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Take a look at opening weekend for the Florida State Fair in Tampa

The fair runs through Feb. 19 at the fairgrounds.
 
Analaya Lazaro, 2, offers cotton candy to a stuffed unicorn at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9 in Tampa.
Analaya Lazaro, 2, offers cotton candy to a stuffed unicorn at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Feb. 12|Updated Feb. 15

It was the opening weekend for the Florida State Fair, which has been going on since 1904 in Tampa. It runs through Feb. 19, with the country’s largest state fair midway with a record-breaking Ferris wheel. It also has a food court full of famous concoctions, like the Donut Burger, and a wide variety of amusements in a fair that stretches across 330 acres.

There are more than 150 shows, three music stages, art exhibits and strolling entertainment. With agriculture as the star, guests can taste honey, try their hands in a milking parlor and snuggle baby animals.

And for the first time since 2015, the fair featured fireworks on the opening weekend, on Friday and Saturday. There will also be fireworks on the closing weekend after the sun sets Feb. 17-18.

Admission is $16, $10 for age 6-11 and discounts for seniors. Ride armbands are $27-$54. Check out the fair’s Discount Days page for deals on certain days. Gates open at 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday and at 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. 813-621-7821. FloridaStateFair.com.

People enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa.
People enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Kanin Bennett takes aim while shooting an airgun along the midway at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9.
Kanin Bennett takes aim while shooting an airgun along the midway at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
The sunset is pictured from the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa.
The sunset is pictured from the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A woman carries a large bear won in a carnival game at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa.
A woman carries a large bear won in a carnival game at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Faith Horn shares a laugh while riding a bumper car at the Florida State Fair during the first weekend of the fair on Feb. 9.
Faith Horn shares a laugh while riding a bumper car at the Florida State Fair during the first weekend of the fair on Feb. 9. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Children enjoy a foam pit during the first weekend of the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9.
Children enjoy a foam pit during the first weekend of the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Crowds fill the midway at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend Feb. 10 in Tampa.
Crowds fill the midway at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
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A group enjoys one of the many Florida State Fair rides during the first weekend of the fair Feb. 9.
A group enjoys one of the many Florida State Fair rides during the first weekend of the fair Feb. 9. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
People are turned upside down on the Superman 360 ride at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa.
People are turned upside down on the Superman 360 ride at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend on Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Fireworks light up the sky at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend Feb. 10 in Tampa.
Fireworks light up the sky at the Florida State Fair during opening weekend Feb. 10 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
The Midway, including rides, games and food vendors, is seen on the opening weekend of the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9.
The Midway, including rides, games and food vendors, is seen on the opening weekend of the Florida State Fair on Feb. 9. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]