The Florida State Fair has become the latest event to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida State Fair Authority said last week.
Located at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the annual event features rides, entertainment, livestock and equestrian shows and a Florida living history museum. The event was originally slated to take place Feb. 11 through 22, 2021.
On Dec. 18, the Florida State Fair Authority Board of Directors announced that it had decided to postpone the event until April. The exact rescheduled date will be announced later depending upon the status of COVID-19-related health and safety at that time, the Directors said.
“With no guarantees in our current environment, moving the dates of the Florida State Fair to April 2021 provides a better opportunity to host the large event.” Fair Authority Directors said in a written statement. “ Additional details surrounding the 2021 Fair and its full health and safety guidelines will be shared in the coming weeks.”
The rescheduled dates for agriculture shows and competitions will be announced as soon as they are permitted through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Directors’ statement said.
Those who purchased tickets and armbands for the previously scheduled February 2021 events, have until Jan. 30 to request refunds. Those who pre-purchased fair tickets on the Florida State Fair’s website will have the option of either transferring their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receiving a refund.
Meanwhile, other events slated to take place at the Fairgrounds remain on schedule including the Gold and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Shows Dec. 27 through Jan. 7, and the Florida RV SuperShow January 13 through 17.
For details visit floridastatefair.com.