North Florida Fair kicks off in Tallahassee

The North Florida Fair kicked off Thursday in Tallahassee, and there is a record turnout expected for its 80th year.
Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 7:10 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The North Florida Fair kicked off Thursday in Tallahassee, and there is a record turnout expected for its 80th year.

Manager Mark Harvey said the fair has only taken breaks for Word War II and during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a big event in Tallahassee, and we have a lot of fun with it,” Harvey said.

Harvey said there are at least 50 rides set up, several food vendors, and a bar with local craft beer and wine slushies from Fingerlicks in New York.

The 2021 fair broke records, with 130,000 people coming out to enjoy “the best entertainment in town,” as Harvey described it.

A livestock section is set up with pigs, poultry, and a petting zoo. There is also a circus, magician, and cowboy circus act to enjoy.

Admission was free for Thursday, and prices to get in will vary day-by-by.

“We’ve got our share of elephant ears, funnel cakes, corn dogs, kettle corn, and meat on a stick from New York state,” Harvey said.

The majority of the vendors and the rides company are Florida-based. Harvey said the fair helped contribute $60 to $70 million to the city while educating people on Florida’s agricultural footprint.

“Most people associate Florida with beaches and Disney, but agriculture is one of the main growth engines for Florida,” Harvey said.

With inflation and rising prices for goods, Harvey said they have “held the line” and not raised their prices.

The fair will run until Nov. 13.