All these FREE Unlimited Rides & FREE Shows listed below are included with gate admission!
NEW LARGER LOCATION, NEW RIDES AND MIDWAY WITH BIG ROCK AMUSEMENTS
FREE SHOWS: all these terrific shows are included with your gate charge of $15 or $20 – GREAT VALUE
- Molly Hatchet in free concert, Friday, November 15. Gates open at 5 pm. Concert 8 pm
- Professional Bull Riding: Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9 at 8 pm. Sunday, November 10 at 3 pm.
- Torres Family Circus & Globe of Death Show: see schedule for show times every day and night of the fair
- Wolves Of The World Show: see schedule for show times every day and night of the fair
- The Plant Guy: appearing when you least expect it from open to close.
- Motorcycle Wall of Death Shows: Check out these daredevils every day and night of the fair
- Ag-Magic Shows with Mike Klee: see schedule for show times November 1-12
- Brevard Music Showcase: Mackenzie Carey, The Sky Club and The Spring: Sat. Nov. 2 : 7 pm
- Haunted House; Enter after dark every night of the fair – if you dare.
- Banana Derby Shows: Every day and night of the fair.
Our Main Attractions – world-class Rides
Rides and Games by Big Rock Entertainment
Our New Giant Wheel is one of the focal points of our midway and gives riders a bird’s eye view of the midway and surrounding area. Each of the gondolas seat 4-6 passengers and stands over 80ft tall. At night, the wheel lights up with thousands of multi color computer controlled LED lights for a spectacular light show that can be seen from miles away.
This super-spectacular attraction will soar riders to new heights of fun! As the swings begin to rotate and increase speed, they ascend to the top of the tower. At over 100 feet tall, the Air Flyer towers over the midway and is one of the tallest rides of it’s kind to travel in the U.S.
The Extreme has 16 seats on a big pendulum that swings back and forth. The pendulum has an enormous amplitude and can swing up to the range of 130 degrees on each side. In addition, the seats rotate around the pendulum axis. G-force can reach 1.5 do 2.5G. At night, the Extreme comes alive with an LED lightshow, strobelights and high energy music.
The Fire Ball is a high speed looping roller coaster that takes riders 60ft in the air! Riders are seated in open air cars and secured with a over-the-shoulder safety harness and seat belt.
The Himalaya is an exciting thrill ride that spins at 11.5 RPM for exciting big-ride action at a speed which thrills everyone. At night the Himalaya comes alive with over 5,000 LED lights, smoke, strobe lights and high powered music.
The Scooter, commonly referred to as the Bumper Cars or Dodgem, is a family favorite on the Big Rock Midway. Drivers are able to ride around an arena and crash into their friends without any damage or driving tickets!
A classic thrill ride for the extreme thrillseekers! This ride flips, rocks and rolls riders through the sky!
The Sizzler is a classic thrill ride that features three spindles with four vehicles on each. As the center of the ride begins to spin, the spindles also rotate giving riders a sizzling experience!
The Sky Wheel is a super spectacular ride that is rarely seen on carnival midways in present day. The Sky Wheel features two ferris wheels attached to opposite ends of a large boom that rotates in the air. Many traveling carnivals no longer operate a Sky Wheel due to transportation and maintenance costs. Big Rock Amusements is proud to present the ONLY ride of it’s kind to feature a state of the art LED lightshow in America.
The Tilt-A-Whirl™ is a large segmented undulating spinning platform with 7 vehicles spread over the surface. Each vehicle spins on its own axis and depending on the weight location of each guest every thrilling ride is unique.
Wacky Worm Coaster
Our new Wacky Worm is a family-friendly roller coaster for families and riders or all ages! Exciting enough for the teens but still enjoyable for the less experienced thrill seekers who wish to ride with mom and dad!
This giant swing ride lifts passengers up off the ground, then swings them out over the crowds. All while tilting slightly at full speed to give a thrilling “wave” effect while riding.
The Sea Ray is a spectacular giant swinging ship that swings riders back and forth up to 50′ in the air.
Our Kiddie Rides
Rides and Games by Big Rock Entertainment
Our Grand Carousel is one of the most spectacular and detailed portable carousels in the United States. The Grand Carousel features hand crafted horses and mythical creatures, decorated with jewels and beads. For those who do not wish to climb up on a saddle, there are two chariots for you to ride on as well.
