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[Times files 1997]
The Florida State Fair is for all kinds of people, all kinds of music, even all kinds of animals.

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001


The Florida State Fair is for all kinds of people, all kinds of music, even all kinds of animals.

The 97th annual Florida State Fair begins today and continues through Feb. 19 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

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Getting there

Headline entertainment

Here are some of the freebies

Miller Lite variety theater

Children's stage

Horse shows and competitions

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Other events to watch for

Cracker country

This collection of buildings from rural Florida has a little bit of everything: baby animals to pet, bluegrass bands, broom-making, candle-dipping, soap and syrup making, a blacksmith and more. Buildings include a one-room schoolhouse, a country church, a post office, a general store and the 1885 home of former governor Doyle E. Carlton.

Daily entertainment includes the Southern Star Bluegrass Band from 3-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends.

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Cover story

  • Fair-thee-well

  • Film
  • Break out the Chianti
  • Forget 'Silverman'; this movie's not worth saving
  • Persall's Top Five
  • Foreign films find home
  • The Jewish experience

  • Video
  • On video: Ensemble cast is allure of 'Dr. T'

  • Pop
  • Team Pop Trivia
  • Gag me with a spoon
  • Hot ticket: Foot-stomping good
  • Hooves of thunder

  • Art
  • Man's best subject
  • The art of writing
  • February's gallery walk

  • Get Away
  • Devil Rays welcome fans
  • Family Fiesta

  • Night Life
  • Shoemaker, 'The Lovemaker'

  • Dine
  • The jewel in BayWalk's crown

  • Shop
  • From the heart
  • No more guessing her size
  • A complicated character
  • Peepshow plays on the fun of art

  • Stage
  • Fall in love with 'Les Miz'
  • Auditions
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