Florida State Fair attracts international vendors - WNEM TV 5

Florida State Fair attracts international vendors

Posted: Updated:
The opals from Australia at the State Fair The opals from Australia at the State Fair
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Vendors from around the country and the world set up shop to cater to thousands of shoppers that visit the Florida State Fair's Expo Hall.

Country Homemade out of North Carolina sets up machines for engraving, embroideries, even ones to bedazzle you favorite accessories with rhinestones.

"This is our 22nd year at the Florida State fair," said Tammy Fulk of Country Homemade.

This year the fair is drawing in international vendors like Ozzie Boulder, which means for the first time this year shoppers will have the chance to purchase opals direct from Australia's Dry Ironstone plains in Queensland.

Unlike commonly sold doublets and triplets, which are opals that are adhered together with glue, these are hand cut one-of-a-kind gems.

"Australia's Opal is mainly sedimentary the rest of the worlds is volcanic," said Dean Ball of Ozzie Boulder Opals.

This is Ball's first trip to Florida and he says he can't wait to come back.

For more about the Florida State Fair this year click here.

  • NewsMore>>

  • MISSING: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    MISSING: Justin Cangemi, 11, in Manatee

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 07:44:06 GMT
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.More >
    Authorities in Manatee County are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old boy.More >
  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:29 AM EDT2014-04-23 07:29:56 GMT
    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.More >
    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.More >
  • SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

    SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:36:03 GMT
    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin...More >
    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to...More >
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.