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Highlights Of The Annual South Florida Fair

Updated on March 1, 2013

Each year the South Florida Fair held in West Palm Beach, Florida hosts over 500,000 people annually. The event provides people of all ages with great entertainment, thrilling rides, themed and livestock exhibits and other exhilarating attractions. The midway features foods from all over the world popular with today's fair-goers.

The fair began over 100 years ago and has moved from the International Airport location to the Palm Beach State College campus to the present Fairgrounds location. Today the fair covers 100 acres of land and takes the average patron a half day to thoroughly enjoy all the activity.

My husband and I attend at least one day during the 17 day run of the South Florida Fair. We have always enjoyed the multiple artisan displays, as well as the shows which bring in talented musicians and artists.

The Midway

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The traditional ferris wheel is still a major attraction and the waiting line is one of the longest each day.  The midway has plenty of food options.  It may take you awhile to decide upon what to eat.  Don't forget to try the fried pickles!The Class Car exhibit displays quite an impressive selection of hot rods, sports cars and antique vehicles. The colors, flags, music and lights are all part of the venue's pull on patrons.  Ice cream in many flavors is hard to resist! The game booths do not always produce a winner, but the challenge is just as fun. Musicians and performers are a top attraction each day.  Florida's Emily Brooke is a new singing sensation that has a voice similar to Taylor Swift.  The magic acts of Henry Wade are an annual delight for fair visitors.
The traditional ferris wheel is still a major attraction and the waiting line is one of the longest each day.
The traditional ferris wheel is still a major attraction and the waiting line is one of the longest each day.
The midway has plenty of food options.  It may take you awhile to decide upon what to eat.  Don't forget to try the fried pickles!
The midway has plenty of food options. It may take you awhile to decide upon what to eat. Don't forget to try the fried pickles!
The Class Car exhibit displays quite an impressive selection of hot rods, sports cars and antique vehicles.
The Class Car exhibit displays quite an impressive selection of hot rods, sports cars and antique vehicles.
The colors, flags, music and lights are all part of the venue's pull on patrons.
The colors, flags, music and lights are all part of the venue's pull on patrons.
Ice cream in many flavors is hard to resist!
Ice cream in many flavors is hard to resist!
The game booths do not always produce a winner, but the challenge is just as fun.
The game booths do not always produce a winner, but the challenge is just as fun.
Musicians and performers are a top attraction each day.  Florida's Emily Brooke is a new singing sensation that has a voice similar to Taylor Swift.
Musicians and performers are a top attraction each day. Florida's Emily Brooke is a new singing sensation that has a voice similar to Taylor Swift.
The magic acts of Henry Wade are an annual delight for fair visitors.
The magic acts of Henry Wade are an annual delight for fair visitors.

Photo Tour Of The Nation's Capital

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The Oval Office. The Fireplace and sitting area of the Oval Office. Air Force One was a great experience and thrilling tour. The President's office on board Air Force One. The Washington Monument simulated the "real deal".  The Lincoln Memorial was sculpted out of sand.  It was huge and an awesome sight! The Jewish Holocaust museum display inspired us to persevere and keep hope.
The Oval Office.
The Oval Office.
The Fireplace and sitting area of the Oval Office.
The Fireplace and sitting area of the Oval Office.
Air Force One was a great experience and thrilling tour.
Air Force One was a great experience and thrilling tour.
The President's office on board Air Force One.
The President's office on board Air Force One.
The Washington Monument simulated the "real deal".
The Washington Monument simulated the "real deal".
The Lincoln Memorial was sculpted out of sand.  It was huge and an awesome sight!
The Lincoln Memorial was sculpted out of sand. It was huge and an awesome sight!
The Jewish Holocaust museum display inspired us to persevere and keep hope.
The Jewish Holocaust museum display inspired us to persevere and keep hope.

