2021 Florida State Fair Preview

Fair Activities, Events, and COVID-19 Information

If you can’t wait until the Florida State Fair begins on Feb. 11, you’re not alone. 

As a testament to our collective anticipation, features an actual time clock counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the 2021 fair opens its doors! 

Fair Schedule

  • February 11-22, 2021
    Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
  • Monday—Thursday (excluding President’s Day):
    Gates open at 10:00 a.m.; Midway opens at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday—Sunday & President’s Day:
    Gates & Midway open at 9:00 a.m.

This Year’s Fair Activities

While the previous 12 months have been a rough ride, the promise of a well-deserved indulgence in cotton candy, freshly-made caramel apples and terrifying rides is a much welcomed thrill for all ages—not to mention the petting zoo, livestock show, and the not-to-be-resisted midway games and prizes you can’t find anywhere else.

To get a glimpse of the event’s specifics this year, check out these articles below that will have you changing your desktop or mobile homepage to the happiest countdown clock in Florida this season! 

  • WFLA: Florida State Fair a go for 2021 despite pandemic
    The fair authority announced that the fair will run from Feb. 11 to Feb. 22. It’s a bit later this year, not due to COVID-19, rather the notable football game Tampa is hosting.
  • Cracker Country:
    Located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, a visit to Cracker Country includes 1890s history, hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and trades, plus 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated form across the state of Florida.
  • Community Showcase:
    Take on your chance to perform during the Florida State Fair! In this one-of-a-kind experience available to Florida performance groups, you or your group can get the chance to showcase local talent to fair-goers! Applications are due on January 10th, 2021.
  • Creative Competitions:
    Competitors from every corner of the state push the boundaries of innovation as they battle it out for the blue-ribbon prize in quilting, baking, painting, and other skills. That tradition continues today as youth and adult artists & crafters, bakers, woodworkers, horticulturalists, needle artists, photographers, and more bring their best work to be judged at the fair.
  • Deep Fried Dash:
    Race your way through the fairgrounds on February 13, 2021, in the second annual Florida State Fair Deep Fried Dash! Participants are met with a corn dog at the finish line.
  • Livestock and Agriculture:
    Agriculture competitions include beef, dairy, goats, llamas, poultry, rabbits, steer, dogs, sheep, and swine. There’s even a hay bale decorating contest for 4-H’ers.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:
Enhanced safety measures, including the use of masks or facial coverings, hand sanitizer stations, limited building capacity, limited contact payment options, and employee screenings will be in place throughout the entire event, which ends on Feb. 22.

Support 4-H in Florida with Your Insurance

Florida Farm Bureau insurance shares a proud legacy with our state’s farmers and rural communities, many of whom participate in the state fair through livestock shows, homemade food competitions, 4-H projects and other activities. When you insure with us, you’re also a member of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, a regular sponsor of 4-H activities.

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