Happy Monday!
Who am I kidding? Like most of you, I hate Mondays (queue the double thumbs down). Nothing is worse than having to get up and get motivated after having a super fun weekend full of not sitting in your office chair.  So, since Mondays suck for most of us, I figured I would enlighten you with some fun things to do this week and weekend in Tampa Bay.  I know you are used to hearing from me on Thursday or Friday with my top tens or my fun weekend things to do, but this Monday I figured I would switch it up a bit. Hey! Just trying to help get you through the week people… you’re welcome.

Let’s see….
Like FREE stuff? Well, lucky you! Today we launched a facebook contest to give away tickets to the Florida State Fair, just head over to our Visit Tampa Bay facebook page and click on the “enter to win” tab and submit your email or you can just click http://woobox.com/qwooma. Oh, and you have to “like” our facebook page as well (you better like it already…. just saying).  We will randomly pick (3) winners to win a family 4-pack of tickets. 
The Florida State Fair opens THIS THURSDAY through Feb. 17th and all I can say is…. It’s going to be a grand ol’ time y’all! If you thought the fried Oreos and Krispy Kreme donut burger were “sweet” last year, well… this year, believe it or not, they have outdone themselves….again!  I don’t think you are ready for this… New this year, the Ramen Noodle Burger, Bacon Maple Funnel Cake, Cotton Candy Funnel Cake and many more tasty surprises! Whaaaat!? Don’t worry there will be another blog with more details on these treats and a recap of all of my favorite things to do at the fair this year.  Lastly, my biggest tip to you would be to get your ride wristbands in advance at your local Tampa Bay Walgreens stores (you will save lots of dough $$$ trust me). For more information visit: www.FloridaStateFair.com

Also happening this week, UniverSoul Circus returns to Tampa at Raymond James Stadium.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the UniverSoul Circus features amazing acts highlighting excellence in artistry from around the globe.  Rated as one of the world’s most interactive circuses, UniverSoul showcases the perfect blend of music, theater and circus acts, along with a unique brand of comedy.  Family-friendly and starts in Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 5th and runs through Feb. 10th.  Tickets range from $16 to $35 (children under 1 are FREE) and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000.  For more information visit: www.universoulcircus.com

Thursday, Feb. 6th the Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs for a division match-up at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:30 p.m.).  More info visit: http://www.tampabaytimesforum.com/

Meet MythBusters TV star Kari Byron on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the opening preview of the new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition at MOSI.  Catch a preview of the new exhibit and snag an autograph from Kari from 4p.m. to 7 p.m.  The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays.  For those that are not familiar with MythBusters, this series uncovers truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity.  Tickets range from $24.95 to $19.95.  For more information visit: www.mosi.org

Weekly/Weekend Quick Event Recap
Florida State Fair (Feb. 6 through Feb. 17th)
UniverSoul Circus, Raymond James Stadium (Feb. 5th through Feb. 10th)
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet MythBusters TV star Kari Byron at MOSI, Thursday, Feb. 6th (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor Saturday, Feb. 8th.
Bands, Brews and BBQ at Busch Gardens Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 8th.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
Suited for Space, new exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center (now through April 27th)