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South Florida Fair 2015 South Florida Fair

I have my advance tickets, the ride trailers are all lining up, and the cars have been loaded on the Sky Ride - It's time for the fair!

The South Florida Fair has been happening since (can you believe it?) 1912, and this year runs from January 16 - February 1. The theme this year at the Expo Center is LAS VEGAS! Guests will be greeted with the traditional sand sculpture, this year in the form of the Vegas strip, and a mini fountain show with lights and music, along with overhead acrobatic performances and ice skating shows. There will be a tiger encounter, and also shows with fantastic impersonators of Vegas' legendary performers.

One of our favorite things at the fairgrounds is Yesteryear Village. You can visit year-round, but it's fully staffed and stocked during the fair, and just a fantastic experience, a glimpse into the past, with plenty of informative exhibits, building, and people to help explain it all.

Wade Shows is again the king of the midway, and with their love of carnival rides, everything should be spectacular as usual - no burned out lights here! You can find a complete list of rides here.

2015 Prices

Advance tickets are available through the day before opening at Publix, BB&T, Bud's, TD Bank, and online. Prices are as follows:

Adults (12+): $10 ($15 at gate)
Seniors (60+): $7 ($9 at gate)
Children (5-11): $5 ($8 at gate)
Children 5 and under get in for FREE.
Ride/Wristband: $20 ($25 at gate)

And, as always, you can use your advance ticket on opening night AND one other day!

There are coupons available, too - you can find those here.

2015 South Florida Fair Hours

General Fair Hours
Monday - Friday: opens at 12 Noon
Saturday, Sunday & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: opens at 10AM

Exhibit&Building Hours
Monday - Friday: 12 Noon - 10PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10AM - 10PM (Exhibits and buildings close at 8PM on February 1st)

Exposition Building
Monday - Friday: 12 Noon - 10PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10AM - 10PM (Exposition building closes at 8PM on February 1st)

Opens 1 hour after gate opening
Sunday - Thursday: closes at 11PM
Friday & Saturday: closes at 12 Midnight

Yesteryear Village
Monday - Friday: 12 Noon - 10PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10AM - 10PM

Information Booths
Monday - Friday: 12 Noon - 10PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10AM - 10PM

Food concessions and outdoor exhibitors
Monday - Friday: opens at 12 Noon
Saturday & Sunday: opens at 10AM
Sunday - Thursday: closes at 11PM
Friday & Saturday: 12 midnight

2015 Entertainment

As usual, the fair has a little something for everyone. A full schedule can be found on the South Florida Fair website, but I'll post a few highlights here. All shows listed are free unless otherwise noted.

Coca-Cola Stage:
SANCTUS REAL with opening act Hawk Nelson: Sunday, January 18, 7:00 PM
JOSH THOMPSON: Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 PM
HINDER: Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 PM
FOGHAT: Thursday, January 22, 8:00 PM

PUDDLE OF MUDD: Tuesday, January 27, 8:00 PM
DAN + SHAY: Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 PM
ELVIS EXTRAVAGANZA: Thursday, January 29, 8:00 PM

Stardust Theater:
DALE K, Seriously Funny Hypnosis Show: January 16-25

Ford Theater:
LAS VEGAS ON ICE: every day

Community Stage:
STARZ OF THE FUTURE, Winner Takes All: January 23-25
DENNIS LEE: January 26-February 1

Yesteryear Village:
JIMMY RIFFLE OF THE GATOR BOYS & HIS ROAD SHOW CREW Presents "Scales, Tails & Teeth": January 28-30
RON DAVIS: January 23-February 1

There's always way more going on than I can share here, so be sure to check the South Florida Fair website for more details, other activities and any changes! See you at the fair!

2014 South Florida Fair

Another January in South Florida, another Fair, and I can't wait to go! This theme of the South Florida Fair this year is "New York", and it runs from Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 2. Visitors to the Exhibition Hall will be treated to a sand sculpture of the Statue of Liberty, a made-from-cans Empire State Building, and ice shows choreographed to your favorite Broadway tunes.

Wade shows is back for the midway, and - this is cool - there's a pre-opening ride-a-thon from 5PM to 10PM on Thursday, January 16. Tickets are $15, but there's a $5 South Florida Fair discount coupon here. For a list of rides, check out Wade Shows' website. Of special note is the South Florida Fair's flagship roller coaster, the Pinfari RC-48, is the only one in the world!

2014 Prices

Advance discount tickets are available online, as well as at Publix, BB&T, TD Bank, and Bud's through January 16th. The discount prices are as follows:

$10 Adult Admission ($15 at gate)
$5 Child Admission ($8 at gate)
Kids 5 and under get in FREE!
$7 Senior Admission ($9 at gate)
$89 Mega Saver (4 Any Day Admission, 2 Weekday Ride/Wristband Vouchers, 4 $5 Food Tickets, SAVE $41!)
$20 Ride/Wristband Voucher ($35 at gate)

And, my favorite thing about advance tickets, you can use it a second day if you use it on opening night!

