July 29th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

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The State Fair of Virginia returns September 25 through October 4; if you want a season pass for the fair, you can order one online through August 2 for $20 ($5 off regular online price). Use code FACEBOOK15:

    We are running a special season pass sale ONLY for our Facebook fans. Buy a season pass online NOW through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 2 and save $5 off the cost of a season pass. For just $20, you can visit the fair all 10 days! Passes are limited, so don’t wait. When checking out, use the code: FACEBOOK15 and be sure to hit enter so the $5 discount shows up. And, you can buy day passes and ride wristbands 5 days BEFORE anyone else! Regular online ticket sales begin Aug. 3. Use this link to purchase your tickets: http://bit.ly/1SLuI8x

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July 7th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

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The State Fair of Virginia returns to Meadow Event Park in Doswell this fall (September 26-October 5, 2014) and right now, Living Social has State Fair adult admission tickets for $6-$7 (regularly $12-$15)!

$6 ($12 value) for one general admission ticket for Monday through Thursday
$7 ($15 value) for one general admission ticket for Friday through Sunday
Rides are NOT included.

Fine print: This event is nonrefundable. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss an event. In the event of a cancellation, your voucher will be fully refunded • Limit 10 per purchaser • Each voucher is good for 1 person • Excludes rides • The deal is valid only for tickets on the date[s] of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates • Purchaser may change the name of the individual retrieving tickets up to 24 hours in advance of event via the LivingSocial website event details section; no name-changes or alternate pick-ups permitted without notice at venue • Entire value must be used in a single visit

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September 19th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


The State Fair of Virginia comes to Meadow Event Park September 27 – October 6. Find the schedule of daily events here. Parking is free. Some of the discounts require advance purchase, so plan accordingly!

Ticket discounts:

    If you’re attending one weekend day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) – Purchase tickets in advance at Martin’s or BB&T locations for $12 that are valid any day of the Fair. This will save you $3 over the weekend gate price of $15. Youth 5-12 are $10. Rides are not included.

    If you’re going on a weekday – No benefit to advance purchase, except avoiding potential tickets at the fair. Tickets are $12 at the gate, youth tickets are $8, rides not included.

    If you’re riding rides – The cheapest two days will be Tuesday, October 1 (unlimited ride wristband only $12) and Thursday, October 3 ($1 per ride, perfect if you only want to ride a few rides). At other times, unlimited ride wristbands are $21 and sheets of 25 tickets are $20 (each ride costs multiple tickets). So on Tuesday, you could get a general admission and unlimited rides for $24 total.

    If you’re going multiple days – Purchase a season pass in advance for $25 (though hopefully you got it for $20 when it was available earlier)

    If you are a family with two kids between the ages of 5 and 12 – Purchase a Family Fun Pack in advance (by 9/25) for $75 which includes 2 adult tickets, 2 youth tickets and 2 unlimited ride wristbands (saves $17 over weekend pricing, saves $7 on a weekday)

    Special cases – Military personnel with a current military ID receive free admission Wednesday, Oct. 2; others in party pay normal prices. Farm Bureau members can pick up coupons good for $4 off adult admissions and $2 off youth admission valid 9/30 to 10/3 at Farm Bureau offices

It doesn’t look like any daily deal bargains on tickets this year.

The State Fair has a bus making stops around town and giving out tickets to the first 100 people – check Facebook to see where it goes!

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August 11th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

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The State Fair of Virginia is offering its Facebook fans Season Passes for $20 (a $5 savings).

More details + link to purchase discounted State Fair of VA season pass

“A Season Pass is an admission ticket, for ages 5 and older (4 and under are free), good ALL 10 days of the State Fair of Virginia, September 27 through October 6. Your pass includes free parking, top-notch concerts, blue ribbon competitions, agriculture and consumer exhibits, parade and fireworks, plus priceless, lifetime memories with family and friends! Season passes are personalized tickets and non-transferable. Season passes do not include rides.”

This offer is for a limited time and limited quantities. Limit 6 discounted passes per transaction. Be prepared to show ID at the Fair gate with pass.

One-day adult tickets run $12-$15. More options for deals on State Fair of Virginia tickets and rides:

    Ticket Outlets
    Ticket outlet locations will be announced soon – please check back!
    The following will be available for purchase at outlets after Labor Day weekend (Outlet tickets are subject to availability).
    Unlimited Ride Wristband Voucher – $21 (good any one day, must be exchanged for wristband at ride ticket booths on Midway)
    Adult Admission Ticket – $12 (good any one day)
    Youth/Senior Admission Ticket – $8 (good any one day)

    Advance Sale Discounts
    Family Fun Pack (2 adult tickets, 2 youth tickets, 2 unlimited ride wristbands) – $75 (Available in advance only, through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25)
    Season Pass – $25 (Available in advance through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 25; gate price is $30)

    Unlimited Ride Wristband—$21 (every day except Tuesday, Oct. 1)
    Ride tickets – $1 each (every day)
    Ride ticket sheet of 25 tickets – $20 (every day)
    $12 Tuesday – $12 Unlimited Ride Wristband (available anytime on Tuesday only)
    Dollar Day Thursday – all rides $1 each (on Thursday, Oct. 3, only)

    Military Appreciation Day—Wednesday, Oct. 2
    Military personnel with a current military ID receive free admission on this day; others in party pay normal prices.

    Farm Bureau members
    Starting in September, Farm Bureau members can pick up coupons good for $4 off adult admissions and $2 off youth admission – good Monday, Sept. 30, through Thursday, Oct. 3 –at your (Virginia) county Farm Bureau office (maximum of 6 coupons and one parking pass per customer).

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September 25th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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Reminder: The State Fair of Virginia starts this Friday, September 28, 2012!

I have updated this State Fair discount post with a few more savings opportunities, including ride wristbands as low as $12 or tickets as low as $10.

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September 6th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(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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August 8th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

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*Tuesday 8/9/11 only, starting ~10am*

Facebook fans of the State Fair of Virginia can purchase a Walk Around Season Pass to this year’s Fair for just $11 (regularly $23 advance purchase, or $30 at the fair. A one-day pass is $13-$15!). Limit 6 per person, and limited quantities available.

This year’s State Fair will run from September 29 through October 9. The pass provides admission for all eleven days of the Fair (does not include rides)

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September 7th, 2010 by Alison

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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