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.