February 16, 2012

A Visit to the 2012 Florida State Fair in Reverse

A new perspective is gained when viewing events in a different order!

The Florida State Fair was Definitely worth the visit and I would urge you to check it out, if you are interested.  As of the date of this posting, you still have one weekend left to take it in for yourself!

The evening was unusually cold for Florida on the night of our visit.

The lights and colors always remind me of fairs past.

Interestingly, not all who came did so for recreation or escape, some came to work!

The rides were plentiful and varied.

There were also animals of all types!

The exhibits and vendors were as you would expect and appeared to be doing a healthy business this year!

A talkative Robot amused the crowd.

There were singers and dancers that did not disappoint the viewers, who themselves were variously eating, talking and watching the show.

We sighted Elvis shortly after we entered the gate, though he was a bit taller than we expected him to be!

The crowds were already gathering when we arrived and I immediately noticed the typical vendors and sights of fellow fair goers quickly blending into the experience.

Some of my best memories growing up were of attending fairs on the west coast, so I was looking forward to visiting the Florida State Fair this year and it did not disappoint!


  1. Thank you for clicking Follow at my website sir! Appreciated.

    Comment by John — February 18, 2012 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the follow, good doctor. Just returning the favor. Great post and pics, by the way.

    Comment by TezKINGof210 — February 18, 2012 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  3. The fair looked like it must have been a blast — I like your choice of display order, as well. Shows a brand of creative thought unlike many I’ve seen in blogs. Thanks for the follow!

    Comment by judithatwood — February 18, 2012 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you Dr. Anthony for following our blog…

    I’m a photographer as well and really enjoyed your photos… particulary the ones taken at night since those tend to be the most difficult… Photography is really a window into others lives…

    Thank you for Sharing!!! 🙂


    Comment by A LIFE OF MIRACLES!!! — February 18, 2012 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  5. Love the pictures!!!(:
    Thanks for following my blog! (:

    Comment by ehoney121 — February 18, 2012 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  6. nice pics.

    Comment by evatese — February 19, 2012 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  7. I want a talkative robot for myself. It would fun and interesting for at least half an hour, and then I would probably sell him on eBay.

    Comment by Michael Cargill — February 19, 2012 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  8. I enjoyed my virtual visit to the fair this morning! Great photos.

    Comment by visualriver — February 19, 2012 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  9. Thanks for the ‘follow’ Doc. I like these photographs. Very ‘in the moment’ kind of feel to them. Good work.

    Comment by Geek Soul Brother — February 19, 2012 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  10. thank you for subscribing to my blog. I enjoyed the tall ‘Elvis’ 🙂

    Comment by johnlmalone — February 19, 2012 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  11. Thank you for the recent visit and follow. I look forward to sharing with you. Best wishes to you here .

    Comment by Yousei Hime — February 19, 2012 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  12. Great photos. Very interesting. Unfortunately a bit too far away for us to visit. ;(

    Comment by adinparadise — February 19, 2012 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog and for following. 🙂

    Comment by Y — February 20, 2012 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  14. thanks for the follow! We love Florida and visit Marco Island yearly starting on the presidient’s day weekend! We’re here now actually. I just had a look through your blog posts and I think we’re going to have to check out LegoLand! Hoping to see more from you soon!

    Comment by incidentallearner — February 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  15. Thank you for sharing, i am actually going to Florida this year and would love to visit some of these fairs and places.

    Comment by Jay Rando — February 21, 2012 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  16. Thank you very much….lol….for the review. Of course, you know, Elvis was, is, larger than life!

    Comment by Sheila T Illustrated — February 24, 2012 @ 6:43 am | Reply

  17. What’s up Doc? (sorry) Thanks for following my blog. God bless! The fair here in Jackson Co. (Southern Oregon) is a paltry affair (no pun intended). This one sure looked a lot funner! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Thanks for folowing, blessings to you and yours! Dr Sherry

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  20. thanks for following my blog. loved the pictures here!

    Comment by ivanildotrindade — February 29, 2012 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  21. Great way to chronicle and display the fair – will have to add it to my list of things to see…

    Comment by Rae — March 2, 2012 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

  22. Wonderful Dr Anthony! Thank you for following my blog too – I will keep coming back!

    Comment by chalicemoon — March 5, 2012 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  23. Thanks for the follow. I am following you know as well. I was wondering where in Central Florida do you live? I lived in Deltona for 5 years but now am in Boise.

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  24. Thanks for following my blog, Dr. Anthony! I will follow yours too (once I figure out where I’m supposed to click!) I am very new to this whole blogging thing so I appreciate your follow! Am learning my way around all this new blogging world but am having fun figuring it out so far!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by and then following my blog. After checking out yours I will certainly follow. Great photos!

    Comment by coastalcrone — March 10, 2012 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  26. Thanks for the follow over on my blog. Nice to meet fellow WordPress travelers.