The Bear Affair is a great family ride in which riders can control the spin of their bear using a giant turn table in the middle of the vehicle. Each bear is spacious enough to accommodate a family of 4 with ease.
The Dragon Wagon is arguably one of the most popular kiddie rides on the Big Rock midway. Kids love our friendly dragon themed roller coaster which features dips and hills that are just the right size for the little ones!
Riders ascend upward and are dropped back down in a hopping motion!
Our Fun Slide isn’t an ordinary playground slide. Our slide is over 90′ long and has three lanes so that riders can race to the finish.
The Hero Zone is a large scale, adventure obstacle course. Riders encounter punching bags, a cargo net, an inflatable slide, two suspension bridges, and a large see-through slide as they make their way through the attraction!
The Hillbilly Village is a fun house attraction complete with moving floors, rubber band maze, surprises, trick mirrors, and a rotating barrel!
The Ladybugs is a classic kiddie ride for the little ones. The over-sized bugs go round and round while gently moving up and down!
The Mardi Gras is a spectacular two story funhouse complete with a mirror maze, trick mirrors, hidden staircase, and a spiral slide at the finish.
Kids of all ages are sure to love driving their very own 4 X 4 Quad ATV’s as they circle the track and race to the finish line!
Rio Grande Train
This colorful western themed train features cars that can accommodate both adults and children.
The Samba Balloon is a favorite on the Big Rock midway. Riders can control the spin of their gondola using the built in steering wheel creating a totally interactive experience. At night, riders will be dazzled by the ride’s color changing LED lighting.
Calling all junior racers! Junior racers get to drive their own racecar around the oval shaped track. As the car rounds the ends, riders experience a whip like motion! Mom and Dad can ride too!
Blast off into space on these futuristic space copters!
The Wave Runner is a great ride for junior water sport enthusiasts. Our full size wave runners ride along a wavy track to simulate riding a wave runner in your favorite lake. The best part is you don’t even get wet!
MOLLY HATCHET: Friday, Nov. 15: 8 pm: Free concert general admission
CLICK HERE for VIP concert tickets
This is a free concert with fair admission of $20: standing room only.
Get a VIP seat here for $35, which includes a seat in front of the stage and enjoy all the great songs of the legendary band MOLLY HATCHET.
Your Molly Hatchet VIP concert ticket for $35 also includes admission to the fair, free unlimited fair rides from open to close and all of the entertainment inside the fair including a VIP seat for the MOLLY HATCHET CONCERT
ABOUT MOLLY HATCHET:
In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet. Named after a famous 17th-century axe murderess “hatchet molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous.
Their self-titled debut album was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin’ With Disaster was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year and like the first album, it also achieved multi-platinum status. Lead singer, Danny Joe Brown left the band in 1980 and contacted Bobby Ingram, a Jacksonville-based guitarist and friend, who gave brown his first singing gig in 1975 with a Jacksonville based band called Rum Creek. Brown and Ingram then put together with keyboardist John Galvin the Danny Joe Brown Band and continued touring until 1982. The album was produced by Glyn Johns at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas as he has worked with legendary artist The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Eagles and many more.
During this time, Beatin’ The Odds (1980) and Take No Prisoners (1981) was released with singer Jimmy Farrar. Brown returned to record No Guts … No Glory (1983), The Deed Is Done (1984) and Double Trouble Live (1985).In the fall of 1985, Bobby Ingram of Jacksonville came into the band as lead guitar and songwriter and the band continued to tour over 200 dates a year and in 1989 record Lightning Strikes Twice for capitol records.
In 1990, while Ingram, Galvin, and Brown continued the tradition as Molly Hatchet the tough touring schedule lead to the other member’s departure from the band. The Greatest Hits album was released in 1991 and certified gold. The band from 1990 until 1995 took a break from recording but continued to write new songs and tour in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Devil’s Canyon, the first studio album in 6 years was then recorded in Hamburg, Germany in 1996 under the care and guidance of Rainer Hansel, CBH Records. With producers Kalle Trapp and Bobby Ingram the album was voted the number one rock record in Europe for 1996. With a history of diabetes, brown was unable to fulfill studio and touring responsibilities and he brought in Phil McCormack to take over the lead vocal position. Long time member Bobby Ingram – lead guitar, Phil McCormack – lead vocals, John Galvin – keyboards, Bryan Bassett – lead guitar, Andy McKinney – bass, Mac Crawford – drums, make up the current lineup.
