Contenders. Based in the Tampa Bay area, The Contenders’ live shows feature a mix of blue-eyed soul originals and cover material ranging from the ‘40s Big Band era to sax driven/yacht rockin' retro ‘80s music. – Feb. 17 at 7pm, Sleep Number Stage

The Lauren Mitchell Band is known for the feel and energy of their live performances. This Sarasota-based band is a tour de force, bringing their Blues and Soul to 250 national and international shows each year. – Feb. 18 at 7pm, Tampa Bay Times Stage

The River City Boys present a Tribute to the Statler Brothers, celebrating that band’s nearly 50-year career that included five GRAMMYs, two Academy of Country Music awards and three County Music Association awards. When the Statlers retired in 2002 they left millions of fans wanting more – and the River City Boys deliver. – Feb. 14-16 prior to the Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage

The Florida State Fair runs Feb. 9-20. Tickets are on sale online at floridastatefair.com and at Walgreens throughout the state through Feb. 8.

Find more information about the rides, concerts, attractions and other news online at www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Caption: GRAMMY-nominated Christian rock band Building 429 will perform at the Florida State Fair 6pm, Feb. 19 in the Entertainment Hall on the Coca Cola
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2017 Florida State Fair Promotions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Cell: 443.995.0728

New 2017 Florida State Fair Promotions Celebrate Veterans, Seniors, Non-Profits and More!

(January 9, 2017, Tampa, FL) – The 12 days of the 2017 Florida State Fair include giveaways, deals and promotions to celebrate all that is great about Fair – and the attendees, whether first-timers or devoted fans. With more than 100 things to see and do included in the price of admission, Fair fans with availability during the week can enjoy special incentives and explore all the entertainment and attractions – while avoiding the weekend crowds. Save even more time and buy tickets online at floridastatefair.com.

February 9 (Opening Day): Salute to Heroes – All active, reserve, retired military veterans, law enforcement, firemen and first responders are admitted free with valid ID. There will be a special commemorative give-away* to recognize these heroes.

February 11 and 18: 4-H and FFA Days – 4-H and FFA students admitted FREE with ID or jacket.

Monday through Friday, February 13-17: Seniorific Days – These days feature senior discounts at the gate and a robust schedule of senior-specific programs, including a presence by Central Florida Speech and Hearing, which will provide qualified special needs seniors with phones on-site. Programming by a Dementia Awareness organization also is planned.

February 14: Valentine’s Day – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your love and receive special giveaways* including coupons and candy courtesy of the Simon Shopping group and 2-for-1 rides on the Giant Wheel sponsored by Wade Shows.

February 14 and February 15 at 2 p.m.: Country Gold Tour – $20 for reserved chair seating and $10 general admission bleacher seating.

February 15: Grandparents’ Day – Grandparents and other caregivers and preschoolers will receive special giveaways,* including coloring books for children. Programming specifically tailored for grandparents and preschoolers, such as special tours of the Agriculture area and Cracker Country, will take place all day. Children and adults also can collaborate on a coloring wall, enjoy Library Storytimes with the Hillsborough County Public Library, and more.

February 16: The Fair Cares Non-Profit Appreciation Day and Thrifty Thursday – Members of non-profit organizations are invited to enter a raffle for cash prizes to be awarded to both the individual and their organization by the Fair Authority. There will be a special give-away* and a discounted Midway promotion with 10 rides for $10 as part of our Thank You to community volunteers.

February 17: $5 Friday after 5 p.m. – Guests admitted for $5 after 5 p.m. (Sold only at the Fairgrounds.)

February 20: Family Fun Pack – $25 admission for up to four people. (Sold only at the Fairgrounds.)

Student Days – Students receive a FREE ticket distributed by the school district in the various counties of Hillsborough (February 10); Hardee (February 12); Citrus and Highlands (February 19); Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota (February 20).

Gold Access Program – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the last day of the Fair (February 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20) – This enhancement, available with the purchase of a ride armband, grants guests special express access at Midway rides for a $15 upgrade fee. (Limited number sold each day.)

Goodwill discount – Guest receive $2 off adult regular gate admission with donation to Goodwill Industries. (Does not apply to advance sales.)

The Florida State Fair runs Feb. 9-20. Tickets are on sale online at floridastatefair.com and at Walgreens throughout the state through Feb. 8.

