2023 Fair Info & Ticketing

2023 Opening Hours, General Information, Admissions.

General Information
September 8-16, 2023
Monday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm
Fridays: 4pm-11pm
Saturdays: 1pm-11pm
Sunday: 1pm-10pm
The Fairest of Them All!

New Memories Await You, September 8-16, 2023!

We are family friendly and safety is our #1 priority. Read below for some FAQ's
There is no re-entry or refunds
Parking lot shuttles are available on the weekends ONLY 
Plan Ahead all Transactions at the Fair are CASH ONLY and there is NO RE-ENTRY or REFUNDS.
There are no rainchecks and no exchanges. The Cabarrus County Fair reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person.
ATM’s are located throughout the fairgrounds but do carry a surcharge.
Admission and hours are subject to change without notice.

Rides

2023 General Ride Information

Ride Ticket Pricing:
  • One Ticket – $TBA
  • 20 tickets – $TBA
    52 Tickets - $TBA

Ride Wristbands:
  • Cost – $TBA
  • Allows you unlimited mechanical ride access for one day
  • Rides take 3-6 tickets each
  • The Air Raid is not included and requires 3 additional tickets with a wristband
Children:
  • If your child is under 36 inches tall they can ride the Merry Go Round, Fun Slide, and Kiddie Wheel for free with a paying adult (16 years +). All other rides require everyone to pay to ride.
  • Ride tickets are purchased inside the fairgrounds at one of the Powers Midways ticket booths.

Quick Facts

2023

Refunds & Fair Re-Entry
The Fair does not provide refunds.

All sales are final.
Rides
Rides are not included with General Gate Admission
Rides and games are provided by Powers Great American Midways. Scroll up for ride details.
General Weather Info
The Fair puts your safety 1st!
Helpful Weather Information:
The Fair is open rain or shine. However, bad or severe weather can close, delay or cancel the fair entirely or just some attractions and events. In the event of cancelations and/or inclement weather, the Cabarrus County Fair does not offer refunds or rainchecks.
Interacting With Our Animals:
Live animals, in competition and educational displays, are an important part of the exhibitor and public experience. Some things to remember in the livestock building and petting zoo area: 1. WASH YOUR HANDS - Washing hands with soap and water after touching any animals or animal areas is the best way to combat transmission of disease, 2. Don't eat or drink in the livestock building, 3. Adhere to all warning and informational signs regarding animal contact.
Your safety comes first!
Location
The Fair is located on the grounds of the Cabarrus Arena & Event Center
Is GPS giving you issues on our location?
A helpful tip is to put 4551 Old Airport Road, Concord 28025 in your mapping system so that you are sure to find us without issue!
Conduct
ZERO Tolerance For Bad Behavior.

The Cabarrus County Fair reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person.

No exceptions.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Have another question? Contact us!
Are ride tickets sold at the front gate?

Midway ride ticket booths are located inside the fairgrounds.

Are there ATM's at the fair?

ATM’s are located throughout the fairgrounds but do include surcharges. The fair does not provide refunds. Plan ahead.

Are there advance discount ticket sales?

Years ago the Fair did offer/sell advance discounted tickets. However, due to the Fair being unable to provide refunds, day-of ticket sales work better for the majority of our Fair patrons.

Are there jobs available?

The Cabarrus County Fair does not hire for any of the food vendors or the carnival. If you are interested in a job, you must apply with them directly. The carnival company provider is Powers Great American Midways.

Are there scooter, wheelchair, stroller or wagon rentals?

We do not currently provide rentals for these items. Fairgoers requesting these items are encouraged to bring their own. Though there are some grass and gravel areas, the majority of the fairgrounds walkways are paved. Please plan ahead so everyone in your party is sure to enjoy their time here.

Can I bring my pet with me?

Leave your pets at home. This is a county fair with livestock and entertainment animals. Pets brought into the fair create a safety hazard and are not allowed on the premises.

Can I promote my business, campaign, sell a product, or fundraise for my group at the Fair?

All sales, marketing, campaigning and fundraising must happen from inside an officially contracted booth space only. The handing out of flyers, promotional, campaign or other marketing materials; the placement of signs; conducting business of any kind or soliciting for sales or donations on Fairgrounds property, including parking lots and easements, without a contract is strictly prohibited. Contracted vendors may only conduct business from inside their booth. To find out how to be a vendor please visit the “ Vendor Info” section of our website very early in the year as spaces fill up quickly.

Do the buildings close before the fair does each night?

Exhibit Halls and the Livestock Area close 1 hour prior to the fairgrounds.

Do you accept credit/debit?

All transactions are Cash Only so plan ahead.

Do you have a policy on drones?

Recreational drones are not allowed to fly within 5 miles of a public event. Commercial/Government Drones must have an authorization from the FAA for a valid airspace permit that lists the type of drone, geographical area for flying, airspace and altitude. Law enforcement officials will be notified immediately if this policy is violated.

Do you offer any group specials?

The Fair does not currently offer group discounts.

Do you offer refunds?

