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When is the fair?

The 2019 East Texas State Fair is September 20th - 29th

What time is the fair open?

The fair is open to the public Monday - Friday from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Food vendors are open for lunch on weekdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (free admission).

How much does it cost?

Tickets are $10 for adults (13+) and $6 for kids (6-12). Children under 6 are FREE!

Are pets allowed?

No. Any animals other than registered livestock or service animals are not permitted.

Can we bring our own food or drinks?

No outside food or drinks are permitted.

When are the carnival rides open?

The carnival rides are open Monday - Friday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. *On the last day of the fair (Sunday) the carnival will close at 10:00 pm.

Is smoking permitted?

The Fair has a strict "no smoking" policy. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the fairgrounds.

Are licensed citizens permitted to carry a firearm?

While firearms are prohibited from entering the Fairgrounds, certain citizens licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (Handgun Licensing Law) will be permitted to carry a firearm in a concealed manner with a state-issued license-to-carry. The Fair, however, will not allow the open carry or open display of firearms and will post signs citing section 30.07 of the Texas penal code at all entrances.

Tickets & Wristbands

What days can I use a R-A-D Wristband?

Ride-All-Day Wristbands can be purchased and redeemed all day, any day.

When can I get in free?

You must purchase a ticket to attend the fair during operating hours. However, you may come for lunch Mon-Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm free of charge. While the fair doesn't begin until 2:00 pm on weekdays, most food vendors will be open and accessible for lunch.

When are discounted ticket packages available?

Discounted ticket packages are available online until midnight the night before the fair opens.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $10 for adults (13+) and $6 for kids (6-12). Children under 6 are FREE!

Where do I get tickets?

You may purchase tickets from the ticket booths at either entrance on the day of the event. Or, you can purchase tickets online. Discounted ticket packages are available online prior to the event.


Are you open for lunch during weekdays?

Most food vendors are open for lunch and there is no admission fee until 2:00 pm on weekdays.


How do I become a volunteer?

An online form is available for you to register your interest in volunteering during the Fair. You will be contacted by the appropriate person if volunteer needs matching your interest are available. Some training may be needed for some volunteer areas.
You can find the Volunteer Form and other volunteer information on the Volunteer Page:

Competitive Events

How do I enter any of the Competitive Events at the Fair?

Each contest has its own page on the website and contains information about deadlines for registration, dates to submit entries, rules and other information about each contest.

What are the different contests that I can enter at the Fair?

There are several contests which are open to both adults and youth. They are Creative Arts, Horticulture, and Photography. Find out more about each of these on their individual pages under Get Involved, then Competitive Events.
Other contests are just for Youth and may have age restrictions. These include the Pasture & Wildlife Plant Identification Contest and the Public Speaking Contest. Learn more about these on their individual pages, under Get Involved, then Competitive Events..

Can I win money by entering things in contests at the Fair?

Every contest has its own set of rules and awards. For specifics, see the individual contest pages.
Creative Arts and Photography do have some premium money for awards, but not necessarily in all classes or categories.

Where can I see things entered in contests?

Entries for different contests are in various places on the Fairgrounds.
Creative Arts entries are displayed in Building A for the entire 10 days.
Horticulture entries are on display in Harvey Convention Center South Hall during the last 3 days of the Fair.
Photography entries are on display in Harvey Convention Center South Hall for the entire 10 days.
The Pasture & Wildlife Plant Identification Contest and Public Speaking contest occur on the first Friday and first Saturday of the Fair. They are primarily closed to the public while they occur, but results are posted online after the contests.


When can I see animals in the barns?

We are constantly changing animals. Depending on the type of animal you would like to see, check the livestock schedule to see what we will have in the barns. There are a few nights there will not be any animals due to cleaning of the barns for more animals to come in.

Can I pet the animals in the barns?

For your safety, these animals are not be to petted. Only the animals in the designated petting zoo may be petted.

Can I feed the animals in the barns?

No. These are show animals and are on strict diets. However, you may feed the animals in the Petting Zoo.

What precautions should I take in the barns and after leaving the barns?

Children should be supervised at all times. Avoid animals when they are being walked. Use caution around animals. Please do not startle the animals or approach an animal without permission from it's caretaker. Please do not bring strollers into barns. Wash hands with soap and warm water after leaving any animal facility.

Educational Fun

What educational activities are available during the Fair?

Discovery Texas is presented each year during the Fair through cooperation with several businesses and organizations. The 15,000 square foot discovery center offers a unique educational opportunity to help students relate the foods, fibers, and other products they use each day to the industry that produces them with information about science and technology involved. The exhibit is open 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Tours are available for school groups on weekdays during the Fair. Go to the Discovery Texas page to complete an online registration form to register a group to attend.
Other educational attractions change from year to year.


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