FAIR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the theme for the 2021 State Fair?
"Your Passport to Summer Fun"
What are the hours of operation?
Thursday July 22nd gates will open at 12 Noon
July 23rd - 31st gates will open at 8am. Please note that Food Vendors, most buildings and grounds entertainment will begin after 11am. Livestock buildings and some livestock shows will begin after 8am.
What is the price of gate admission?
Gate Admission Fees:
Adults (13+): $9.00 online ($9.50)
Youth (6 -12 years of age): $4.00 online ($4.50)
Child (5 and under) receive FREE gate admission
5 Day Adult Gate Admission Pass – Beat the lines and save when you order a 5-Day Adult Gate Admission Pass! Ages 13 & Up $30 + .50 online convenience fee
A savings of almost $15.00 over the cost of 5 separate Adult One Day Online Gate Admissions. One adult will be admitted on any 5 separate days using the ADULT 5 DAY PASS GATE ADMISSION. Cannot be used to admit more than 1 adult on the same day.
What are the dates of the 2021 State Fair?
Thursday, July 22nd through Saturday, July 31st
Open every day! (Weather permitting)
How can I save money at the Delaware State Fair?
Promotional days present a great opportunity for individuals to save money. Click link to see a complete list of Promotional Days available for the 2021 Delaware State Fair.
How much is parking?
FREE! We do offer VIP PARKING for guests looking to park near the main gate. Visit the link for more details and pricing.
What services are available to Handicapped guests?
1. 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 (GPS address: 18500 S. 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/Purple Parking Lot. Proper display of handicapped parking permits with tags must be displayed in order to access the handicap parking lot. In the event the handicapped parking lot is full or at capacity, there is an identified drop off area within the handicap parking lot and next to the main gate. After dropping off the handicap patrons, the driver will be directed to the general parking area where a handicapped accessible shuttle will be available to transport them to the front gate
2. An ADA wheel chair accessible shuttle is available onsite and servises the east side of the fairgrounds stopping at all shuttle stops identified on the fairgeounds map located in the Daily Schedule.
3. Family ADA Restroom are located next to the Grove Restrooms located on the Northern part of the fairgrounds next to the Department of Agriculture and DNREC Buildings. Private rooms feature air conditioning, additional needed space, sinks, baby changing tables, and showers. Accessible stalls have been identified in all restrooms throughout the fairgrounds.
4. Service Animals – ADA identified and compliant service animals are always welcome to the Delaware State Fairgrounds.
5. Rentals – Wheelchair & power mobility devices are available to rent near the main gate.
6. M&T Bank Grandstand Shows Accessible Seating – Handicapped patrons wanting to utilize wheelchairs may enter by way of track or M&T Bank Grandstand entrances. ADA Seating (including companion requests) can be requested from the box office at (302) 398-5020.
7. Accessible Seating has been identified at all buildings that showcase entertainment or livestock shows. Please look for the identified signage or blue markings in seating areas.
Are dogs permitted on the fairgrounds?
Service animals, including service animals in training, are allowed onto the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Fair-goers are not allowed to bring pets or emotional support animals. Service animals are described as specially trained to perform a function or job for an owner with a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability. These working animals may provide the comfort of an emotional support animal, but they have been trained to complete certain tasks. Service animals are trained to help their owners deal with large crowds, loud or unexpected noises, as well as assist them during an unexpected emergency. Most importantly, service animals are offered legal protections through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An emotional support animal does not share those same legal protections. If an emotional support animal or pet were to bite another fair-goer, that animal’s owner will be held responsible, as could the Delaware State Fair for allowing a non-service animal on the grounds.
We want to keep everyone as safe as possible and that is why the Delaware State Fair does not allow pets or emotional support animals on the fairgrounds.
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
2021 Pricing - pricing may change for 2022
Electric Scooter/Wheelchair/Stroller Rental information
Available through Mobility Concepts located just inside the Main Gate
Electric Scooter – $45.00/day*
Wheelchair – $15.00/day
Child Transport – $15.00/day (single, double or wagon)
*Rebate calculated for short term rental (less than 4 hours)
Major Credit Cards Accepted
Mailing Address for Delaware State Fair
Delaware State Fair
P.O. Box 28
Harrington, DE 19952
Mailing Address for packages:
18500 S. DuPont Hwy
Harrington, DE 19952
The First Aid Station is available for the treatment of minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Please dial 911 for an emergency.
Nursing Mother's Area provides nursing mothers with a quiet, air-conditioned area to breastfeed their baby or manually pump breast milk, please visit the area next to the Grove Picnic Area.
Lost Children Station:
This is a designated area for children to be reunited with the family and may be found near the Main Gate (Gate 1) and is under the direction of the police officials.
Changing tables can be found in most restrooms and the Convenience Station at the main gate.
To obtain general Fair information, call the main office at (302) 398-3269, Monday – Friday (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for details on attractions, shows, events, and schedules please visit the Daily Schedule PDF found under Fair Time.
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.
