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The East Texas State Fair is Here Sept. 22nd-Oct. 1st

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The East Texas State Fair will be held September 22nd-Oct. 1st, 2021 at 2112 W. Front St. Tyler, TX 75702.

Of course, the famous midway will highlight all your favorites, and Food Row will feature tons of Fair Food. Come visit Food Row for lunch and receive FREE admission 11am-2pm Monday – Friday.

For more info or tickets call (903)597-2501, go to, or email

Tickets are on Sale Now!

Several options are available including Adults $10 at the gate or $8 in advance. Youth (age 6-12) are $6. Children under 6 are free.

R.A.D. (Ride All Day) Carnival Wristbands are $28 at the fair and $20 in advance. You can Ride All Day with the R.A.D. Wristband! Just pay one price for an unlimited number of rides!

Fair Hours:

Weekdays 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Food Row:

FOOD ROW is open for lunch on Weekdays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (free admission)

Carnival Hours:
Monday – Thursday 4-10pm
Friday 4-11pm
Saturday – Sunday 12 noon – 11pm
*Last Sunday 12noon – 10pm

Don’t waste time waiting in line! Use the Express Lane! Buy tickets online and avoid the line at the ticket booth. Just use the express lane to scan your tickets and come right in!

Special Tickets

Military Monday – In appreciation for our Military and Veterans we provide FREE admission on Military Monday (Must have valid identification such as a military ID or veteran designation on drivers license).

Free UT Tyler College Student Day (Sepember 28th 2-7pm – free admission for all college students): The University of Texas at Tyler invites all college students to attend the East Texas State Fair with FREE admission on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Present your college or university ID (regardless of school) at the ticket booth to receive FREE admission until 7:00 pm featuring special performances by UT Tyler Spirit Squad and Jazz Ensemble.

Senior Day – Sept. 22, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Community StageFairgrounds, come join us at the 54th Senior Day Event! Enjoy great entertainment while sitting under the community stage tent. Visit the commercial exhibits and photography show next door. Take a walk through the food row, creative arts show, and enjoy great attractions. We are offering free admission into the fair for ages 60+ until 7:00 pm. Come enjoy the fair attractions and exhibits! All events will be held outside in the Optimum Community Stage tent.

The Food – See what’s on the menu here!

Live Music

The Livestock

Over the next two weeks, more than 2,000 head of livestock will be exhibited in both Junior and Open shows from farms and ranches all across America. A fair tradition dating back over 100 years!   View the livestock show schedule


The East Texas State Fair is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes through the operation of an annual event promoting education, entertainment and the spirit of competition.

The Fair is committed to agricultural heritage, families, and service to the community. Our mission is also to create commerce for Tyler and Smith County by providing venues for others to utilize and by drawing participants to the complex. Since 1992 the East Texas State Fair has offered $877,000 in scholarships.

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