A Tribute To Our Nation's Capital

The Expo Hall displays a themed event such as this year's Nation's Capital. We toured the oval office, boarded Air Force One and viewed famous photographs of past presidents and our current President Obama and family. We enjoyed the many monuments replicated, such as the Washington Monument and the detailed sand architecture of the Lincoln Memorial.

As we toured this area we felt as if we were given a mini-tour of our capital and the highlights of our nation. It was an outstanding exhibit and we came away better informed on the history of our nation.

The exhibit also featured a tribute to the Jewish Holocaust Museum. We were humbled and awed at the stamina of the people who endured the many years of tribulation. Equally admirable, was the hope and strength the Jewish people built through the years. The miniature displays, video stories and photographs were definitely inspiring.

What a Treat!

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Fried pickles are popular at most fairs, and South Florida doesn't disappoint anyone on this tasty food choice! The enormous pile of home-made ribbon fries accompanied by a tasty corn dog are favorite fair meals.  Don't forget the famous funnel cake.  This one topped with cherries and sprinkled with powdered sugar is to die for! The Texas Beef Brisket is hard to top here at the South Florida Fair.  This is always on our list before heading home.
Fried pickles are popular at most fairs, and South Florida doesn't disappoint anyone on this tasty food choice!
Fried pickles are popular at most fairs, and South Florida doesn't disappoint anyone on this tasty food choice!
The enormous pile of home-made ribbon fries accompanied by a tasty corn dog are favorite fair meals.
The enormous pile of home-made ribbon fries accompanied by a tasty corn dog are favorite fair meals.
Don't forget the famous funnel cake.  This one topped with cherries and sprinkled with powdered sugar is to die for!
Don't forget the famous funnel cake. This one topped with cherries and sprinkled with powdered sugar is to die for!
The Texas Beef Brisket is hard to top here at the South Florida Fair.  This is always on our list before heading home.
The Texas Beef Brisket is hard to top here at the South Florida Fair. This is always on our list before heading home.

The Food!

What can be more exiting than eating at a fair? Everything imaginable is available from sweets to main meals. Favorite food choices are the Texas Beef Brisket, Chicken Gyros, Roasted Corn, Kettle Corn and the old fashioned Corn Dog.

We never leave without indulging in a funnel cake oozing with cherries and covered in powdered sugar. Another great treat is the fried pickle. Many people have not had the opportunity to taste one of these delectable food morsels and do not know what they are missing. Trust me, it is one of the most flavorful, tart delights around.


Location and Trivia

If you go next year, this popular West Palm Beach event is held on the South Florida Fairgrounds and is located on the intersection of State Route 441 and and Fairground Road. It runs in late January and into February some years, with total event days approximately seventeen.

It is open from noon until midnight most days, and offers people many opportunities to hear popular musicians, talented local artists, view military vehicles and livestock. It also has a simulated pioneer village "Yester Year" that holds daily events like the reenactment of an old west gunfight battle. You will truly enjoy your visit!



Location of South Florida Fairgrounds

A markerSouth Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach Florida -
Fairgrounds Road, FL 33411, USA
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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the fair. We have a huge one here, the Western Washington, reputed to be the 3rd largest in the nation. I love the food...I always come back weighing like five pounds more than when I left. LOL

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      looks like a great fair. We used to go to the annual arti show at Coconut Grove..It was huge with so many artists. This is super and you did a great job. Voting UP++Plus some sharing, pinning.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy teaches12345 -

      Good one ! Also, I enjoyed the many photos.

      Gus :-)))

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks, teaches, for taking us along on the annual South Florida Fair. How interesting it would a tribute at the Fair to our Nation's Capital. Your photos are really great, and there is just something about that Fair food, especially fried pickles!!!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      I feel like I was there! Thank you for sharing this, it looks like so much fun!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow I was just thinking of something like this yesterday! I always loved carnivals and fairs and can't remember the last time I went. This was a fun reminder, thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.The last fair I went to was when I was a guest of the Caledonians in 1999

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      How I wished I could be there enjoying the fair, artisan works, foods and other cultural activities that accompany! Thank you for sharing such rare experience.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      teaches , great hub.. i love the fair any fair , the smells, the sounds, the people and the children having a good time .. it just gives me a wonderful feeling about life . Fried Pickles ..(ha,ha,ha ... i don't know about that . !)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I'm too late for the fair (great song lyric), Dianna, this year, but I'll plan to attend the next one. Fried pickles and funnel cake - what more could I ask?

