UPDATE (5:18 p.m.) — The Pensacola Interstate Fair just announced:
Due to tonight’s ongoing severe weather, the Pensacola Interstate Fair will close, effective immediately. Fair management made the decision with the safety of the public being the Fair’s number one priority.
The fair was optimistic that there was going to be a break in the weather, but new radar imagery is showing heavy rainfall forming throughout the night.
The Pensacola Interstate Fair will reopen Saturday, October 19, at 11 a.m. The Fair apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE 1:41 PM: The Pensacola Interstate Fair will remain open as scheduled today, Friday, October 18. Fair hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Midnight Madness starts at 8 p.m. $28 gets you an unlimited ride wristband and free admission.
UPDATE from Pensacola Interstate Fair Facebook Page:
“WEATHER STATEMENT: We are going to continue to monitor the weather and make the call at 2pm today regarding tonight’s Fair. We will do the same for Saturday at some point as well. Be sure to check our Facebook page periodically for updates. Thanks!”
The organizers of the 85th Pensacola Interstate Fair will decide at 2 p.m. Friday if they will shut down the fair Friday night because of Potential Tropical Cyclone 16.
They are monitoring the tropics closely over the next 24 hours. They will be looking at how heavy the rainfall is expected, how strong the winds are and if there is lightning.
If cancelled that would mean no Midnight Madness Friday. The fair is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. but a final decision is expected before that.
“We just won’t know, I mean, we’re hearing conflicting reports about it could duck south or could go further so we’ll know a little more tomorrow by 2 o’ clock,” Dondi Frenkel said. “We definitely want to keep the public safe. We also have a lot of wires running around..we don’t want puddles of water.”
The fair started Thursday afternoon with Dollar Day and it will continue until October 27th at the fairgrounds on Mobile Highway.
A decision on Friday’s events will be announced online and on the Pensacola Fair Facebook page.