Last night as my family and I strolled through the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show, I actually occurred to me how our lives have changed. It seems just yesterday, but 14 years ago, the Mrs. and I went on our first real “Double Date” to the fair. Together with our friends Lindsay and Carl, we walked around the midways, enjoyed the deep-fried everything and even played a few games! Last night, I thought that the fair had changed. It turns out it was us! While we walked amongst the sights, sounds, and smells, I couldn’t help but smile when I realized that it was our family that had changed! With a toddler and in infant in tow, we still get a kick out of the same railroad displays, the vintage tractors, and the food. Now they get to really experience the fair.
Being opening weekend, I’m often asked if it’s worth it to go to these sort of events. My answer for the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show is a resounding YES! Take your family and make some new memories. Even if you missed out on the discounted admission and ride wristbands, you can still take advantage of some great deals. Below are a few of the themed nights where you can save a few bucks. Another great tip is to actually tai and look through the booklet that they give you when you walk through the gates, It’s filled with coupons for food, games and more. I saw so many people just toss them aside and didn’t bother to realize that they were just throwing money away.
In what has become a family tradition, we actually ate before we went to the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show. We have discovered that we eat less when we go, but we still manage to find and share a few snacks not only with the family, but with the larger group that we tend to go with. Again this year, some of the best deals were from the Old Country Store in the old plantation building. You could purchase popcorn for $1 and bottles of water for $1.50 each. That’s pretty thrifty! There were a few other vendors with bottles of water in the $1 range, but you have to keep your eyes peeled. There i also a $1 coupon for a bottle of water in the coupon booklet as well. If you want even more coupon deals checkout the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show Website for printable coupons you can bring with you: http://www.volusiacountyfair.com/p/fair-partners/214 If you’re looking for a great way to support your local community and you also happen to be hungry, don’t forget to stop by the Kiwanis Corn booth right outside the commercial exhibit building. You can get a great corn snack for $3, which won’t break the bank and is also a bit healthier than some other options.
If you’re more in the mood for entertainment instead of food and rides, you won’t be disappointed by the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show. This was the first time that we had a chance to watch the Sea Lion Splash Show and it’ was pretty cool. My boys seemed to like it, and anything that can hold the attention span of a 2 1/2 year old is a good thing in my book! How about a little fair magic? Be sure to checkout Extreme Illusions a& Escapes with Josh Knotts and Lea. We didn’t get a chance to see it this year, but we hear it’s a great show. It’s all included in the cost of admission, so be sure to take advantage of the FREE entertainment. How about taking in a concert? This year the Volusia County Fair and Youth show is featuring Cole Swindell and Parmalee in addition to the nightly music they have on their outdoor stage.
Maybe we weren’t particularly looking for it in the past, but this year the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show seemed to have focused ride and attractions especially for the toddler in our family. In addition to the great child friendly magic shows, FREE petting zoo, animal races and Sea Lion Splash show, they also have a Kiddie Corral with small rides for around $1. We greatly appreciate this area, and believe it was new to the fair this year. One other thing I wanted to mention was the spirit and attitudes of everyone working the fair. Wether it was a ride operator, food vendor, or even a gaming person, everyone was very friendly and seemed to really appreciate our attendance. We appreciate the family friendly atmosphere!
As far as fairs go, my overall advice especially when you have little kids is to save as much as you can by purchasing tickets and ride bracelets in advance if possible, then scoop up any coupons you may find. If that fails, be sure to checkout the fairs website for themed nights with either free or discounted admission to reduce your overall expenses. We personally plan on using the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show as a way to introduce the boys to saving for something they really want to do annually. If they want to ride the rides and eat everything under the sun, they’ll need to start saving in their piggy banks. I wonder if you can get a County Fair savings account at a bank?
Want to spread the fun around a bit? Check the back of your admission ticket for a variety of coupons. One of which is a $2 off admission to the Central Florida Zoo! The coupon booklet even has a coupon to the upcoming Winter Wonderland in Deland coming up in December.