Florida State Fair gets underway

- Racing pigs, midway rides, and of course, the fair food! The Florida State Fair is in town and officially gets underway this week. 

The fair begins Thursday, February 8 with Heroes Day, which means free admission for military veterans and first responders, along with family members. 

Friday, February 9 is Hillsborough County Student Day, where students get in free with tickets distributed by the schools. 

There are also senior discount days and $5 admission days, so check the fair schedule for the official lineup of discount days.

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Fairgoers can get their hands on some new fair foods this year, including BBQ pulled pork ribbon fries, bacon bomb burgers, bacon cheeseburger chompers, Canadian poutine, a catfish sundae, chicken and waffle pizza, and deep-fried strawberry shortcake, among other goodies

In addition to concerts and the midway full of rides, there are also livestock contests and exhibits, a bear show, racing pigs, Circus Hollywood, extreme BMX, and characters and shows for kids. 

Parking for the fair is always free.

The fair runs through February 19.

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