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Tampa friends! The 2019 Greater Hillsborough County Fair opens this Thursday, October 17 for two weekends of fun and entertainment! This year’s theme: Let the Good Times Grow. The fair will run October 17-20 and 24-27. Livestock shows, carnival rides and fair food are a staple at this annual event and the excitement doesn’t stop there!
This year the fair is happy to introduce the new fair ambassador Farmer Sydney. Farmer Sydney will travel to Hillsborough County schools delivering seeds and showing children how to plant their very own gardens. During the fair, children will have the opportunity to join Farmer Sydney’s Kids Club. Membership includes an opportunity to meet Farmer Sydney, a fair food treat, a pumpkin and a hay ride. See HillsboroughCountyFair.com for pricing information.
In addition, this year’s free entertainment includes Robinson’s Racing and Swimming Pigs. Watch as they dash and splash for an Oreo cookie! The winner gets the cookie – the loser gets the crumbs! The popular Firefighter Show returns featuring educational entertainment. You can enjoy the show as firefighter extraordinaire Neal Snyder puts his young volunteers through their training. The Family Thrill Circus is back with amazing acts for the whole family to
The Hillsborough County Fair boasts some of the largest youth livestock shows among county fairs in the southeastern United States. Dairy and beef cattle, rabbits, poultry, sheep, goats and pigs round out an array of more than 800 animals that will be on display and competing in our show ring.
The market show and sale will include steer, lamb, swine and turkey. Buyers are welcome to come support these amazing youth and purchase one of these market livestock projects.
Saturday, October 19 will be the annual Soil and Water Conservation plant auction. A great time to purchase quality plants for your home or business. This year’s horse show will be held on Sunday, October 20. Check the fair
website for all the details.
Florida’s future farmers at our annual FFA night on Thursday, October 24. The evening will feature competitions designed to showcase agricultural skills. All FFA members are welcome to attend.
October is spooky season and back by popular demand this year is the haunted hayride. This family-friendly hayride runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Children and adults alike will enjoy a thrilling ride
through the woods. You never know what might pop up!
The fair has packed even more action into our grandstand events this year. The rodeo will be held on October 18 and 19 complete with bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and world famous rodeo clown Hollywood Harris!
The Truck and Tractor Pull is the featured grandstand event on October 25 and 26. Trucks and Tractors big and small will fill the arena with smoke, noise and excitement!
The famous Demolition Derby will round out the grandstand events on Sunday,October 27. Cars crashing into each other until the last one moving is declared the champion! Enjoy all of these activities and so much more this year at the fair! The Hillsborough County Fair has something to offer for the entire family! Oh, and let’s not forget the delicious fair food!
OneBlood will park its Big Red Bus outside the main gate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Donate blood, save a life, get one free admission ticket to the fair.
Arnold’s Amusements provides some of the newest and safest family-oriented rides in the industry. Ride armbands are available every day for $20. Discounted Ride Armbands can be purchased online for only $15 by going to www. HillsboroughCountyFair.com.
New to the fair this year is our Megapass! It includes unlimited admission and unlimited rides during the entire fair. The Megapass, as well as other discounted tickets and ticket packages, can be purchased online. Visit HillsboroughCountyFair.com for more details.
Don’t miss Dollar Days at the fair. Thursday, October 17 and 24, fair admission is only one dollar and each carnival ride is one dollar.
If you don’t purchase your tickets in advance, you can still buy them at the gate. Regular adult admission to the fair is only $7, students K -12 are $5, seniors are $4, Five and under are free. Parking is always FREE!
From cooking to rug hooking and baking to picture taking, from sowing to growing and animals large and small there’s something for everyone at the 2019 Greater Hillsborough County Fair.
Let the good times grow and we’ll see you at the fair!