For more information about the fair including attractions information, news and discounts, visit www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Top Ten at Florida State Fair

Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie
Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Cell: 443.995.0728

Top Ten FREE Remarkable and Rare Experiences at the 2017 Florida State Fair

(Tampa, FL, January 13, 2017) – The Florida State Fair, which runs from February 9 to the 20 at the Tampa Fairgrounds, is filled with fabulous entertainment and world-class attractions. Best of all, almost all of the fun is FREE with the price of admission!

We searched the grounds for some of our favorites and here is our Top Ten list of FREE things to do at the Florida State Fair in 2017.

10. See three of America’s most enduring country music stars on one stage at the Roots and Boots concert with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippen and Collin Raye on Feb. 20 at 6pm.
9. Feed a butterfly from a nectar-soaked sponge at the Butterfly Experience in the Agriculture Hall of Fame building.
8. Take a bean-boozled jellybean taste test challenge (look out for the grass flavored ones!) at the Sweet: A Tasty Journey exhibit in the Florida Center.
7. Contribute your artistic talent to a 28-foot long Fair-themed coloring page located near the Steam Engine Museum.
6. Pet a giraffe at the Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie tent.
5. See the death-defying globe of death, aerial entertainers, horse shows and clowns, all in the fabulous Hollywood Circus under the red and white Big Top.
4. Watch an antique printing press from the early 1900s in action and take home a souvenir from Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country Living History Museum, open to the public during the Fair.
3. Witness the birth of one of the many calves born in the Mooternity Ward.
2. Performing sea lions, canines and bears – oh my! (at the Sea Lion Splash, K-9s in Flight and Welde Big Bear Shows)
And…
1. Create a new tradition and memories to last a lifetime with family and friends.

Discounted admission and armband tickets are available at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also can be purchased at Florida Walgreens locations through February 8.

AT-A-GLANCE
When: February 9 – 20, 2017
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds – 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa 33610
Parking: FREE

Tickets Sales:
• Purchase online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also are available through the Fair box office, website, mail or fax. Call 1-800-345-FAIR (3247)
• Tickets sold at all Walgreens stores from through February 8

Pricing:
Advance prices available through February 8
Advance Adult Tickets: $9 Save up to $4
Adults Tickets at Gate: $11 (Monday – Thursday), $13 (Friday – Sunday)

Advance Child Tickets: $5 (Ages 6 – 11 years old) Save up to $2
Child Tickets at Gate: $6 (Monday – Thursday), $7 (Friday – Sunday)
* Children ages 5 and under are FREE

Advance Seniors Tickets: $7 Save $2
Seniors Tickets at Gate: $9
* Seniors tickets are valid ONLY on Senior Days (February 13-17)

Advance Weekday Armbands: $20 (Valid on Feb. 9, 13,14,15 and 16) Save $5
Weekday Armbands at Gate: $25

Advance Any Day Armband: $30 Save $5
Any Day Armband at Gate: $35

For more information about the Florida State Fair, including special promotional discounts and offers planned during the Fair, as well as announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Caption: Get up close and personal with a giraffe from the Giraffic Park Exotic Menagerie, one of the more than 100 things to see and do included in the price of admission to the Florida State Fair, February 9-20.


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Sea Lion Splash Among Featured Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Cell: 443.995.0728

Sea Lion Splash Among Featured Entertainment at the 2017 Florida State Fair

(January 9, 2017 – Tampa, FL) – The only traveling sea lion act in the country will travel up Route 75 from its home in Myakka City to the Florida State Fair. Sea Lion Splash is made up of both California and South American sea lions, many rescued after being injured or beached, that tour the country with this one-of-a-kind show. Always a crowd pleaser, Sea Lion Splash returns to the 2017 Florida State Fair which takes place February 9-20. Fun and educational, Sea Lion Splash is one of the many entertainment options for the whole family, all FREE with the price of admission.

“We search the entire country for the what we believe to be the best in family entertainment,” said Cheryl Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair. “Where else, for less than the price of a movie ticket, can you see sea lions perform, experience a spectacular Big Top Circus, feed a giraffe and see giant bears dance? There is no better family entertainment value in the state than the Florida State Fair.”

