The State Fair of Virginia returns to Meadow Event Park in Doswell this fall (September 26-October 5, 2014). This post will be updated as offers expire and if additional discounts become available.
Reminder: if you’re just going on one weekday, snag this Living Social ticket deal for State Fair VA tickets right now! Adult admission for just $6, plus
use code AUG15OFF to save an extra 15%! Code expires 8/11. (Rides not included; the weekend admission offer is sold out)
Free tickets? The State Fair bus “Ginny” travels the area giving out tickets – check Facebook to see where it goes
Ride tickets and wristbands may be purchased at Ride Ticket Booths within the fair, in the Midway and Kidway areas. There are no ride offers available in advance.
• NEW DISCOUNT: Unlimited Ride Wristbands (Monday through Thursday) – $15
• Unlimited Ride Wristbands (Friday through Sunday) – $21
• Ride tickets – $1 each (every day)*
• Ride ticket sheet of 25 tickets – $20 (every day)
*Each ride requires 3-6 individual ride tickets.
Advance Online Savings (Aug. 11 through Sept. 23)
Adults – $12
Youth 5-12 – $8
Seniors 60+ – $8
Military – $8 (active-duty service members and retirees with current military ID; not applicable for others in party)
Advance-purchase tickets may be used any one day of the fair’s 10-day run!
General Admission Pricing
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Adults (one-day tickets) – $15
Youth 5-12 (one-day tickets) – $10
Seniors 60+ — (one-day tickets) – $10
Military (one-day tickets) – $10 (only active-duty service members and retirees with current military ID; not applicable for others in party.)
Children 4 and younger admitted FREE with paid adult admission
Monday through Thursday
Adults (one-day tickets) – $12
Youth 5-12 (one-day tickets) – $8
Seniors 60+ — (one-day tickets) – $8
Military (one-day tickets) – $8 (active-duty service members and retirees with current military ID; not applicable for others in party.)
Children 4 and younger admitted FREE with paid adult admission
State Fair of Virginia Season Passes are on sale today for $20 ($5 off the regular advance price of $25; $30 at the gate) – Go here and use code Fan2014 by 11:59 p.m. tonight, August 10, 2014. (Rides not included)
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.
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
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:
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.
Homeschoolers – Homeschool 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!
*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)
This information is from the 2010 State Fair season.
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.
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.