North Florida Fair begins Thursday

The fair is back in town. Photo courtesy: Chanté Coleman

Funnel cakes, ferris wheels and family friendly fun are back in town.

After a year-long hiatus, the North Florida Fair will return to Tallahassee this Thursday. The fairgrounds, located at 441 E. Paul Russell Road, will be filled with rides, food and fun for everyone.

Although the North Florida Fair is small compared to fairs in bigger cities in Florida, it is still an anticipated tradition for the Big Bend. This year is the 79th annual North Florida Fair and this year will include all the bells and whistles last year’s fair did not.

Last year’s fair was initially canceled, then replaced with a carnival food fair after the unexpected COVID 19 outbreak. The food fair was only open for a weekend last November but still enjoyed a significant turnout.

This year, fairgoers will have 10 days from Nov. 4 to Nov.14 to get in on all the fun. The fair will be open weekdays 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m, Saturdays 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition to fair games and the petting zoo, there will be a cowboy circus show and swine races daily. Robbie Pfunder, a notable bike rider in the North American bike trial scene, will host a show where he puts his bike riding skills to the test.

The final show will be put on by the Anastasini Circus. The Anastistinis have performed for audiences all over the world since 1877. Their shows are known for being spontaneous and packed with professionalism, charm and elegance.

The fair offers opportunities for both free entry and discounted tickets. Opening night is WCTV Pet party Night and admission is free for any person or family that donates a pet food item. Other discounted days include Carload Night and Two Days Two Bucks. Midway specials are offered daily and prices range from $2-$35.

Advance sale VIP tickets can be purchased at any local Rainey Cawthon Distributor  Shell gas station or online at The VIP ticket is $33. It includes admission and unlimited rides for any day the fair is open.

If you are not interested in riding and prefer to see what the food and product vendors have to offer, regular gate admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Children five and under are free.

For more information about the fair, visit