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General Fair Questions

What is the price for gate admission?

Gate Admission Fees:

$9.00 Adult Gate Admission (13 years and older)
$4.00 Youth Gate Admission (6 - 12 years)
FREE Children (5 years and under)

Are dogs permitted on the fairgrounds?

Trained service animals only are welcomed inside the Delaware State Fairgrounds during the ten days of Fair.

Can I rent a wheelchair or ECV for use in the Delaware State Fairgrounds?

Yes - stroller & wheelchair rental equipment may be found inside the Main Gate entrance beginning at 11:00 am. For patrons in need of a stroller or wheelchair, they are located near the main gate for a moderate charge by Mobility Concepts
Electric Scooter/Wheelchair/Stroller Rental information

Available through Mobility Concepts located just inside the Main Gate

Electric Scooter - $40.00/day*
Wheelchair - $15.00/day
Child Transport - $10.00/day (single, double or wagon)

*Rebate calculated for short term rental (less than 4 hours)
Major Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations can be made online: www.MobilityConceptsLLC.com

Mailing Address for Delaware State Fair

Delaware State Fair
P.O. Box 28
Harrington, DE 19952
(302) 398-3269

Delivery Address for Delaware State Fair

Delivery Address
Delaware State Fair
18500 S. DuPont Hwy.
Harrington, DE 19952


Wade Shows (Carnival) - applicant should contact Wade Shows’ office on carnival lot.

Delaware State Fair Concessions - applicant should contact concessionaire directly about possible jobs.

Delaware State Fair - applicant should attend the Annual Job Fair. Please visit the "About Us" page and select "Employment" for the Job Fair Date and more information.

What are the hours of operations?

Admission gates open:
7/20 open at 12:00 noon - 11:00 pm
7/21 - 7/29 daily at 8:00 am - 11:00 pm


A handicap accessible shuttle is available to carry passengers from the Main South parking area (Orange Parking Lot) to the main front Gate 1. Guests needing to ride event parking shuttles must board the shuttles at a designated shuttle stop located throughout the Orange Parking Lot.

Delmarva Power’s First Aid Station
The First Aid Station is available for the treatment of minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. Please dial 911 for an emergency.
The Delmarva Power's First Aid Station also provides nursing mothers with a quiet, air conditioned area to breastfeed their baby or manually pump breast milk.

Atlantic Aluminum’s Lost Children Station
Reunites guardians with their children, under the direction of the police officials.

Procter & Gamble’s Baby Changing Area
Changing tables can be found in most restrooms and the Convenience Station at the main gate.

Fair Information
To obtain general Fair information, call the automated hotline at (302) 398-3269, Monday – Friday (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for details on attractions, shows, events, and schedules.
Other questions? Visit the Delaware State Fair Contact page.

What are hotel and lodging options near the Delaware State Fairgrounds?

There are a variety of options as far as hotel and lodging in the area. Please visit the "Info" page and select "About the Area" for a list of hotels in the surrounding areas.

How can I go about purchasing group tickets for adult gate admission?

Please contact the Box Office at 302-398-5020. Groups of 20 or more may purchase group tickets and save $2 off each adult ticket.

How can I save money at the Delaware State Fair?

Pepsi Day: Present a specially marked Pepsi can on Friday, July 21, 2017 to receive $2 off of one (1) adult gate admission.

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day: Presented by Food Lion, Hunger Relief day allows free gate admission to persons bringing in 5 Food Lion brand non-perishable food items on Monday, July 24, 2017. All canned goods benefit the local Food Bank of Delaware.

Senior Citizen Day: FREE admission for individuals 60 years and older on Monday, July 24 and Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Kids' Day: This special day is geared towards youth and fun! Find tons of exciting things to do, compete in, and see throughout the day! Youth aged 12 and under get in free on Tuesday, July 25, 2017!

Armed Forces Day: Celebrate and support our Armed Forces on this special day. Free Gate Admission is available to all with a valid Military ID (ages 13 and up) on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Governor's Day: The Governor visits the Fair, along with Ms. Delaware and many more local celebrities. Check out the many events and exciting things to see and do on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

3 Day Gate Admission Pass: Beat the lines and save when you order a 3-Day Gate Admission Pass online for $18.50.

Walgreens Promotion: Buy advance discount tickets at any Walgreens location listed below and save $5 off Unlimited Ride Wristbands and save $2 off Adult Gate Admission.

Where is Handicap Parking?

Handicap Parking can be found behind the Administration building in the fenced in blacktop lot. Please use the main fair entrance off of South DuPont Hwy to access the Handicap Parking Area. Guests needing to park in the handicap parking lot must present proper Parking Credentials to parking staff prior to parking in lot. Guests parking in the main general parking areas have the option to ride a handicap accessible shuttle but must board at a designated shuttle top located in the Orange Parking Lot.

What Grounds Entertainment options are there?

Check out our Entertainment & Visitor's Guide to see what we have to offer this year.

M&T Bank Grandstand Questions

Accessible Seating

People using wheelchairs may enter by way of track or M&T Bank Grandstand entrances. For further information, call (302) 398-5020.

