The Florida State Fair: The Nation's First Fair of the Year Begins Next Week on the Gulf Coast


It's that time ofFlorida State Fair 2014 year again. Are you craving some funnel cake? How about a fried Snickers? Maybe some grilled corn? Do you want to try something new like bacon ice cream? Fair food is only one of the highlights you'll find at this year's Florida State Fair, which celebrates its 110th year in 2014. There are also the usual attractions you'd expect: a full schedule of entertainment, live music, rides, livestock exhibits, and so much more. The fair runs from Thursday, February 6 through Monday, February 17. This year's motto is 1st Place for Fun. It's the first fair of the year in the country and that's something to celebrate, so don't miss it.

Make your plans to be here with us and embark on a February escape. Shake off the mid-winter blues with a trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Plan to be here during the State Fair and enjoy all of the local fun and festivities, in addition to the beautiful beaches, stunning sunrises and sunsets, swaying palm trees, and unending coastal views. Stay locally in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores and pamper yourself with some rest and relaxation on our secluded shores. Get away from this cold, snowy winter season and trade it in for a warm, white sandy beach vacation.

If you haven't been to the Florida State Fair before, you may have a few questions. We can help you with that. Read on for what you need to know.
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Where is the Florida State Fair located?
The fair is located in Tampa at the State Fairgrounds at 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North. It's less than an hour's drive from Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

What special events are happening at the Florida State Fair in 2014?
The State Fair boasts the largest independent midway and the largest traveling roller coaster in North America. Featured concerts this year include America, Country Gold, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker. Every year the amazing animals and livestock are a crowd favorite, and this year is no different. There's entertainment excitement that includes sword swallowing and fire eating ,as well as an exciting FMX Motorcycle Thrill Zone.

Did we mention the food? Oh yes we did, but it's worth mentioning again. Come hungry and get your fill of all your favorite fair treats. There's plenty of beer on hand, too, as well as a nice selection of other refreshing beverages for the adults and for the kids.

What is the cost to attend the State Fair?

The State Fair is a budget-friendly place to be. In addition to the free parking, there are also 110 free things to do this year in honor of its 110th year. Click here for Florida State Fair pricing and ticketing information.

"We’ve created expanded daily discounts and promotions to appeal to every group from honoring our heroes on opening day and four senior days to college day and four student days touching nine surrounding countFlorida State Fair Foodies,” notes Charles Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority. "This is a great year to experience the fair and the key for having epic fun on a budget will be to buy early and save.”

Read more about the Florida State Fair's daily promotions and discounts and find extra savings for you and your family.

What else do I need to know?
There's too much to cover about the fair here in this blog, but you can visit the Florida State Fair's website for more information. Parking is free, and the rides can be paid for individually or collectively with a Midway Ride Armband purchase.

Where can I stay locally if I want to be close to the State Fairgrounds?
Just a short drive from Tampa, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores offer premier vacation rentals in close proximity to all of the Gulf Coast sights and events. Opt to stay on a pristine barrier island surrounded by the warm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Choose the amenities to suit your specific needs and make your Gulf Coast vacation complete.

We hope to see you in our towns and on our shorelines in the very near future, as well as at our State Fair. Happy Fair-going! Let us know if we'll be seeing you.


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