Lance and I spent our day off last week at the Florida State Fair. We’ve been a couple times the past few years. We rode the swings last time we went, but this year we skipped the rides and just did the shows, saw the animals, and ate everything deep-fried.
If you donate anything to Goodwill this time of year, they’ll give you a coupon for $2 off your fair admission (so it was only $9 each instead of $11).
We started off with the Kachunga alligator show (which we’d seen before…a trainer gets in the water with a live gator & carries it on stage…) But the best show I thought was the Sea Lion Splash. I can’t believe the kinds of tricks they can teach these animals to do! They did the normal balancing a ball on their nose, but the coolest part I thought was one of the sea lions doing a handstand on its flippers! It was well worth the fair admission just to see that.
We have to enjoy funnel cake when at the fair, so we split one after the sea lion show. There were dozens of stands selling them, but we went for the one that let you do the powdered sugar yourself! Look at this sugar bomb.
Then we checked out all the cute animals – giraffes, baby goats, sheep, and chickens with funny hairdos. You can get up close and pet most of them (the giraffe grabs carrots right out of your hand with its long tongue!)
We didn’t get the chance to see the Welde Bear show this year, but when we went back in 2012 I got to feed one of the bears a treat through the fence!
For lunch we split a giant turkey leg and some freshly squeezed lemonade.
We watched a crazy high-dive show. It was pretty cheesy, but we saw there was a platform 80 feet up, we stuck around hoping someone would jump from it into the pool below. That did happen, but the most insane part was a guy in a fireproof suit getting completely engulfed by flames before diving.
Before leaving the fair, we had to indulge in one more fried treat. This year they were selling deep-fried Reese’s cups. I have a weakness for peanut butter and chocolate, so we went for it. They were battered and fried golden, then topped with powdered sugar (I think we had enough powdered sugar that day to last us the rest of the year…) They were gooey and messy inside, but so worth the million calories.
Today was actually the last day of the fair, so if you missed your share of deep fried treats, you’ll have to wait until next year!
The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. This year’s fair ran from February 5th – 16th, 2015.