Come out and Enjoy these MARCH HAPPENINGS on Anna Maria Island 

March 1 – 31, 2018: Beach Market 
Every Wednesday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, tons of arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
All activities and attractions are a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217

March 3, 2018:Anna Maria Island Museum402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria,  FL 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Don’t miss Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market.
The market will be selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce.  Enjoy the all day live music, Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts and demonstrations. See how the early settlers lived with Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes. Kids will love a Pirate Jailbreak.
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Free Admission 
It’s the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors. Treasures to be found for everyone. Lots of food to eat. Hamburg’s hotdogs and more.  Buy some fresh veggies while you’re there. Custom Handmade Jewelry, Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts, Golf paraphernalia, Fishing Lures, Antiques Real and not,  BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, see their 60 foot Pirate Ship.
March 10 – 11, 2018: Next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive Anna Maria Island 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League. Free admission and parking. The 30th annuaHolmes Beach Spring Fest Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities.
All of the above are within a short drive from our condo. Or, let someone else do the driving and hop on the Free Island Trolley!
Please keep reading our blogs, more March Happenings will be posted soon!
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The Florida Maritime Museum

The Florida Maritime Museum   – 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

Just a short walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

This is a small, but interesting museum housed in the former Cortez village school on the Cortez Nature Preserve. It is located in the historic fishing village of Cortez and has some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dating back to pre WWII. Founded on the importance of the regional commercial fishing industry, the museum tells a number of stories pertaining to all aspects of Florida’s maritime history.
Very enjoyable displays of the local history, including vintage photos of the founding settlers and the local economy, commercial fishing boat models, a terrific collection of shells from the Gulf of Mexico and other historic artifacts. One particular exhibit focuses on the Cuban fishing ranchos in Tampa Bay. For more than 100 years, Cuban fishermen established seasonal fishing camps along the Gulf Coast where they would catch fish, salt them and ship them back to Cuba to sell. The exhibit explores what brought the Cubans to Florida and what happened to them.
We were fascinated by the dioramas depicting how commercial fisherman and boat builders of the Gulf Coast have historically made their living.
The museum also is home to a research library relevant to maritime subjects research. With an emphasis on Florida’s Golf Coast the library offers a variety of books, diaries, letters, logs and records.
We had a guided tour because they weren’t busy, but you can do a self guided tour and read the information. Our volunteer guide was friendly and passionate about the history of the founding of Cortez settlement. He described the native Americans, Cubans and settlers from North Carolina, who all played a part in the history of the area. He also told us about the history of the local fishing industry. After the tour, which took about 30 minutes, we wandered around and look at the exhibits in detail.
The Museum is very educational surrounded by beautiful grounds to enjoy a walk around. On the second Saturday of each month they have Music on the Porch, which is quite entertaining.

There is a gift shop with some interesting nautical items. The museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

When we left the Museum we strolled down to the Cortez fishing harbour, which is also interesting and only a few blocks away.  Along the way we passed some tiny cute historic cottages and enjoyed a late lunch at a great seafood restaurant.

I highly recommend the Florida Maritime Museum and am so glad we went. What a great place to spend an afternoon!

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OLIVE OIL OUTPOST-Anna Maria Island

One of my favourite shops to visit, the Olive Oil Outpost is so much more than olive oil! This wonderful little shop has a beautiful selection of wine, cheese, infused oils and balsamic vinegars of all different flavours. I have bought some of the most awesome lemon balsamic and coconut balsamic vinegar.

Located at 401 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA and just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

One visit I found some Himalayan salt, artisan pasta, honey and Ethiopian coffee. At this unique shop you can expect to find everything from, jellies, organic products, artisan pasta, a coffee bar and various gift items.

They also bring in fresh fruit – locally picked strawberries were just coming in when we went last time, and they’re the best I’ve ever had! They regularly stock limes, lemons, onion, squash, and the biggest best green peppers.

As for cheese, seems like every time I go there has been a great selection of cheese out for tasting. And an olive bar. Loads of pasta and sauces and condiments.

When you don’t feel like cooking they have whatever you need for a fabulous meal. Pick up some cheese, local pickles, bread, oranges, honey and don’t forget the wine. Makes for an easy and delicious meal!

We have enjoyed the wine tastings here. Friendly and informative. The wine is usually from one or two places, mostly Italy, but not all. The owners come and discuss their wineries and the wines. They also provide a few trays of tasty small bites for sampling. bar is good and reasonably priced. Very enjoyable low key approach.

