Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds is the home of the annual Florida State Fair and over 150 year-round events! The Fairgrounds stretches across 330 acres and is permanently located adjacent to I-4 and I-75 in the heart of bustling Tampa Bay.

What's the address for the Florida State Fairgrounds?

The street address for the Fairgrounds is:

Florida State Fair Authority
4800 U.S. Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

Where can I stay overnight at or near the fairgrounds?

The Florida State Fairgrounds has limited camping space available for specific events during the year. For reservations or more information, please contact Kimberley Moritz at (813) 740-4642 or by email at Kimberley.Moritz@floridastatefair.com.

The fairgrounds also has several hotel partners in close proximity. For a list of recommended hotels, click here.

What programs are at the fairgrounds?

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center

The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center is a premier show facility designed for horse shows, competitions and other special events, often hosting equestrian events for approximately 46 weeks out of the year. The Equestrian Center includes exercise grounds, warm-up rings, two covered show rings, a Grand Prix Ring, and an indoor, climate-controlled pavilion.

For additional information, please contact the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at (813) 627-4217 or email Clay Crosby at Clay.Crosby@FloridaStateFair.com

Agribusiness

The Agribusiness Department handles the livestock portion of the Florida State Fair and coordinates all open and youth farm animal shows, as well as year-round tours and programming like Ag-Venture to expose students to the agricultural industry. The goal of the Agribusiness Department is to provide quality, competitive programs representing Florida’s vast agricultural community.

For additional information, contact the Agribusiness Department at 813-621-7821 ext. 4341, ext. 4339 or visit www.FloridaStateFairAg.com.

Cracker Country Living History Museum

Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country is a living history museum located within the Florida State Fairgrounds. In Cracker Country, you can discover the history of the early 1900s in rural Florida. The museum holds a collection of thirteen original buildings, both public and private, dating from 1870-1912. Cracker Country is not open to the public year round, but does open its gates for a few select dates throughout the year, as well as during the annual Florida State Fair.

Learn more about Cracker Country at www.CrackerCountry.org

Florida Learning Garden

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has teamed up with the Florida State Fair Fairgrounds to develop an interactive Learning Garden. The garden illustrates the variety of ways food and Florida-friendly landscaping can be grown in Florida. During the Florida State Fair, the Learning Garden will be open for fair visitors to tour.

If you would like to donate or sponsor the learning garden, contact Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at (813) 221-8733 or by email at info@keeptbb.org.

Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting fairgrounds events?

The health and safety of our employees and guests is of paramount importance. Like other businesses and government agencies, the Florida State Fair continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus situation. We are in regular contact with authorities and are prepared to respond to recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and the Hillsborough Department of Health. We are increasing the frequency of our maintenance protocol and planning to include hand sanitizers at public events. Future updates will be posted to www.floridastatefair.com.

Who do I call if I still have questions?

The Fairgrounds is more than happy to help answer your question or give more information. Please call our agriculture office line at (813) 627-4337 or our main fairgrounds line at (813) 621-7821, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST for assistance with all other inquiries and requests.