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Florida State Fair open for fun

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The Florida State Fair’s theme this year is “The Best Time of the Year.” The fair, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, runs through Feb. 21. The 2011 Florida State Fair has 106 rides for guests to enjoy. There will be fan favorites such as the Giant Wheel and Hydro Shock along with new choices for both kiddies and thrill seekers.

Special days
coming up are:
n Senior Days Feb. 15-17 — $6 gate admission for ages 55 and over. Free gate admission for seniors on Feb. 17 after 4 p.m.
n Country Gold Tour Concert Feb. 16 — Featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley and Bobby Bare. Concert tickets are $10 each. A separate gate admission ticket is required for entrance. Concert tickets can be purchased while seats last at the Fair Box Office.
n “ Salute To Veterans” Feb. 17 — After 4 p.m. free gate admission for everyone. Free musical entertainment available at the Sweetbay Entertainment Hall, no reserved seating.
n 4-H & FFA Days Feb. 12 and 19  —   Free gate admission with a current 4-H or FFA member ID or jacket.
Added this year to the favorite categories of “deep fried” and “on a stick” is mashed potatoes and gravy.  All the comfort of homemade mashed potatoes with warm gravy packed into an awesome easy to eat treat on a stick, deep fried to perfection.
New to the Florida State Fair and the North American Fair Market is the Daytona Kiddie Ride, which is an interactive ride allowing the rider to steer the car; the Hillbilly Train, and the Roller Coaster (Comet) Riptide from Deggeller Attractions. Added to the list of thrills is Remix, where guests go on a high-flying, spinning adventure.
For more information about the 2011 Florida State Fair, please call 1-800-345-FAIR or visit us at www.floridastatefair.com.