FAQ’s

May I bring my dog to the fair?

For the safety of all fairgoers, no pets of any kind are allowed on the Midway, with the exception of service animals. On a limited basis, pets of participants are allowed in the Agricultural Area (the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show, for example). For their safety, animals left in vehicles will be reported.

Are camping spaces available at the fair?

Due to the limited number of camping sites at the fairgrounds, spaces are not available to the general public.  These sites are reserved for livestock exhibitors since they have animals in tow.  All leftover spaces are for vendors and attractions.

I would like to be a performer at your fair. How can I get hired?

To be a performer, sign up using the Music Form on our webpage here:  http://tnstatefair.org/music-form.  To apply for grounds entertainment, please visit this page: http://tnstatefair.org/ground-entertainment-acts.

Are Premium Books available this year?



Due to the high cost of printing and mailing, the Tennessee State Fair has now created an electronic premium book. Click here to visit the Competitions page and get a copy of the electronic book. A physical book will not be printed this year. If you are not able to download the PDF files on this site, you may request hard copies of certain competitions by calling 615-852-8997, or emailing us here. Please be sure to specify which competitions you would like and provide us with your full name and mailing address.

Why do I have to pay to get into the fair?

The Tennessee State Fair provides a wide variety of entertainment for fairgoers that is free after paid admission. This entertainment is paid for by admission proceeds and enhances the fair experience for those who attend. For more information on these activities, check out our Must-See Events and our Music page to learn about this year’s fair highlights. We will post a more detailed schedule closer to the start of the fair. Events listed are FREE with paid admission unless otherwise noted.

How can I work the fair?



2017 employment applications will be accepted on Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23 from 4 to 7 PM in Wilson Hall. Please bring a valid government issued ID & social security card.

Where do you get discount coupons for admission?



The Tennessee State Fair offers a variety of ways to receive great savings and coupons on the Fair. Check out our tickets page for all discount and promotional details.

Can I bring a cooler to the fair?

No coolers are allowed at the fair.

How much does it cost to get into the Fair?



Check out our ticket pricing here.

What days are field trips permitted?

Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 are our Field Trip Days. Monday, September 11 is open to high school students, while Tuesday, September 12 is open to middle and elementary school students.  The Midway will open early on these days only; normally it will open at 5 pm on weekdays. >> Sign up for a 2017 Field Trip Day

Tennessee State Fair Code of Conduct:

  • For your own health, wash hands after touching livestock or visiting barns.
  • Appropriate attire is required at all times. Shoes and shirt are required, no exposed underwear, vulgar or inappropriate clothing, gang clothing or signs.
  • No firearms or other weapons are allowed, regardless of whether bearer holds a concealed weapons permit; law enforcement officers on duty are excluded.
  • No disorderly, disruptive conduct or behavior that endangers others—skateboarding, radios, cat calls, profanity, etc.
  • No pets allowed in public areas except those that aid handicap.
  • Use trash receptacles.
  • This is a smoke-free facility.

This list is not all inclusive and may be modified at any time by management.