Many of the sea lions that are part of Sea Lion Splash were beach stranded and adopted by Squalus Inc. founder Marco Peters. Established in 1991, Squalus provides homes for sea lions unable to survive in the wild because of sickness, age or injuries. Peters’ passion for sea lions led him to educate the public on the need to coexist with these special marine mammals in harmony

Sea Lion Splash features several of the Squalus sea lions in a zoo-like environment complete with an above ground pool and a waterfall. These flippered performers do handstands and flips, balance balls, dance, smile, and even teach kids how to recycle!

Syra, born in captivity three years ago, is the youngest of the aquatic performers who will appear at the Fair. According to Peters, Syra is very inquisitive and has shown a penchant for giving high fives, which has been worked into the show.

In addition to breeding, Squalus also has been involved in extensive research on nutrition and behavior patterns of these marine mammals. The operation has teamed up with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to further study and educate the public about beach stranded sea lions.

Squalus Sea Lion Splash is divided among four facilities: two mobile units that travel the country to state fairs and zoos, a facility in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a private base of operations and permanent home in Myakka City. It is in Myakka City where the animals spend most their days playing and socializing with each other and their trainers.

Although not a public venue, Peters notes that their home base currently is undergoing significant upgrades including two large new pools for the sea lions complete with natural rock formations and other accouterments provided for the comfort of the animals, including some with injuries such as blindness that preclude them from performing.

Sea Lion Splash is one of more than 100 FREE things to see and do with the price of admission to the 2017 Florida State Fair. There will be multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Tickets are on sale online at floridastatefair.com and at Walgreens throughout the state though Feb. 8.

For more information about the fair including attractions information, news and discounts, visit www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Discount Ride and Admission Tickets on Sale at Walgreens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Cell: 443.995.0728

Discount Ride and Admission Tickets Now Available at Walgreens and Online
2017 Florida State Fair Takes Place February 9 through 20

(Tampa, FL, January 3, 2017) – Discounted admission and ride tickets for the 2017 Florida State Fair now are available at all area Walgreens through February 8, as well as online at FloridaStateFair.com. Individuals and families can save up to 30 percent off the price at the gate by buying in advance. The 113th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 9 through 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” emphasizes all of the unforgettable moments waiting to be captured – all at an excellent price and always with free parking.

Adults can save up to $4 by purchasing advance admission tickets for $9, while tickets for seniors and kids are $2 off the regular prices of $9 and $7 respectively. Weekday armbands good for all-you-can ride on either February 9, 13, 14, 15 or 16 are $20, while ride armbands good for any one day of the Fair (including weekends and holidays) are $30 –a savings of $5 on both.

For less than the price of a movie ticket, the 2017 Florida State Fair offers some of the best family entertainment in the country, including the only travelling sea lion act in the country; a museum quality, interactive exhibit that explores the influence of candy on pop culture; a spectacular Big Top Circus; an opportunity to see the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales up close; the wild and wacky antics of the Sunshine State Lawnmower Races; the chance to feed a giraffe and see more than 5,000 other animals – and so much more. As the first State Fair in the U.S., the Florida State Fair also gives Fair goers an opportunity to be the first to experience some of the newest thrill rides and outrageous Fair food.

Discounted admission and armband tickets are available at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also can be purchased at Florida Walgreens locations through February 8.

AT-A-GLANCE
When: February 9 – 20, 2017
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds – 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa 33610
Parking: FREE

Tickets Sales:
• Purchase online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also are available through the Fair Box Office or by mail or fax. Call 1-800-345-FAIR (3247)
• Tickets sold at all Walgreens stores through February 8

Pricing:
Advance pricing discounts, available through February 8
• $7 for seniors (a savings of $2) – Must be used Feb. 13-17
• $9 for adults (a savings of up to $4); $5 for children ages 6 to 11 (a savings of up to $2)
• Children five years and younger are FREE
All-You-Can Ride Armbands good for one day (Save $5 when you purchase by February 8)
• Weekday Ride armbands - $20 for unlimited rides (Valid Feb. 9 and Feb. 13-16)
• Any Day Ride armbands - $30 for unlimited rides (Valid during Midway hours)

Tickets for the Country Gold concerts held February 14 and 15 can only be purchased through the Florida State Fair Authority. Shows will be at 2 p.m. The concert on Valentine’s Day features Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell and Johnny Lee, while the February 15 show stars Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare and Marty Haggard.

For more information about the Florida State Fair, including announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.


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Family 4-Pack, Perfect for Gift Giving, Limited Time Offer.

