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Florida State Fair
Florda State Fair 2008.jpg
Florida State Fair in 2008
Location(s) near Tampa, Florida
Years active 1904 - Present
Date(s) 11 days
Genre State fair
Website Florida State Fair website

The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa. The official state fair of Florida, it includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, rides and shows.[1] It is a chance for the state to showcase its agricultural industry.[2] The Fair also offers competitions and food oddities such as chocolate covered bacon.[3 ] The annual event usually lasts for 11 days.[4]

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History

In 1904 the South Florida Fair Association was formed and plans for a new exhibition were proposed. The fair was founded as the South Florida Fair and renamed the Mid-Winter Festival a few years later. The name finally changed to the present Florida State Fair in 1915.[5 ]

In 1975, the Florida Legislature created the Florida State Fair Authority and designated the yearly event in Tampa as the official Florida State Fair. A year later, the fair moved to its current location, approximately seven miles from Downtown Tampa. By 1977, the first fair was held at its current location, at the intersection of Interstate 4 and U.S. Highway 301 in unincorporated Hillsborough County.[5 ][6]

Fair events

The Florida State Fair also includes competitions in crafts such as fine arts and agricultural competitions. Entries are judged and ribbons awarded. 2009 saw new additions to the state fair, including a live shark exhibit and a rodeo.[3 ]

Venues

Besides the rides and exhibits, other venues during the Fair include the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, which hosts horse races and other equestrian events; Cracker Country, which demonstrates life in frontier Florida;[7] and exhibitions from most counties of Florida plus various agricultural and other state organizations in the large Expo Hall.

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Coordinates: 27°59′13″N 82°21′43″W / 27.987°N 82.362°W / 27.987; -82.362

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