Save Money on State Fair of Virginia Tickets

This information is from the 2010 State Fair season.

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The State Fair of Virginia is coming to the Meadow Event Park in Caroline, this September 23-October 3!

Fair pricing is a complex equation, affected by day of the week, time of day, age, whether you plan to ride the rides or not… Advance planning is your greatest ally in getting the most for your money at the fair!

Here are the base prices for a one day walk-around ticket, rides not included:

After 5 p.m. Monday – Friday……….$10
Any weekday Monday – Friday……….$13
Saturday or Sunday……………………$15

If you intend to visit the fair twice or more, spring for the Walk Around Season Pass, which is valid for entry all 11 days of the Fair’s run. Season passes do not include rides. And purchase it now, because the season pass is $23 in advance (through 5pm on 9/22).

Once the Fair is underway, the pass price increases to $30, but you can save $4 by picking up a coupon from a Union First Market Bank branch.

midway rides

The above options are just for entry into the fair; rides are another wrinkle in the calculations. Entry to rides requires tickets or a wristband, purchased separately. And the number of tickets required for rides varies from two to six apiece.

If you just can’t get enough carnival rides, the ride wristband option is probably the most economical; it allows for unlimited rides on the day of your visit, and is available for purchase at the fair

Ride Wristband (age 7-59) …………………..$21
Ride Wristband (age 3-6; 60+)………………$17
Ride Wristband (age 2 and under) ………….FREE

(So admission plus wristband would cost a grand total of $36 on a weekend)

If you don’t expect to ride more than 10 rides, consider the $30 Keep-it-Simple Combo Option: an advance combination package which includes a voucher for one gate admission ticket (including facility fee) plus 40 ride tickets. Redeem the voucher at any ticket booth in the Ticket Plaza during the Fair. The voucher is available at participating FasMart and Kroger locations statewide and on the State Fair website prior to close of business on September 22nd.

Want your tickets a la carte?
Individual Tickets …………………$1 each
25 Ride Tickets……………………$20
60 Ride Tickets **SPECIAL after 9pm on Friday**…………………….$20

So Friday night owls get a good deal – $10 fair admission after 5pm and 60 ride tickets for only $20 after 9pm.

Also, between September 15 and October 3, McDonald’s locations in Tidewater, Richmond, Charlottesville and Northern Virginia will have coupons available for 30 Ride Tickets for only $20 (so you get 5 extra tickets over buying without the coupon). Redeem the coupon at Ride Ticket booths at the Fair.

Yet a few more possibilities:

Become a fan of the State Fair on Facebook and enter the almost-daily contests for free tickets.

Homeschoolers can attend Homeschool Day at the Fair on September 27, with $6 youth and $11 adult walk around tickets

Members of the military with ID and their immediate families are eligible for a $3 discount on walk around ticket pricing. See website for more details about eligibility and ID requirements

If you’re heading to the fair, also check out the printable coupons available for merchandise and food discounts (PDF) – lots of $1 off and 10% off offers.

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    5 comments on “Save Money on State Fair of Virginia Tickets
    1. Mysty says:

      Just an FYI: the link for the State Fair on FB, isn’t working. Thanks for all of the research you did on saving money @ the State Fair. Seems to me like you may have a degree in State Fairology after all of the info. you shared with us. :D I appreciate it!!

    2. Alison says:

      Thanks for letting me know Mysty, I’ll fix it! Gotta admit, my head was kinda spinning after writing this :)

    3. Tammy says:

      Thanks for sharing. I want to take the grandkids and the ride thing is complicated. I can’t get the pdf for coupons to open.

    4. Dawn Seay says:

      i can’t seem to find these discount coupons i keep reading about. no fb page either? can someone help? thank you.

      • RichmondBargains says:

        Dawn -this info is from a previous year’s fair. On the right-hand side of this page under “You might be interested in” there is a link to my post about 2012 State Fair discounts

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