From Watermark: Out & About night returns to Central Florida Fair for second year

12719280_10208683755996040_7001220418367547630_oAt the Central Florida Fair, we love when we’re featured in the news! Read below or click the link to check out this article from Watermark: Out & About at the Fair


The 104th annual Central Florida Fair runs through March 13, but LGBT families might want to save the date for March 2, the second annual Out & About Nightfrom 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Last year was our first year hosting Out & About and we found an increase in attendance of about 1000 people,” says Central Florida Fair Sponsorship Coordinator Frances Rivera.

Orlando’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce (MBA) will be hosting a networking mixer at the same time. “We’re looking forward to the addition of the professional environment offered by the Metropolitan Business Association. Every year we want to build on the previous one, and Out & About is here to stay,” says Rivera.

Admission to Out & About night is free with a Watermark flier. Watermark Publishing Group sponsors the event.

The Central Florida Fair is a non-profit organization awarding $280,000 annually in local scholarships.

The fairgrounds will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Daily admissions to regular fair days are $10 for adults and $6 for children, with unlimited ride wristbands ranging from $25 to $30.

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Photo credit: Chris Stephenson

From Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida Fair expands focus on live music

 

At the Central Florida Fair, we love when we’re featured in the news! Read this article below from Orlando Sentinel’s James Tutten, or click here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/os-jtutten-central-florida-fair-20160226-column.html


Get ready to grab a sugar-encrusted funnel cake, hop on the Ferris wheel and try your best to win that oversize teddy bear for your sweetheart. With entertainment ranging from special musical performances, midway rides, creative arts and pig races, the 104th Central Florida Fair is underway.

_MG_0195For the first time in its 104-year history, the fair will encompass three weekends and offer more concerts and live entertainment than ever before. In the past the fair ran 11 consecutive days. Now it spans 14 days but will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. “Every weekend will feel like a slightly different fair,” said Frances Rivera, coordinator for Central Florida Fairgrounds, the event’s home. “Because we’re a longer fair we brought in more entertainment.” Each week will feature a different concert, starting this Sunday with R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo at 7:30 p.m. and continuing with rock band Pop Evil at 7:30 p.m. March 4. Both shows are included with the $10 fair admission.

The Orlando Amphitheatre is set to open next month. Reggaeton artist Jory Boy will perform on March 11 but concertgoers must pay $20 in advance for admission, which includes the concert and fair. A final event on March 13 will cost $25 and feature a celebration of Latin American culture highlighted by Mexican group Los Indomables de Cedral. New entertainment is also on tap. Acts will include the motorcycle stunt show “Vortex of Doom,” a white tiger exhibit, shark encounter and more. Through this Sunday fairgoers can see “A Grizzly Experience,” a high-diving show and pig races.

All the classic midway rides you would expect will be featured this year such as Yo Yo, Zipper, Typhoon and the G-force-inducing Gravitron. Thrill rides — like the new Super Cyclone — will have height requirements so fair organizers have a Kiddie Land section devoted to young fans.

Originally called the “Sub-Tropical Mid-Winter Exposition,” the fair started in 1910 and was held in downtown Orlando near what is now the Bob Carr Theater. In the late 1970s it moved to the Central Florida Fairgrounds near Pine Hills. There’s a serious side to the fair: A portion of its profits each year goes to support local agricultural programs and student scholarships. Organizers say the fair averages around 250,000 visitors each year. Saturday and Sunday are the busiest days, with 25,000-40,000 guests each day.

The increased focus on live entertainment reflects an overall shift for the site on East Colonial Drive to become more of a concert venue and community-based convention center, said Wil Price, the director of marketing and operations for the Central Florida Fairgrounds. What does that mean for the fair? “Next year we look to expand with even more concerts,” said Price.

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The Annual Kink Music Festival will return as one of the Fairgrounds Biggest Fall Festivals

The Central Florida Fair & Expo Park hosts Kink Music Festival for a 2nd year running! This fall festival takes place on the beautiful shores of Lake Lawne, Saturday, November 14th. While the national and local bands remains confidential, Kink is bringing back much of the same reasons you rocked out last year.