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Student Day at the Florida State Fair
Friday, February 9


Student Day at the Florida State Fair is Friday, February 9th. We’re proud to continue this decades-long tradition.

Most of the schools in our district will be closed that day. Only schools in Area 6 (East Hillsborough County) will be OPEN on Friday, February 9th — those schools are listed below.

Your child should have received, or will receive, a free fair ticket at school before the 9th. That ticket is good only on February 9th. Any student who has had discipline issues at school will not be given a free ticket.

Elementary students will be allowed into the fair ONLY with a parent or other adult. In addition to having their free ticket, all middle and high school students MUST show their student photo ID at the gate or they will not be admitted into the fair.

If your child in elementary, middle or high school plans to use their free fair ticket after 6 p.m., they must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Their chaperone will receive free admission.

If you or your children forget any of the rules, they are printed on the back of the fair ticket.

We want all students to be safe and enjoy all the rides, food and fun at the Florida State Fair. As in the past, there will be an increased law enforcement presence and improved surveillance.

We hope you and your family are looking forward to a fun and safe Fair Day. Please take the time to visit some of our schools and students’ exhibits and performances in the Florida Center building while you are there!

During Student Day at the Fair, there will be live student musical performances from 1:30 -3 p.m. and opportunities all day to see students’ displays in the Florida Center building and Botanical Gardens Courtyard.

Students also will showcase their artwork and imagination at two displays in the Florida Center. One display, Preparing Students for Life, includes 19 exhibits that reinforce our district’s vision. And for the third year, there will be a Salute to Black History display, which is comprised of 28 exhibits from schools and our community that feature local and national African American legacies in film, stage, and screen.

The schools that will be open on Friday, February 9 are:

  • Bailey
  • Bryan Plant City
  • Buckhorn
  • Burney
  • Cork
  • Dover
  • Durant
  • Jackson
  • Knights
  • Lincoln
  • Marshall
  • Mulrennan
  • Nelson
  • Pinecrest
  • Plant City
  • Plant City Adult Education
  • Robinson Elementary
  • Simmons Career & Exceptional Center
  • Springhead
  • Strawberry Crest
  • Tomlin
  • Trapnell
  • Turkey Creek
  • Valrico
  • Walden Lake
  • Willis Peters
  • Wilson Elementary

Schools listed above will be in session on February 9, but will be closed on Strawberry Festival Day, which is Monday, March 5.

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