State Fair of Texas Announces New Minors Policy

August 15, 2023 The State Fair of Texas is proud to be a family-friendly environment for visitors of all ages to celebrate all things Texan. As an added safety measure, the State Fair is implementing an AFTER 5 P.M. MINORS POLICY

During the 2023 State Fair of Texas, starting at 5:00 p.m. daily, all minors, age 17 and under, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone (21+) when entering the Fair. Parents, guardians, or chaperones may accompany no more than six minors 17 years of age and under. The State Fair will require all accompanying parents, guardians, and chaperones (21+) to present a valid ID upon entry starting at 5:00 p.m. daily. Once inside the fairgrounds, the parent, guardian, or chaperone is not required to remain with the minors; however, the State Fair encourages that they stay in communication with each other and be aware of their location on the fairgrounds during their visit. For more information on the new policy and other State Fair-related questions, please visit  

“Public safety is our top priority. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming experience for all who attend our annual celebration of Texas,” said Jaime Navarro, chief operating officer for the State Fair of Texas. “Comparable policies are being instated industry-wide, and the State Fair of Texas believes this policy is the best course of action to enhance the existing safety measures for all fairgoers, vendors, and employees.” 

The State Fair of Texas’ full Guest Code of Conduct can be found on, and will be posted at each State Fair pedestrian entry gate. Join us for the 2023 State Fair of Texas themed “Explore the Midway,” taking place at Fair Park from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 22. 

Author: Chad Young

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