Important things to know if you are attending the Florence County Fair
If you haven’t been at the Florence County Fair in Recent Years. . .
. . .you just may be surprised at what we have accomplished and what we have to offer you!
The 2018 Florence County Fair marks the 115th annual anniversary celebration of our family-friendly tradition. While many items and activities have changed throughout the last 115 years, one very important item has not changed. The Florence County Fair is a celebration of the many and varied talents of our Florence County residents as well as well as serving as a showcase of our County’s agricultural and natural resources.
New Contests and Activities Added
In 2018, we have added multiple new contests and activities, such as the Kids Incredible Superhero Tea Party, and special Comic Book exhibits.
In 2018, we also see the return of our crowd favorite events including: the Mud Bog, the U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers Pull on Friday night, and the Horse Pull on Sunday, and that is just to name a few of the returning favorites.
As we make plans for events and activities at the fair, we are constantly trying to keep our costs low. And we have continued to do just that. Admission to the Florence County Fair will be free for children ages 12 & under. There will be an admission fee for people ages 13 and older of $5, which is good for the entire three days of the fair.
There is no charge for parking at the Florence County Fair Park; however, space is limited. Parking will be restricted on County N near the two entry gates to provide visibility for vehicles entering and exiting the fairgrounds. These restricted areas will be marked with ‘no parking’ signs. If the Fair Park parking areas are full, you may park elsewhere and walk in to the fairgrounds.
Additional Costs to Participate?
Once you are at the fair, most of the entertainment and activities are free to watch and participate in. The complete schedule of events takes almost 2 entire pages of this newsletter! Out of all those activities, there are only three which require an additional entry fee for you to participate in—the Mud Bog, the Speed Horse Show, and the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. These events are free for the general public to watch, so the only additional costs are the entry fees for the events.
All of our music, old-fashioned kids games, kids Coin Scramble, exhibits, Magic Show and Air-Powered Rocket Workshop, horse pull, Grandma’s Garden, cricket spitting contest, plus many MANY more activities are all free to attend and participate in.
How We Keep Prices Low
Charging admission to the fair is one of the ways that the fair is able to afford to provide the complete schedule of entertainment and activities provided
during the fair. In addition to admission, the fair also operates Lydia’s Kitchen and the Beer Stand during the fair to provide food and beverages to attendees while earning additional money to put towards the fair activities and expenses.
It is important to note that even with our food at the fair, we strive to keep prices our food prices low and affordable. We don’t have our food costs determined yet this year, but last year (for example) we were able to keep our food prices low — charging between $3 and $5 for a sandwich (porketta, hamburger, hot
turkey, barbecue, etc.) and just $0.50 to $3.00 for beverages (soda, water, lemonade, milk, coffee, beer, wine coolers, etc.). We also have a variety of
other items we sell such as cheese curds, French fries, nachos, corn on the cob, chips, a wide array of
homemade desserts, pies, etc.
Our goal is to keep our 115th Annual County tradition a family-friendly event affordable for everyone who is attending. We hope to see you there!