Admission to the Fair

Everyone entering the fairgrounds must present a valid ticket of admission, including those attending Grandstand concerts. Concert tickets do not include admission to the fair.

Box Office

During the ten days of Fair - Hours are: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Ticket Office Toll Free Number: 1-800-514-3849
Ticket Office Phone Number: (302) 398-5020

Cameras and Recording Devices

Still photography, audio and video recording equipment is not allowed in the Grandstand.


ATM's are available throughout the grounds.

Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby
J&J Demo Derbies 610-926-0224

Information packs available in Fair office (closer to fair).
Drivers must register at the track on the day of the derby.


Weather permitting, fireworks will follow two of our Grandstand shows. Dates COMING SOON. Starting times vary, but most fireworks begin around 10:15PM. For your safety, please remain seated during the fireworks.

First Aid

Minor injuries and ailments are treated at the First Aid station located at the base of the M&T Bank Grandstand. In the event of serious illness or injury, please dial 911.

Food, Drink and Artist Merchandise

Drinks, beer and artist merchandise are available for purchase within the Grandstand venue. Beer will be served until the headline artist takes the stage. IDs will be checked for beer sales. Coolers are not allowed.

Grandstand Entrances

Grandstand and Clubhouse ticket holders may enter the seating area through the main doors of the M&T Bank Grandstand. Stadium and Track ticket holders may enter the venue on the East side of the M&T Bank Grandstand. All patrons are subject to search. (Wheelchair patrons see “Accessible Seating.”)


Tickets for Grandstand events and gate admission are non-refundable. Questions should be directed to the Delaware State Fair Box Office (302) 398-5020.

Reserved Seats

All paid Grandstand show seating is reserved, unless advertised as general admission. Seating consists of plaza seats.


Restrooms are available throughout the grounds

Secondary Ticket Market

Consumer Warning – The Delaware State Fair uses bar code scanning for Grandstand ticket admissions. As a result, fans should be careful when purchasing tickets and make certain the seller is a Delaware State Fair licensed ticketing agent.

Etix is the ONLY authorized ticketing agent outside of the Delaware State Fair Box Office. If you purchase tickets from an unauthorized agent in the secondary market (scalper, ticket broker, eBay, Stubhub, Craigslist, etc.), you risk purchasing counterfeit or invalid tickets which may result in refusal of admission.

Sign Language Interpreters

Sign language interpreters are available upon request for all paid Grandstand shows with 14 days notice required. Please call (302) 398-5020 or email ticketoffice@thestatefair.net to request an interpreter.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in the M&T Bank Grandstand seating areas. Smoking is allowed outside the venue. Ask any usher for further direction.

Ticket Stubs

All patrons must be prepared to produce ticket stubs at the request of State Fair personnel. Please retain stubs until the conclusion of the performance.

Video Screens

LED screens will be utilized on both sides of the stage.


All concerts are rain or shine, unless there are severe weather warnings and/or the threat of lightning in the area. We suggest ponchos for rainy weather; umbrellas are not permitted. (The decision to cancel a concert due to severe weather is rarely made in advance as weather conditions rapidly change, a concert cancellation is a last resort, and made at the very last minute. Notifications will be posted on the Fair’s webpage, Facebook, Twitter, our mobile application, and on the fairgrounds. If the headliner performs there will be no refunds.

Who Needs a Ticket

Anyone entering the M&T Bank Grandstand must have a ticket regardless of age. Children must have a ticket and are not permitted to sit on an adults lap.

Will Call Information and Policies

Will Call is located at the base of the M&T Bank Grandstand. Will Call windows open the day of the scheduled event and will generally remain open until the start of the headliner’s performance.

Will Call tickets will only be released to the person whose name appears on the Will Call envelope or whose name was provided in the sales transaction. No person will be given tickets designated for another person without prior authorization. Proper photo identification is required (valid driver's license or passport) in order to claim your tickets. A signature from the person authorized to pick up the order will be obtained at the time tickets are claimed. Signatures will remain on file for future reference. Should a name change be necessary, please call the Delaware State Fair Box Office for further information at (302) 398-5020.

Carnival Questions

What time does the Carnival (Wade Shows) open?

Carnival opens:
7/20 open at 5:00 pm
7/21 - 7/29 daily at 1:00 pm

Who is the Carnival Provider for the 2017 Fair?

Lined with landscaped rest areas, hand washing stations and many little extras that make our guests smile, Wade Shows is North America's premier carnival company bringing thrilling rides, games and attractions of unparalleled quality, presented in an amusement park-like setting!

Can I purchase an Any-Day ride wristband?

Weekday and Any-Day Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available to purchase online or may be purchased onsite at the carnival midway.

How much are the Unlimited Ride Wristbands?

Any-Day Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $25.00

Weekday Unlimited Ride Wristband are $22.00
Advance Weekday Unlimited Ride Wristband are $22.00 - buy a weekday wristband online before the start of fair and save $5.00

How much is a single ride ticket?

A single ticket cost $1.25. Rides (Each ride takes 2 to 6 tickets)
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