Hours of Operation & Admission

September 9-17, 2023

Fairgrounds open at 7:00am daily

Public access to the Fair is available during the following times at the following gates:

  • Gate A – 7:00am-11:00pm (Historic Gate - 4th Avenue West)
  • Gate D – 7:00am-11:00pm (Sacred Heart)
  • Gate E – Open 24 hours (11th Avenue West)
  • Gate G – 7:00am-11:00pm (West 18th Street)

Most buildings and exhibits are open from 9:00am-8:00pm (Sept. 9-16) and 9:00am-6:00pm (Sept. 17).

See daily guides for specific hours and times.

Outdoor farm machinery and ag equipment exhibits are open from 9:00am-6:00pm (Sept. 9-17).

GoldStar Amusements Midway opens at 10:00am (Sept. 9, 10, 15-17) or 4:00pm (Sept. 11-14).

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ADVANCE ADMISSION

BACK IN 2023! SPENCER CHAMBER NIGHTS: FREE ADMISSION TO THE FAIR AFTER 7:30PM DAILY!

Advance adult admission tickets are valid for regular Fair-time admission on any day of the 2023 Clay County Fair. Please note that admission discounts are available at the entrance gates on several special deal days throughout the Fair’s run; admission pricing may be less expensive if you purchase admission at the gate. No refunds will be given if you purchase advance adult admission tickets and discover you qualify for a discount at the gate

WAYS TO BUY ADVANCE ADMISSION

ONLINE

Buy and print your discounted admission tickets HERE at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply)

BY PHONE

Buy your tickets by phone: 515-244-2771. (shipping and handling fees apply)

IN PERSON

Buy your tickets in person at the Fair Administrative Offices (now through August 25), the Grandstand Ticket office (starting August 28), or at more than 70 locations in your area (starting June 26). Click HERE for a list of those locations.

 

REGULAR FAIR-TIME ADMISSION (AT THE GATE)

ADULT, age 13 & over: 7am-7:30pm (same rate, new times!)$10
ADULT, age 13 & over: 7:30pm and afterFREE
CHILD, age 12 and under: AnytimeFREE

DISCOUNT DAY ADMISSION (AT THE GATE)

Veterans Appreciation Day: Monday, September 11VETERANS AND ACTIVE MIILITARY FREE
Senior Day: Tuesday, September 12 (Age 65 & over)$8

CARNIVAL ADMISSION

Wristbands: Good For Unlimited Rides Advance At the Fair
VIP WRISTBAND* valid all 9 days at the Fair$55$60
ALL-DAY WRISTBAND* valid one day only Sept. 9,10, 15, 16 or 17$25$30
SPECIAL PROMOTION Advance At the Fair
KIDS DAY WRISTBAND* Friday September, 15$25$30
10 RIDES Monday-Thursday, Sept. 11-14$25

WAYS TO BUY wristbands

ONLINE

Buy and print your discounted wristbands HERE at home without fees, or have them mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply)

BY PHONE

Buy your wristbands by phone: 515-244-2771. (shipping and handling fees apply)

IN PERSON

Buy your wristbands in person at the Fair Administrative Offices (now through August 25), the Grandstand Ticket office (starting August 28), or participating Godfather’s Pizza restaurants (starting June 26).

 

*wristbands DO NOT include gate admission to the Fair; however, children ages 12 and under are admitted FREE every day.

FOOD BUCKS - SOLD OUT FOR 2023

NEW IN 2023! 

Plan your Fair food menu in advance – and leave the money at home!  Food Bucks work just like cash or credit card.  Each food “buck” is good for $1 toward a food and/or beverage purchase at the 2023 Fair.

Must be purchased in $20 increments (you will receive a sheet of 20 - $1 coupons).  Food Buck vouchers will be mailed prior to the Fair and physical Food Bucks may be picked up at will call (Grandstand Ticket Office) during the Fair.

Good at any Fairgrounds concessions except in the GoldStar Amusements midway.  Good any Fair day; no exchanges, refunds, or cash value.  Clay County Fair is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.  Good for the 2023 Fair only. Available for purchase while supplies last.

WAYS TO BUY FOOD BUCKS

ONLINE

Buy and print your Food Buck voucher HERE at home without fees, or have the voucher mailed to you (shipping and handling fees apply).

BY PHONE

Buy your Food Buck voucher by phone: 515-244-2771. (shipping and handling fees apply)

IN PERSON

Buy your Food Bucks in person at the Fair Administrative Offices (now through August 25), the Grandstand Ticket office (starting August 28).