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General Information and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend the Fair?
Kids 5 – 12: $7 every day
Adults 13 & up: $7 Mon. – Thurs.
                             $10 Fri. – Sun.

Are pets allowed at the Colorado State Fair?
No pets are allowed on the Colorado State Fairgrounds with the exception of seeing-eye dogs or animals competing at the Fair.
 
Where can I get information about any of the parades?
You can get all the information about the Colorado State Fair Parade, the Kids Day Parade and the Fiesta Day Parade by clicking HERE.

Can I rent strollers or wheelchairs? What is the cost and where?
Yes, they are available at Gates 5 (Prairie St.) and 9 (Beulah St.). A valid ID is required for rentals.
   Wheelchairs* $15
   Fun Rider Strollers $10
   Double Strollers $15
   Wagons $15
   Electric Scooters* $50 for a full day or $35 for 4 hours
   Jogger Stroller - $15
(* Wheel chair weight limit is 250 pounds. * Scooter weight limit is 450 pounds.)

Do you take checks or credit cards at the gate or carnival?
The Colorado State Fair does not accept any checks at all. Cash, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted. ATM machines are also located throughout the grounds.

What are the hours of operation for the Fair?
   Grounds: 
               Mon.-Thurs.............................12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
               Fr.i-Sun. & Labor Day............10 a.m.-11 p.m.
   Creative Arts Building
               Daily.......................................10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
   Cultural Heritage
               Mon. - Thurs......................... 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
   Club Energy at Cultural Heritage Building
               Fri. – Sun & Labor Day........noon - 10 p.m.
               Mon – Thurs. .........................4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
   Exhibit halls
               Daily........................................10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
   Fine Arts Building
               Daily........................................10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
   Small Animal Building
               Daily........................................ 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
   Palace of Agriculture
               Mon. – Thurs..........................Noon - 10 p.m.
               Fri. – Sun. & Labor Day .......10a.m.- 10 p.m.
   Agricultural Pavilion
               Daily........................................ 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
   Carnival 
               Mon. – Thurs.......................... 2 p.m. – Midnight
               Fri. - Sun & Labor Day......... Noon – Midnight
   Kiddie Land Carnival Rides
               Daily .........................................10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

What are the hours of the carnival?
Mon. – Thurs.................................... 2 p.m. – midnight
Friday - Sun & Labor Day.............. Noon – midnight
Kiddie Land Carnival Rides......10 a.m. - 11pm
 
What does the carnival cost?
Mega Ride Pass: $90
Unlimited-Rides Wristbands: $30* (*May exclude some rides)
Ride Tickets: $1 each
Cost of each ride, in tickets, varies.

How tall do you have to be to ride the Carnival rides?
There are several height limits. In general, children under 36 inches can't ride anything but the carousel (with an adult) or the Kiddie Train (can ride alone).
Also, no wrist bands will be sold for people under 36 inches because it is not a good value for them.
There are about eight rides for children 36 inches to 42 inches tall.
Many rides are available for people more than 42 inches tall BUT most of the rides that involve extreme movement such as spinning or going upside down are limited to people 52 inches tall and taller.

If you aren't sure, the best thing to do before buying wrist-bands is to walk around and look at the rides you or your children want to ride and see if it is possible.

How do I buy tickets to an event being held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds?
Event tickets may be purchased at the Fair's Box Office, any Altitude Tickets outlet OR by clicking here.
Altitude Tickets contact phone number is 1-866-461-6556

What are the discount days for the Colorado State Fair?
To find out about the deals and discounts available for the Fair, click here.

How do I buy the Mega Pass for rides?
You can buy them at the Box Office or through Altitudetickets.com here.

Is there a State Fair Shuttle & Courtesy Tram this year?
Yes, the State Fair Shuttle, presented by Parkview Hospital and Pueblo Transit, runs every 15 minutes. The shuttle departs from the city’s Main Street parking garage at 110 S. Main Street and arrives at the State Fair’s main gate on Beulah Avenue.
To see a map to the Main Street parking garage, click HERE.
The cost is $1 per person ($2 round-trip) for everyone 7 years old and older, each way.
   Shuttle service hours:
      - Monday-Thursday noon to midnight
      - Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
      - Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight
For information, call (719) 553-2727.
 Courtesy carts are also available to transport Fairgoers from the South parking lot to Gates 3 (Carnival gate) or Gate 4 (Prairie Gate) of the Fairgrounds. 

Where is the handicapped-access parking?
Handicapped access to the Fairgrounds is available from designated parking areas along Beulah and Arroyo avenues.
These are clearly marked and are near the main gate entrances.

How do I enter any of the parades?
The State Fair Parade is coordinated by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Contact them at (719) 542-1704.
The Kids Day Parade, is coordinated by the Mesa Junction Merchants Association. For information on entering, contact
John Carleo at jcar446@socolo.net or by calling (719) 252-0976.
The Fiesta Day Parade, is coordinated by the Fiesta Day Committee. For information on entering, contact the committee at
parade@fiestacommittee.org. Out-of-town participants may call (719) 778-4350.

Can I bring food or drinks into the Fair?
No, outside food or drink are not allowed. No coolers are allowed. Exceptions are made for medical conditions.

Where is a hotel nearby?
For a list of hotels, click here.

Can I smoke on the fairgrounds?
Smoking of any sort is prohibited in buildings per state law. Smoking includes e-cigarettes, joints, cigarettes, pipes, cigars etc. Please note, consumption of cannabis in public is illegal. 
 
How do I get a refund from the cashless card used last year? 
If you need information about a refund from your Cashless card from the 2013 Fair, click here. There will be NO Cashless cards at the 2014 Fair. You can use cash for all payments at this year's Fair.