Taking the inaugural run on the new Super Slide at the Florida State Fair: From left – Kaylee Hudson, Mason Lefler, Madison Lefler, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Raelyn Hudson and Ashlyn Flack<br />
Taking the inaugural run on the new Super Slide at the Florida State Fair: From left – Kaylee Hudson, Mason Lefler, Madison Lefler, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Raelyn Hudson and Ashlyn Flack
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lynn Kilroy – 813.610.3211
Lynn@kilroycommunications.com
Candace Rotolo – 239.634.9401
Candace@kilroycommunications.com

Laurie L. Hayes
Office: 813.627.4318
Laurie.Hayes@floridastatefair.com
Cell: 443.995.0728

Save $117 on Four-Packs of Admission and Ride Armband Tickets for the 2017 Florida State Fair Just $75 Through Sunday at Midnight Includes Unlimited Rides on the Largest Midway in the US – like the New Super Slide!

(Tampa, FL, December 16, 2016) – The Florida State Fair has a new, improved Super Slide, unveiled today by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. The Slide is but one of the more than 115 rides contributing to the 2017 Florida State Fair’s status as the nation’s largest Midway. In order to take advantage of all the thrills – and the 100+ other things to see and do – the Fair is offering a special on four-packs of admission and ride armband tickets through Sunday at midnight. This special stocking stuffer deal is only $75 – a savings of $117 off the gate price! This package, as well as individual admission and ride armband tickets, is available online at FloridaStateFair.com. The 113th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 9 through 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa.

This morning, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam was joined by a group of enthusiastic students from the Antioch Critters 4-H Club and the Strawberry Crest FFA among others including Merry Moo, the Florida Dairy Famers mascot, in taking the inaugural ride down the Super Slide.

“In the Summer of 2015, severe winds swept through the Florida State Fairgrounds, taking with it our iconic slide that had been enjoyed by patrons of the Fair for generations since the 1970s,” said Commissioner Putnam.

“Today, we with the Fair Authority, and all who missed the slide last year, are getting an early Christmas present with the debut of our new, improved Super Slide.”

The Super Slide was originally commissioned for the 2014 NFL Experience in Times Square prior to the Super Bowl. Purchased through Rides 4U, the Slide is 60 feet tall and 180 feet long, and will make its debut at the 2017 Florida State Fair. The Super Slide boasts an LED package that gives off a spectacular light show at night. Rides on the Slide will be $5 at the Fair – or all-you-can-ride with the purchase of a ride armband, which currently are available online for a special price of $20 through January 1.

In addition to thrilling rides, it wouldn’t be the Florida State Fair without educational and entertaining attractions and performers. The 2017 Florida State Fair features more than 100 things to see and do included in the price of admission, including Sweets: A Tasty Candy Journey, Sea Lion Splash, Florida State Tractor Pull, K-9s in Flight Sunshine State Lawnmower Races and more.

Where – for the price of a movie ticket – can you see a Sea Lion, a spectacular Big Top Circus, cheer on your favorite porker at the pig races, feed a giraffe from your own hand, enjoy acts from TV shows like America’s Got Talent, watch an amazing bear show, and be thrilled by the dogs of K-9s in Flight? There are more than 5,000 animals, a Robotics Championship, endless shopping and of course that crazy fair food.

Only the Florida State Fair can pack that much entertainment into your day at such an affordable price. Discounted admission and armband tickets are available at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Get the best prices now through January 1. Tickets also can be purchased at Florida Walgreens locations from January 2 through February 8.

AT-A-GLANCE

When: February 9-20, 2017

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds – 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa

Parking: FREE

Tickets Sales:
• Purchase online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also are available through the Fair box office, website, mail or fax. Call 1-800-345-FAIR (3247)
• Tickets sold at all Walgreens stores from January 2 through February 8

Pricing: Through Sunday at midnight – get a four-pack of admission and ride armbands tickets good for any one day of the Fair for only $75 – a savings of $119 off the regular gate price.

Save up to $15 on all-you-can-ride armbands good for any one day of the Fair.
$20 – available online at FloridaStateFair.com through January 1, 2017

Ride armband pricing from January 2 through February 8, 2017
Weekday Ride armbands - $20 for unlimited rides (Valid February 9 and February 13-16)
Any Day Ride armbands - $30 for unlimited rides (Valid during all Midway hours)

All other advance pricing discounts, available through February 8:
$7 for seniors – Must be used Feb. 13-17
$9 for adults; $5 for children ages six to 11
Children five years and younger are FREE

Tickets for the Country Gold concerts held February 14 and 15 can only be purchased through the Florida State Fair Authority. Shows will be at 2 p.m. The concert on Valentine’s Day features Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell and Johnny Lee, while the February 15 show stars Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare and Marty Haggard.