From the release of Devil’s Cannon and the worldwide touring coordinated by Steve Green, Artists International Management, the band has continued performing the classic hits such as “Flirtin’ With Disaster, “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man” and “Dreams I’ll Never Dee,” as well as, the current hits in the true spirit and southern tradition of Molly Hatchet. The 1998 release of Silent Reign Of Heroes was recorded back in Hamburg, Germany with producer/guitarist Bobby Ingram and is kept in the same spirit and tradition as the past with new hit songs “Mississippi Moon Dog,” “Saddle Tramp,” “Miss Saturday Night” and the title track “Silent Reign Of Heroes”. Included on the album is an acoustic version of the classic hit “Fall Of The Peacemakers”. The band is currently on an extensive 18-month world tour in support of the new release “Kingdom of XII” where guest artist Charlie Daniels appeared on 2 tracks the album charted in Europe and had much success.
In 2003 the band is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary of the first national or international release with first a double Live album “Locked and Loaded” recorded in Germany as they consider this their home away from home and it is the first time in 7 years that a Live album has made the European Charts and SPV GmbH is still there beloved record company with Rainer Hansel and Manfred Schutz. The band has plans on touring in support of the 25th anniversary and will release a new studio album of all of the classic songs re-recorded in this generation of the band with Artists International Management, Inc. as their agency. And Locked and Loaded a double CD that was recorded in Germany at the International Harley Davidson Festival in front of 80,000 Southern rockers that has now been captured on DVD and being released fall of 2005. After 4.5 years of touring and tracking outside of the studio on their own material, it was time to release an album that in the band’s tradition go back to the roots of straight forward southern rock and roll that are unequaled of anything the band has recorded before in the 25-year legacy. The album “Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge” recorded in the mountain tops of Bavaria was the perfect setting for such a comprehensive project. As we live day by day no one knew that Bobby Ingram would suffer the loss of his wife Stephanie during the tracking of the album and finish after a delay. Stephanie was the seventh member of Molly Hatchet and she did many things behind the scenes that no one ever saw and she was never the person that would ever want anything in return. The Southern Rock community has lost a great person that she gave all and loved Molly Hatchet and the friends she made along the way. If that was the first emotional heartbreak, Danny Joe Brown the singer for Molly Hatchet passed away from complications of diabetes he had suffered with for many years and he gave so much to the rock and roll industry and music around the world all of our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family and children and he also will never be forgotten. In 2006, Duane Roland, guitarist of the band passed away and also left a legacy that will never be forgotten. We will all miss him and his music lives on. In 2005, Dave Hlubek, a founding member after playing in various bands around the United States has returned to Molly Hatchet after 20 years. Everyone was glad to see Dave having a good time and doing what he does best…the tradition lives on!!
In 2017, the band will head to the Persian Gulf to play a special concert for the United States Military stationed in the United Arab Emirates and then on to Okinawa, Japan to perform for our dedicated troops in the South Pacific.
So as we enter the next 40 years of music, Molly Hatchet’s tradition keeps developing the common bond of southern rockers and keeps our southern-style of music alive and well. Rest assured, Molly Hatchet is a band, that after 40 years, is always workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast, and still Flirtin’ with Disaster!!!
Pro Bull Riding: 2000lb Buckin Beasts versus the best cowboys in USA:
Friday, Nov. 8 at 8pm, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8pm, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3pm
Torres Circus & Globe Of Death Shows:
Every day and night of the fair
Enjoy the Torres Family Circus every day and night of the fair. See the beautiful high-trapeze artists, the incredible Spider Man Show, the balance of the Clown Show and the fun hoola-hoop show. Meet the “Daredevils” of the Torres Family Globe of Death after every show.
Wolves Of The World:
Every day and night of the fair
The Wolves Of The World Show is the only traveling wolf pack show in the world. This show demonstrates natural behaviors of wolves of Yellowstone Park, their alertness, pack structure, ability in climbing, jumping and a whole lot more.
