State Fair surpasses carnival

Fairs and carnivals are seen as similar, but there are some major differences. The Christ the King Carnival was in April, and the Florida State Fair in February.

Fairs and carnivals are seen as similar, but there are some major differences. The Christ the King Carnival was in April, and the Florida State Fair in February.

Michelle Ricones-Rodriguez, Staff Writer

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The fair and carnival are seen as similar, but there are some major differences. The Christ the King Carnival was in April, and the Florida State Fair in February. (Used with Permission from Creative Commons)

The annual Christ the King Carnival was April 2528, and a good number of people went to it. However fun it was, though, there are some drawbacks that need to be discussed. With these specific drawbacks in mind, it is safe to say that the Florida State Fair exceeds the standards of the carnival.  

One of the more obvious perks of going to the Florida State Fair is the fact that prices are much cheaper compared to the Christ the King Carnival. The fair always has one day where students are allowed free entry, as well as having various discount days, while the carnival has none. A typical adult ticket for the fair would probably be around 11 to 13 dollars, while the entry fee for the carnival is a whopping 45 dollars. 

There is a subtle yet slightly noticeable difference between carnivals and fairs, although they do seem very similar and host the same variety of attractions. A fair is usually larger, often community or state-sponsored, and features competitions as well as elements of carnivals, while carnivals are small and focus on entertainment. Both host a wide array of entertainment, whether it be rides, food, games or live music. 

The fair is also open for more days than the carnival – to be specific, three times as long. The Florida State Fair is typically in Tampa for 12 days, while the Christ the King Carnival is only open for four days. That means more time to explore the fair, ride the rides and watch a wider variety of performers, as well as having less pressure to go before they close. 

Although both the fair and carnival host the same type of attractions and entertainment, there are crucial differences to observe when comparing the two. Thankfully, there is no need to actually choose between the two, since they are months apart, but the more reasonable favorite would definitely be the Florida State Fair.  

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