For more information about the Florida State Fair, including special promotional discounts and offers planned during the Fair, as well as announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Sweets: A Tasty Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

2017 Florida State Fair Tickets on Sale December 1
Sweets: A Tasty Journey among new attractions
The 113th Florida State Fair takes place February 9 - 20

(Tampa, FL, November 30, 2016) – The 113th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 9 through 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” emphasizes all of the unforgettable moments waiting to be captured on camera. One of the new featured attractions promises to make patrons of all ages as happy as kids in a candy store as they learn about the history of confections. The Sweets exhibit, along with rides, shows, concerts, shopping, food and amazing animals and livestock, as well as Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country and other exciting entertainment, promise non-stop fun – all at an excellent value and always with free parking. Discounted advance admission and ride armband tickets are available for purchase online at www.FloridaStateFair.com beginning Thursday, December 1.

New at the Florida State Fair in 2017 is Sweets: A Tasty Journey, an interactive exhibit that utilizes a blend of traditional and modern educational techniques to explore candy’s history and role in popular culture. There also is a giant Candy Land game perfect for fun photo ops, a “beanboozled” taste test challenge (grass flavored jelly beans anyone?) and candy-inspired art, including amazing replicas of famous paintings like the Mona Lisa, created with jellybeans.

Visitors also learn about the ingredients used to make their favorite treats from a “farm to fork” perspective and get schooled in the nuts and bolts of the confection-making process, while hearing fascinating stories of famous candy makers and chocolatiers. The Sweets exhibit is free with the price of admission.

“We want both loyal patrons and those who have not yet visited the Fair to join us in making memories that will last a lifetime,” said Cheryl Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “The Sweets exhibit in particular will provide a fun and educational experience for all ages.”

In addition to fascinating attractions, it wouldn’t be the Florida State Fair without outrageously delicious food and exciting rides. This year, Fairgoers once again will vote for the People’s Choice Burger from a selection of new and returning burger favorites. This burger will be featured at the Fair along with new culinary treats such as the Steak Sundae, Oreo Funnel Cake and more.

Discounted admission and armband tickets will be available at www.FloridaStateFair.com beginning December 1. On December 1 only, all “Any Day” ride armband purchases with come with a FREE Gold Access pass entitling the rider to special access to Midway rides (a $15 value). Tickets also can be purchased at Florida Walgreens locations from January 2 through February 8.

AT-A-GLANCE
When: February 9 – 20, 2017
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds – 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa 33610
Parking: FREE

Tickets Sales:• Purchase online beginning December 1 at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Tickets also are available through the Fair box office and by mail or fax. Call 1-800-345-FAIR (3247)
• Tickets are sold at all Walgreens stores from January 2 through February 8

Advance Pricing: (Advance price discounts are available through February 8)
$7 for seniors – Must be used Feb. 13-17
$9 for adults; $5 for children ages six to 11
Children five years and younger are FREE
Weekday Ride armbands - $20 for unlimited rides (Valid February 9 and February 13-16)
Any Day Ride armbands - $30 for unlimited rides (Valid during all Midway hours)

Tickets for the Country Gold concerts held February 14 and 15 can be purchased only through the Florida State Fair Authority. Shows will be at 2 p.m. The Valentine’s Day concert features Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell and Johnny Lee, while the February 15 show stars Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare and Marty Haggard.

For more information about the Florida State Fair, including special promotional discounts and offers planned during the Fair, as well as announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.


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Caption: Sweets: A Tasty Journey, offers a history lesson in everyone’s favorite sweet treats, and is one of the featured attractions at the 2017 Florida State Fair, February 9-20. The exhibit is free with Fair admission. Tickets are available online at www.floridastatefair.com beginning December 1.

