August 23 - September 1, 2024




Please read our complete policy here.

Note: Exceptions include diaper bags and bags containing essential medical equipment.

Visit for schedule and route information. The #2 Essex Junction bus stops right at the Fair!

There is no charge for handicap parking. Handicap parking is located at the Red Gate – parking attendants will guide you. You must have an official handicapped parking permit.

Strollers and wheelchairs (regular & motorized) are available to rent adjacent to Red Gate near Expo Plaza. Scootaround is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental service for the Champlain Valley Fair. You can find pricing and reserve your exclusive scooter or wheelchair by going to this website:

**Please note that once an event has started, no further pre-reservations will be available. You can see the attendant at the booth during the Fair to book a walk-up rental.

Handicapped accessible restrooms are available; locations are listed in the Fair program.

Yes – a free comfort station is located in the State Building near the center of the Fairgrounds.

No, all attendees of the Fair must have a ticket.

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.

 The following COVID-19 Guidelines are in place. Please note, these guidelines could change.

  1. The safety of our fairgoers, volunteers, and staff remains paramount to our decision making. All state, federal, and CDC guidelines will continue to be followed. 
  2. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccine status, we ask that you do not attend the Fair until you have a negative test.
  3. The Champlain Valley Fair will not institute any limits on attendance at a given time.
  4. Face coverings will not be required for fair guests but are strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated.
  5. Proof of vaccination will not be required for fairgoers, volunteers, staff, or vendors. However, we strongly encourage all those who are eligible to be fully vaccinated.
  6. Cleaning and sanitization measures will adhere to federal and state guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be provided at locations throughout the fairgrounds.

Grandstand Concerts

  • Concerts are held rain or shine.
  • CVE maintains contact with the weather service at all times for the safety of all patrons.
  • A concert would not be cancelled or delayed for rain.  A concert would only be cancelled if the weather was a safety concern (lightning) and would be delayed before being cancelled.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed; feel free to bring other rain gear.
  • While some seats at the very back of the Grandstand have partial coverage, most areas are uncovered.

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.

All concert attendees must have a ticket, no matter what age.

Hotels & Camping

A variety of lodging options are available in the greater Burlington area. If you go to, type in ‘Champlain Valley Exposition’, and search ‘Nearby’ you can find the closest available hotels and motels. 

Yes! CVE offers camping conveniently located on the Fairgrounds.

Book your spot at 


call: (802) 355-4572


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.

Pricing & Hours

Opening Friday: 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

The rest of the Fair: 12 noon to 11:00 PM

Visit 2024 Daily Specials for information on ways to save.

Yes – vendors accept both cash and cards.

Yes, parking is $5 per vehicle, cash only.

How to:

Click the link to find out how you can become a vendor or concessionaire at the Champlain Valley Fair!

Contact the Superintendent of the Fair department you are interested in working for directly to learn about employment opportunities. Contact info here

You can also find information under Employment Opportunities

All lost items are turned over to the Champlain Valley Exposition. You can contact us by calling 802-878-5545 or emailing

Prohibited Items

  • No coolers please
  • A large selection of food & beverages are available at the Fair – download our app to see a continuously updated list!
  • Exceptions are made for those with special dietary needs
No outside alcohol is allowed – beer, wine and a limited menu of cocktails are available in designated locations.
Firearms are not allowed on the Fairgrounds at any time!

Smoking is not permitted inside buildings.

Smoking outside is permitted ONLY in designated areas.  Please pick up a Fair Fun Guide when arriving on the grounds or ask for directions.

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