TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida State Fair opens Thursday for a 12-day run.

The fair kicked off with the Flip the Switch ceremony. Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and local leaders turned the lights of the fair on Thursday morning. The gates open to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Governor's Day Luncheon is also set for Thursday afternoon with Scott, Putnam and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi expected to attend among others.

This year's fair runs through Feb. 19. The fairgrounds are at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

The fair originally began in 1904 in downtown Tampa.

Go to the fair's website for more information.

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