Friday is bread day and they have all kinds, ciabatta, Tuscan rounds and rings, semolina, baguettes, focaccia, tomato bread, almond ring, pepperoni rolls and more! The order sometimes gets delayed because they travel to a bakery in St. Petersburg to bring it back fresh.

Depending on the traffic they are sometimes later getting back to the Island. If you come after 1:00 PM it should be there and there should be lots. Trust me, it is worth the wait!

Added attractions: Outside areas to sit and on chilly nights a separate seating area around a fire pit!  Ice water with lemon inside and very friendly service.

This place is just wonderful! A little gem right here on Anna Maria Island with friendly staff offering great products that are reasonably priced. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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A Visit to The Florida Aquarium

On a recent family trip to Tampa we visited the popular Florida Aquarium. This aquarium is spacious and very well laid out. We were greeted by a host of volunteers and provided with a map of the venue as well as a list of animal showtimes and appearances for the day. There are markers along the way listing interesting facts to keep you entertained from the moment you arrive.

Just a one hour drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

We started at Florida Wetlands Trail, home to free flying birds, otters, turtles and alligators. Filled with Ring-tailed Lemurs, hissing cockroaches, and colorful chameleons, this exhibit captures the unique Island of Madagascar and the diverse animals that call it home. We were amazed at the variety of birds that were showcased in this area. The educational boards throughout were awesome telling us what kind of birds we were looking at with a list of facts about each one.

On the second floor of the Wetlands gallery is the Journey to Madagascar. In this area you will see ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, geckos, cockroaches and a colourful Indian Ocean reef.  I was feeling brave and crawled into a small dark alcove inside a tree to hear hissing cockroaches, a rather cool thing to do. We learned a lot from the educational displays in this area. I didn’t know that 80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals are exclusive to that country only.

Next was Bays and Beaches which features a 300 pound Goliath Grouper, spiny lobsters, and species that are home to Tampa Bay. The awesome Stingray Beach allowed us to touch stingrays and sharks. I was surprised that their skin felt firm and extremely slick. Stingray Beach is also home to penguins. The aquarium does have a few African Penguins, but they are not currently on exhibit. You can still see one by attending a daily “penguin talk” held at specific times, or get up close and personal by registering for an encounter with one.

We all agreed The Coral Reef Gallery was the most impressive exhibit. The 500,000 gallon tank with viewing windows and a walk-through tunnel giving you the illusion you are in underwater depths. It is full of coral tunnels and caves, reef fish, eels, sand tiger sharks, barracudas, green sea turtles and dozens of other exotic fish and sea animals. At the Coral Reefs, you truly get to examine sea life’s natural habitat and the lighting and colourful displays were fantastic. South African penguins make appearances in the Coral Reef Gallery. For an additional cost, you can purchase Penguins: Backstage Pass, a 30 minute long encounter where you will get an up-close look at the daily lives of , these cute little creatures.

Ocean Commotion offers virtual dolphins and whales, multimedia displays and presentations This area is home to tons of jellies, octopus and tiny fish. Each tank has a plaque giving descriptions of the plant and animal found inside along with facts about their lifestyle. For those who enjoy aquatic life, this is the exhibit for you!

No Bones Zone is a unique presentation of unusual creatures with no backbone such as sea stars (formerly known as star fish) and sea cucumbers. This touch and learn area is designed for the young marine enthusiast with low tanks and lots of hands-on opportunities, but enjoyed by all ages.

Make sure you bring swimsuits and water shoes for the kiddies at Explore-a-Shore, a two acre outdoor waterpark. There is plenty of seating for parents as well as beverages to enjoy while you watch your littles. You can have lunch at the Caribbean Cantina, a full service bar and grill or the Café Ray that serves a variety of delicious looking food. The Aquarium gift shop contains a wide variety souvenirs for purchase and best of all, their prices were affordable.

There are some others thing to do, for an additional fee, like Wild Dolphin Cruise, Close up with Critters, and Behind the Scenes Tours as well as Swim and Dive Programs. Check the Florida Aquarium  website for more information.

Overall, this is a wonderful aquarium. An amazing and educational experience. A great way to spend the day!

(There is often is a Groupon deal available so if you are planning to go, check out Groupon first! It doesn’t allow you to purchase the same day passes so make sure you plan ahead.)

