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Nor’easter conditions delay opening of Jacksonville Fair gates Saturday

Rough weather affecting schedule Saturday at 65th Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

Gates open to 65th Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Days after the gates officially opened for the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair’s 65th installment, the fair is adjusting its schedule Saturday because of rough weather from a nor’easter pounding Northeast Florida.

Gates had been set to open at noon but will now open at 5 p.m. Fair officials at first said they would open gates at 3 p.m. but said they would continue to monitor the weather conditions and might make more changes to the schedule, if necessary. They announced about 2 p.m. that gates wouldn’t be opening until 5.

The Fairgrounds will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The Parade of Champions will take place in the livestock arena at 7 p.m. Mechanical rides at the fair will be available subject to weather conditions, officials said.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit jacksonvillefair.com or call 904-353-0535.

The event, located in downtown Jacksonville, is the largest fair/festival in Northeast Florida. It was canceled last year because of COVID-19, and many have been anticipating its return. It will be in town through Sunday, Nov. 14.

The fair returns with the exhibition hall, concerts, animals, food, rides, contests and more. This year, the fair will not require a mask or vaccination, but will be taking safety precautions such as hand sanitizing stations, a self-service kiosk at the gate, and spacing out rides and food.

Ticket prices range from $5 (advance admission) to $10. Those prices are for fair admission only. Rides must be purchased separately. The hours vary each day, but the admissions gates will close one hour prior to the fair closing.

When it comes to parking in the stadium lots by the fairgrounds, you can only use a credit card to pay.

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About the Author:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.