Central Florida Fairgrounds
4503 West Colonial Dr.
4:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013
$5.00 – $12.00 Buy
Entertainment, Fairs, Kids | Family
The 101st Central Florida Fair brings family fun and entertainment to Orlando's Central Florida Fairgrounds, opening Thursday, February 28th and continuing for 11 amazing days through Sunday, March 10th, 2013.
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The Central Florida Fair was founded in 1910 by a group of community leaders who sought an outlet to celebrate the agricultural industry in Orlando and its surrounding counties. With an average annual attendance of 250,000, the Central Florida Fair successfully continues its mission to preserve and enhance the agricultural, cultural, educational, and historical legacy of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia Counties, known collectively as “Central Florida.” It is the largest not-for-profit fair in Central Florida and among the top five largest fairs in the state. The Fair is centrally located just minutes from downtown Orlando on 87 acres with ample free parking and a Lynx Bus stop at the main entrance.
At the annual Fair, Visitors and residents alike will enjoy scores of rides through our exciting Midway, from stomach dropping thrillers for our adrenaline seekers to Kiddie Land for our youngest riders, the Central Florida Fair delivers clean family fun for everyone! In addition to the traditional rides and fair food, the 11-day event will celebrate the accomplishments of local residents awarding nearly $200,000 in prize money to exhibitors in:
Creative Arts – with nearly 3,000 handmade items in over 200 categories, including Fine Arts, Needlework, and Crafts & Hobbies
Food Arts & Sciences – a feast of baked goods, canned fruits, decorated cakes, and decorative touches for the home, plus dozens of daily chef demonstrations on a state-of-the-art kitchen stage
Horticulture – lush displays of flowers and foliage, plus information on gardening, water conservation, landscaping, and more
FFA – local middle and high school chapters present educational booths on landscaping, animal husbandry, veterinary care, and more
4-H – this leadership-building organization presents a year’s worth of youth activities in informative booths and creative contests
Livestock – featuring over 2,000 cows, horses, sheep, hogs, goats, chickens, and rabbits
Entertainment – over 100 groups featuring 800 singers, dancers and musicians on three stages
The Fair further supports the community by distributing thousands of free tickets to underprivileged children, as well as opening the Fairgrounds early one weekday for school groups and chaperones to enjoy the exhibits and entertainment for free.
Throughout the rest of the year, the Central Florida Fair continues to support community and educational projects. Annual scholarships are presented to high school seniors and Fair endowments support college students at the University of Florida, Valencia and Seminole Community Colleges. Year to date, the Central Florida Fair has awarded over $1 million in financial aid! Additionally, the Central Florida Fairgrounds is busy at work during non-fair time as the Exposition Park is host to over 2 million visitors! The 87 acres of fairground hosts countless events including trade shows, RV rallies, concerts, ethnic festivals, antique shows, dog shows and so much more.
As one of the oldest corporations in the Orlando area, the not-for-profit Central Florida Fair is proud of its standing as a self-sufficient community asset. A recent economic impact study published by Fishkind & Associates concluded that the Central Florida Fair generates $35 million in out-of-area revenue to the City of Orlando and Orange County. Designated as an emergency staging area by Orange County for Florida’s hurricane season, the Fair has built a strong long standing relationship with the local government and played a key role as a debris collection site after the hurricanes of 2004 saving taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up costs. No taxpayer support is received from city or county governments to support the Fair and only $4,400 annually is designated from the State of Florida towards the premiums paid to Fair exhibitors. Instead, the Fair is sustained by Fair ticket sales, off-season rental income, and partnerships with local businesses to provide the community with its annual celebration of the best of Central Florida.
For more information, visit centralfloridafair.com.