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Florida officials "Flip the Switch" on 2013 Florida State Fair

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Florida officials flipped the switch early Thursday morning at the Florida State Fair. Governor Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater gathered at 6:36 a.m. at the fairgrounds and ceremoniously powered-up rides on the midway. The event officially signaled the opening of the 2013 Florida State Fair.

This year's theme, Viva Florida 500, commemorates Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival on Florida's east coast. Fair-goers can experience the exhibit, "Florida-500 years in the making," in the center of the Hall of Fame Building.

In addition to the all-time favorites of pig races and fried delights, visitors can experience many new venues like a ranching exhibit and learning garden.

For a full schedule of events, visit the fair's website

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