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Guide to the 2011 Jacksonville Fair


November is upon us, and that means several things. The weather here in Jacksonville is about to get downright chilly (to us Floridians anyway), and the Jaguars are about to begin their annual playoff tease which leaves us disappointed but hopeful for next year.

It also means the Jacksonville Fair is coming. Wednesday, November 2, in fact, is the opening night. The Jacksonville Fair is much more than just a collection or rides -- it's a festival filled with great food and music, and a number of scheduled events.

Here's some information to help you and your family along:

How much does the fair cost?

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and seniors, and free for children 6 and under.

Rides cost $2 each. Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $20 (not including admission). Seniors citizens enter for free on Fridays, and military personnel (with an ID) get in for $5 on Veteran's Day. On Wednesday, opening night, admission is only $2 and wristbands are half price ($10).

Where can I park?

Parking is free in downtown Jacksonville after 6 p.m.; however, you can expect to have to walk several blocks. Fairground parking passes are available, and there are a number of nearby parking garages and special event lots.

Where is the fair?

The fair takes up several lots in downtown Jacksonville, near EverBank Field (the Jaguars stadium) and the baseball grounds. Click here for directions.

Who are some of the featured performers?

Little Big Town, Phil Vasser, the JaneDear Girls and Mitch Ryder will all be performing. VIP tickets are available here

What other events are there to look forward to?

The fair features a number of special events, primarily agriculture related. Events include racing pigs, a youth dairy show and a clown circus. Click here for the full event schedule.

What rides will be present?

Belle City Amusements is providing the rides. The fair features carnival and fair classics like the Ferris Wheel, the Tilt-A-Whirl, Gravitron and the Ring of Fire. Plenty of other rides, including those for younger children, will also be present.

How long is the fair open?

The 2011 Jacksonville Fair will be open Wednesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 13. On most nights, the fair opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m.; however, it opens earlier on some days and closes later on others. Check the full schedule for the specific hours of operation.

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