FAQs

COVID-19 Health and Safety Questions

The Oregon State Fair recognizes that COVID-19 is unpredictable, and, if the need arises, will comply if any health and safety protocols are issued by the State of Oregon, Marion County, or the City of Salem, should they impact this year’s Fair.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home from the Oregon State Fair, even if your symptoms are mild. If you were in contact with someone who’s sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home while you watch for symptoms.

Click for CDC Recommendations

Ticket Questions

Now through August 25, visit a participating Wilco store to buy your Adult Fair Admission for $8 and Child Fair Admission for $6 with no service charges, while supplies last! That'll save you $4 per ticket compared to Fair-time prices!

Plus, get one free Fair parking pass per family with any purchase at all participating Wilco Farm Stores.

Click here to find a store near you!

Official tickets to Oregon State Fair concerts, general admission, and carnival rides are ONLY available via oregonstatefair.org and through our ticket provider, Etix. Please beware of all unauthorized online ticketing websites attempting to sell bogus tickets that cannot be honored by the Oregon State Fair.

The only authorized retail store location to purchase is at Wilco Farm Stores, now through August 25. Click here to learn more.

Please click here for instructions on how to get your ticket confirmation e-mail re-sent from Etix.

Competition Questions

We have many competitions open in the Livestock department, including...

Small Animals

Beef

Dairy

Goat

Llama

Sheep

Swine

We have many competitions open in the Creative Living department, including...

Agriculture and Horticulture: Farm & Garden, Floral, and Honey

Crafts and Hobbies: Handcrafts, Paper Arts, Poetry, and Collectibles & Treasures

Culinary & Entertaining: Baked Foods, Preserved Foods, Decorated Cakes, and Decorated Tables and Trees

Textiles: Fiber Arts, Needlework & Clothing, and Quilting

Visual Arts: Calligraphy, Fine Art, and Photography

STEM: Building Blocks

We surveyed many of the County Fairs recently regarding their interest and ability to participate this year.  Unfortunately, the vast majority that we spoke with said that, due to staffing constraints still, they would not be able to support the program by producing their County talent show this summer. That said, we sincerely hope Oregon County Fairs can support their youth and work towards a return to the Oregon Fairs Talent Search Finals in the future.

Unfortunately, the Homebrew Beer competition will not occur in 2022. The Oregon State Fair appreciates your understanding and hopes to bring this beloved competition back in the future.

Unfortunately, the Amateur Wine competition will not occur in 2022. The Oregon State Fair appreciates your understanding and hopes to bring this beloved competition back in the future.

Concert Questions

Limited free concert seating in L.B. Amphitheater will be available to fairgoers on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. For guaranteed admission, we recommend you purchase a reserved ticket.

Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center policies are subject to change.

Lines for free seats form on either side of the L.B. Day Amphitheater, closest to the back (see below). Lines typically start to form and grow between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. Doors open at 6.

Limited free concert seating in L.B. Amphitheater will be available to fairgoers on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. For guaranteed admission, we recommend you purchase a reserved ticket.

Nelly will be Standing Room Only for tickets in the Black Section.

Here's the seating chart for all L.B. Day Amphitheater shows during the Columbia Bank Concert Series. 

Please note: For the Nelly show, the Black section in the front will be Standing Room Only (no chairs).

LB Day Amphitheater Seating Chart

Official tickets to Oregon State Fair concerts, general admission, and carnival rides are ONLY available via oregonstatefair.org and through our ticket provider, Etix. Please beware of all unauthorized online ticketing websites attempting to sell bogus tickets that cannot be honored by the Oregon State Fair.

The only authorized retail store location to purchase is at Wilco Farm Stores, now through August 25. Click here to learn more.

Please click here for instructions on how to get your ticket confirmation e-mail re-sent from Etix.

General Questions

You're in luck! We have all food vendors and a map of food locations available here.

 

Carnival Questions

The Carnival is opens at 11am daily, and closes when the Fair closes each night:

Friday & Saturday Carnival Hours: 11am - 11pm

Sunday - Thursday Carnival Hours: 11am - 10pm

If you bought an Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband, get ready to max out on thrills! Your ticket gives you Unlimited Carnival Rides, including 3 games and 1 medium drink in the carnival area, for one person, on any one day of the Fair. Redeem it inside the Fair at any Rainier Amusements Carnival Ticket Booth.

If you bought a 125 Ticket Carnival Pack, you can use your tickets on any carnival ride or carnival game you choose. Games range from 1-12 tickets each and rides range from 10-12 tickets each. Your ticket card doesn't expire and can be used on any day of the Fair. Redeem it inside the Fair at any Rainier Amusements Carnival Ticket Booth.

If you need to buy additional Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands, we recommend doing so by Thursday August 25. Prices rise on Friday August 26.

We cannot be responsible for the weather and therefore we do not offer refunds. Some rides may be closed if there are unsafe weather conditions.

We encourage you to wear closed toe shoes (some rides require it) and avoid wearing any loose clothing. It's also a good idea to pull long hair up into a ponytail.

Children under 2 are not permitted on any rides. Others must be personally responsible to be in good health and free of any conditions that may be aggravated by the rides. Some rides require a minimum height to ride - see them here.

Yes, every rider is required to have a ticket on each ride.

Check all rides to make sure you are tall enough. We post signs that have the height requirement and any specific guidelines at each attraction. For your safety, we strictly enforce these requirements. To view a list of height requirements for some of our attractions please see www.rainieramusements.com.

No, we do not have lockers and we encourage you to leave your belongings with a family or a friend as some rides do not allow you to take any items on. However, some rides you can leave your belonging on the deck of the ride but our ride operators are not responsible to watch your items as they are to watch the ride at all times.

All rides take between 10-12 tickets. All games take between 1-12 tickets.

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