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Jax Daily Record Friday, Oct. 16, 202003:10 PM EST

Missing funnel cakes? Fair Food Fest coming in November

The event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds will feature food favorites and live music.
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

Jacksonville residents disappointed that the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic can taste what was lost at a new event in November.

Greater Jacksonville Fair announced Oct. 16 that the Fair Food Fest will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14-15 at the fairgrounds.

The weekend event will offer turkey legs, funnel cakes, corn dogs, kettle corn, cheesesteaks, roasted corn, sirloin tips and more. There also will be live music and demonstrations.

Wearing a mask will be encouraged when not eating and drinking. There will be more than 100 tables spaced out.

The Jacksonville Fairgrounds is Downtown west of TIAA Bank Field at 510 Fairgounds Place. 

Bill Olson, president and CEO of the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, said in a news release that said it was a tough decision to cancel the fair and the event was created as a compromise.

 “The Fair Food Festival gives attendees a chance to have all their favorite Fair foods, listen to great music and applaud our youth, while practicing safe social distancing,” Olson said.

Admission to the Fair Food Fest is $10 a car, which includes parking and entry for all passengers. Passes can be bought online at

Live music from local artists will be performed on the main stage.

• Nov. 14: Noon, The Diablo Riley Band; 2 p.m., Mama Blue; 4 p.m. The Chris Thomas Band.

• Nov. 15: Noon, The Diablo Riley Band; 2 p.m. Spade McQuade; 4 p.m. Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones.

There also will be activities at the Livestock Arena, including learning how to make butter and information about the 4-H youth development organization.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be playing in Green Bay that weekend.

For more information, visit or call (904) 353-0535.

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