Summer of Savings begins for State Fair admission, premium parking

state fair of virginiaSummer of Savings discounts on tickets to this year’s State Fair of Virginia are now available.

Purchases of advance online tickets from now through Aug. 31 offer the best savings of the season. Adult online tickets are just $10, and child/senior/military ticket prices during the Summer of Savings offer are just $7. This is a $5 discount off the regular gate admission price of $15 for adults and $12 for child/senior/military. Military discount admission is for active-duty service members and retirees with a current military ID. The discount does not apply to others in service members’ and retirees’ parties.

Also available are season passes for those who like to visit more than one day. Season passes, which are good for admission all 10 days of the fair, are $35 during the Summer of Savings.

Advance online prices go up Sept. 1. Season passes will be $40, adult tickets will be $13 and child/senior/military will be $10. So now is the time to buy!

During the Summer of Savings window, unlimited ride wristbands also are a bargain. Guests can save 33 percent by purchasing the wristbands between July 16 and Aug. 31. During that time the bands cost $17 instead of the regular $25 price.

“We hope fairgoers will take advantage of this special Summer of Savings discount. It really is a good deal and offers the most economical way for families or individuals to visit the fair,” said Marlene Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “We’re also pleased to once again offer premium parking for customers who want the convenience of parking on the north side of state Route 30, on asphalt.”

For those who want to park close-by, the fair is offering premium parking passes to the first 300 guests daily. Premium parking passes can be purchased online for $15 and must be ordered one week in advance of a visit. They are valid only on the day for which they were purchased.

Admission tickets include all musical entertainment, as well as grounds attractions and roving performers. This year’s concert lineup includes American Idol alumnus Scotty McCreery. His debut studio album was certified platinum, and his newest single, Five More Minutes, topped Country Billboard charts this year.

Also on the musical lineup is gospel singer and seven-time Grammy nominee Natalie Grant. Other entertainers include country singers Craig Campbell, Chris Lane, Dylan Scott and Trent Harmon, another American Idol alumnus. All of the 2018 fair’s Main Stage concerts are presented by Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance.

For an additional $10 fee, fans who want to watch their favorite performers up-close and personal can buy tickets for Blue Ribbon Seating near the stage. The seats are general admission.

Discount pricing for large groups also is available. For information on the fair’s group sales program for parties of 20 or more, call 804-994-2891 or email groupsales@statefairva.org.

The 2018 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.


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