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Island Players Live Theatre-Anna Maria Island

Come out for a fun night at the Theatre – don’t be disappointed, buy your tickets now!

THE CURIOUS SAVAGE ~ by: John Patrick

Directed by: Kelly Wynn Woodland

March 8 – 25, 2018
 
Where – The Island Players, Inc.
Phone:941 778-5755  
Just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 
The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, an elderly woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately ten million dollars.
Primarily a comedy, the play sets up a contrast between the sanatorium inmates and Mrs. Savage’s stepchildren. By the end of the play, the viewer wonders who the crazy ones really are. Mrs. Savage, played expertly by Nancy B. Jensen arrives to meet the people at “The Cloisters.” She immediately finds these people delightful, and instinctively realizes not only their ‘issues’, but the beauty within each person.
The story … Mrs. Ethel Savage’s grownup stepchildren are trying to get their hands on the money their father left his eccentric wife. They soon realize they cannot get control of the funds and commit her to a sanatorium until she reveals what she has done with the money. She is determined to use her money for others good and plans to set up a fund to help people realize their hopes and dreams. Some might find the residents are mentally ill, social misfits, men and women that can not adjust to life, but Mrs. Savage finds them sweet, delightful human beings. Mrs. Savage finds happiness with these residents and plans to spend the rest of her life with them, helping them. When the Doctor tells her there is no need for her to remain there she is reluctant to go back to a world where others will do anything for money. During the play you will see the vast contrast between the sanatorium residents and Mrs. Savage’s step-children, but by the end of the play you will wonder who the “crazy”ones really are. With a calm composure Mrs. Savage leads her step-children on a chase as her friends conspire to get rid of them. Together, Mrs. Savage carries out her plan. A farewell party is a delightful fantasy for each resident and will leave the audience feeling that all kindness hasn’t been lost in a world sometimes motivated by greed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this timeless comedy. It will capture your heart. Add a little laughter to your life — come out to see The Island Players presentation of The Curious Savage.

Some helpful information about The Island Players Theatre  …

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions.

The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria on the North end of Anna Maria Island.

There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.

Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.

Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office

or

by phone – (941) 778-5755

Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm

*Additional information available on their website —  theislandplayers.org

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FIVE FUN THINGS TO DO ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

​1:​Paint a Sand Dollar – The Shiny Fish Emporium is one of my favorite places to go on Anna Maria Island. The owner’s vision was a place that children could enjoy as much as their parents. When you enter the store you will see for yourself that vision is a reality with a shop decorated in whimsical decor featuring unique heirloom quality toys, hand curated clothing and gifts for adults. The owner shares her art with youngsters in art classes, painting sand dollars and other projects. We painted sand dollars and the staff set us up on a large table and provided smocks and 100’s of colors of paint and encouraged us to get creative. You cannot leave without trying their fantastic ice cream. I usually go for Hawaiian Bubbles and hang out on the couch.  I love the owners style and have bought so many of her clothing, most of which I have never seen anywhere else. A hidden gem on Anna Maria Island and one that can be enjoyed by toddlers to teens, and even mom and dad!
​2:​Get Donuts – You will need to make at least one trip to The Donut Experiment while you are on the Island.  We first discovered Donut Experiment during spring break 2016. Since then, we’ve visited many times and brought lots of family and friends – all have loved it. We absolutely love the donuts and all the combinations. We’ve tried many! Don’t be surprised to see a line-up, but don’t worry, it moves fast. The donuts are always fresh because you place your order and watch as they are being made right in front of you. You have the choice of multiple glazes and toppings. The wonderful staff is friendly and helpful. The ordering process is easy and efficient. It is a fun atmosphere too – eating donuts right on the front porch. The donuts from Donut Experiment are simply the best!

​3:​Play Miniature Golf – The Fish Hole Adventure Golf is a great course with nice features throughout including turtles and fish. It is well laid out with some areas of shade for anyone wanting to escape the sun. A great activity for all ages, even littles ones. Not only is it a fun little course, but it is on Bridge Street only minutes from the condo.  Bridge Street has lots of shops and restaurants so you can spend a whole morning or afternoon there. While there take a walk to the Bradenton Beach Pier at the East end of Bridge Street. Taking in the scenic view looking over Sarasota Bay, you will see plenty of people fishing and families stopping to watch the boats pass by.

