Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

February 7-18, 2019

Florida State Fair

Musical Entertainment

Musical Entertainment

Bluegrass and early country music

Musical Entertainment

Musical Entertainment

Bluegrass and early country music

Enjoy early country banjo, guitar, violin melodies on out Main Stage.

Featuring
Southern Express Bluegrass Band
& Bits of Grass Bluegrass Band

Also find local choirs, dulcimer groups, piano students, and school orchestras performing throughout the grounds.

Hand-made Crafts

Hand-made Crafts

Hand-made crafts to see, make, and take home

Hand-made Crafts

Hand-made Crafts

Hand-made crafts to see, make, and take home

As you stroll through the museum grounds, you will meet artists who
create baskets of pine needles,
hand carve wooden duck decoys,
weave textiles on a loom,
stitch quilts by lantern light
and more!

Demonstrations

Demonstrations

Discover historic skills of Florida's pioneers

Demonstrations

Demonstrations

Discover historic skills of Florida's pioneers

Learn a valuable skill, like how to hand-tie a sturdy broom, shape a sponge from the Gulf or turn a beautiful chair leg using a lathe made from a bent sapling.

Experience soap making, kickwheel pottery and delicate shaker boxes cut on a treadle-operated scroll saw.

Watch the blacksmith and saddle makers practice their ancient and practical craft.

Shopping

Shopping

Visit our General Store

Shopping

Shopping

Visit our General Store

Visit our General Store! The store features nostalgic and reproduction items, historical toys and games, books, candy, and many other unique gift ideas.

Also be sure to visit our historic demonstrators to purchase honey, lye soap, cane syrup, grits, rag rugs, and more!

Unique Exhibits

Unique Exhibits

13 original structures to explore each with interpreters and demonstrations

Unique Exhibits

Unique Exhibits

13 original structures to explore each with interpreters and demonstrations

See our historic structures that have been relocated from all over the state of Florida. These buildings feature a unique collection. Such as:
a late 19th century quilt featuring fabric the size of a postage stamp,
a detailed wood carved Postal window from Knights Griffin, Florida,
an antique printing press,
the suit jacket and top hat worn by Governor Carlton in his 1929 election,
and a promotional grape jelly cup distributed in the late 19th century.

Animals

Animals

See our Mule, Chickens, and Geese

Animals

Animals

See our Mule, Chickens, and Geese

A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Our mule has been extensively trained to pull and work on the farm.

Our Plymouth Rock Chickens were known in 1900 for their hardiness, docility, broodiness, excellent production of brown eggs, and meat that was considered tasty and juicy.

Meet our Cotton Patch Geese who helped farmers by weeding cotton and corn fields.

What to Expect

Florida State Fair

About the Event

About the Event

Date: February 7-18, 2019

Time: Open daily until 6pm

Cracker Country is a Florida State Fair tradition, welcoming guests every day of the annual fair since 1979. We invite you to drop in during your visit to the fair and experience a slice of rural Florida history.

General Pricing: Click for pricing information

Parking: Free parking during the annual Florida State Fair.

See & Do

See & Do

Throughout the Florida State Fair, Cracker Country comes to life with skilled artisans and historical educators who demonstrate crafts and life skills that would have been important to Florida settlers of the 19th century.

Daily until 5:45pm:
$2 Dip a beeswax candle -- cash only
$2 Twist a rope -- cash only

Crafts and Demonstrations
TBA

Main Stage

Main Stage

We are currently planning our 2019 event. Come back in December for more information.

2019 Main Stage Entertainment:

TBA

2019 Community Group Entertainment:

TBA

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop

There are lots of unique holiday gifts to be found at the General Store! The store features nostalgic and reproduction items, historical toys and games, books, candy, and many other unique gift items.

The General Store accepts cash, Visa, Master Card, and personal checks with ID.

Proceeds from sales in the General Store help support Cracker Country's education programs.

What to Eat

What to Eat

Enjoy boiled peanuts, kettle corn, beef jerky, pork rinds, and lemonade. Old fashion soda and candy available for purchase inside the General Store.

Only on view during the annual Florida State Fair

Additional Exhibits

Carlton-Woodbery Exhibit

Carlton-Woodbery Exhibit

Rural Florida pioneer roots

Carlton-Woodbery Exhibit

Carlton-Woodbery Exhibit

Rural Florida pioneer roots

The gallery, housed inside the General Store, features artifacts, personal items and photographs that tell the story of Cracker Country’s founders, their ancestors and the creation of the museum.

Florida Cattle Ranching

Florida Cattle Ranching

500 Years of Tradition

Florida Cattle Ranching

Florida Cattle Ranching

500 Years of Tradition

This exhibit, which has toured the nation, is filled with artifacts and stories of the history of cattle ranching in Florida from the arrival of the Spanish to the present day.

The Power of Steam

The Power of Steam

Collection of antique stationary steam engines

The Power of Steam

The Power of Steam

Collection of antique stationary steam engines

See antique stationary steam engines in motion as you learn how steam powered Florida's industries.

Pets are not allowed in Cracker Country.

Service animals are allowed, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals approved as part of an exhibition.
Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.   
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.