Tampa, FL (Vocus) February 13, 2010
Fair officials are announcing that in addition to the already growing list of buzz-worthy new items like the Krispy Kreme donut burger and the Deep-Fried Butter; now comes word of more deep-fried treats including "Smoreos", "Strawberry Shortcake on a stick", and the brand-new "Snap, Krackle and Fluff on a stick" only available at the Florida State Fair. What is this new mystery concoction that's called "Snap, Krackle and Fluff on a stick"? A yummy rice krispy treat with marshmallows on either side and skewered on a stick, dipped in batter, deep-fried and topped with sweetened condensed milk or your choice of toppings including powdered sugar or chocolate/caramel. Click here for a complete list and description of these new foods and where to find them at the 2010 Florida State Fair.
Also, new at the Florida State Fair is the Lindsay Olive Lovers Salad Challenge taking place on Sunday, February 14 at 11:30 a.m. This recipe contest is for non-professional cooks who love olives and want to compete for blue ribbon bragging rights.
There is still time for people to enter the competition; on the day of the event bring your dish between 9 to 11 a.m. to the Florida Center building located by the Gate 2 entrance. People of all ages are welcome to prepare an entry; only one entry per person. On-site judging will commence at 11:30 a.m. Judges will focus on: creative ingredient combinations (30%), tantalizing taste (30%), ease of preparation (25%), and visual appeal (15%) for their criteria. First and second place entries win a $100 and $50 respectively. The top three winners take home a gift basket from Lindsay Olives, valued at $100 plus a prize ribbon, Lindsay Olive apron and award certificate. Media who wish to cover the Salad Challenge event should go to the Florida Center building to setup by 11 a.m. If you do not have media credentials already, please call a Fair public relations staff member identified at the end of this communication.
Regular weekday gate admission (Monday-Friday) is $10 for adults ages 12 and older and $5 for children ages 6-11. Regular gate admission prices on the weekends (Saturday & Sunday) are $12 for adults ages 12 and older, $6 for children ages 6-11, and always free for kids five and younger. There are more than 150 free things to see and do that are included in the price of an admission ticket while at the fair. There are more than 100 rides on the Midway plus the original BATcopter from the TV Series Batman offers an aerial view of the fairgrounds for $30 per person to ride in the helicopter. Friday, Sunday and Monday (Feb. 15th) are Pepsi Armband Days when people can purchase an armband for $30 to enjoy unlimited rides (some ride restrictions apply). Ride tickets are $20 per sheet or $5 for 4 ride tickets. All rides require more than one ticket to enjoy.
For more information including the Fair’s daily schedule, map, and other special events or activities please click on the links below.
Click here for the DAILY SCHEDULE for the 2010 Florida State Fair
Click here for the MAP of the 2010 Florida State Fair
Click here for Free Entertainment information - over 150 FREE Things to See & Do included with a Fair Admission Ticket.
Click here for the complete RIDES List
The Florida State Fairgrounds is located just seven miles east of downtown Tampa, with easy access via I-75, I-4, U.S. Highway 301, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and Orient Road. The 106th annual Florida State Fair closes on Monday, February 15, 2010. The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa and always in February – is organized by the Florida State Fair Authority under the leadership of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson leads the Fair Authority, which oversees the Florida State Fairgrounds and the annual Florida State Fair. For more information about the Florida State Fair or the Fairgrounds, visit online http://www.floridastatefair.com/, call toll-free (800) 345-FAIR or (813) 621-7821.
The Florida State Fair Authority is a non-profit organization which operates primarily from revenues generated from the annual State Fair and other ongoing operations during the year. Presently, the FSFA does not receive any state tax appropriations from Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, nor the State of Florida. The FSFA operates the Florida State Fairgrounds year-round in association with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson leads the Fair Authority Board, which oversees the Florida State Fairgrounds and the annual Florida State Fair.
For press relations inquiries, please contact a Fair Authority staff member as identified below:
(1) Denise Shreaves – Manager of Marketing & Public Relations for the Florida State Fair Authority
Cell #: (813) 732-0141
(2) Rip Stalvey – Interim Director of Marketing for the Florida State Fair Authority
Cell #: (813) 477-3138
(3) Paul Wilson – Public Relations Counsel with WILSONMedia
Cell #: (727) 421-3297
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