​4:​Dining with your toes in the sand – Seat yourself with your feet in the sand while your food is being creatively prepared. The Sandbar Restaurant is the only place on Anna Maria Island where you can actually eat on their large outdoor patio with your toes in the sand. A casual atmosphere where kids can run and play in the sand while waiting for their food. This locally owned eatery uses goods grown in their own farm, serves fish fresh from the docks at Cortez and they make their own breads. Beautiful beach view literally yards from the water directly on the beach.
​5:​Go to the Beach!  This is my #1 fun thing to do. Our favourite and a favourite for everyone is to spend lots of time at the beach. The beauty for our guests is that you just cross the street and you’re there. No packing up the kids and having to load up the car to drive. Gotta love that! Bradenton Beach is long and flat with plenty of clean, beautiful, white sand and lots of shallow water for young kids to play in. We take our beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas that give us a nice amount of shade and perfect for little ones to play under.
The free Anna Maria Island trolley which stops nearby, will take you to all of these fun things while taking away the worry of driving and looking for parking. Riding the trolley itself is another fun thing to do and a fun way to see the Island.  Kids and adults love it.

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Island Players Live Theatre-Anna Maria Island

Come out for a fun night at the Theatre – time is running out, but some tickets still available for the remaining dates

BEYOND A JOKE ~ by: Derek Benfield

Directed by: James Thaggard

January 11– 28, 2018
 
Where – The Island Players, Inc.
Phone: 941 778-5755  

A comedy …

Just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Preview–People have a habit of dying at Jane and Andrew’s country house!

Six people have died suddenly while working at Jane and Andrew’s country house in England. Unfortunate and embarrassing accidents, but when their daughter Sally brings home her fiancé Geoff for the weekend things get really confusing. Is Jane and Andrew’s pleasant country house accident prone or is some suspicious activity going on? Geoff mixes up overheard conversations and mistakenly concludes that the deaths were not accidents but murders. Hysteria takes over when the body count goes up and a body is discovered in the cupboard. Then a visiting vicar passes peacefully away in the garden. Unexpectedly, Geoff’s parents call and for appearances Jane and her sister-in-law persuade Andrew to hide evidence. Geoff begins to think maybe the deaths were just accidents and helps them move the bodies in wheelbarrows. But, he is unaware that one of the bodies has been mistakenly stowed in the trunk of his parents’ car.

If you need a little laughter in your life — and who doesn’t? – come out to see The Island Players Theatre presentation of Beyond a Joke.

Some helpful information about The Island Players Theatre  …

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions.

The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria on the North end of Anna Maria Island.

There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.

Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.

Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office

or

by phone – (941) 778-5755

Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm

*Additional information available on their website —  theislandplayers.org

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Palma Sola Botanical Garden

Just a ten minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Palma Sola Botanical Garden is a ten acre botanical garden at the end of a residential area in the heart of NW Bradenton. It is designed around three ponds with two attractive “Old Florida style buildings” as well as several nice gazebos. There is an enclosed picnic pavilion, a small playground for children and lovely shelled walkways and bench areas.

Not an overly large park, it is a great place to walk along the paths running throughout the sculptured gardens that show off rare palm trees, fruit and flowering trees and a butterfly garden. You can relax with your lunch and a good book and enjoy nature while sitting beside one of the three sizeable ponds. We saw some very unusual things including, native and tropical plants, a succulent garden, lotus pond and an exotic fruit tree section. There is a nice gazebo near one of the ponds with an attractive bridge that connects the rare fruit tree area to the back of the park. The rare and unusual tree exhibit is one Palma Sola Botanical Garden’s major attractions. There is a post beside each tree that identifies what it is.

Two outstanding finds for us, the Screw-Pine from Madagascar and ceiba which was blooming beautifully.

All the Buildings are modern and well maintained. The Galleria is an educational and administrative building and on a large green space is the Baden Building. The Baden Building, a reception/multipurpose building for small group gatherings, weddings, public events and festivals. It is also host to several events throughout the month, such as yoga, plant sales, antique sales and kids events.

PALMA SOLA BOTANICAL PARK is a private, non-profit foundation. Funds to keep the park open come from individual donations and the rental of on-site facilities. Also insuring this Park remains open are Volunteers from the community that help with planting, trimming and maintenance as well as helping at the events that the Park holds.

Open from 8:00 AM until sunset.