Other ways to save:

Buy one regular adult admission ticket, get one free; get tickets at any Goodwill Retail store, or on their website.

BIKE NIGHT - Thursday, January 25
Arrive on motorcyle before 6PM, ride in the motorcycle parade, get in for $5

SENIOR DAYS - Monday, January 27
All day, 60 and over pay only $5

AMERICA HEROES' DAY - Tuesday, January 28
Active Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Personnel & their families pay only $7 each, plus get ride discounts at the Wells Fargo booth

2014 Hours

General admission hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday: opens at 12 Noon
Saturday, Sunday & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: opens at 10AM
Most attractions close at 10PM

Midway hours:
Opens 1 hour after gate opening
Closes at 11PM Sunday - Thursday, 12 Midnight on Friday & Saturday

For more detailed information. visit the South Florida Fair website.

2014 Concerts & Shows

General seating is free with your fair admission!

Coca-Cola Stage:
CRAIG MORGAN - Tuesday, January 21 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
CASSADEE POPE - Wednesday, January 22 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
EDDIE MONEY - Thursday, January 23 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
THE LEROY VAN DYKE COUNTRY GOLD TOUR - Monday, January 27 - 2 PM - Reserved Seating: $10
Featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, Bobby Bare and T.G. Sheppard
THE SWON BROTHERS - Tuesday, January 28 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
THE LONE BELLOW - Wednesday, January 29 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
THE FAB FOUR - Thursday, January 30 - 8PM - Reserved Seating: $10
BROOKE EDEN - Sunday, January 19 - 7:30PM

More information on these concerts can be found at the South Florida Fair website.

Ford Theatre, Expo Stage & Grounds:
NEW YORK ON ICE - every day
HIGH DIVE SHOW - every day
DIVAS ON BROADWAY - January 27-February 2
SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR PARADES - Sundays at 1PM, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30PM
OSCAR THE ROBOT - every day

More information on these shows can be found at the South Florida Fair website.

2013 South Florida Fair

It's January, and here in Palm Beach County that means FAIR TIME! This years South Florida Fair runs from Friday, January 18 through Sunday, February 3. The theme this year is "Washington, D.C., Our Nation's Capital", and the highlight of the exhibition is a huge replica of a portion of the Air Force One used by Presidents Kennedy through Reagan. Visitors will also be treated to the Oval Office - with a photo op at the President's desk, a tribute to past Presidents, and a display of gowns worn by First Ladies amid other Presidential memorabilia.

Wade Shows returns as the provider of midway rides, and we'll certainly be there to see what new rides they have to offer. Scroll down to our older update to read about Wade's love of amusement rides!

2013 Prices

Discounted tickets to the South Florida Fair are available online and at Publix, BB&T, TD Bank, and Bud's through January 17th. The discount prices are as follows:

$10 Adult Admission ($15 at gate)
$5 Child Admission ($8 at gate)
$7 Senior Admission ($9 at gate)
$89 Mega Saver (4 Any Day Admission, 2 Weekday Ride/Wristband Vouchers, 4 $5 Food Tickets, SAVE $41!)
$20 Ride/Wristband Voucher ($35 at gate)

As always, if you use your advance ticket on opening night, you can return another day for free!

And don't forget Senior Days!

January 28 - $5 Admission ALL DAY for Seniors!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - $7 Admission for Seniors!

2013 Concerts and Shows

General seating is free with your admission to the South Florida Fair. Reserved seating is $10, tickets are available here.

Pepsi Stage:
January 22 - 7:30 PM - Justin Lynch
January 24 - 8 PM - Jackyl
January 26 - 2 PM-9 PM - 4th Annual Classic Rock Tribute Band Competition
January 29 - 8 PM - Tenth Avenue North
January 28 - 3 PM - The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour
January 30 - 7 PM - The Price Is Right - LIVE!

Ford Theater:
Daily - America On Ice

Expo East Stage:
January 19 - 4 PM - Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant
January 26 - Meet Author James Patterson
January 27 - 3:30 PM - Girl Scout Cookie Eating Contest
February 2 - 11 AM - Baby Beautiful Contest
February 2 - 1 PM - Twins Contest
January 18, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, and February 2 - Gulfstream Goodwill Fashion Show
Daily - The Game Show
Daily - Mark Yuzuik, Master Hypnotist

