South Florida’s favorite family outing returns with a touch of New Orleans fare.
– review of the event at the South Florida Fairgrounds (West Palm Beach).
While every year the fair swarms over guests with exciting new shows, endless food options and the magic of the midway, this year’s fair continues the fun with the themed extravaganza Mardi Gras. Guests can take in several New Orleans-inspired shows like the ice skating show New Orleans on Ice and national music acts straight out of the Big Easy like Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The best part is that all the musical acts are free with the purchase of your entry ticket. Aside from the large acts, several other performances churned out each day from local school bands to Wellington’s own young dancers from Akademia.
However, beyond entertainment the fair pays homage to the illuminating colors of the Crescent City with elaborate floats and decorations throughout the expo center. But, even that wouldn’t do any justice to the popular city without any Cajun cooking and thankfully the fair didn’t forget. In fact, all the fixings like Jambalaya, Gumbo, Crawfish, Shrimp and Grits, Cornbread, Beignets, Crepes and Bourbon Bread Pudding are all present for you to devour. Yes, I know all the old favorites of the fair are there to munch on like doughnut burgers, pork parfait, turkey legs, roasted corn, kettle corn and course all the items on a stick or simply fried, but trust me if you can’t get up the Bayou, then enjoy it while it’s around… well unless planning one of several trips to the fair. Afterall, there is enough to do at the fair to keep you busy multiple days and nights.
Traditional entertainment like the hypnotist and racing pigs return along with a few animal exhibits where if lucky you could even witness a cow giving birth. But, also make sure to check out with the little ones the Tricky Dogs show and the array of other activities.
Keep an out on Special Days at the fair including:
$2 Fat Tuesdays, Jan. 17 and 24 – Admission, rides and food bites will be $2 all day. Some rides excluded.
Goodwill BOGO Days, Wed., Jan. 18, and Wed., Jan. 25. – Buy one regular price adult gate admission and the second person will get in free. Must be used at time of purchase. Coupon is available at Palm Beach County Goodwill stores or online at www.southfloridafair.com. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
“Bike Nite” Parades, Thurs., Jan. 19 and Thurs., Jan. 26 – Arrive at 6 p.m. and pay only $5 admission per person to participate in the fair’s bike parade. Guest must ride on a motorcycle to receive admission special. General seating for the concerts these nights is free (Molly Hatchet concert on Jan. 19 and 38 Special on Jan. 26). Sponsored by Yuengling.
Senior Day, Mon., Jan. 23 – Special Senior day admission: $5 per person for ages 60 or better. ID required.
American Heroes Day, Thurs., Jan. 26 – All active military, veterans, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and their families will be admitted for just $7 by going to the main expo entrance of the fair or the entrance at Yesteryear Village to get admission coupon and then presenting it at any ticket window. To receive special ride discounts, visit the Wells Fargo booth inside the South Florida. Valid proof of service with photo I.D. required. Eligible person must be present.
The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and will be held Jan. 13-29, 2017 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.