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Pensacola, Fla. – (Aug. 22, 2016) – Pensacola’s biggest and longest-running annual agricultural and entertainment tradition returns Thursday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 30, bringing with it the excitement of attractions and screams from exhilarating rides, exhibits, fair food, fun and shows for the whole family. The 82nd Pensacola Interstate Fair has many exciting surprises in store, including a star-studded line-up of live music acts and a special guest appearance by a classic and hairy cartoon character.
“The music artists and live entertainment we have lined up this year are terrific,” said Don Frenkel, Pensacola Interstate Fair General Manager. “We are thrilled to bring such a variety of acts to Pensacola.”
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The Fair’s musical line-up kicks off opening night with the “Cat Country 98.7 BIG Lip Sync Battle Finals,” a final epic showdown on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. This year, the weekly Lip Sync Battle takes place at the Sandshaker Lounge on Pensacola Beach every Thursday evening starting Sept. 22 and running through Oct. 20, when the final battle will take place. Contestants can compete individually or as a group of up to 10 people for the chance to win a cash prize at the finals on October 20. Each week, three winning acts are chosen, and the 12 acts from all four weeks battle it out on stage during the finals for the chance to be the Lip Sync champion.
Classic soft rock band, Little River Band, will perform their hit songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Considered to be among Australia’s most significant bands, they are best known for the classic hits, “Reminiscing,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” and “Help is on its Way.” The band’s worldwide album and CD sales have topped 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for six consecutive years, the first band to achieve that mark.
‘80s GlamRock fans will have an opportunity to rock out on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 p.m., as the Fair presents musician and heartthrob Bret Michaels. Michaels first gained fame in the ‘80s as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band, Poison, selling over 45 million records worldwide. Besides his career as lead singer, Michaels has several solo albums to his credit and appeared in the hit VH1 reality show “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and its sequels, which inspired his successful solo album “Rock My World.” He was also the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice 3.”
New this year, the fair will present the inaugural “Miss Pensacola Interstate Fair” Beauty Pageant on Sunday, Oct. 23, starting at noon on the Pepsi Open Air Stage. Pageant contestants will compete in one of seven age categories, ranging from infant to 18 years old. A queen and two alternates will be chosen from each age group. In addition, a People’s Choice title will be awarded to contestants collecting the most votes for $1 each. Deadline to enter is October 2. The entry fee is $55 per contestant until September 10, and then $60 through October 2. All proceeds benefit the Livestock Barn. Entry forms and rules can be found at PensacolaFair.com. Sunday also marks Military Appreciation Day, and admission price for all active and retired military and spouses is just $6 all day long.
Bring the kids out Monday, Oct. 24, on Cox Media Day, to meet everyone’s favorite talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. The silly, yet loveable, gentle giant will make two live Meet & Greet appearances on the Pepsi Open Air Stage from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and again from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The first 200 fans in line for each appearance will receive a free downloadable photo with Scooby. Lines will close 30 minutes before the end of each show, so get there early!
“Come Sail Away” to the Pensacola Interstate Fair and “Faithfully” welcome local band White Tie Rock Ensemble with “Open Arms” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. as they present a tribute to Styx and Journey. The local group of musicians recreates classic rock albums with the precision and detail of a symphony. These dynamic elements combine to produce the unforgettable White Tie sound. So whether you’re a “Renegade” or “Mr. Roboto,” White Tie promises to deliver the tunes “Any Way You Want It,” as long as you “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the public is invited to attend and participate in the Youth and FFA Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. from the Livestock Arena. At 8 p.m., San Antonio-forged Tex-Mex/Country trio, The Last Bandoleros, will take the Pepsi Open Air Stage to get the crowds moving with their infectious hooks. The Last Bandoleros mesh one part Tex-Mex, one part Brit-Pop and two parts Country-Rock — adding up to a sound that’s hard to pin down and hard to get out of your head. Warner Music Nashville will release the band’s debut album later this year. Their first single out now, “Where Do You Go?” has a roadhouse rhythm with a killer accordion solo.
As part of our special Senior Appreciation Day, come on out and take part in an afternoon and evening of nostalgia on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. as Neil Diamond’s Favorite Tribute – Jay White takes the stage to pay homage to Neil’s 50th Anniversary. For more than three decades White has been performing as Neil Diamond in countless casinos, theaters and 4-star hotels in Las Vegas and nationwide. In a January 2002 interview, Diamond was asked about all of the Neil tribute performers, and replied “I’ve heard a few of them and I’m always complimented by their efforts and dedication, but my favorite is a young man named Jay White.”
Midnight Madness begins Friday, Oct. 28 and Smash Mouth, a California rock band with surf and garage influences, will get the party started at 7:30 p.m. Known for such ‘90s and 2000s chart-topping hits as “Walkin’ on the Sun,” All Star,” and cover song, “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” the band’s retro-pop style covers several decades of popular music. The group also contributed numerous tracks to a plethora of motion pictures, most notably their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” to the soundtrack of 2001′s hit movie “Shrek.”
A 6-foot-5-inch country singer and songwriter with fiery red hair will help wrap up the 2016 Fair entertainment acts this year. Eric Paslay will take the stage on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. to close out the show. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. An ACM “Song of The Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You,” Paslay recently released his back beat-driven groove “High Class,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album.
In addition to the daily music acts, fairgoers can experience an interactive, hands-on exotic animal zoo at the Eudora Farms station. The petting zoo is open daily from fair open to close. In addition, new this year, fairgoers have an opportunity to see rare, white tigers perform daily too. Page’s White Tiger Show, presented by Vincenta Pages — one of the youngest female tiger trainers in the world, will thrill and amaze you. With six white Bengal tigers, Vincenta will take you through her upbringing in the circus world, her family background and her unique raising of white Bengals. Check the PensacolaFair.com website for daily show times.