Sun Sentinel Community Stage:
January 18-22 - Gary Roland and the Landsharks Band
January 18 - E.S.P. Band
January 19 - Emily Brooke
January 19 - Brooke Eden & The Devil's Cut Band
January 20 - Dusty Road Rangers
January 20 - Alex Shaw Band
January 23 - Roger Rossi & Class Action
January 23 - Midnight Rodeo
January 24 - The Sally Bennet Big Band Hall Of Fame Orchestra
January 24 - The Charron Band
January 25 - Sha-Boom
January 25-27 - Starz of the Future Winner Takes All! Competition
January 28-February 2 - The Dennis Lee Show
January 29 - The Samantha Russell Band
January 30 - Second Chance Band
January 31 - Panic Disorder
February 2 - Jess Taylor
February 3 - The Pied Piper of Percussion

Grounds Attractions:
Daily - Ham Bone Express pig racing
Daily - Elephant Encounter
Daily - The Firefighter Training Show

2012 South Florida Fair

It's that time of year again - the fair is coming to town! The South Florida Fair is one of the events I look forward to every year, and this year is no exception. The fair runs from January 13-29 this year, and the theme is "100 Years", featuring displays and exhibits from years past. Special centennial events include a pre-opening Ride-a-Thon on January 12; opening ceremonies on January 13th; and the "Party of the Century" on January 14th, with a cocktail reception and catered dinner buffet (reservations required).

Wade Shows is back for a sixth year. Scroll to the bottom of the page to our older update to read about the love that Wade has for amusement rides. You're sure to see rides at the South Florida Fair that are not found elsewhere, and it's one of the reasons we even go!

Discounted tickets are available here through January 12th. The regular (and I LOVE this) use-your-ticket-opening-night-and-come-another-day-for-free is in effect! Senior Days are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the fair, when admission for seniors (60+) is $7 .

South Florida Fair 2012 Prices
Adult $15
Child ages 6-11 $8
Senior (60+) $9
Ride Wristband M-F $25 (not including admission)
Ride Wristband Sat-Sun $35 (not including admission)
Ride Ticket $1
We noticed no discount for bulk ride ticket purchases, 1 ticket was $1, 20 tickets are $20. Rides start at 3 tickets, most rides are 5 or 6.

Monday, January 23rd is Special Senior Day - only $5 admission for seniors!

South Florida Fair 2012 Shows and Concerts:

General seating at these shows is included with your fair admission. Reserved seating is available here.


Tickets for the following shows include fair admission and can be purchased here.

Sunday, January 15 • 2:00 p.m - MIA Fest featuring Luis Enrique, Chino & Nacho, Tairon Aguilera, Puerto Rican Salsa Project, DJ Mate, DJ Richard G., DJ Abby, DJ O.D. Blaze and MUCH MORE!!!

Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m - Larry Hernandez in Concert with Alerta Zero & El Triangulo de Oro

See you at the Fair!

2011 South Florida Fair

The 2011 South Florida Fair is January 14-30. This year's South Florida Fair theme is "Really Cool Stuff" which focuses on science, technology, space and the environment. There's the Agrium Seed Survivor exhibit with virtual reality games, seed plantings, and a watershed center. The Wyland Waters Extreme Journey maze turns you into a drop of water, traveling from the sky to the sea.

Wade Shows provides the midway for the fifth year in a row. Scroll to the bottom of the page, in our older update, to read about the love that Wade has for amusement rides. You're sure to see rides at the South Florida Fair that are not found elsewhere.

Discount South Florida Fair tickets are available online through January 14th. The discounts are the same as last year. The discounted fair tickets are also available at Publix.

South Florida Fair 2011 Prices
Adult $15
Child ages 6-11 $8
Senior (60+) $9
Ride Wristband M-F $25 (not including admission)
Ride Wristband Sat-Sun $35 (not including admission)
Ride Ticket $1
We noticed no discount for bulk ride ticket purchases, 1 ticket was $1, 20 tickets are $20. Rides start at 3 tickets, most rides are 5 or 6.

South Florida Fair 2011 Shows and Concerts:

General seating is free with fair admission, reserved seating is available for $10. Reserved tickets are available here.

Saving Abel 1/14 Fri 8pm
Jerrod Niemann 1/18 Tue 7:30p
The Band Perry 1/19 Wed 7:30p
Kansas 1/20 Thu 7:30p
Tenth Avenue North 1/25 Tue 7:30p
The Used 1/26 Wed 7:30p
Travis Tritt Acoustic 1/27 Thu 7:30p

Jan 14 Fiesta Mexicana Friday (Mexican Band Battle)
Jan 14-17 Yesterdayze
Jan 17 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration
Jan 18 Palm Beach County Chapter Barbershop Quartet
Jan 19 Ben Grisafi & The Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Orchestra
Jan 20-23 Starz of the Future Competitions
Jan 20 Bike Nite Parade
Jan 20 Roger Rossi & Class Action
Jan 21 Hurricane Harmonizers
Jan 24 SENIOR DAY Sha-Boom / Les Mack & The Southern Gents
Jan 25-30 Dennis Lee
Jan 28 Fiesta Mexicana Friday (Mexican Band Battle)
Jan 29-30 7th Annual Florida Matchplay Championship

