When is the next fair?
The 2019 State Fair of Virginia will be held Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 6, at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Plan ahead; 2020 dates are September 25-October 4.
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.
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.
Where can my Uber or Lyft driver drop me off at the fair?
Please instruct your driver to stay in the far right lane on Route 30. Once the approach a trooper or parking attendant, share that they are dropping off and they will be directed to Gate 6. Guests will be dropped in the handicap parking lot and can enter the fair through the Main Ticket Plaza.
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.
Does the State Fair offer a military discount?
Ticket prices for military admission: $12 at the gate (a $3 savings off the $15 adult gate admission). Military discount is for active-duty service members and retirees with a current military ID. The discount does not apply to others in service members’ and retirees’ parties. Available at the gate ONLY.
Is there seating at the concerts?
NEW THIS YEAR-The fair is offering 500 Premium Blue Ribbon Seats that may be purchased for $10. These seats are closest to the stage and are general admission.
Additional chairs can be rented from RMC Events for $3 with an additional $2 refundable deposit upon return.
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. Exceptions are made for those with food allergies or special dietary needs. No glass containers.
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.
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. When parking in Premium Parking, the State Fair courtesy cart will take patrons in need of renting a chair to the front gate to reach the wheelchair/scooter vendor. They will also retrieve patrons from the vendor location and take them back to Premium Parking at the end of the day.
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
Is parking free? Do you have VIP parking?
General parking is free.
Premium parking is close to the action via Gate 2 behind the Farm Bureau Center. Buy in advance, online, to park in an asphalt lot to save time getting to your favorite fair attractions. These tickets can be purchased online.
Admission is not included, but must be purchased in advance; all vehicle occupants must purchase admission tickets in advance. Valid only for specific day purchased; limited quantity available. Tickets sales for the following day end at 8 a.m.
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 or support animal to the fair?
During the 10 days of the State Fair of Virginia pets are not allowed on the Fairgrounds, with the exception of service animals as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals approved as part of an exhibition. Service animals are those that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task an animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
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. 28 through Oct. 7. All items that were not claimed before Oct. 7, 2018, 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.
Notice to ticket holders
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. Ticket holder assume responsibility for him/her self as well as for each minor in the charge of ticket holder. You further consent to the use of your likeness in any displays, transmissions, or reproduction for marketing of this or any future event. No rain checks. No refunds. The Meadow Event Park and the State Fair of Virginia reserve the right to refuse admission.
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.
Are the concerts handicap accessible?
Blue Ribbon seating is on a flat asphalt surface and accommodating for patrons in wheelchairs. It is general admission seating so your party will need to enter the venue as a group.
Seating outside of the Blue Ribbon seating area is all flat asphalt surface and during the event, chairs will be available for rent for companions.
Handicapped parking is located near the main ticket plaza entrance. Patrons are also welcome to purchase premium parking which is located behind the Farm Bureau Center and accessible by entering Gate 2.