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Hiring Seasonal Help

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

Florida State Fair Hiring Seasonal Help

(Tampa, FL, November 29, 2016) – The Florida State Fair is hiring Ticket Sellers, Docents, Ride Attendants, Tram Drivers, Tram Attendants, Sign Shop Technicians, Gate Attendants, Event Services, Museum Maintenance Assistant, Telephone Operators and other seasonal positions. Start dates range from mid-January to early February and jobs will continue through Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Florida State Fair runs from Thursday, Feb. 9 to Monday, Feb. 20. Shifts and hours are varied. Applicants must be available to work flexible hours including, but not limited to, on-call, late nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays for the duration of the Fair.

For consideration, please apply at www.floridastatefair.com. Background checks are conducted on all candidates. 
EOE/DFWP

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Vendor and Competitive Exhibit Entry Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

Vendor and Competitive Exhibit Entry Applications Sought for 2017 Florida State Fair

(November 29, 2016, Tampa, FL) – The Florida State Fair Authority currently is accepting online applications from retail merchants and handmade arts & crafts vendors who are interested being a part of the 113th annual Florida State Fair, slated for February 9 through 20, 2017, in Tampa. As the first state fair of the year, the Florida State Fair is an ideal venue to debut new wares or give loyal customers the opportunity to shop for some of their favorite merchandise.
Applications are evaluated on a first come, first served basis. The Florida State Fair offers merchants a variety of exhibit space options within an 88,000 square foot indoor retail space and 24,000 square foot indoor space for arts and crafts. Outdoor vendor spaces range in size from 10 to 100 feet of frontage. 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.

The Fair Authority also continues to accept competitive exhibit entries in categories ranging from baking to wood working to fine arts and more for the upcoming Florida State Fair. In addition to bragging rights, winners receive cash prizes and other recognition.

Details and applications for merchants, arts & crafts vendors and competitive exhibit entries are available online at www.floridastatefair.com. Click on “2017 Fair Applications” on the homepage.

For more information about the Florida State Fair, go to www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.
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Nominations for the 2017 Fair Wall of Fame

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Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

Nominations Solicited for the Minority Community Leaders Wall of Fame Recognition at the 2017 Florida State Fair

(Tampa, FL, November 21, 2016) The Florida State Fair Authority is seeking nominations of outstanding African American, Asian/Pacific and Hispanic individuals who have demonstrated well-rounded professional and community involvement that honors their heritage and diversity in the Tampa area or in other regions throughout the state.

Nominations forms currently are available online at www.floridastatefair.com and will be accepted through Wednesday, December 7. Nomination Forms are attached. Hard copy forms can be obtained via fax, email or mail by contacting Teena Tatro at 813.627.4319. Nominees must be of African American, Asian/Pacific, or Hispanic descent and may be from the public or private sector.

The Florida State Fair Authority’s Diversity Advisory Committee members will select up to five candidates from each sector. The public will have the opportunity to choose the nominee they feel is most deserving of the honor by voting online via the Fair’s website between Thursday, December 15 through Tuesday, January 17.

These diversity champions will be recognized on the Wall of Fame, which will be on display throughout the 12 days of the 2017 Florida State Fair, from February 9 through 20 in Tampa.

The honorees or a family representative (in the case of an historical winner) also will be honored at a ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday, February 11 in the Waterfront Café on the Fairgrounds.

Find more information about this and other events online at www.floridastatefair.com or call toll-free 800.345.FAIR or 813.621.7821. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

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Caption: The 2016 Florida State Fair Authority Diversity Leaders Wall of Fame honorees were Dr. Walter L. Smith, Hung T. Mai, Pricilla Clark, Victoriano Manteiga (represented by Erin Manteiga), and Douglas Lee Jamerson (represented by his son, Cedric Jamerson). Nominations currently are being accepted for the 2017 honorees.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Give the gift of fun this holiday season with Fair tickets!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Laurie.Hayes@freshfromflorida.com
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

Give the gift of fun this holiday season with tickets to the 2017 Florida State Fair! Online sales start December 1

(Tampa, FL, November 18, 2016) This holiday season, treat your friends and family to delicious fair food, thrilling rides, live music, fun and educational programming, shopping and more – by giving the gift of tickets to the 2017 Florida State Fair, February 9 through 20

Advance tickets sales start December 1. Tickets can be purchased online at www.floridastatefair.com at discounts of up to 30 percent of the regular retail price. Paper tickets, suitable for gifting, can be downloaded and printed at home.

As an added incentive, all ride armband tickets purchased on December 1 will include a FREE Gold Access pass enabling the bearer to use special express lines for many of the rides on weekends and the final day of the Fair.