Every Day: Bella Luna Cirque
Every Day: Nerveless Nock's Extreme Aerial & Motorcycle Stunt Show
Every Day: Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show
Every Day: Kandu Magic Show
Weekends: Tyzen Master of Laughter - Hypnosis Show

2010 South Florida Fair
The 2010 South Florida Fair is January 15-31. This year's theme is America's National Parks. Discount tickets are available online until January 14th. The discounts are substantial, particularly on adult tickets, which are $10 advance versus $15 at the gate. You can pick these up at Publix as well. Discounted wristband vouchers are also available, they are priced at $20 advance versus $25 at the fair. There's also a "Mega Saver" priced at a $89 dollars. The big price gets you a lot of fair - 4 admissions, 2 wristbands, and four $5 food tickets. That's more than $40 cheaper than buying these items individually at the fair.

The National Parks theme should fit really well, since the South Florida Fair is more outdoorsy than the average fair, due to Yesteryear Village (Yesteryear Village alone is worth the price of fair admission). Exhibits planned for the National Parks theme include an 8 foot saltwater aquarium and a replica of the Boca Chita lighthouse in Biscayne National Park, a 25 foot waterfall representing Yosemite, a 35 foot replica of a giant Sequoia tree, a working replica of Old Faithful, and quite a bit more! It should be really fun and interesting.

2009 South Florida Fair
The South Florida Fair is back again this year with the super superb Wade Shows midway! The schedule of events is too long to list here, you'll have to roll over to if you want to see the events and discounts for 09. You can see pictures of the midway at the Wade Shows website.

Making a return appearance is the Pinfari RC-48 roller coaster, the largest mobile roller coaster in the US. In 2008, Wade Show purchased this from Morey's Pier in New Jersey and the South Florida Fair was its first use since 2004. Wade also introduces their new Wisdom Drag Strip Mega Slide, the largest US-made portable slide. The gigantic 8 lane slide is 160' long, over 70' tall, and travels on two 53 foot trailers.

Original article
The South Florida Fair comes to West Palm Beach for three weeks every January and it is absolutely a can't-miss event. There's everything you'd expect at a country fair (from pig racing and mechanical bull riding to arts and crafts), plus a huge midway full of rides and games, a huge exhibition hall with a different theme every year, and a dozen smaller exhibition halls. From historic Yesteryear Village to the 80+ ride midway with its cutting-edge rides and the huge kiddie midway, saying that the South Florida Fair offers something exciting for all ages is not just delivering a sound bite, it's the damn truth.

The main Exposition Center hosts vendors and exhibits with a different theme each year. Smaller exhibition buildings house more vendors and craftspeople, and also a local favorite - the HO scale model railroad room. Animals are everywhere, with contests for the biggest and best, as well as contests for cooking and crafting, and the annual Miss South Florida Fair pageant. A trip into
Yesteryear Village takes you back in time through various eras in local history, featuring dozens of restored local historic buildings and houses, with volunteers in period garb to answer all of your questions. The kids love the tractors, steam engines, and fire engines! Yesteryear Village is a fixed part of the fairgrounds and is open year round.

In 2006, Wade Shows replaced Conklin Shows as the midway provider and the fair has never been better! Aside from the large number of rides (almost 90!) in all shapes, sizes, and styles, the units were all immaculate, bright, clean, freshly-painted, and all illumination fully functional. I can't stress enough how impressed I was with the quality and maintenance of the rides. In addition, many had descriptive signs explaining the origins of the rides. The array of rides was just amazing, too - tame kiddie rides (also in near-perfect condition and upkeep) walk-through funhouses and dark rides, the spinning roller coaster Crazy Mouse, and many of the gut-churning "big spinning arms on huge bolted pylons" rides like Spin Out, Space Loop, and the aptly-named Freak Out. A true connoisseur of rides, Wade's owner even brought in Jimmy Drew's one-of-a-kind Seattle Wheel, a 90 foot tall fully restored 15 car Ferris Wheel from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Wade pulls together an incredibly well-thought array of rides for this midway and the quality really shines.

And the food... do I need to go into the food? Standard fair fare, with all manner of fried dough, enormous turkey legs, anything you could imagine battered and fried, ice cream, frozen bananas, yummy yummy grilled corn, Mexican-inspired arepas...the list is seemingly endless. It's fun to see the gimmicks the different vendors use to entice the hungry patron - maybe a large tent-covered picnic area or perhaps an animated singing stuffed pig! A new addition this year was a booth serving beer and mixed drinks (at prices not much higher than a local bar), and another offering frozen rumrunners and magaritas.

Throughout the fair you can catch performances by local talent as well as national acts. Information on the shows and events is available at, there's just too much for me to type.

Admission is $15 for adults and $8


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