How to get cheaper tickets, discounts for state fair

The Oregon State Fair is offering ways to save this year from tickets to carnival rides.

Tickets are currently on sale through Aug. 25 at Wilco Farm Stores, and online, where tickets come with a $2 convenience fee.

Adult tickets are $8, a discount of $4 each. Children above 5 will cost $6 instead of $10 at the gate. Seniors over the age of 65 can get tickets for $1 until Aug. 25 thanks to a partnership with Providence Medicare Advantage. A family of two adults and two children over the age of five would save $36 on tickets by purchasing them in advance.

Families can also take advantage of the family four-pack deal through Aug. 25 which allows admission for a family of four for $25. Tickets can be purchased online.

Carnival wristbands are also on sale through Aug. 25 for $45. Once the fair opens, prices jump to $65. Wristbands earn wearers one day of unlimited rides, three games and a medium drink. Wristband price does not include fair admission; however, it’s still a savings with most rides at the carnival costing fair goers 10-12 tickets each. Without the wristband, 125 tickets are sold for $50 meaning riders can ride about 12 times or play 12 games for $50. 

The 11-day pass is $44.99 through Aug. 25 and allows one person to attend all 11 days of the fair. The ticket though, is not transferable and ID must be shown meaning a ticket can not be purchased by one person and used by another on a separate day. 

There are also discounts at the gate. Aug. 26 is $5 admission sponsored by Mattress Firm. Aug. 30 is buy one get one admission. Sept. 1 is Kids Day with free admission for kids 11 and under with a free slice of pizza. Sept 5 is Heroes Day making admission free for military, first responders, teachers and their family thanks to Willamette Valley Pie Company. No ID is necessary.

Contact reporter Caitlyn May at [email protected].

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Caitlyn May served as a journalist for nearly a decade in Nevada and in Linn Lane counties in Oregon with a focus on rural stories and long-form journalism. A graduate of both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, she currently serves as an elementary school teacher but returns to journalism now and then, remaining a dedicated supporter of the Fourth Estate.