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Fairs bring back my childhood memories, Dianna.

      I would love to visit Florida one day...but thanks for an interesting hub.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Teaches, what an extravaganza, and great that you can give us a tour like this! It looks so interesting, and it must be fun to accompany the whole experience with fried pickles and other treats.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Now I know I am missing out on something... fried pickles... never had them.

      An awesome tour, I love going to fairs. Your photos certainly bring across the excitement.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      I used to love going to the fair and getting all the freebies from the companies.

      It was great going into the buildings and enjoying looking at all the artwork and petting the animals.

      I pray you go with your grandchilden and enjoy a second childhood.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great fair to visit, sounds like fun. The exhibits must be great to see and the cakes must be delicious!! Thank you for the tour.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at the South Florida Fair. You've highlighted aspects of this event that definitely make us want to go! Worlds of food, fun, and learning wrapped up in one location equal great appeal. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill,

      Carol,

      Gus,

      Faith,

      Roxanne,

      Jackie,

      Mhatter,

      Arun,

      Clearner3,

      Drbj,

      Ruchira,

      Vicki,

      Rosemay,

      TeacherJoe,

      Vellur,

      Rtalloni,

      Thanks for coming to the fair. It was indeed a great visit for us and can't wait to go again next year. I hope each of you is having a wonderful day. Enjoy it. Stay safe and warm. Blessings!

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      The picture of the ski lift ride on the midway cracks me up - I bet ski lift rides are fairly uncommon in south Florida! I love going to fairs - we only have fairs in the summer due to the horrible weather in the winter up north. I love the pictures - thanks for bringing a little bit of warm Florida into my life today!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wow so many things to see. It is really an interesting place.

      Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Sounds amazing, now I want to go to the fair! lol! brings the idea of summer to me because we have a huge fair in june, fascinating read, voted up! nell

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Leah, you may have something there: do Floridians know what a ski lift really is? Funny! Thanks for your comment and visit. Glad you were warmed by it all.

      Ignugent, it is a really interesting event every year. I always feel like a kid again when I attend. Appreciate your stopping by here today.

      Nell, who doesn't love going to a fair? I'll bet yours has some unique attractions. Thanks for the support. Take care and stay safe.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      I love Ferris wheels, funnel cakes and fairs! Thanks for being our tour guide. It is interesting that the fair is held so early in the year. But I guess in South Florida, the late winter weather is not much of an issue! Voted up, interesting and awesome. :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Ah, here it is, the infamous state fair you mentioned in the comment section of my hub about the Big E. I guess you do live in a warm climate. Fried pickles? They don't look or sound very good. Are they really good to eat? I don't think the Big E has that yet!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lindacee, you are right, January is a great time for an outdoor event in Florida. The weather is mild. Glad you enjoyed the fair!

      Karen, fried pickles are pretty good, but I love pickles so anything with that taste is good to me. A fair is just hard to pass up when it comes to entertainment. Enjoy your evening.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for portraying the sights and fun to be had at the South Florida Fair. The sand carving of the Lincoln Memorial looked fantastic. I have never had fried pickles but have certainly eaten my share of good Texas barbequed brisket. Up and interesting votes.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, the Lincoln Memorial was one of the best highlights this year. It looked so real! Thanks for your visit and glad you enjoyed the fair. Be well and safe.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Marking my calendar for next year. I love traveling to the fairs and festivals here in Florida.

      My sister is moving to Florida this weekend so we will be driving all over the state (and nation) together looking for events like these.