There are not any paved paths or a visitor Center. The Park has an adequate parking lot with Public restrooms and water fountains.

Entry to the Park is FREE and it is pet friendly.

This community Botanical Park is terrific. Bring your lunch and enjoy the day!

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HUNTING FOR SHARKS’ TEETH

Many people find shark teeth simply strolling along the beach scanning the sand for the shiny black teeth. In our 30 years walking the Anna Maria Island beaches we have unfortunately seen very few.
The best place we have found to look for sharks’ teeth is beach accesses south of the Venice Jetty including Casey Key, Sharky’s Beach and Caspersen Beach.
Casey Key Beaches—
Nokomis Beach
The sand and water here are impeccable and generally very low on seaweed. You will find lots of shark teeth here either washed up on shore with the seashells, or by sifting in the sand just a few feet into the water.
North Jetty
Head South on Casey Key Rd. a couple miles and you will dead-end at the North Jetty. First, you will hit a large parking lot on your right which leads to the beach, pavilions with grills and playground area. Or continue a couple feet to the North Jetty parking lot. Public restrooms are accessible from either parking lot as well as a concession stand. Lots of shark teeth here as well.
Sharky’s Beach
Travelling down Tamiami Trail on Venice Island (Business 41) turn right on San Marco Dr. When this dead-ends on Harbor Dr. turn left and travel about ½ mile. You will see Sharky’s on the Pier restaurant on your right along with a lot of parking for the beach right next to the restaurant. Public restrooms and rinsing stations are available. If you park at the restaurant, you can walk the pier for a great view, or dining is reasonably priced.
 
Caspersen Beach
At the extreme south end of Venice’s beaches. Travel south on Tamiami Trail (Business 41). Turn right on San Marco Drive. Continue South on Harbor Drive you will dead-end on this beach. The sand isn’t quite as nice, and there are more large rocks in the water. It’s generally a quieter beach with less people. This beach is also good for scuba diving. They have public restrooms here, and there is a playground with a pavilion in the parking lot farthest South.
Here are a few things you need before you start your Shark teeth search. Some people use a plastic/metal beach shovel, a shovel with a screened basket fitted onto the handle, a kitchen strainer, or just scoop the sand and shells with their hands. Basically any sifter will do, but the plastic hand-held ones are better for kids. Look for something that isn’t going to bend or break with some wet sand in it. Visit any Beach Shop, Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware (there is one on Anna Maria Island) or the Dollar Store is always a great place to buy a strainer.
You might find fossil parts, bits of coral, interesting shells or small pebbles, but it is likely that at least one or more teeth will be found in most large scoops.

Some will tell you the best time to collect teeth is often after a storm, but that is not always true. It is different with every storm, some will bring a lot of teeth in or it may carry them further out.

To make your day more enjoyable don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, water shoes (optional) and small bag or container for your shark teeth.
Have fun!
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Florida State Fair

The Florida State Fairgrounds once again will soon come alive for its premiere event, bringing livestock shows, entertainment and more to the Tampa Bay area.The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Date: February 8 – 19, 2018
 
Where: FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Phone: 813-621-7821
 
The 2018 Florida State Fair brings 12 Days of Fun, featuring rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals, excellent craft show and a great variety of fantastic food. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits allowing the state to showcase its agricultural industry.
A great place for history lovers is the Cracker Country living history museum. You will see original structures dating from 1870 to 1912, including homes, a general store, railroad depot, print shop and more. The Museum offers a look of what it was like for those living in rural Florida communities before the turn of the 20th century.
Agricultural buffs will not want to miss the Fair’s pavilions which showcase the state’s agriculture industry. Come see the cattle that roam Florida’s prairies to the fruits and vegetables that provide food for the nation.
For the little ones, Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets will be at the Fair!
The Fair also showcases great games, awesome Midway rides, superior shopping, cultural exhibits and FREE entertainment with admission.
 

Today, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Half Price Hook Up.

Purchase an unlimited ride all day armband today for just $17.50, good any one day of the 2018 Fair, February 8-19. Hook up quantities are limited and will sell out, so buy now.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 is Opening Day/Heroes’ Day when military and first responders receive FREE admission to the Fair for them AND three family members.
Buy your tickets in advance and receive a significant savings.

For more information go to www.floridastatefair.com 

Just a one hour drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Be sure to check their Facebook page where they will be announcing flash sales.

Fun and excitement for all ages! See you there!

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