If you live or are visiting Central Florida from February 8th – 19th, there is something that you need to check out. The 2018 Florida State Fair is coming to Tampa with some many fun activities and rides for the whole family. Spread out across fifteen acres, the 2018 Florida State Fair boasts the largest Midway in North America with 110 different rides. With the ever-enticing Fair foods for 2018 including a Surf N Turf Sundae, Southern Catfish Sundae and Barbeque Pulled Pork Ribbon Fries, your taste buds can be as equally fulfilled as your adventurous side.
2018 Florida State Fair
CHILDREN & TEENS:
In 2018, the Florida State Fair is unveiling thirteen new attractions including meet and greets with Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets; Teen Stars Live; Florida State Fair Dance Championships featuring stars of Dance Moms; Little Farm Hands presented by Mosaic; BMX/FMX Freestyle Madness, The Ninja Experience, Mini Monster Trucks and so much more.
CHARACTER MEET & GREET | PAW PATROL, RUSTY RIVETS, UMIZOOMI
Meet Nickelodeon superstars from Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets, and Team Umizoomi live and in-person at the fair! See Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol; Rusty and Ruby from Rusty Rivets and Milli, Bot, Geo and Umicar from Team Umizoomi. There is plenty of opportunities to meet the characters and have your picture taken. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a lifetime memory for your kids!
LITTLE FARM HANDS PRESENTED BY MOSAIC, INC.
“Little Farm Hands” is an agricultural education exhibit for kids. Children (ages 3-10) become farm hands at this free, hands-on exhibit as they are provided the opportunity to experience the agricultural process, beginning at the farm and ending at the market. Children will learn to milk a cow, gather eggs and pick produce.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & TEENS:
- K9s in Flight
- Welde’s Big Bear Show
- Camel Rides
- Extreme Illusions & Escapes
EXTREME SPORTS SERIES
This year, the Florida State Fair launched the Extreme Sports Series. The Extreme Sports Series showcases the death-defying acts from across the country to entertain fair-goers each day.
BMX/FMX FREESTYLE MADNESS
Starting off with small, basic tricks and ending with some of the biggest stunts in action sports, this show is action-packed from start to finish! The show is choreographed with high-flying, death-defying stunts for crowd enjoyment of all ages. Some of the stunts you see will include 360s, tailwhips, multiple BACKFLIP VARIATIONS and even FRONT FLIPS. The whole family will love the experience this show has to offer.
THE NINJA EXPERIENCE
Featured on America’s Got Talent, this team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking, kicking and flipping that the whole family will enjoy.
MINI MONSTER TRUCKS
Mini Monster Trucks are small-scale monster truck teams consisting of kid drivers ages 6-17. They travel the country putting on actual monster truck shows that include activities you see at all the big shows! See ramping cars, freestyling, racing, and even get an autograph from your favorite driver. You don’t want to miss these amazing young athletes perform for you live.
UNITED STATES LAWN MOWER ASSOCIATION RACE
Lawnmowers aren’t just for weekend chores anymore! Watch competitors of all ages race around the track in their modified, riding lawnmowers.
Looking for thrills at the Florida State Fair? The demolition derby is for you! For the first time in decades, the demolition derby returns to the fair. Watch as the cars crash and smash until there is only one left standing. Also see the cars compete in a unique car soccer match. Help us welcome back the demolition derby to the 2018 Florida State Fair!
This tournament is to help kids improve their engineering abilities. It’s all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math oriented)
Come see just how fashionable trash can be at the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show! Benefitting Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, this trendy fashion event features designs which are all created from at least 75% recycled materials. You will be amazed by the creations our designer come up with saying” I can’t believe that is made out of trash!”
Join legendary, award-winning classic country icon Leroy Van Dyke and country legends T.G. Sheppard, Moe Bandy and Rhonda Vincent as they take you on a retrospective, nostalgic journey featuring America’s golden country music.
THE RIVER CITY BOYS present a TRIBUTE TO THE STATLER BROTHERS
ELVIS EXTRAVANGANZA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
It is one of the most sought-after productions in the entertainment industry and during the last 20 years, it has enjoyed success at premiere performance venues all over North America. The Florida State Fair serves as the National Championship competition.
CENTRAL FLORIDA RAT PACK
The Central Florida Rat Pack pays tribute to some of the greatest performers of our time. Frank Sinatra played by Armando Diaz, Sammy Davis, Jr played by Steve Roman and Dean Martin played by Felix J. Deneau, Jr. This is a tribute show you don’t want to miss!
Musical acts at the Florida State Fair include Country Gold Tour, Kazual, Screaming Orphans, Fuel on Fire, Dennis Lee, Vocal Trash and local Tampa bands including Kenzie Wheeler, Reverend Barry & the Funk, Alex Lopez, Nathan Hager, Taylor Reed and many more.
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