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Here are the Most Frequently Asked Questions about the Fair in general, and about the Carnival/Midway. Scroll down to see our explanation of the Washington County Fair policy on weapons and outside alcohol.

General Questions

Is it really true that admission to the Fair is free?


How much does it cost to park at the Fair and is the parking ticket good all day?


Is there a way to use mass transit to get to the Fair?


When is the Fair open?


What is the No First-Entry/No Re-Entry time all about?


How do I get to Westside Commons, home of the Washington County Fair, in Hillsboro?


Is there a Ride Share Pick-up/Drop-off area at the Fair?


Will water be available at the Fair?


Is there a place to get out of the heat?


What can I bring into the Fair?


Can I ride my bike or e-bike inside the Fair beyond the gates as well as a unicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller blades, roller skates, footwear with wheels, Segway, "One-Wheel", or hovering transportation devices?


Can I bring my dog or pet to the Fair?


Where is the First Aid Station located?


Where is "Lost and Found" and where are lost children taken?


What number can I dial for Lost and Found?


Can I smoke or vape at the Fair?


Are wheelchairs or motorized scooters available to rent at the Fair?


If I want to see a musical act or movie at the Main Stage, what is the seating like and what am I allowed to bring in for seating?


If it should rain, would the Fair be cancelled?


Are ATMs available at the Fair?


Why am I seeing rides operating with people on them while I'm waiting in line to get into the Fair on the weekdays when you open at 5 p.m., or before Noon on the days you open at 10 a.m. ? Are you letting people in early to ride?

Carnival Questions


When does the carnival midway open?


What is this wristband system all about in the Carnival Midway and why am I being charged a Service Fee?


How much will the Unlimited Ride passes be once the Fair opens?


If I don't want to buy an Unlimited Ride Pass, what will the Ride tickets cost once I get to the Fair?


Are the games in the Carnival Midway included for play if I bought an Unlimited Ride Pass?



Why am I seeing rides operating with people on them while I'm waiting in line to get into the Fair on the weekdays when you open at 5 p.m., or before Noon on the days you open at 10 a.m. but the Midway doesn't open until Noon? Are you letting people in early to ride?





Who ultimately decides if it is safe for someone to be allowed on a ride or in an attraction in the Midway?


What if I have a safety concern while I am in the carnival midway?

Explanation of Policy on Weapons & Outside Alcohol

Under Washington County Fair Board Policy 307:
  • Pursuant to ORS 565.240, during activities associated with the annual Washington County Fair, security shall be on site at all times when the County Fair is open to the General Public.
  • Security shall check each individual for illegal weapons and outside alcohol before entry into the Fairgrounds for the annual Washington County Fair. Security checks shall be consistent for each individual entering into the Fairgrounds. Individuals who do not consent to a security check shall not be allowed entry into the Fairgrounds. The Washington County Fair and/or his/her designee is given authority to provide specific instructions for security staff in advance of each year’s County Fair after meeting with local law enforcement authorities. For purposes of this policy, the Fairgrounds consist of all areas inside the fenced-off area at the Fair Complex used to conduct the annual Washington County Fair.
  • During activities associated with the annual Washington County Fair, no person is allowed to possess a loaded firearm(s) at the Fairgrounds unless the person:
  • A) Is a law enforcement officer performing his/her official duties; or

    B) Has a concealed weapon license, can verify the license, and handles the firearm in conformance with concealed weapon license requirements.


  • Except as otherwise described above, during activities associated with the annual Washington County Fair, no person other than law enforcement shall be allowed to bring any other weapon, as defined in ORS 166.360(5) into the Fairgrounds.
  • During activities associated with the annual Washington County Fair, no person shall be allowed to bring any outside alcohol into the Fairgrounds.
  • Except as otherwise provided above, guests found in possession of the above-mentioned weapons or outside alcohol will be asked to remove the item from the Fairgrounds or dispose of it. Security shall not confiscate any items, nor is security to store or check the above described weapons.
  • Pursuant to ORS 166.370, it is prohibited for any person to intentionally possess a loaded or unloaded firearm or any other instrument used as a dangerous weapon (as defined in ORS 161.015) in any of the Fair Complex buildings at all times, during the annual Washington County Fair, unless the person is:
  • A) A law enforcement officer acting within the scope of employment;

    B) A person summoned by law enforcement and engaged in assisting the officer;

    C) A member of the military when engaged in the performance of duty;

    D) Possessing a handgun and is licensed to carry a concealed handgun; or

    E) Authorized by the Washington County Fair Manager to possess a firearm or dangerous weapon in the building.


  • Violation of this policy shall result in denial of entry into or ejection from the annual Washington County Fair. Security shall contact law enforcement if the individual or individuals refuse to leave the Fairgrounds.

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