Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions | Parking Questions | Handicap Access | Concerts | Food & Drink | Competitions
Lodging | Lost and Found | Wi-Fi | Do's and Don'ts

The Fair - When, Where and How Much?

  • What are the dates and the hours of the 2017 Champlain Valley Fair?
    • August 25 September 3 from 10:00 am Midnight daily, except Opening Day, Friday, August 25th, when the Fair opens at 3:00 pm. Buildings are open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily.
  • Where is the Fair located? Sheep
    • The Fairground is at 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT
    • There are multiple entrances for your convenience: Gate B on Pearl Street,
      Gates E and F on Rt. 2A.
  • How much does it cost to get into the Fair?
    • Gate admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and children under 5 yrs. are free
    • Weekdays of the Fair, after 6:00 pm admission is $6.00
  • How long do the carnival rides run?
    • The Midway rides and games open at 11:00 am and run until Midnight daily.
  • Are there any Midway specials?
    • A Pay-One-Price bracelet offers the best deal for $30 the wearer may ride from 11:00 am Midnight.
  • Any special discounts during the Fair?
    • There are a number of specials offered during the Fair Kids Day, Carload Day, Food Bank Day and Military Appreciation Day all offer discounts. More details on the pricing page, closer to the Fair..
  • Are there ATMs at the Fair?
    • ATMs are located in various convenient locations see the Fair map here
  • Do vendors take credit cards?
    • Some vendors take credit cards; however many food vendors operate on a cash only basis

Parking & Transportation

  • Can I get public transportation to the Fair?
    • CCTA bus service is available call 864-CCTA for schedule and route information.
  • Is there a charge for parking?
    • Yes, parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Is there handicap parking and what does it cost?
    • Handicap drop-off and free parking is located at the Red Gate; parking attendants will guide you. You must have an official handicapped parking permit.
  • When can I park off-site?
    • Off-site parking is available (with shuttle service) only when all Fair parking lots are full.
  • Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair?
    • Strollers and wheelchairs (regular & motorized) are available to rent adjacent to Red Gate near Expo Plaza.

Handicap AccessibilityBarrel Racing

  • Are restrooms handicapped accessible?
    • Handicapped accessible restrooms are available; locations are listed in the Fair program.
  • Is there a Baby Comfort Station?
    • Yes a free comfort station is located in the State Building near the center of the Fairgrounds
  • Does my caretaker get into the Fair free?
    • No, all attendees of the Fair must have a ticket.


  • Can I bring a camera to a concert?
    • Some performers allow personal cameras for snapshots
    • Most performers do not allow professional level equipment (usually defined as having a removeable lens)
    • You may be asked to leave your camera in your car
  • What if it rains?
    • Concerts are held rain or shine.
    • CVE maintains contact with the weather service at all times for the safety of all patrons
  • Can I bring an umbrella?
    • Umbrellas are not allowed; feel free to bring other rain gear.
  • Can I bring my children to a concert?
    • All concert attendees must have a ticket, no matter what age.

Food & Drink

  • Can I bring food or drink into the Fair?
    • No coolers please
    • A large selection of food & beverages are available at the Fair
    • Exceptions are made for those with special dietary needs
  • Is alcohol permitted?
    • No outside alcohol is allowed beer, wine and a limited menu of cocktails are available in designated locations

Entries to Competitions

  • How can I enter a Fair competition?
    • Many Fair departments offer competitions and contests see our competition pages later this year for details
  • How can I become a vendor at the Fair?
    • Visit our About Us page to find out how you can become a vendor or concessionaire at the Champlain Valley Fair
  • Does the Fair offer employment?
    • Contact the Superintendent of the Fair department you are interested in working for directly to learn about employment opportunities


  • What types of lodging are close by?
    • A variety of lodging options are available in the greater Burlington area. We recomend staying at our partners listed on the Guest Information Page
  • Does the Fair offer camping?
    • Yes! CVE offers camping (tent & camper) conveniently located on the Fairgrounds - Reservation form can be found under camping.

Lost and Found

  • Who do I contact if I lost something at Fair?
    • All lost items are turned over to the Essex Junction Police who maintain a trailer on the Fairgrounds during the Fair. After the Fair, call the Essex Police at (802) 878-8331


  • Is WIFI available at the Fair?
    • Yes, we do offer wi-fi and there is a small fee for use.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Are firearms allowed?
    • Firearms are not allowed on the Fairgrounds at any time
  • Are pets allowed?
    • No pets are allowed except for service animals, defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities
  • Is it OK to smoke on the Fairgrounds?
    • Smoking is not permitted in buildings or outside except in designated areas.
    • Smoking tents are located in several locations listed in the Fair Program.