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2021 Tampa RV Supershow: What to know before you go

The 2021 Florida RV Supershow is still planned to go on as scheduled. However, there are a few changes in response to COVID-19 you should be prepared for before you arrive. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know before you go and what has changed from previous years.

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Meeting up with Mike and Jennifer Wendland was a highlight for us at the 2020 RV Supershow

Open to the public January 13-17, 2021

Wednesday, January 13 – Saturday, January 16
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 17;
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

What’s changed: A major change to the schedule was the cancellation of Industry Day which was to be held on January 12.

Located at Florida State Fairgrounds

Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

Admission tickets are $12 before discounts

At the door:

If you buy your Supershow tickets at the door, it will be $12, which will give you access to the show for two days.

Save $1 purchasing online in advance

Tickets are $11 for two days entry.

Discounts
  • Children under 16 are Free
  • Seniors save $2 on tickets purchased Wednesday through Friday
  • Military (active or retired with ID) and first responders save $2 any day of the event

What’s changed: Ticket prices are the same for every day of the Supershow; the second ‘free’ day of admission on any ticket can be used on any day

Day parking: $8 per car and $16 per RV

Cash and credit cards are accepted on-site upon entry. Parking is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds property. Any questions can be directed to  813-621-7821 or info@FloridaStateFair.com.

Overnight RV parking: $20 per night plus $16 first day parking fee

  • No reservations are required to camp overnight. Don’t be worried about showing up and not having room. We have been to several shows over the last few years and space was never an issue.
  • No services or hook-ups are provided. You will be dry-camping, so make sure you empty/fill your tanks as needed prior to arrival.

The Super Rally is already sold out

For those that have never been to the RV Supershow before, you’ll notice there are locations for RVs with full hook-ups. These spots go early so plan well in advance if you want one for next year!

Covid-19 Precautions

Face masks required

Face coverings will be mandatory in all buildings and RVs and when social distancing is not possible.

Temperature Checks – 100.4 threshold

Temperatures will be checked at all admission gates and for rally participants. Those whose temperature is 100.4 or higher will be pulled aside and given a second temperature check. If temperature remains above the threshold, participant will be asked to leave and your parking fees will be refunded to you.

Hand sanitizer provided

Stations with hand sanitizer will be located throughout the Supershow grounds and in Rally bags. Hand sanitizer will also be distributed to all supplier booths, information stations and on Floor Manager carts.

Buildings and trams are on a sanitization schedule

Supplier buildings will be sanitized by every morning before opening and trams will be rotated and sanitized bi-hourly.

At this time, we ask that if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue, or have recently been exposed to someone who tested positiveplease do not attend the Fla RV SuperShow.

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Dogs are allowed

Well-behaved and leashed dogs are permitted to join attendees at the Supershow.

Looking for more RV Shows?

For a comprehensive listing of RV shows near you, visit our RV Show Schedule!

Scenes from the 2019 RV Supershow

Crabbing on the Gulf Coast

How does eating fresh blue crabs dipped in butter sound? Now just imagine if you caught those blue crabs yourself! If you have not tried crabbing before, you are missing out. Add some fun to your next trip and visit Surfside, TX, or anywhere coastal in the Gulf Coast area and give crabbing a try. We visited Surfside for a few weeks we’re hooked!

Crabbing is inexpensive and easy to do

Crabbing is a whole lot of fun for the entire family and can be done with almost no equipment at all.  You will need a few things, but a boat isn’t one of them. And if you’re looking for places to go, places like Crabbing Pier in Surfside is a perfect place to start.

Crabbing Pier in Surfside, TX is a great place to try your hand at crabbing

A fishing license is needed for crabbing in Texas

Before you begin, you will need to obtain a valid fishing license with a saltwater endorsement to legally harvest crab in Texas.  They have made the process very easy and you can take care of it online. If you prefer, you can also stop by the many locations that offer licenses.

No daily limits on catching Blue crabs

No worries about hitting a daily limit, crab all day! There are, however, size limits and harvesting any females carrying eggs is illegal. When carrying eggs, females are termed “sponge” or “berry” crabs and are illegal to be retained. 

There is no daily bag or possession limit for blue crabs and stone crabs, but they each must meet a minimum criteria to be taken. The legal size at which a blue crab may be harvested is when it measures 5 inches across the widest point of its body, from tip to tip of its spines.

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Identifying male and female blue crabs

There are two ways to determine whether you have a male or female blue crab. First, look at their claws. Males have blue tips and females have red tips.

The sex of a blue crab is also identified by the abdominal flap or “apron”. In males, it is shaped like an inverted T and females have a broader apron, an appearance more like a pyramid.

Blue crabs aren’t picky when it comes to bait

Crabs are not picky and can be caught on cut fish, shrimp, squid, and any other type of bait you might use for other ocean game. But did you know the most common bait for crab is chicken? You can go to the grocery store and buy chicken drumsticks, but the cheapest way to go is stop off at any of the bait shops and buy a pack of chicken necks. These will run you anywhere between a $1-3 for 3-6 necks.  

Get started with a ball of string, a net and a bucket

All you need is a ball of string, a hand net  and a piece of chicken and you have all you need to start catching blue crab. Tie your chicken to the line and toss it out from the bank or pier.  You’ll know a crab is on your line because the crab will start to drag the bait back deeper into the water which will tighten the string. Once you see this, slowly retrieve the line (the crab will not let go because he wants the yummy bait) until you see it and then use a net to scoop it up and place it in a bucket.  

Hoop nets

Hoop nets for crabbing

These nets are called umbrella nets or hoop nets and can be purchased at most bait shops and even the local Wal-Mart for about $4.00 each. The umbrella or hoop net has two metal rings attached by string netting. The larger top hoop is attached to a pull line, and when baited and dropped to the bottom, the device drops flat. This allows the crabs to walk right up to your bait and when you feel them or see the line move you simply lift on the pull line and scoop up the crab. Even if you can’t see them or haven’t seen your string move still pull the traps up to check them about once every 15-30 minutes. 

Crab pots and traps

Crabbing Pot

A crab trap, is a rectangular device typically made of chicken wire or other thin metal that can be baited and left to sit. You can purchase these crab traps from Amazon or you can also find them at the local Buc-ees. The traps have inverted funnels on its sides that allow crabs to enter but makes it difficult to for them to escape. NOTE: You can only use 6 traps at a time for recreational purposes.

Crab traps must be marked with your name and address and must be marked with a white buoy featuring a contrasting stripe and measuring at least 6 inches high, 6 inches long and 6 inches wide. 

Storing crabs before cooking

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Once you’ve caught a whole mess of crabs, you should either keep them moist (not wet) and cool. Read How to Buy and Store Crabs Like a Pro for options. If you put them in a bucket with ice, have a way for the melted water to drain. Be sure to cook them as soon as possible and throw away any crabs that have died before you cook them. 

Cook crabs the easy way

If you are looking for a fast and easy way to cook the crabs, try our recipe for Blue Crabs in an Instant Pot.

Crabbing will provide you, your family and your friends an excellent opportunity to recreate while enjoying a memorable outdoor experience and is also rewarding when your efforts take shape as you sit down at the dinner table.