TAMPA — Florida State Fair officials christened its new super slide Friday.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined youth members of FFA and 4-H in taking the first official run down the new slide on a sun-splashed morning.
It's big news considering the iconic status of the original slide.
Putnam and other state officials, including State Atttorney Pam Bondi, maintained a tradition of riding the slide after the governor's annual luncheon. But the slide, long a staple as a ride and landmark at past fairs, had to be removed before the 2016 Florida State Fair because of storm damage.
Now a new slide adorns the fairgrounds in the same footprint. The Super Slide, originally dubbed the "Super Bowl Toboggan." debuted in Times Square during the 2014 Super Bowl. The Italian-made slide is 60 feet tall and 180 feet long. In addition to its wild ride, the Super Slide boasts an LED package that gives off a spectacular light show at night.
It will make its debut to patrons at the 2017 Florida State Fair, which runs , Feb. 9 through 20.
Tickets for the 2017 fair can be purchased online at floridastatefair.com at discounts of up to 30 percent of the regular retail price. The fair also announced a Super Sale for Tickets from now through today (Dec. 18): get a four-pack of admission and ride armbands tickets good for any one day of the fair for only $75 – a savings of $119 off the regular gate price.
Advance admission tickets are $9 for ages 12 and older and $5 for ages 6 to 11. (Children 5 and younger are admitted free).
Advance tickets for seniors ages 55 and older are $7 and are valid on Monday through Friday, February 13-17 only. Weekday ride armband tickets are $20 for unlimited rides (valid on February 9, 13, 14, 15 or 16) and Any Day ride armband tickets are $30 and can be used for unlimited rides any one day during the fair.
For more information, visit floridastatefair.com.