The Cabarrus County Fair has a "No Refund" policy. The Cabarrus County Fair and our midway provider do not provide refunds or rain checks for admission tickets, ride tickets, or ride armbands for any reason. All sales are final. Weather Notice: During periods of inclement weather such as high/gusting winds, rain, or nearby lightening some midway rides may not operate.

How do I interact with animals at the Fair?

Live animals, in competition and educational displays, are an important part of the exhibitor and public experience. Some things to remember in the livestock building and petting zoo area: 1. WASH YOUR HANDS - Washing hands with soap and water after touching any animals or animal areas is the best way to combat transmission of disease, 2. Don't eat or drink in the livestock building, 3. Adhere to all warning and informational signs regarding animal contact.

How much is parking?

Parking is complimentary.

If we have to park far away is there a shuttle?

FREE Parking Shuttle Vans are provided on the weekends ONLY but can experience wait times.

Media and Photography Disclaimer

Cabarrus County Fair is an open, public event. Professional photographers or media contracted or employed by the Fair, and local reporters will be present taking pictures and footage at the event. These images may be used, without further notification, at a later date to market this event. All persons entering the Fair are subject to having their image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or publicity purposes in Fair, Sponsor or Media photography, video, broadcasts and/or webcasts. If you have any issues with this please notify the Cabarrus County Fair Office.

Notice to Ticket Holders

Prices, policies, programs, schedules, entertainment and shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Fair is not responsible for lost, stolen, misplaced tickets and/or tickets. Ticket holder assume responsibility for him/her self as well as for each minor in the charge of ticket holder. No rain checks. No refunds. The Cabarrus County Fair reserves the right, without any refund of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission to or eject any person from the Fair for inappropriate conduct. Persons entering the facility assume all risks incidental to the event.

What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place for the 2022 Fair?

COVID-19 safety standards, recommendations and best practices for events are reviewed regularly. A sampling of some of the additional safety measures that have been put in place are: hand sanitizer stations sprinkled throughout food stands, rides and games; encouraged social distancing; high touch areas cleaned regularly; along with small layout changes throughout the grounds to assist with traffic flow. Safety continues to be our #1 priority!

What are your hours?

The 2022 Fair is September 9-17. Hours of operation during the Fair are: Monday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm, Fridays: 4pm-11pm, Saturdays: 1pm-11pm, Sunday: 1pm-10pm

What happens during inclement weather?

The Fair is open rain or shine. However, bad or severe weather can close, delay or cancel the fair entirely or just some attractions and events. In the event of cancelations and/or inclement weather, the Cabarrus County Fair does not offer refunds or rainchecks.

What if I must leave - can I come back in?

For the safety and security of our patrons, re-entry back into the Fair is prohibited. Notice to Ticket Holders: Prices, policies, programs, schedules, entertainment and shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Fair is not responsible for lost, stolen, misplaced tickets and/or tickets. Ticket holder assume responsibility for him/her self as well as for each minor in the charge of ticket holder. No rain checks. No refunds. The Cabarrus County Fair reserves the right, without any refund of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission to or eject any person from the Fair for inappropriate conduct. Persons entering the facility assume all risks incidental to the event

What is the Fair's smoking policy?

The fairgrounds is located at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, a Cabarrus County property, follows the smoking rules per city/county policy. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed in any building.

What items are prohibited?

ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE CABARRUS COUNTY FAIR ARE SUBJECT TO RANDOM SEARCH! THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED ON THE FAIRGROUNDS: • Backpacks and bags larger than 17” x 14” x 8”. All bags are subject to search before entering. • Weapons • Alcohol, Illegal drugs or substances • Bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards or roller skates • Balloons of any kind • Drones • Fireworks • Laser pointers • Banners, signs, posters or fliers • Bull horns or air horns • Food and beverages of any type • Coolers, bottles, and cans • Glass containers • Lawn chairs • Pets • Selfie Sticks • Cameras and recording devices capable of producing professional-quality photos, video, or audio recording. SHIRT & SHOES REQUIRE. Patrons entering the facility assume all risks incidental to the event. Fair staff reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person violating any law, rule or policy or acting in any manor deemed inappropriate by management. The Fair does not provide refunds.

What's to Eat at the Fair?

There is a large variety of food throughout the grounds. Some Food are: Roasted Corn, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake, Turkey Legs, KaBobs, Ice Cream, and so much more!

Where are Lost & Found and First Aid located?

The Sheriff’s and EMS Stations are located in front of Gold Hall on the Midway. What if someone gets lost? Lost persons will be brought to the Sheriff's station. Fairgoers should also report a lost person on the grounds to the Sheriffs station immediately. What is an item gets lost? Lost items should also be turned into to the Sheriff's station. After 24 hours of being unclaimed the lost item will be turned over to the Fair Office. You can contact the Fair Office at 704-786-7221 after that time period and they will check to see if it has been turned in.

Who manages the Fair?

The Cabarrus County Fair is managed by Cabarrus County Government. The company that provides rides and games is Powers Great American Midways.