2017 South Florida Fair


The 2017 South Florida Fair Brings Mardi Gras to the Palm Beaches

By Lois Spatz

It’s that time of year again where sunny skies and palms create the perfect backdrop for a day of fair fun filled with tasty food and fabulous entertainment.

The South Florida fair was kicked off in style Friday afternoon by New Orleans native Jay Cashmere of WPTV, KV&J SHOW DJ Virginia Sinicki, Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick along and many of the the South Florida Fair Officers, Board of Trustees, Distinguished Trustees, Life Trustees, Directors and named Life Directors. 

Among the SF Fair invited dignitary guests were Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, former PBC Mayor Mary Lou Berger, PBC Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and former VOW Councilman Matt Willhite. 

“This is the 105th year of the South Florida Fair,” said PBC Mayor Burdick. “The fair was moved to this location in 1957 from where it originated at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Since that time the South Florida Fair has been built up to be one of the top fairs in all the United States and Canada.” 

The Fair runs January 13-29 and gates open at noon during the week and 10am on the weekends with the midway open until midnight. General admission tickets for adults are $15, Seniors $9 and ages 6-11 are $8.

If rides are not your thing, the livestock tents, gorgeous ice show, Tyson’s hypnosis show, shopping in the exhibition areas and the authentically cool New Orleans vibe and scenery are certainly worth the price of admission.

Among the 2017 roster are top notch entertainers Molly Hatchet, 38 Special and Chase Bryant. Special seating for scheduled entertainment and Bayou Ghost Tours tickets can all be purchased online at southfloridafair.com or at the fair. 

(*Lois’s personal fair tips -Be sure not to miss the Conjurer Fortune Teller and the hypnosis show, a ride in the sky with your camera and the taco salad in the midway.)