If you didn't manage to make it to the Florida State Fair or if you can't get enough of the fun fair atmosphere, you should check out the Pasco County Fair. The Pasco County Fair is located roughly an hour north of the Florida State Fairgrounds in Dade City, Florida. The Pasco County Fair is worth the trip if you like carnival games, good food, and unique events. This guide covers everything you need to know to enjoy the upcoming Pasco County Fair. Make sure to plan ahead so you can see and do everything that you want to before it is over.
Where: 36722 State Road 52 Dade City, Florida 33525
When: February 20th - 26th
Hours: Monday 4 PM to 11 PM | Tuesday - Thursday 4 PM to Midnight | Friday 10 AM to Midnight | Saturday Noon to 8 PM | Sunday 12 PM to 8 PM (Gates close at 6 PM)
Kids 5 and under: FREE
Wristband: $25 (+ admission)
When: Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
Hours: 4 PM - 8 PM
Between four and eight, a carload can admit up to six people (seat belts required, no truck beds or trunks) for $70. The price includes everyone in the car and covers admission and wristbands for each occupant. Wrist bands allow members to ride an unlimited amount of rides.
View the full interactive map here.
The Pasco County Fair will host 27 different types of rides. All of your favorite carnival rides make an appearance, from the Himalaya, to cute coasters, a Ferris wheel, the Tilt-a-whirl, and more.
You can find a complete list of the rides, plus additional information about each one, here.
The Pasco County Fair is chocked with food. Everything from fried Oreos to stromboli and loaded fries will be available. Most vendors now use Square or something similar to take cards, but cash is often faster and easier. ATMs are on site to allow you to take out the money you need to eat to your heart's content.
There are four musical groups making an appearance at the fair. The concerts take place during the week (Tuesday - Thursday) and are free to all fair-goers with admission. Musical groups making an appearance include the Rockland Road Band, Little Roy, and Down East Boys.
You can find the full lineup here.
When: Monday, February 20th, 7 PM
Come see a new attraction for the county fair. Lawnmower racing combines the drudgery of mowing the lawn with the high-octane excitement of a short track race. Participants will enter their own suped-up riding mowers and compete for their shot at the crown.
Spaghetti Eating Contest
When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:45 PM
Look out Coney Island, Pasco County has its own premier eating contest. Come watch hungry contestants try to out eat one another in the spaghetti eating contest hosted on the main stage. One night only on Wednesday. Buy some of your own food to watch the event from the stands.
When: Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, 7:30 PM
Come watch as brave drivers careen into one another in an action packed demolition derby. The derby will take place on Friday and Saturday and is free to the public with fair admission. Hopefully, they have enough cars to field for two action packed nights!
Lawnmower Demolition Derby
When: Saturday, February 24th, 6:30 PM
Have you ever wanted to smash your obstinate lawnmower to bits? Now you can watch other people live out your weekend fantasies at a unique event. Participants will ride into one another and smash up their riding lawnmowers for your pleasure
The fair is hosting seven separate agriculture contests and will host various animals, from rabbits to swine to goats and steer. There are also plant contests and local exhibits from youth 4H and FFA groups to enjoy.
There is so much to do at the Pasco County Fair, so don't miss out! The fair comes to Pasco once per year and is close to nearly everyone living in the greater Tampa Bay area. It is a great way to spend an evening with the family experiencing all that Pasco has to offer.