Scholarship Info

Exhibit Info - Showcasing Our Community

The Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc. provides facilities for the Agricultural, Educational, Scientific, Livestock, Cultural, Commercial and Industrial resources of surrounding counties and states. The Pensacola Interstate Fair attracts and receives exhibits and participants from all over the country. PROGRESS THROUGH EDUCATION has been the central theme of the FAIR from the beginning.

Interested in Entering an Exhibit?

We are thrilled that you are interested in participating in the Pensacola Interstate Fair!  We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get involved! 

 

To get started, choose an exhibit from the list below and the steps will be explained.  If you have any additional questions, please call the main office and we will be glad to help you out (850-944-4500). No entry fee or space rental will be charged for any exhibit.

Entry Rules, Guidelines & Awards

All information, including the names of exhibit Chairpersons, exhibit entry procedures and display guidelines, contact information and premium awards for each exhibit, can be found below. 

 

Choose from the categories below to see specific info for each exhibit.

Scholarship Opportunities For Exhibit Participants

Each year, the Fair offers a scholarship opportunity to students who have in some way participated in the Fair.

Find out all the details by clicking below!

 

 

If you have any additional questions regarding the scholarship program, you can also call the main office and we will be glad to help you out (850-944-4500).

Exhibit FAQ

Question #1

Fair exhibitors may arrive the weekend prior to the opening of the Fair. However, the Pensacola Interstate Fair will not start to place concessionaires and vendors until at least the Tuesday before the Fair opens. If you need to make special arrangements for an early or a late arrival, please contact the Fair office at (850) 944-4500.

 

For Concessionaire or Vendor inquiries, contact: Dondi Frenkel, Concessions. You can e-mail him or call (850) 944-4500.

Question #2

Fair exhibitors may arrive the weekend prior to the opening of the Fair. However, the Pensacola Interstate Fair will not start to place concessionaires and vendors until at least the Tuesday before the Fair opens. If you need to make special arrangements for an early or a late arrival, please contact the Fair office at (850) 944-4500.

 

For Concessionaire or Vendor inquiries, contact: Dondi Frenkel, Concessions. You can e-mail him or call (850) 944-4500.

The Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc. is dedicated to the betterment of the community through education. For 2023-2024, the John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grants Selection Committee has been authorized by the members of the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc., to provide Thirty Thousand dollars ($30,000). These monies will assist thirty (30) students in the completion of their studies at a college or university of their choice.  To date, over one million, two hundred fifty-one thousand ($1,251,000) dollars have been awarded to more than one thousand, three hundred twelve (1,312) grant participants.

General Conditions

  • All grants are restricted to graduating High School Seniors who, during their high school years, have been actively involved in the presentation of exhibits, animals, projects and displays in any area listed in the Fair Exhibits Premium Catalog or have volunteered at least ten (10) documented hours of assistance as designated by Fair staff.
  • All grants are for One Thousand ($1,000) Dollars each, made payable to any accredited college or vocational school.
  • All grants are one-time only and non-renewable. It is the desire of the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc., to assist as many students as possible through grants provided each year. Hence, all grants are for one-time only and students receiving grants may not re-apply for a second time.
  • All grants are non-refundable.
  • All grants are for one (1) year only, beginning Fall Term, 2023 and ending with Summer Term, 2024.
  • All grants are for the purpose of defraying costs of tuition and books at any post-secondary educational or vocational institution of the applicant’s choice. It must offer acceptable Technical/Health/Academic programs leading to certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. In addition, grant monies can be used to purchase required computers through the school purchase program.
  • Grants are not based on personal need or high scholastic achievement, but rather on the evaluation made by the Committee as to his/her potential for success in attaining career goals.
  • All unused grants or portions thereof must be returned to the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc.
  • Grants, may not be transferred from one college to another during year of eligibility.
  • Finalists will be selected during the fourth week of April, 2023.
  • Checks for college and university students will be mailed to their chosen Financial Aid office by mid to late July, 2023.
  • All grants adhere to the provisions of the Equal Opportunities Act. Applications are available through an online form on the Pensacola Interstate Fair website (www.pensacolafair.com). Applications must be submitted no later than April 10, 2023. Please call Roxanne Bonifay at (850) 393-7970 for further information.

 

Scholarship Program History

For many years The Pensacola Interstate Fair has generously provided unrestricted educational funds to the Pensacola Junior College and to the University of West Florida. During 1983-84 a special grants program was initiated. These grants were restricted to members of Future Farmers of America, 4-H Clubs and Future Homemakers of America who were graduating high school seniors and who, during their senior years, had been actively involved in the presentation of exhibits, projects and displays during the Fair. It was a sincere attempt to reward those who had contributed so much to the success of the Fair each year and who wished to continue their educational experiences with the assistance and encouragement of the Pensacola Interstate Fair. The program was well received and several young men and women were able to complete their first year of college as the first Interstate Fair Educational Grants Recipients.

1984-85 marked the 50th year of the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc. which had grown from its humble beginnings in 1935 to a position of prominence and importance through-out the United States. To properly celebrate this Golden Anniversary event, the members of the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc., through the approval of its Board of Directors, substantially increased funds providing for a large number of grants available for 1984-85, broadened the base to include students heretofore ineligible to apply and created several new categories to assist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs at Pensacola Junior College and at the University of West Florida. As a special and most appropriate tribute to the Founder, former General Manager and late Chairman of the Board of Directors, the additional funding was used to establish the JOHN E. FRENKEL, SR. – Educational Grants Program in honor of his lifelong dedication to education, his outstanding contributions to our community and his many years of devotion and leadership to the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc.