The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. places safety & security as its top priority. As such, we regularly review our protocols, in consultation with police and security personnel, to align with industry best practices and recommend adjustments based on data and trends.
In 2022, a statistically significant percentage of misconduct and incidents were perpetrated by minors, after 6pm.
With this data point in mind, the following adjustment to our Guest Code of Conduct will be in effect for the 2023 State Fair:
- Fairgoers under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or chaperone (age 21+) to enter the Maryland State Fair starting at 6PM daily.
- Each adult may chaperone up to six (6) individuals.
- Individuals eighteen (18) years or over may be asked to show a valid driver’s license for proof of age for entrance. Young adults without a valid driver’s license or accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or chaperone will not be admitted after 6PM.
- This does not apply to group outings or those participating in competitions where existing chaperone procedures are in place. Such as 4-H or FFA participants.