If you love Garth Brook’s “The Dance” or Kenny Chesney’s “Noise” or even Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less”, you’re invited to the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival’s “Hall of Fame” show on November 9th at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce at 7pm! The line up included Nashville’s Hall of Fame songwriters like Tony Arata, Thom Schuyler, Pat Alger and more! Tickets are still available here.
2012 Inductee – TONY ARATA whose #1 hits include The Dance, recorded by Garth Brooks; Here I Am, recorded by Patti Loveless; Dreaming With My Eyes Open, recorded by Clay walker and I’m Holding My Own, recorded by Lee Roy Parnell.
2011 Inductee – THOM SCHUYLER served as President and Chairman of the Country Music Association. His top-ten award winning songs include
My Old Yellow Car, A Love Like That, Years After You, You Can’t Stop Love and Nothin’ Like Fallin In Love.
2010 Inductee – PAT ALGER whose #1 hits include The Thunder Rolls & Unanswered Prayers, recorded by Garth Brooks; Small Town Saturday Night, recorded by Hal Ketchum; Like We Never Had A Broken Heart, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Goin’ Gone, recorded by Kathy Mattea.
The line-up will also include the following top hit songwriters:
JON NITE – has had 12 top ten hits including cuts by Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. Co-wrote the current Kenny Chesney chart topper, Noise, which is the March 2016 single release from Chesney’s newest album.
JOSH OSBORNE – has had two #1 hits with Kenny Chesney (Come Over and Wild Child). 2014 Grammy award winner for Best Country Song (Merry Go Round, recorded by Kacey Musgraves). Named 2015 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. 2016 Nominee by Academy of Country Music for Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
JIMMY ROBBINS – has had 9 top ten hits including 5 # 1’s. Co wrote Jason Aldean’s current single, Lights Come On, as well as Michael Ray’s, Think A Little Less. Has cuts by Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw.
Cocktail Reception – 6:30
Dinner – 7:30
Pensacola Yacht Club
For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Ildi Hosman.
Barktoberfest will be held in Seville Square on October 22, 2016 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Games, Demonstrations, Costume Contests, Fun, Adoptions, and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!
This is an excellent promotion opportunity to align your business with a local no-kill shelter that works to improve the lives of companion animals in our community and provide new homes to homeless pets. Thousands of pet lovers and pet owners attend this celebration of man’s best friend every year!
This year, all your favorite contests will return: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Kisser, and Owner-Pet Look Alike! A morning session and afternoon session offer two chances to win! Click here for more information.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
400 Block of South Palafox – Pensacola, Florida
4-7 p.m. (VIP Champagne Hour 3-4 p.m.)
Tickets $10 per person – Children under 12 are free
Patron Ticket packages $100 for two with entrance to VIP Champagne Hour
Jazz for Justice has become one of the premiere events in North Florida. Now in its 20th year, Jazz for Justice has raised over $525,000 to enable Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. to continue our work. As domestic violence victims, children, and families in our community face continued economic strife we are seeing an increased need for our services. And as grant and governmental funds decrease, the commitment of sponsors, donors and partners to providing hope and justice for all will go a long way towards helping our neighbors.
Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing no-cost civil legal representation to domestic violence victims, children, the elderly, oil spill victims, families in danger of losing their homes and poverty level clients over sixteen north Florida counties from five offices.
For more information click here.
Location: Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida
Hours: 9am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm on Sunday
Children’s Festival: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Admission to the festival is free. Pets are not allowed at the Festival. More Details…
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The Festival is ranked #30 in the nation bySunshine Artist Magazine.
Live musicians hit the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from bluegrass to Cajun and blues to jazz and classical.
Performing companies, dance schools, community groups, and area folk groups have their time to shine.
Craft artists demonstrate traditional arts, crafts and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and other skills in the Heritage Arts Area.
It’s that time of year again: when we gather to have a retro-fabulous time, honor outstanding community leaders and raise money for Council on Aging of West Florida and its many wonderful programs that benefit seniors in need.
This year we plan to dazzle and entertain you while celebrating four of our area’s most outstanding individuals who show tremendous leadership with their service to our local community.
Please join us in honoring our very own 2016 Rat Pack:
• DeeDee Davis
• Joe Durant
• Sheriff David Morgan
• Ray Russenberger
Don’t miss out on the best party of the year! Stay tuned for more information on our website at www.ratpackreunion.com.
Cost: Payment required – Individual tickets are $100 per person and include access to the gala, open bar, and a fine 3-course meal. Sponsorships are available: $5,000 Golden Nugget Level $2,500 The Flamingo Level $1,000 The Sands Level
It’s that time of year again!
We believe that everyone with breast cancer should have support.
That’s why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be here for the survivors, the patients, the caregivers, and the millions saved through early detection.
Help raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services by walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Making Strides of Pensacola.
Get ready to join more than one million volunteers nationwide. When you sign up, fundraise, and participate in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will be there to support every person affected by breast cancer.
We walk to make sure that anyone touched by this disease has a hand to hold. So give us yours by taking the first steps in supporting this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.
You can start a team, or keep your team going. And keep raising awareness and donations.
Begin today! The sooner we start, the farther we’ll go.
Ready for a challenge? Then you are ready for the corn maze! Bring your family and friends and tackle this year’s design. Each year we have a fun, new design for you to get lost in. The corn maze has been our signature attraction since year one, starting out at only 5 acres and growing in size each year to now over 8 acres of twists and turns with lots of room to get lost.
Our maze is divided into two sections, which includes our kiddie maze, in case you don’t want to tackle the whole maze.
For more information, click here.