Fair Policies


It is the mission of The Big Fresno Fair to celebrate, educate and have fun. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Fair guests, the following policies, guidelines and code of conduct are in place:


Big Fresno Fair Admission Policy
All patrons attending the 2018 Big Fresno Fair on Friday’s and Saturday’s will be wrist-banded before entering the grounds.  Each day will be a different colored wristband. Anyone found to not be wearing a wristband or able to provide any other sort of Fair identification i.e. employee badge, etc. will be subject to questioning and could be ejected from the Fair.

There will be no hand-stamp re-entry allowed after 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and no re-entry at the Kings Canyon Gate for the entire Fair.

Big Fresno Fair Youth Admission Policy
All youth under the age of eighteen (18) are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (age 21+) to be admitted to The Big Fresno Fair after 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights of the Fair.

Any persons entering the Big Fresno Fair after 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights may be asked to show a valid ID with proof of age to be admitted.  Any youth under the age of eighteen (18) without a valid driver’s license or California identification card and not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian will not be admitted after 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of Fair Management.

It is the policy of the 21st District Agricultural Association (DAA) also known as "The Big Fresno Fair” that no person who enters District property is allowed to carry or possess a handgun, firearm, knife or other weapon of any kind regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not. 

The only exception to this policy will be police officers, security guards or other qualified persons who have been given written authorization by the District to carry a weapon on the property.

In order to protect the safety, security, privacy and property interests of the 21st District Agricultural Association, its employees, agents, contractors and the public is prohibited to any operation or use of unmanned aircraft systems, remote or radio controlled model aircraft of all types, shapes, and sizes or any other similar type devices (collectively “Drones”) is strictly prohibited on the premises of the 21st DAA or within the 21st DAA’s air rights, without prior written approval from the 21st DAA.  Please be advised that violation of this policy will result in immediate ejection from the premises of the 21st DAA and may subject the violator to a criminal trespass warning or arrest for those who fail to comply.

Other Guidelines
Persons entering the Fair 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.

Patrons and bags will be searched upon entry.

There will be a metal detection checkpoint at every gate. Although we do not anticipate long back-ups due to security measures, please allow a few extra minutes as you enter the Fair.

Certain items may not be brought on the premises including without limitation: weapons of any kind (including, but not limited to, firearms, knives, chains and explosives) alcohol, contraband, illegal drugs and controlled substances. The following items are also not permitted: cans or glass bottles, lawn chairs, skateboards, hoverboards, in-line skates, bicycles, kites and Frisbees. Unopened bottled water is allowed. In addition to items mentioned above, recording devices and flash photography is prohibited in the Paul Paul Theater.

Pets are not permitted on site unless the pet is part of a Fair event. Working service animals are permitted.

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.

Shirts and shoes are required to be worn at all times.

The Big Fresno Fair is a SMOKE FREE venue.  Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas which include the Wine Garden, Sports Zone, Craft Brew Court and the south side of the Paul Paul Theater.

Code of Conduct
In an effort to improve the Fair experience for patrons, the Fair has developed a Code of Conduct including 10 common-sense guidelines intended to foster a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all guests. 

Although most entertainment venues already have their own codes of conduct, this is the first time a common code, which could subject violators to ejection or arrest, will apply to The Big Fresno Fair.

In order to ensure a safe and celebratory environment, we ask that patrons refrain from the following behavior at The Big Fresno Fair:

  1. Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
  2. Smoking. The Fair is a non-smoking facility with the exception of designated smoking areas
  3. Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
  4. Bringing prohibited items into the venue
  5. Throwing of items or liquids
  6. Entering restricted areas  
  7. Fighting or other threatening behavior
  8. Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so. This includes the Weekend Admission Policy of wearing a designated wristband at all times on Friday and Saturday nights
  9. Resale of tickets at the venue
  10. Violation of state or local laws

Failure to comply may subject you to ejection or arrest. Guests are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to team/venue personnel. We welcome your help in our efforts to provide an enjoyable experience for all guests.

The policies, guidelines and code of conduct have been authorized by Big Fresno Fair Management effective as of September 1, 2017. Click here for a complete print out of the Fair's policies, guidelines and code of conduct above.