There are not many places in Miami where one can visit 170 food vendors, play any of 50 games, experience 100 exciting rides and enjoy a Tito Puente Jr. concert all for $5.
But at this year's Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, opening today, there is such a place.
The special admission rate is the "5 before 5'' promotion, which drops the ticket price from $9 to $5 before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday upon presenting a coupon, which is very simple to acquire. Coupons can be found in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald every day, as well as on the fair website and at Pollo Tropical locations.
Vendors throughout the fair will also offer at least one discounted food item, and all rides will cost one ticket less.
Other highlights of this year's fair:
"Friday Nights Rock the Fair!" series of concerts and main events. Tomorrow features a concert by Florida rock group We the Kings. The April 2 event will be a showdown between World Wrestling Entertainment champions Big Show and Carlito. Then on April 9 fairgoers will be treated to a "Latin Night'' concert by Tito Puente Jr. and Isaac Delgado.
"The Garage,'' a tent filled with 16 high-definition flat-screen televisions where anyone can play 15 popular video games on the Wii, XBox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles makes its debut this year.
"Mix Off,'' where competitors will make a mix and play it for a panel of judges. The top mix will win $2,500 and will be played on Y100. Those who think they are skilled with beats and rhythms can test out their original disc jockey mixes on April 9.
Kids Express Yourselves, or KEYS, program provides six zones of themed activities that are both enriching and entertaining for kids under 12 and their families. The other zones lead parents and children through the two Kiddieland ride areas and the trail of activities that will be going on throughout the day.
The agricultural zone will include egg races, cup stacking games, simple egg recipes and an area showcasing projects from Miami-Dade students who have raised animals for at least six months.
The Exhibits Hall zone will feature a wall mural that kids are invited to color in as many times as they desire as well as an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a birthday trip to Universal Studios.
In Arnold Hall, close to 50,000 exhibitions from students of Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward counties will be on display. The projects include graphic designs, architecture works, creative writing, woodwork, race cars, robots and more.
If all else is not exciting enough, those looking for an adrenaline rush can head to the new ride, the G Force, which spins the rider 360 degrees while feeling 3.6 Gs of acceleration.