Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

Colt Ford to rock Florida State Fair on final day

As the Florida State Fair is approaching the end of its 2016 run and there are still plenty of things to explore, enjoy – and eat!

In honor of the Fair’s 112th anniversary, there are more than 112 things to do this year at the Fairgrounds – all included in the price of gate admission —  Check out some specials and details below.


Colt Ford at a concert Of Colt in 2010 photo/ DJ Virt via wikimedia commons

Colt Ford at a concert Of Colt in 2010 photo/ DJ Virt via wikimedia commons

Colt Ford
Trailblazing country artist Colt Ford has a sound that can best be described as Country meets Hip Hop. Ford is a professional golfer turned rapper, musician and songwriter who has released five albums, four of which have peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country charts. Ford is famous for his revolutionary mash-up of good old boy country and the rhythms of hip-hop, a groundbreaking combination. He made his debut album, Ride Through the Country in 2008 and released a compilation album, Thanks for Listening.  Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classics, last year. Most recently, Colt Ford has used his notoriety to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans in a 12-minute movie featuring his hit song, Workin’ On. Colt Ford performs on Monday, Feb. 15 at 6pm on the Coca-Cola Headline Music Stage.

Self-taught musicians Dameon Aranda and Gabe Aranda started their first band in the 5th grade. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cat Stevens, Aranda has collaborated with some of the music industry’s finest talent, including Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry and 3 Doors Down. Aranda’s forthcoming release, Not the Same features 11 new songs, including one stripped down acoustic and one self-proclaimed “disco-y pseudo rock track,” contains a message of hope and optimism for their audience. Aranda performs Monday, Feb. 15 at 7pm on the Tampa Bay Times Stage.

The Florida State Fair goes through Monday, Feb. 15. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices and more information, go to www.floridastatefair.com.

Student Day for Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties – On Monday, Feb. 15, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota students are admitted free with student ticket provided by their school system. After 6pm, students entering with a student ticket must be accompanied by an adult 21+. Free admission for an adult accompanying up to four students after 6pm.

Family Fun Pack – $20 gate admission for up to four people on Monday Feb. 15. Sold only at the Fairgrounds.

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