Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Concerts, Clydesdales other highlights of the 2016 Florida State Fair

The Florida State Fair Runs Thursday through Feb. 15 at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. Admission: You can save money if you buy tickets in advance for $9, $5 ages 6-11 at FloridaStateFair.com. Otherwise it's $11-$13 at the gate. Make a donation at any Goodwill Industries location and get a coupon good for $2 off admission. Any Day Ride Armbands are good for unlimited midway rides any day of the fair and are $35 at the gate. Weekday Ride Armbands are $25 at the gate and are only valid today and Monday through Feb. 11. Parking is free.

Specials

Salute to Heroes Day, Thursday: All active, reserve or retired military veterans, law enforcement, firemen and first responders are admitted free with ID.

Gold Access Pass: Offered for the first-time, holders get a special access line. Gold Access Passes are $15, plus the cost of a ride armband, and are only available on the weekends and the last Monday of the fair.

Super Sunday BOGO: Not into football? After 4 p.m. Sunday you can get buy-one-get-one-free ride armbands while everyone else is watching the Super Bowl. Free band can only be used Sunday.

Senior Days: Weekdays from Monday through Feb. 12, seniors 55 and older receive discounted admission of $7 in advance or $9 at the gate. Also find special Senior Seminars in the Expo Hall.

Fair highlights

Taste of the Fair: On Monday, select food vendors offer samples of their regular menu items at a budget price point. Find a list of vendors at the guest services booth.

Elvis Extravaganza: The annual competition featuring a bevy of Elvis impersonators is at noon Feb. 12-14 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage.

Budweiser Clydesdales: Budweiser's iconic, elegant animals will be at the fair Wednesday through Feb. 14.

Concerts

Lazy Bonez, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. An '80s rock tribute band. Free.

Beatlemania, 7 p.m. Saturday on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. Beatles impersonators. Free.

10th Avenue North, 7 p.m. Monday on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. Christian pop rock. Free.

Country Gold Tour, 2 p.m. Tuesday in Entertainment Hall. Features performances by Leroy Van Dyke, Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown and Bill Anderson; 2 p.m. Wednesday in Entertainment Hall. Features performances by Rex Allen Jr., Leroy Van Dyke, T.G. Sheppard and John Conlee. $10-$20.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. One of the most successful music groups of the '60s, Puckett earned six consecutive gold records and numerous top 10 Billboard hits. Free.

Robert Cray Band, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. The five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and 2011 Blues Hall of Fame inductee has recorded 20 studio releases; 15 of those hit the Billboard charts. Free.

Ulises Hadjis, 6 p.m. Feb. 14 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. The Venezuelan singer/songwriter combines pop, rock, indie and folk and has received three Latin Grammy nominations. Free.

Colt Ford, 6 p.m. Feb. 15 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. Country music meets hip-hop in the professional golfer turned rapper who has four albums that have peaked into the Top 10 on the Billboard country charts.

Aranda, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 on the Tampa Bay Times Stage. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin, Dameon and Gabe Aranda taught themselves to play and started their first rock band in the fifth grade. Free.

Daily Entertainment

Other entertainment you can expect to find every day includes Matt's Family Jam, Dennis Lee, Chipper Experience (comedy magician), Circus Hollywood, Welde Bears, SwashChucklers Comedy Pirate Show, Sinbad High Dive Show.

Compiled by Kelly Stefani, Times staff writer

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