State Fair of Virginia Discounts 2012

(View from the Ferris Wheel at last year’s State Fair)

As you have probably heard, the State Fair of Virginia declared bankruptcy and was bought by a new organization this year (Commonwealth Fair & Events), which has been rushing to get everything together to hold a fair in 2012.

The 2012 State Fair of Virginia will be held at Meadow Event Park again this year, from September 28 through October 7.

Ticket prices: (includes admission, concerts, exhibits and attractions, but no rides)

Weekday Admission

Monday-Friday Youth (5-12)—$8
Monday-Friday Adult (13 & Older)—$12
Monday-Friday Seniors (60 & Older)—$8
Monday-Friday Military (Military ID required)—$8

Weekend Admission

Saturday-Sunday Youth (5-12)—$10
Saturday-Sunday Adult (13 & Older)—$15
Saturday-Sunday Seniors (60 & Older)—$10
Saturday-Sunday Military (Military ID required)—$10

Note: Children 4 years old and younger admitted free.
Ride wristbands not included in admission price.
Not selling military discounts online.


Unlimited Ride Wristbands (All Ages)—$21


Last year, we benefited from a number of half-off State Fair deals, including season passes and daily tickets through Groupon.

I’ve been monitoring the Fair’s Facebook page and haven’t seen any indication that there might be similar savings this year. BUT, it’s probably worth waiting to buy tickets until just before the Fair starts, just in case.

So far, here are the discount options I’ve found:

    Discount code – Code “fun” entered when purchasing online saves you $2 off adult weekday or weekend admission

    Tickets and wristbands at Martin’s and BB&T – available now at Central Virginia BB&T branches and Martin’s Food Markets locations: Get adult admission tickets for only $12 and one-day unlimited ride wristbands for only $18

    $12 Tuesday – Come to the State Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and get your Unlimited Ride Wristband for only $12 (normally $21) with the purchase of a regular weekday general admission ticket (thanks Julia!) (wording sounds like it can’t be combined with online $2 off admission code)

    Family Fun Pack: – $68 ($14 savings during week, $24 savings on weekend) Available online until Oct. 5
    Family Fun Packs include: 2 Adult Admission, 2 Youth Admission and 2 Ride Wristbands

    Season Passes – Season passes are $25 online and $30 at the gate.

    HomeschoolersHomeschool Day is Monday, October 1. Homeschoolers can order tickets through HEAV by September 14. Tickets must be redeemed on Oct 1 between 10am and 1pm
    Students (preschool-grade 12): $6 each
    Adults (all other ages): $12 each (Note: cheaper to purchase with discount code mentioned above)
    Ride Wrist Band – $17 each if purchased in advance. You may request one (1) complimentary chaperone ticket for every eight (8) student tickets ordered on ONE order form

Also see my post from last year with suggestions for saving on food at the Fair!

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