National music acts highlight 2017 Florida State Fair

The Manatee County Fair is finished for the year, but if you didn’t get your fill of fair fun, there’s plenty more coming.

It’s up the road a bit, though. The Florida State Fair opens Thursday at the fairgrounds in Tampa, about an hour’s drive from Bradenton straight up U.S. 301. It’s the 113th annual edition of the state fair, and it runs through Feb. 20.

If you’ve been to the Manatee County Fair, you pretty much know what to expect from the Florida State Fair — agricultural and livestock shows, midway rides, live music and lots of food that tastes amazing, but isn’t very good for you. The only real difference is the state fair’s a lot bigger than our county fair.