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Rules & Regulations

To ensure a safe and fun family-friendly environment, the Appalachian Fair implements rules and regulations for having the best time!

Bag Policy

All bags brought onto the fairgrounds are subject to search by security.

Prohibited Items

  • Selfie sticks

  • Backpacks are discouraged

  • Firearms or weapons of any kind

  • Outside food and beverages.  Coolers are NOT allowed to be brought into the fair.  Exceptions may be made for guests with special dietary needs, including but not limited to baby food/formula.

  • NO alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs may be brought in.

  • Tobacco products are discouraged and NOT allowed in the seating areas or barns

  • Umbrellas are not allowed in the seating areas.

  • Camping or Tailgating chairs are NOT allowed at the concert area.

  • NO Pets allowed. Only trained service dogs assisting the handicapped are allowed on the fairgrounds.  We know you love your pets and we love animals too -- but they are not allowed in the fair.  Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

  • Drones

  • Any item deemed unsafe by the Appalachian Fair Security Officials and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Drone Policy

In accordance with FAA regulations and for the safety of our fair-goers, drones and other motorized, aircraft systems are prohibited from flying above or near the fairgrounds without prior permission from fair management.

Weather Policy

The Appalachian Fair is a rain or shine event including all events and concerts taking place.  NO rain checks or refunds will be issued.  The Appalachian Fair monitors all potentially hazardous weather conditions.  In the event the National Weather Service announces a severe weather warning within a 5-mile radius of the fairgrounds, weather advisories will be announced immediately on the public-address system and our social media outlets directing guests to seek shelter.  Designated severe weather shelters are located at the Farm & Home Building, Building 1, Building 3, the Museum, and the Show Barn.  If a concert or special event is taking place, the event will be delayed, postponed, or canceled depending on the severity and duration of the weather event.  Fair-goers will be notified of any weather-related announcements via social media and our website --


Soliciting, selling items, promoting other events, organizations, etc. are strictly prohibited without prior approval from the Appalachian Fair. Unauthorized signs, banners, or posting handbills are not allowed and strictly prohibited anywhere on the grounds -- including the parking fields and surrounding fence areas.  All promotions and sales of any kind in and around the fair grounds must be registered and pre-approved by fair management.  Please contact our office for more information:  (423) 477.3211 |


Shirt & Shoes are required.  Appropriate attire is always required for a family-friendly atmosphere.  Open-toed shoes are not permitted on some rides.  See the list of ride requirements on the Drew Exposition page of our website under Entertainment.

Personal Conduct

Appropriate conduct should be maintained for a family-friendly atmosphere.  Those displaying misappropriate conduct will be asked to leave the grounds, or removed from the grounds by security.

Lost or Stolen Items

The Appalachian Fair is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in cars or on person attending the fair.  Lost & found items may be reported to the fair office or to the Information Booth located on the Midway side of Building 3.

Ticket Sales Policy

Tickets purchased through a third-party provider are NOT authentic and cannot be guaranteed.  All tickets MUST and may only be purchased through the Appalachian Fair website -- or in our Box Office -- 423.477.1420.  Lost and stolen tickets are the responsibility of the purchaser.  All tickets, coupons, etc become void after the last day of the fair.

Photo Policy

Smile! Photo, video and audio may be taken for promotional purposes.  By entering the Appalachian Fair, you consent, waive all rights to royalties and release the Appalachian Fair of any liability.  You agree to your likeness being used, published or reproduced in any and all media which can be used, now or in the future, for any purpose by or in connection with the Appalachian Fair.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is available in Lot 5, just outside of Gate 5, for those with valid handicap tags.

Medical Emergencies

Washington County EMS will provide emergency medical services.  For all first aid and medical emergencies go to the First Aid station located next to the Museum Building and the Appalachian Arena or contact fair personnel.

Security / Traffic Assistance

Security is directed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  As a safety precaution, the Appalachian Fair along with the Washington County Sheriff's Office encourage parents to take a photo of your child/children before entering the fairgrounds.  In the event that you become separated, this will allow fair personnel and the WCSO to quickly share a photo of the missing child/children around the grounds with other officers and staff to bring about a quick reunion. Traffic assistance is provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Fair re-entry will not be permitted.  Hand-stamps are not used.  You will be required to purchase a ticket to re-enter the fairgrounds once you leave the gate.

COVID-19 Policy

COVID exposure is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.  Guests should only attend after evaluating their own health risks.  Purchase of a ticket and entry onto the fairgrounds constitutes your understanding of these risks and your willingness to undertake the risk of exposure.

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