WEST PALM BEACH — Organizers of the South Florida Fair are taking the unprecedented step of presenting two fairs in one year with the announcement of a full-fledged, traditional fair now scheduled for May 7-23. This is in addition to the previously announced South Florida Mini Fair, which will take place Jan. 15-31. Both fairs will happen at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.
To top it off, everyone who buys a ticket online from the South Florida Fair’s website for the mini fair will be granted one free Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday admission to the fair in May.
“We have proven the ability to make adjustments as needed,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president & CEO. “In the name of safety, most people realize why we decided to scale back our traditional fair, but we also know they were disappointed. Now they can get two different types of fairs for the price of one, all in the same year.”
The South Florida Fair in May will feature its original theme of “An Earthly A-Fair,” both indoor and outdoor attractions, some 200 rides and games, and all of the other fair favorites. The upcoming South Florida Mini Fair will be outdoors and include the typical fair foods and beverages, a variety of local and tribute bands performing daily, shopping opportunities with vendors under a large tent, racing pigs, a giant sand sculpture, strolling entertainers, farm animals, kiddie rides and visiting the historic buildings of Yesteryear Village.
For the January fair, safety measures will be enforced and include mandatory mask wearing by everyone, safety protocols for all vendors and a revamped site layout to accommodate more distancing. In May, fair officials will follow the CDC guidelines that are being recommended at that time.
The fair continues to sell online tickets for its mini fair in January. On opening day, Friday, Jan. 15, guests will be admitted free during the first hour from noon to 1 p.m. After opening day, weekday hours will be from 4 to 10 p.m., and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 16-18, (that Monday is the national Martin Luther King Dayn holiday), hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for the final Sunday, which will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are being sold exclusively via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com, through Jan. 14.
Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their bar code on their phone or present a printed copy of their purchase at the gate.
About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Mini Fair and South Florida Fair are produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Mini Fair will be Jan. 15-31 and the South Florida Fair will be May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.