State Fair opens today in Tampa

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    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida State Fair Authority are partnering to celebrate 500 years of agriculture at this year's Florida State Fair. The fair officially beings Thursday, Feb. 7, when Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and his fellow Cabinet members will "flip the switch" to illuminate the Midway in Tampa. 

   The fair's theme this year, "Discover the Fun," features a variety of events and activities designed to raise awareness for the commodities, innovations and people that make up Florida agriculture. The department's "Florida Agriculture: Then and Now" traveling exhibit, part of the statewide Viva Florida 500 celebration, will make its debut at the fair. This exhibit is a fun and educational experience that conveys to residents and visitors the exponential growth and impact of the agriculture industry during Florida's 500-year history.    

   For more information, please visit www.freshfromflorida.com or www.floridastatefair.com