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When is the next fair?

The 2017 State Fair of Virginia will be held Friday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 8, at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Plan ahead; 2018 dates are September 28-October 7.

When will the fair be open?

The fair operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management.

I’d like to visit the fair during off-peak hours, but I don’t want to miss entertainment. What are your recommendations?

Mornings (Gates open at 10 a.m.) and weekdays before 5 p.m. are your best bet. Many of our grounds attraction entertainers give multiple performances each day. Use our online schedule to plan your visit.

How do I get to The Meadow Event Park?

From I-95, take Exit 98 (Doswell) and travel 1½ miles east on state Route 30. If traffic is heavy, consider taking U.S. Route 301 to state Route 30; travel about 3 miles west on Route 30. You also can take U.S. Route 1 to state Route 30; travel about 2 miles east on Route 30.

When are the Midway and Kidway open?

The Midway and Kidway both open at 11 a.m. daily. Midway area rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the ticket windows close, or longer at the discretion of fair management. Kidway area rides close when the Ticket Plaza closes.

Will you donate fair tickets to my charitable organization?

Please see our corporate donation policy.

Are all of the attractions included in my admission ticket or is there an additional cost?

Generally speaking, your admission purchase covers all concerts, attractions and exhibits; however, some other attractions have an additional cost. Rides are not included in the general admission cost. Ride tickets and wristbands can be purchased at the fair at the Ride Ticket Booths in the Midway and Kidway areas.

Is there a separate charge for concerts?

All concerts are included with fair admission.

How do you ensure the safety of your rides?

Our midway rides undergo a thorough inspection – by midway contractor Deggeller Attractions upon setup; by Caroline County before opening day; and then daily before operation by an independent, professional state-certified inspector.
Please Note: the use of selfie sticks is prohibited on rides and throughout the fair.

How old do my children need to be to ride the rides?

Requirements for individual rides and attractions include height, weight and whether a child must be accompanied by an adult. These requirements are displayed at each ride and attraction, as well as at the Midway and Kidway Customer Service booths. For our youngest guests, those not tall enough to ride the Midway and Kidway rides, we offer a collection of colorful coin-operated rides in the Kidway area.

Can I bring in food or drinks?

No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Does the Fair offer recycling?

Yes! Look for the new, blue containers to recycle cans and bottles.

Can I bring in my lawn chair or a blanket for the concerts?

You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs for the Festival Stage concerts, and those chairs can be checked near the stage so you don’t have to carry them around all day. Chairs are also available for rent near the Festival Stage.

What if I need to go to my car and come back?

Visitors who buy a ticket and then want to leave and return to the fair on the same day have that option. Be sure to get your hand stamped before exiting if you plan to return that same day. No re-entry after 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Do you offer shuttle service in the parking lots or inside the fair?

Parking lot trams can help you get to and from your vehicle in parking Lots A and C. Look for “Tram Stops” designated with small tents and flags. Once inside the fair you can use guest service carts to travel easily between designated stops on the north side of state Route 30.

Do you have ATMs inside the fair?

Yes, ATMs will be strategically located on the property.

Do you offer private facilities for nursing mothers?

A private area for nursing mothers is available in the family restroom in Farm Bureau Center.

Can I bring in my own wheelchair or motorized scooter?

You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or motorized scooter. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters also are available for rent outside the main gate in the Ticket Plaza; however, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Pricing is below:
Manual wheelchairs-$15 all day
Electric Mobility Scooters- $25 for 4 hrs, $40 for 8 hrs, $50 for all day
Single Stroller-$10 all day
Double Stroller-$15 all day

Can I bring in my own stroller or wagon?

You may bring your own stroller or wagon for your children to use on the property. Strollers also are available for rent outside the main gate in the Ticket Plaza. Rental prices are: Single Stroller-$10 all day, Double Stroller-$15 all day

Can I bring my knife or gun to the State Fair?

The State Fair prohibits weapons of any kind from entering the property, including pocket knives. We ask that guests leave those items in their vehicles before purchasing their tickets.
FIREARMS: There is a NO OPEN CARRY provision on the property except for On-Duty Law Enforcement Officers.
CONCEALED CARRY: Off duty officers from Caroline County, Virginia State Police or Federal Agents are permitted to conceal/carry. If on property, they must have the appropriate identifying arm band. (Available at PSOC or RMC Supervisor at gate)

What is your policy on alcoholic beverages and tobacco use?

Alcohol is NOT permitted to be brought onto the property. Beer and wine will be for sale and may be consumed inside the fair, except in the Midway and Kidway areas. Alcohol is not allowed in the parking areas. Smoking is permitted on the property; however, it is prohibited in tents and buildings, ride and ticket lines and the entire Kidway area. This includes the use of electronic smoking devices.

Can I bring my pet to the fair?

Pets are prohibited on the property (including the Equine & Livestock Complex) due to the potential risk to our guests and to other animals at the fair.

What if I lose something while I’m at the fair?

Lost & Found is located in the Bold Ruler House in Lot C. Please enter through Gate 6 to access the building. Paid fair admission is not needed to gain access to the Bold Ruler House. Lost & Found is open during regular operating hours each day of the fair, Sept. 29 through Oct. 8. All items that were not claimed before Oct. 8, 2017, will be turned over to The Meadow Event Park. For more information call 804-994-2800.

What kind of security measures are in place during the fair?

The safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees is our No. 1 priority. The fair is staffed by licensed security professionals and state and local law enforcement.
We have the ability to conduct personal and bag checks at the ticket gates.
Please Note: the use of selfie sticks is prohibited throughout the fair.

Can I bring my Segway?

No unauthorized motorized vehicles are allowed.

Can I bring my drone to the State Fair or fly it over the State Fair?

No drones are allowed unless authorized by event management.

Guest Accessibility

Do you have handicap parking?

The Meadow Event Park has ample handicap parking for authorized users.

Can I rent a wheelchair or scooter?

Guests can rent strollers, motorized scooters and wheelchairs outside the Ticket Plaza. These are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.

Prices, policies, programs, schedules, entertainment and concerts subject to change or cancellation without notice. No weapons, guns or knives allowed at the event. Not responsible for lost, stolen, misplaced tickets and/or tickets obtained through sources not approved by the State Fair of Virginia. No rain checks. No refunds. The Meadow Event Park and the State Fair of Virginia reserve the right to refuse admission.

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