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 (GPS address: 18500 S. 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 stop located in the Orange/Purple Parking Lot. Proper display of handicapped parking permits with tags must be displayed in order to access the handicap parking lot. In the event the handicapped parking lot is full or at capacity, the handicapped patrons will be directed to the general parking area where they may drop off their patrons and then park in the general parking area.
9 Ways to Be Prepared for a Great Day at the Delaware State Fair for our families and we have included additional information to help with special considerations for families affected by autism spectrum disorders or other disabilities. Thank you to the Autism Delaware staff for the help and continued support.
Planning ahead based on your child’s individual needs will help make it an awesome day at the fair!
1. Get the map of the state fair ahead of time so you can be familiar with the locations that you may want or need to access at the fair. If needed, identify areas that may work for a sensory-friendly break area for your child.
2. Planning to visit the rides, prior to purchasing your ride tickets or wristband, please visit the Wade Show’s Customer Service trailer, found at the base of the Giant Ferris Wheel, to request accommodations and information. Staff can help you identify areas, based on your child’s individual needs, that may meet your child’s needs for a sensory break. If possible please visit https://www.wadeshows.com/contact.asp and complete the contact form 36 hours prior to your visit in order to schedule an appointment so staff may review your information in advance. Appointments are best as staff are sometimes pulled in other areas and may not be immediately available.
3. Bring water or another refreshing drink and keep yourself and your child hydrated. It can be hot and dusty at the fair. You can bring in your own beverages, just no glass containers.
4. Plan ahead- think about your child’s individual needs and interests, and determine the best time to go to the fair (time of day- to accommodate naps, avoid the hottest part of the day or the fireworks; or which day of the week).
5. Plan ahead - think about your child’s individual needs and plan your fair day to incorporate his or her favorite activities when it will work best for him or her. (Should you visit your child’s favorite ride first, or in the middle, or last? Would your child do best with a snack after rides or before? etc).
6. Bring anything you need to support your child’s functional communication system (PECS, break cards, assistive technology, etc). If needed, consider asking school or therapists for specific PECS ahead of time to support fair activities (ferris wheel, funnel cake, etc)
7. Bring effective visual supports, positive reinforcement tangible items, or other supports that your child needs (countdown timer, visual timer, schedule board, tokens to earn rewards, first/then board, iPad in a protective case, noise-canceling headphones, etc)
8. Think about what supports work for your child in other new or similar situations and apply those same supports to your visit to the fair. Especially if visiting the fair for the first time, consider bringing a favorite toy or item to the fair for comfort.
9. Take your time, slow down to your child’s speed, and enjoy your day at the fair!
If you would like to talk to another parent of an individual who has enjoyed a fun day at the fair, call Autism Delaware’s family support staff! They have staff with real-life experience and can offer peer-to-peer support!
Are there ATMs available on the grounds?
ATM’s are available throughout the grounds.
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.
Restrooms are available throughout the fairgrounds and are handicap accessible - both permanent buildings featuring baby changing areas along with portable restrooms are located throughout.
Options for Nursing Mothers
The Nursing Mother's Area is located next to the Grove Restrooms located on the Northern part of the fairgrounds next to the Department of Agriculture and DNREC Buildings. Private rooms feature air conditioning, sinks, baby changing table and a comfortable rocking chair to help make the feeding procees comfortable for the mother and baby.
What time does the Carnival (Wade Shows) open?
7/22 open at 5:00 pm
7/23- 7/31 daily at 1:00 pm
Closing Time:The closing time is determined on a daily basis and based on weather and other factors, usually after 10 pm.
Who is the Carnival Provider for the 2021 Fair?
The Wade Shows. 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. Wristbands and Fair Pass Cards will be available online after May 1st, 2021.
Driving Directions to the Delaware State Fair
18500 S. DuPont Highway Harrington, DE 19952
From Wilmington / Philadelphia
Take I-95 South toward Baltimore.
Merge onto DE-1 South via exit number 4A toward Christiana / Mall Road (Portions toll).
Exit 97 to 13 SALISBURY / NORFOLK.
Bear left onto US Route 13 South; follow South toward Harrington.
After passing over DE-14, look for the fairgrounds on your right.
From Baltimore / Washington D.C.
Take US-50 East / US-301 North (Portions toll).
At the US-50 / US-301 split, bear right taking the US-50 East exit toward OCEAN CITY.
Turn left onto MD-404 East toward DENTON / REHOBOTH, continuing on to follow MD-404 East.
Take the MD-313 ramp toward DENTON / GREENSBORO.
Turn left onto MD-313 North. Turn right onto MD-317 East.
As you cross into Delaware, MD-317 becomes DE-14.
Continue to follow DE-14 East toward Harrington, and follow signs to the fairgrounds.
From Salisbury, MD
From US-50, take US-13 North.
Follow US-13 North through Laurel and Seaford.
Fairgrounds are located 4 miles north of Farmington on your left.
Turn left onto Tower Road and immediately right into the fairgrounds.
From DE Beaches
Follow DE-1 North toward Milford.
Turn left onto NE FRONT ST / NEW WHARF RD / DE-14 West.
Continue to follow DE-14 West.
At the intersection of DE-14 and US-13, turn left onto S. DUPONT HWY / US-13 South.
The fairgrounds will be located on your right