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  27. Hi Dr Antony, we’re glad to meet you and thank’s for following our blog. we’re in new york but we’d like know more about florida and we’re sure we can share a lot. Our origins are italian, from Venice, and we’ve a facebook page on venice …so if you like is http://www.facebook.com/venicewelcome…….I‘m crazy about photograph!!

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  29. Thank you for finding my blog on WordPress! It’s nice to have you aboard as a subscriber. I hope you are doing well and look forward to getting to know you.

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  30. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed your photos and descriptions.

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  31. I love the Florida State Fair photos… looks like it was a lot of fun! Great blog, I am enjoying reading it!

    Comment by Carolyn Smith Realtor — March 25, 2012 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  32. It’s interesting. I never think of State Fairs in the winter, but it makes perfect sense. The weather is perfect down there (Florida) in the winter, leaving the summer months for the fairs to move north!

    Comment by boldlygocoaching — March 25, 2012 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  33. Great looking fair! Thanks for the follow too!

    Comment by Nancy Arter — March 25, 2012 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  34. Great pictures. I have yet to attend a State Fair. I definitely need to. Keep up the great writing and sharing.

    Comment by Brian Quint — March 27, 2012 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  35. Appreciate your following my blog. I’m just getting started trying to figure things out, but I do appreciate the vote of confidence. I enjoy your photos tremendously. Those who have never experienced a state fair are missing something special. It was always the highlight of my childhood and loved introducing my children and grandchildren to the wonder that is the fair. Looking forward to your newest stories and photos. Such fun…

    Comment by Rhonda — March 30, 2012 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  36. I love the photo of the roller coaster.

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  39. I like the observation some people came to work.

    Comment by parwatisingari — April 1, 2012 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

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  43. I love amusement parks! Looks like you had fun!

    Comment by Deb — April 2, 2012 @ 7:46 am | Reply

  44. Good to see Elvis is doing well. A bit taller than I remember, but still cool!

    Comment by Ray Lovett — April 3, 2012 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  45. lov a good carnival…thanks for coming by my travel writing site. happy travels

    Comment by J West Hardin — April 3, 2012 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  46. Strangely, the only state fairs I’ve been to were in Texas and Alaska. Maybe the Florida fair’s in my future.

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  49. I appreciate your follow on Heron’s Path. My husband was recently in Ireland. Elvis was there too.

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  53. Thanks for being interested in what I write..loe the fairground picture as the colours are so Spiritual like auras…Loved them when I was young and often thought of joining the Fairground reading playing cards but gut said no ..this proved to be right…Lovely photos of Florida..Only been to New York, Washington, Boston, New Jersey in the past visiting relatives..Educational and great photography(something i am trying to learn as I glide along with bad eyesight)…getting there! I am amateur trying to write stories about Prophecy and this year they are writing themselves…will look in when I can …thanks for gorgeous ‘virtual journey’ here…much appreciated…Anna and Two Cats…Love to Pets…

    Comment by jimmorrisondreamdiaries — May 4, 2012 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  54. Thanks for stopping by my Blog as I am a real amateur writing true stories about Music Industry Prophecies mainly JDM..Love the Fairground colours ..looks like auras..Been looking out some ‘Faces in the clouds’ last night so will try and get these integrated into perhaps a FREE Video with Spiritual Words…Like the way you speak of family and pets…Never been to Florida but thanks to you I can have a ‘virtual tour’ sitting here…Been to New York, Washington, New Jersey(Farhills) where my mother’s two brothers lived and worked until they passed on..Still in touch with my cousin Anne from Ohio who still teaches…I am half Spanish and she is half Dutch and I like the way you speak of your family and pets…I am researching my grandmother’s link to Robert Burns(Famous Poet) but Archives were down to hopefully do a post on this and the reason I am writing about famous famous and bands is because this is how it ALL happened…I’m sorting some few hundred of my photos of the sky which have faces and shapes to die for…well nearly die for…Ha.Ha. Will look in later today after housework…I have chronic Eye Disease but have lots of medication so will just come when I can..I may move my Blog to a domain later this year but trying to find what people like best to make sure they are not disappointed…Anna and Two Cats..

    Comment by jimmorrisondreamdiaries — May 4, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  55. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the follow. Love your photos – I have a veritable plethora of fair (LOL) photos! Someday, Lord willing, I’ll get around to posting our Adventures in Fairland. Looking forward to more of your postings!

    Comment by LubbyGirl — May 6, 2012 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  56. Though I come and see your site. I like your post, very informative.

    Comment by christophertjlseeto — May 14, 2012 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  57. Many thanks from me, too, for “following” my blog. I’m reciprocating and enjoying your photos.

    Comment by writecrites — May 29, 2012 @ 5:15 am | Reply

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