Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
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The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. (The Fair), located in Miami, Florida, is known as one of Miami-Dade County’s largest annual family attractions. The fair is held by a private board of directors, and is a non-profit organization. It attracts nearly 600,000 visitors each year. The fair offers close to 100 rides, 50 games, 170 food vendors, close to 50,000 student and adult exhibits, 130 merchandise shops, competitions, the World of Agriculture, an ice show and circus.
It is located in southwest Miami at the Fair Expo Center on Coral Way (SW 24th St) at 112th Avenue and offers free parking as well as VIP parking for a fee.
The 61st Annual Fair will take place from March 15, to April 1, 2012.
The Fair offers unlimited rides for $25 on Monday-Friday.
The Entrance to the Fair costs $10. If you arrive before 5PM, it is a reduced price of $5. The first day of the Fair is $5 entrance all day.
Multi-Day Admission - $25, Good for admission once per day, EVERY day, to The Fair.
Ultimate Live Experience - $50, includes:
- Meet & Greet with the artist
- 1 Admission Ticket to The Fair
- 16 Ride Tickets
- Plus an Ultimate LIVE! Seat with Access Pass
Concerts & Events
There are also free live concerts & events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week.
In 2011 this included Mr. C & The Cha Cha Slide, Chino Y Nacho, Luis Enrique, FCW Stars & WWE Wrestling, Sid the Science Kid, The Ready Set, Natalie Grant, Jerry Rivera, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Paper Tongues, and Ricky C.
There are many foods that bring visitors to the fair each year. Some are classics, while others are quite new. the food cost $5 and up at the fair which could be expensive.
There are many rides at the fair, This includes:
- Crazy Mouse
- Freak Out
- The Avalanche
- Ring of Fire
- Bumper Cars
- Space Roller
- Swing Tower
- Euro Slide
- Mega Drop
- Ferris Wheel
- Tomb of Doom
- Pharaoh's Fury
- Niagra [sic?] Falls
To this day, The Fair has presented over $2 million in scholarships to high school graduates to help them financially with their goals for college education. Seniors are eligible for scholarships if enrolled in public or private schools within Miami-Dade County, but home-schooled students may also apply.
The non-renewable $2,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors at an award ceremony during The Fair. With the scholarship, they can attend an accredited college, university, or trade school.