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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to buy general admission if I have a grandstand ticket?

Yes. See the Hours & Tickets page for more information on general admission.


When will I get my grandstand event tickets?

If you purchased your grandstand event ticket online and selected “Print at Home,” please check your email for your printable ticket. If you chose to have your tickets physically mailed to you, you should receive them within seven days of your order.


Can I purchase general admission tickets through your event ticketing service?

You can purchase a Buddy Pass for discounted gate admission, but you cannot buy individual admission tickets online. See the Hours & Tickets page for more information on general admission.


Wristbands are available for purchase everyday of the fair. See the Deals & Discounts page for more information on wristbands.

When is wristband day?


The best option for a large group of people is a Value Pass, which includes ten one-day passes on a punch card. Each person in your party that enters the fair will be one punch on the ticket. These can be purchased at the admission gates for $40.

Are there group rates available for admission?


July 18–July 28, 2019 are the next 10 Best Days of Summer!

When is the fair?


The Porter County Fair starts charging admission daily at noon starting on Thursday July 18, 2019. The commercial building opens at noon. Carnival rides open at 1pm and close at 11pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends.

What are the fair hours?


Parking at the Porter County Fair is always free!

How much is parking?


Yes. Shuttles run daily to various parking lots and areas on the fairgrounds.
On weekdays, they run from 4–10pm
On weekends, they run from 1–10pm.
We have special shuttle hours on Senior Citizen and Veteran’s Appreciation Day from 9am–10pm.

Is there a shuttle at the fair?


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

When is Senior Citizens Day?


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

When is Veteran Appreciation Day?


Monday, July 22, 2019

When is Special Needs Day?


The 4H participants bring their livestock to the fair on Sunday, July 21.  All 4H animals are released Saturday, July 28 at 6am

When do the show animals arrive?


Our address is 217 E. Division Road Valparaiso, IN 46383. The Fair Office is located in the Expo East building, facing north on the Midway.
The Porter County Fair office does not have full-time employees.  Messages left on the office phone number will be returned, but not always in a timely manner.  
You can contact the fair office at (219) 462-0321 or go to the Contact Us page for more information.

Where is the Fair Office located?


Only service dogs and dogs involved in 4-H programming are allowed.

Are dogs allowed at the fair?