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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed here are some commonly asked questions. After visiting this page, if you find that you’re still in need of information, please get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2024 Maryland State Fair is back for three weekends of fun! The dates are August 22-25, August 29- September 2, and September 5-8. 

Thursdays: 5pm-9pm
Fridays- Sundays: 9am – 9pm
Labor Day Monday: 9am-9pm
No gate admission after 9pm.

Buildings (except Exhibition Hall)
Thursdays: 5pm-8pm
Fridays- Sundays: 10am – 8pm
Labor Day Monday: 10am-8pm

Buildings (Exhibition Hall ONLY)
Thursdays: 5pm-9pm
Fridays- Sundays: 10am – 9pm
Labor Day Monday: 10am-9pm

Carnival Rides
Thursdays: 5pm-Close
Fridays- Sundays: 10am – Close
Labor Day Monday: 10am-Close

At the Gate
Adults (Ages 12-61): $15 each
Seniors (Age 62+): $12 each
Children (Ages 6-11): $10 each
Children (Ages 5 and under): Free

Online Admission Purchased in Advance
Adults (Ages 12-61): $12 each
Seniors (Age 62+): $10 each
Children (Ages 6-11): $7 each
Children (Ages 5 and under): Free

All rides are individually priced. Unlimited ride wristbands will be available during select days and times. More information will be available soon. 

There are several deals and discount days provided by our valuable sponsors. Please visit our Deals and Discounts Page for more information!

Yes! Wheelchairs and wagons may be rented from the rental station located near the Light Rail Entrance. Both motorized and manual wheelchairs are available for rent. Information about rentals can be found on the Mobility Scooters & Wagon Rentals page. 

Non-profits, government entities, and for-profit businesses may apply for vendor spaces online by visiting our vendor page

Sponsors play a vital role in supporting our mission of agricultural education and affordable family entertainment. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Volunteers and seasonal employees are a great asset and part of what makes the Fair such a success year after year. To learn more, visit the Employment page closer to the Fair for more information.

Seeing-eye and other service animals for the disabled are permitted. No other pets are allowed on the Fairgrounds. Pets are allowed in off-grounds parking/camping areas, but MUST be on leashes or otherwise confined at all times.

The Maryland State Fairgrounds is private property, owned by the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc. Guns and other weapons are prohibited during the annual Maryland State Fair and all guests must walk through security screening before entering the event.

FB/IG CONTEST RULES: The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S., where not prohibited by law, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. The Maryland State Fair has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant. All eligible entries received during the submission period, dictated within the contest post, will be gathered and winners will be chosen from randomly-selected, generated numbers. Ticketed prizes will either be delivered by mail to the participants’ provided address or the participant will be instructed to pick up the prize at the Will Call window located at the fairground entrance. This contest is not related, sponsored or affiliated with Facebook or Instagram in any way.


TWITTER CONTEST RULES: Twitter does not sponsor or endorse Sponsor or the Sweepstakes. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Twitter. By participating via the Twitter platform, participants are also subject to Twitter’s privacy policy and terms of use, which can be found at and

All information about entering an animal or item into the annual State Fair can be found here:


Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc., thank you for your contribution to our non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your generous gift will help us to provide agricultural education to youth and the public throughout Maryland and surrounding states, and to give support to the agriculture industry for its future. We could not continue our mission without you!

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