The show feature demonstrations of natural animal behavior, wildlife and environmental conservations, the rules of human interaction with wild animals, while demonstrating the old-fashioned value of our ancestors who founded our great country.
The most unique show on the road today, the show presents the mystical enigmatic wolf-a whole pack in fact, performing right before your eyes. The Sandlofer family explains about the history of wolves. They recount the story of how these rescued wolves are raised in captivity and display the traits of the wolf packs, including the alpha male and female and how they interact. The show even features a hero wolf, who saved a young girl from drowning, showing the wolves to be intelligent empathetic animals. Sharon has trained the fiercely independent animals to perform before audiences, a feat rarely accomplished in a touring show. Audience members sometimes drive for hours to see the wolves perform live. This is a show unlike any other. At the conclusion of the show, audience members are invited into the wolves habitat where they actually have the chance to watch the wolves being fed. This is a show your guests will never forget.
Meet The Plant Guy at the fair: He grows on you!
October 26 through November 11: Every day and night of the fair
Hi there! I’m the Plant Guy, an interactive performer, I won’t beat around the bush, I’m the hit of the fair wherever I transplant myself. You will see your friends amazed, laughing, and maybe even a little startled. Don’t be surprised to see them running over to their family and dragging them back to watch their reactions. And everyone will want a picture with Plant Guy, you might say he is big on photo-synthesis!
Enter the Haunted House at the fair…if you dare!
The Haunted House opens at dark every night of the fair.
Alternative Rock Showcase:
Saturday, November 2: 7 pm
Brevard Music School to Showcase Up and Coming Bands at the Space Coast State Fair
As a veteran of the Brevard County music scene, Brock Wollard recognized the need for a performance-based music school for kids and teens in the area.
Seeking to deviate from the traditional format of a single instructor and student, Wollard’s goal was to create a unique environment where students would learn by playing with others.
As a result, The Groove Shack was launched in the fall of 2017 and has since been an incubator for aspiring young musicians on the Space Coast.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, The Groove Shack will be showcasing several of its bands at the 32nd Annual Space Coast State Fair in Viera.
Local favorite The Spring will also be joining and headlining the lineup.
“We’re very excited about this event,” said Wollard, who is also a drumline instructor at Satellite High and performs with Konglom and national touring artist Beebs. “I’m honored to be working with such a talented group of kids and look forward to showcasing some of the best up and coming bands Brevard has to offer.”
The Groove Shack is designed to take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels and ages.
Once bands are polished and ready to perform, they are booked at some of the most popular venues in the area.
The show at the Space Coast State Fair will begin at 7:00 pm and include the following lineup:
Snails. – an indie-surf-pop-punk quartet and newest group to form under the Groove Shack band program.
Brain Junk – a funk rock band from Satellite Beach that plays originals as well as covers from a wide range of artists including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Meters and Herbie Hancock.
Dreamy Youth – an indie rock trio featuring Jordan Greaves and siblings Liam and Bella Hanney. Greaves (singer/bass/songwriter) is a former member of Good Luck Audrey and has previously performed at local and national venues across Florida. Bella (guitar) has been playing for over 5 years and has a style largely rooted in blues. Liam (percussion) has made All County Jazz Band Ensemble multiple years in a row and has a passion for many genres of music.
Dreamy Youth is also part of The Groove Shack’s Artist Development Program (ADP), which provides support and management to seasoned bands who are ready to take their act to the next level.
The Spring – members Manny Fawcett (rhythm guitar/vocals), Matthew Rigsby (lead guitar/vocals), Gabriel Ottomanelli (bass) and Levi Tate (percussion) have fused together vastly different styles to create a unique sound that has permeated throughout the local music scene.
Since its founding last year, the band has attracted a loyal following in Central Florida. This past March, The Spring was named winner of the 2018 WFIT Garage Band Contest.
They also recently released a 4 song EP entitled “Ebb and Flow,” which was formed under a year’s worth of passion and creativity.
The Groove Shack’s “Rising Talent Showcase” is included with the $15 fair admission, which also includes unlimited rides and shows.
For more information, visit https://www.grooveshackfl.com
Mike Klee Magic Show: Nov.1 – Nov. 11
Magic Mike will present his interactive Magic Show from the Space Coast Daily stage. Mike has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages across America with his unique style of magic and comedy.