The excitement kids feel when they see the neon glow of carnival rides, catch a whiff of carnival food and walk through the alley full of games and prizes at the Miami-Dade County Fair means a hit to the wallet for most parents.
Luckily there are always great deals and offers to help alleviate some of the overspending and this year the deals are abundant.
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Here’s a handy list of ways to do the Fair without going broke.
1. 21-Day Admission Pass
For only $25 online or $28 at the fairgrounds and get a free souvenir cup at The MarketPlace Information Booth. The 21-Day Admission pass is available for purchase through April 1.
2. Express Access Pass
Allows faster access on rides. It is $15 per person and available for purchase on site only. It will not be sold online and is valid only for the date of purchase. Admission ticket, P*O*P ride card or 22 coupon sheet must be purchased prior to obtaining the Express Access Pass.
3. $6 Savings
Save $6 on food, games and merchandise deals Monday to Friday before 6 p.m. at participating vendors. Look for the $6 deals sign displayed at the different booths.
4. Free Student Tickets
Miami-Dade County students in public, private and parochial schools, as well as homeschooled can use their free Youth Fair-issued student admission ticket on select days of The Youth Fair. They are valid Monday through Thursday. Ticket will be required.
5. Boys & Girls Scouts
Dress in uniform and get complimentary admission on Wednesday, March 23. No coupon is required. Must go directly to Front Gate turnstiles.
6. FIU freebie
Any current Florida International University student or employee who shows current identification at the main ticket book receives free admission on Wednesday, March 30th.
7. Donate and save
Bring two cans of food (any size) and receive $4 off on admission. Look for the tent at the Main Gate Entrance to obtain a ticket and proceed to any Main Gate ticket booth. Proceeds benefit Miami Rescue Mission. Not valid on Opening Day.
Twins who come together get a buy one get one free admission on any Thursday. Go to any Main Gate ticket booth. Not valid on Opening Day.
You can also visit Fairexpo.com and download coupons for more than a dozen other deals or follow the Fair on twitter at @miamidadefair for updates.