      The picture of the ferris wheel is inviting..memories flood back.

      Sending you many Angels this morning and have a lovely weekend. :) ps

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I don't have any experience of Fair in western culture. I will love to be in Florida.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      We never got to the Fair...But after reading your Wonderful Hub Teacher, I feel like I was there...Well, maybe NEXT year!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Yes, there's always next year B. Malin. I am looking forward to the corn dogs!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very refreshing and fun visit, we have such fairs in India also. Thanks Dianna for sharing, God bless.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This fair sounds like great fun, Dianna. I've never tried a fried pickle before - it sounds very interesting! If I ever visit Florida I'll have to make sure that I visit the fair.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! That looks like a lot of fun! The grandkids would love it.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      One of the things I look forward to every summer is the Iowa State Fair. Glad you have one near you to enjoy every year, also.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello,

      Girishpuri,

      Alicia,

      Habee,

      Deborah,

      This fair is probably one of the biggest in the southern part of the US, but similar to the many other wonderful carnivals around the world. Glad you all came by to visit. The fried pickles are tops with me! Enjoy your day and stay safe. Blessings.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a delightful time at the South Florida Fair. I enjoyed the tour guide and I have never heard of fried pickles. I bet the taste would be a treat.

      Thanks,

      Bobbi

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bobbi, If you like olives or pickles in general, you will like this fried pickles. I love them, in moderation. Glad you came to the fair for a tour. Enjoy your evening.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I love the pic you captured of the guy eating FIRE at the festival!

      How cool was that to go on board air force 1!?

      Friend pickles?! Looks interesting!

      Good times are had in Florida! You captured the essence of a fun festival! There is a lot to see in one night of the 17 day event...wow!

      Liked this piece a lot!!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Audra! It is a pretty entertaining event each year. We always spend a whole day just trying to get everything in, including the fried pickles. Love that you stopped in to visit. Thanks for your support and sharing. Blessings, sweet lady.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This sounds like a fun fair, but as with any annual fair, I would spend most of my time with the food. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alocsin, it is a really fun fair and one that I wouldn't pass up any day. The food is my favorite as well. Thanks for the vote and support. Hope all is sunny and good in California.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Oh... that was so lovely to read and the photos are awesome. It's a fair I would visit every year, if I lived in America. I'd probably spend most of the day there, as they open til Midnight.

      Thanks for sharing the experience.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lady E, it is a fun event to attend. WE always take a full day to enjoy it. Glad you came by and hope all is well in London.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The South Florida annual fair looks like a lot of fun. I have always enjoyed being at fairs. Fantastic pictures.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rajan, I am a child again when this fair comes to South Florida. I enjoy the food and sights and can't wait till it is January again. Thanks for your support and vote. Hope all is well in India.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks like a great fair! I like the D.C. expo. Boy, I'd love some of that fair fare right now!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Came back for another read, I love this, the fair always makes me happy, we have a lovely one in my town each year, and then of course theirs the famous Henley fair too, great hub teaches, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rebecca,

      Nell,

      I can't wait until January to attend this fair again. It is always a great date night for us, even though we over indulge in all the wrong foods. Enjoy your week, dear ladies.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, I wasn't sure if I ever read this, you do such a great job portraying everything, all the elements, ect, great writing. I would love to attend something like this, always wanted to, just never get out that much. Hopefully the business works out and I'll have that access one day. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. Take care Teaches.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lyric, I can't wait till it this fair rolls in next January. It is a real treat for us. I hope all things work out for you, keep positive! Blessings.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible hub and this sounds a wonderful event.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      DDE, we look forward to this fair every year. Unfortunately, we always enjoy the wrong foods, but it is still fun.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      It looks like a great time. Fairs are so much fun, even if as DDE right points out, all the foods are wrong.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ologsinquito, I can't help but eat all the wrong foods when I'm there. I'm weak when it comes to funnel cakes topped with cherries.

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