Advance admission tickets are $9 for ages 12 and older and $5 for ages 6 to 11. (Children 5 and younger are admitted free.) Advance tickets for seniors ages 55 and older are $7 and are valid on Monday through Friday, February 13-17 only. Weekday ride armband tickets are $20 for unlimited rides (valid on February 9, 13, 14, 15 or 16) and Any Day ride armband tickets are $30 and can be used for unlimited rides any one day during the Fair.

Tickets to the Country Gold concerts on February 14 and 15 also go on sale December 1. The concert on Valentine’s Day features Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell and Johnny Lee, while the February 15 show stars Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare and Marty Haggard.

The 2017 Fair will feature such popular favorites as the Budweiser Clydesdales, Welde’s Big Bear Show, Giraffic Exotic Menagerie and petting zoo and the Craftsmen’s Marketplace. Agriculture remains at the heart of the Florida State Fair, providing an opportunity for adults and students to show off their prize-winning animals, compete in rodeos and earn bragging rights for the best pie, jam, quilt or woodcarving in the Sunshine State.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Picture Yourself at the Fair,” imagine the photo opportunities of your family and friends enjoying all the exciting new attractions like the tallest travelling Ferris Wheel in North America, Sweet: A Candy Exhibition, the Sunshine State Lawnmower Races and the Roots and Boots tour with Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye.

No trip to the Florida State Fair would be complete without all the outrageous delicious culinary treats and gravity defying rides. Kicking off the state fair season in the United States, the Florida State Fair offers the first glimpse of all the exciting new foods and thrills.

As in years past, the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country Living History Museum also will be open to the public during the Fair. Parking is always free!

Among the promotions planned for the 12 days of the Fair are Salute to Heroes Day with free admission for military and first responders on Opening Day, a Valentine’s Day celebration with couples’ give-aways and incentives; a Grandparents’ Day (February 15) that includes special programming for seniors and tots, and The Fair Cares: a Non-Profit Awareness & Appreciation Day (February 16) during which non-profit organizations and members have a chance to win cash prizes.

Find more information about these and other events online at www.floridastatefair.com. Follow the Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flstfairgrounds for the latest updates and announcements.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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Picture Yourself at the Florida State Fair!

Doyle E. Carlton III, chairman of the board of the Florida State Fair Authority, tries out one of the new Snap Stops designed to reinforce the 2017 theme - “Picture Yourself at the Florida State Fair.”
Doyle E. Carlton III, chairman of the board of the Florida State Fair Authority, tries out one of the new Snap Stops designed to reinforce the 2017 theme - “Picture Yourself at the Florida State Fair.” 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Laurie L. Hayes
Marketing and Communications Manager
Office: 813.627.4318
Cell: 443.995.0728

Picture Yourself at the Florida State Fair Country Gold Tour one of the many featured attractions for 2017

(Tampa, FL, October 20, 2017) – The Florida State Fair Authority invites people across the state and beyond to “Picture Yourself at the Florida State Fair” – the theme for the 2017 event, slated for February 9-20.

“We want both loyal patrons and those who have not yet experienced the Fair to join us in making memories that will last a lifetime,” said Cheryl Flood, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority.

The 2017 theme places an emphasis on all of the unforgettable moments waiting to be captured at the Fair. From a selfie with a giraffe to a souvenir photo while riding on North America’s tallest travelling giant wheel to a picture in one of the many whimsical “Snap Stops” scattered throughout the Fairgrounds, the 2017 Fair promises enough photo ops to fill an album.

“This is the 113th year of the Florida State Fair and I am confident that the 2017 event will be our best ever,” said Doyle E. Carlton III, chairman of the board of the Florida State Fair Authority. “The staff and board have been hard at work for months to craft an event that will offer something for every age and interest.”

The Fair Authority also has confirmed that the Country Gold tour once again will be returning to the Fair in 2017. A fan favorite, the 2017 concerts will boast some of the biggest names to join the tour, including Johnny Lee, Bobby Bare, the Gatlin Brothers and Marty Haggard (son of the legendary Merle Haggard), as well as Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk on By” fame.

Tickets for the 2017 Fair and the Country Gold Tour go on sale December 1. For more information about the Florida State Fair, including upcoming announcements regarding entertainment and promotions, go to www.FloridaStateFair.com or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Florida State Fair Authority
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.

The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

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