By Kelly Baughman

As the pumpkins come out and a chill fills the air, it can only mean one thing.  The Pensacola Interstate Fair is back in town!  The fun kicks off at the Pensacola Fairgrounds located at W. Mobile Highway on Thursday, October 18th and will run through Sunday, October 28th.  The Pensacola Interstate Fair is a non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors representing all walks of life and residential areas of Pensacola, offering rides, agricultural and scientific exhibits, food, games, and entertainment for all ages.

Daily entertainment and specials begin on Thursday the 18th with $1 admission for everyone 4 years old and up.  All rides are also just $1 each all day long.  While you are there, be sure not to miss the Cat Country 98.7 “Big Lip Sync Battle” Finals, where the best lip sync battlers Pensacola has to offer take to the stage to compete for cash and prizes.  Presented by Seville Quarter and Budweiser, the show will begin at 7 pm on the Pepsi Open Air stage.

Then on Friday, October 19th, Sugar Ray hits the Pepsi Open Air Stage at 7:30 pm.  Admission $12 for everyone 12 years and older, $6 for ages 4 thru 11, and free to children 3 and under at all times.  Then at 8 pm, “Pay One Price” Midnight Madness Handstamp Tickets will be on sale at the Fair Entrance Ticket Booth.  The $28 Midnight Madness Handstamp ticket allows unlimited rides and also includes FREE admission into the Fair.  Handstamp ticket holders can enjoy all the fair excitement until 2 am.

On Saturday, October 20th, bring the little ones to enjoy Kid’s Day.  All kids 11 years and under will be admitted FREE to the Fair from 11 am to 2 pm.  General Admission prices apply after 2 pm.  Purchase a Handstamp for $28.  Handstamps are good on all Reithoffer Midway Rides until closing.  Then at 7 pm, country music duo High Valley takes the Pepsi Open Air Stage to sing their new single  “She’s With Me”, and other hits from their album ‘Dear Life’.

On Sunday, October 21st, bring a Buddy and two get in for the price of one from 11 am until 2 pm.  In addition, all active and retired military personnel and spouse with proper identification will be admitted for $6 into the Fair all day long. Once you’re in, don’t forget to purchase you handstamp for $28 and ride all of your fair favorites until closing.  

On Monday, October 22nd, don’t miss Pensacon Day where you are encouraged to come in costume and bring a camera to take pictures with your favorite characters from Sci-fi shows, movies, Marvel, and more!  Handstamps will be discounted to $23 all day.

Tuesday, October 23rd is Ladies Day where women of all ages will be admitted FREE to the Fairgrounds from 4 pm until 6 pm.  Don’t miss your chance to see country’s rising stars, Moccasin Creek at 7 pm on the Pepsi Open Air Stage.

Wednesday, October 24th, join Manna Food Pantries in their fight against local hunger.  Bring in three cans of food and receive $2 off Adult Admission from open until closing, this day only.  Visit the Manna Food Pantries truck at the Main Entrance to receive your “$2 off admission” coupon.  Be sure to take advantage of the special $10 Handstamp day.  

On Thursday, October 25th all Seniors are invited to come out and have a special day at the Fair! Persons 55 years of age and over will be admitted for $6 into the Fair until closing.  

On Friday, October 26th don’t miss Midnight Madness beginning at 8 pm, where you can ride unlimited rides until closing for just $28.  

Saturday, October 27th will feature another Kids Day with free admission for the little ones from 11 am to 2 pm as well as unlimited ride wristbands for $28.  

Finally on Sunday, October 28th, the fair will wind down with Last Blast Sunday featuring a special $6 admission price for everyone all day long as well as a special $23 all you can ride wristband.  The Fair will close its doors at 10 pm.

Aside from the rides and entertainment for the family, the Pensacola Interstate Fair is a major contributor to the local economy, a major concern for the Gulf Coast this year.

Every year, the Pensacola Interstate Fair generates over $8 million dollars of consumer spending in the local economy, and 80% of the over $2.5 million dollar Fair’s budget is spent and stays in our local economy.  The Pensacola Interstate Fair also generates over 300 jobs each year for our local economy.

In addition, The Pensacola Interstate Fair gives $30,000 a year in scholarships to local students, and since 1983 has given over $1,015,000 to more than 1,076 students to further their education.  The Pensacola Interstate Fair has endowed scholarships through the Pensacola Junior College Foundation in its efforts to allow students to reach their educational goals.

For more information regarding fair activities entertainment schedules, or exhibits, visit www.pensacolafair.com or call 850-944-4500.