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How to Spend a Day at the Clay County Fair!

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It’s almost springtime in Jacksonville, and that means it’s time for the Clay County Fair! Give us all the fair food and ride tickets because we are so ready. Enjoy everything, from funnel cakes to carnival rides, games, concerts, farm animals, and so much more!

If you are counting down the days like us, then this guide is for you. We’re breaking down everything there is to experience at the Clay County Agricultural Fair 2021, so you don’t miss out–and trust us, there’s a lot of things to do.

Keep reading to plan your trip to the Clay County Fair!

Things to Do at the Clay County Fair

We’re certain that you will find something for you at The Clay County Fair! This event is one of the biggest annual events in Jax and features numerous entertainment options.

In fact, there is so much to do, that we laid it all out for you to make your trip easy!


Guests may enjoy some of the amazing Midway Rides that range from spectacular thrill-seeking rides all the way to ones just for the kids. Our favorite is the classic Century Wheel. No better view of the fair than from up high on the wheel! Other rides include the Cliffhanger, Musik Express, Riptide Coaster, and the YoYo!

The more family-friendly ride options include bumper boats, a Merry-Go-Round, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and more! The fair also has a perfect selection of rides that are better suited for youngsters. These rides include Nemo, Teacups, and a train!

For a complete list of rides, click here

Things to See at the Clay County Fair


Main Stage Entertainment has such an amazing line-up this year and we want to go every single day! Located at the Cattlemen’s Arena, there will be performances from well known music artists like Vanilla Ice!

You can find the full concert schedule in their Entertainment section on the Clay County Fair website. You will definitely want to get your tickets for these shows early as there are some shows, like Scotty McCreery, already sold out!

Plus, the Garber VIP Lounge is back for another year of fun! This year, the area has expanded to accommodate for social distancing. This is truly an amazing concert experience as you will enjoy performances from a VIP seat on the side of the stage. The seating area provides for the best view of the Main Stage and is the only way to be “front row” for concerts. 

Community Stage Entertainment and Ag-tainment Stage are free platforms for entertainers in the community who want to come showcase their talents. We’re excited to see some of the contestants that sign up this year.

If you are interested in performing, be sure to fill out an application with Clay County Fair!

There will also be Daily Shows for the whole family! We’re most excited about the fireworks show happening the first Friday at 10PM. These shows will be happening all day and night so you have a lot of opportunities to go watch one.

Lastly, we want to mention for any of you who are interested in contests or speed dating, make sure to check out the dates and times of some of the Clay County Fair contests and enter!


The heart of The Clay County Agricultural Fair is the livestock and walking through all of the different livestock exhibits is a must when you visit! The exhibits are open all hours of the Fair days.
There is also a Kids AG-tivity area with duck races, shelled corn play box, chicken and egg display, and a barrel horse! 


The Early Florida Village is one of Clay County Fair’s known events, and it is for all the history junkies out there! You get to step foot in the past of life in Clay County with exhibits and demonstrations.

You will see things like a moonshine exhibit, a cane syrup demonstration, and so much more! It’s open every day until 7PM, so be sure to check it out. 

You can also find The Little Red Barn in the Early Florida Village, home to all the baby farm animals! 

Days & Hours

🎡 April 1 | 2PM–11PM 
🎡 April 2 | 10AM–12AM
🎡 April 3 | 10AM–12AM
🎡 April 4 | 11AM–11PM
🎡 April 5 | 4PM–11PM 
🎡 April 6 | 4PM–11PM 

🎡 April 7 | 4PM–11PM 
🎡 April 8 | 12PM–11PM
🎡 April 9 | 4PM–12AM
🎡 April 10 | 10AM–12AM
🎡 April 11 | 11AM–7PM 


Clay County Fair tickets are a hot commodity! Guests have the option of purchasing a ticket at the gate or in advance.

If you choose to purchase your ticket in advance, you can SAVE money! Gate admission for adults in $10, however, if you buy in advance, you’d save $3.

Tickets may be purchased at Clay County Fair Box Office, online at Buy Tickets or by calling 904-284-1615. 

Clay County Fair also offers special discount days and advanced armband sales! 


Adults | $7
Seniors (60+) & Children (6-12) | $5
Ride Armbands | $17 (not valid on Saturday’s)


During the Fair, gate admission tickets are available at the ticket booths outside each gate.
Adults | $10
Seniors (60+) & Children (ages 6-12) | $7
Children (ages 5 and under) | FREE!


🎡 April 1 | $2 Admission
🎡 April 2 | 17 & Under FREE Admission from 10AM–12PM
🎡 April 4 | $5 Admission for Health Professionals with valid employee badge
🎡 April 6 | VyStar Members BOGO
🎡 April 7 | Donate a bag of canned goods for $5 Admission
🎡 April 8 | Seniors 60+ FREE | 12PM–6PM
🎡 April 9 | Donate a bag of school supplies, get a $1 off Admission| 4PM–6PM
🎡 April 11 | $5 Admission for police, firefighters, and teachers with valid ID.


2021 Midway Ride Armbands
April 1–April 11 | Good For Any Day EXCEPT Saturdays
Online sale | December 15–March 31st

“All sales are final, gate tickets are included with concert tickets. COVID Policy: You can buy with confidence knowing that should the concerts be cancelled due to COVID 19, you will have the opportunity for a full refund.”


Parking Tips

Parking is FREE and you’ll be directed where to park upon entering! There will be 3 parking lots, North, Main, and South so be sure to be aware of where you parked.

There will also be a tram daily escorting you to the main gate if needed.

The Clay County Fair is truly a beloved annual tradition in Jacksonville. Whether you’re here for the fried dough or the rides, kids of all ages will make memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to grab your tickets ASAP as they are selling quickly!

We want to see all of your photos at the event of the year so tag us in your photos @stufftodoinjacksonville on Instagram and Facebook.

Race you to the ticket booth!😉

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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