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Florida State Fair attracts international vendors

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The opals from Australia at the State Fair The opals from Australia at the State Fair
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Vendors from around the country and the world set up shop to cater to thousands of shoppers that visit the Florida State Fair's Expo Hall.

Country Homemade out of North Carolina sets up machines for engraving, embroideries, even ones to bedazzle you favorite accessories with rhinestones.

"This is our 22nd year at the Florida State fair," said Tammy Fulk of Country Homemade.

This year the fair is drawing in international vendors like Ozzie Boulder, which means for the first time this year shoppers will have the chance to purchase opals direct from Australia's Dry Ironstone plains in Queensland.

Unlike commonly sold doublets and triplets, which are opals that are adhered together with glue, these are hand cut one-of-a-kind gems.

"Australia's Opal is mainly sedimentary the rest of the worlds is volcanic," said Dean Ball of Ozzie Boulder Opals.

This is Ball's first trip to Florida and he says he can't wait to come back.

For more about the Florida State Fair this year click here.

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