General Information

 

Accessibility

 

Information for disabled visitors

Parking

  • Visitors with handicap permits should park in the paved parking lot at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Trinity Road, near Gate 10 of the Fairgrounds. This lot should be accessed via Blue Ridge Rd. There are more than 100 parking spaces designated for use by handicapped or disabled visitors in this lot, but a valid handicap permit is required. Visitors can access the Fair through Gates 9 and 10.
  • When handicap parking spaces at Gate 10 are filled, drivers with valid handicap permits will be directed to overflow handicapped parking at Carter Finley Stadium.
  • There will be a tram from Carter Finley Stadium to Gates 8, 9, and 10 to aid fairgoers to the gate.
  • Cars occupying spaces in lots designated for disabled visitors must display valid handicap permits, stickers or plates at all times.
  • Buses may unload disabled passengers at Gate 1. The driver of the vehicle should inform a traffic patrol officer of the intention to simply drop off disabled passengers, and they will be directed to Carter Finley Stadium to park.


Getting around the Fairgrounds

Wheelchair and electric scooter rentals

  • There are wheelchair and electric scooter vendors set up near gates 1, 8, 9 and 10. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are first come, first serve. The vendor will take a deposit of collateral such as cash, a driver's license or car keys.

 

Tram services

  • Visitors who do not require wheelchairs may also take advantage of tram services. A 25-passenger exterior perimeter tram will circle the fairgrounds outside of the gates, making stops at gates 8, 9 and 10.
  • A parking lot tram will shuttle passengers from Carter Finley Stadium to the fairgrounds for free on days of heavy attendance.
  • An inner perimeter tram operates inside the gates of the fairgrounds for a fee. This tram stops at Gate 1, the Folk Festival (near Gate 10), Dorton Arena and Gate 8. Ticket booths for purchasing tram tickets are located at each of these stops inside the fairgrounds. Tram tickets cannot be purchased in advance.
  • Unfortunately, neither the interior nor exterior tram services are wheelchair accessible.

 

Handicap accessible restrooms

  • Handicap accessible restrooms are located throughout the fairgrounds.
  • All restrooms are in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act standards.

 

Dorton Arena Tickets

  • Disabled persons do not need to purchase a special ticket to attend a Dorton Arena concert, as there is no option to buy handicap accessible seating on the website. This is to prevent others from purchasing these tickets. If you need wheelchair accessible seating, please purchase a regular ticket online. When you arrive, go to the side of the building that your ticket says (North or South). When you enter Dorton, you and one guest will be moved to a wheelchair accessible area. There are four wheelchair accessible sections and each section holds 20 people. If the section does not fill up by the time the concert starts, a person may have two more people from his/her party join them in that section. If these four areas fill up, people will be moved to the floor of Dorton Arena. Handicap parking is at Gate 10 on Trinity Road. All of our buildings are ADA compliant.

 

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Information for parents

Rides

  • Minimum height requirements for children's rides are 36 inches tall. The Kiddieland Midway area consists of about 25 rides, in addition to about 4 games suitable for young children. Most children's rides cost between 2 and 4 tickets. Games do not accept ride tickets, and are cash only.
  • Parents can ride on all slides and Merry-Go-Rounds for free when accompanying a paying child who is 40-inches tall or less. The adult must accept guardian responsibility and use good judgment when choosing which of the available rides to allow a young child to ride. There are no minimum height requirements for these particular rides.

 

Stroller and children's wagon rentals

  • There are stroller and child's wagon vendors set up near gates 1, 8, 9 and 10. All strollers and wagons are first come, first serve. The vendor will take a deposit of collateral such as cash, a driver's license or car keys. Mobility Concepts LLC at Gates 1 and 10 is accepting reservations on their website.
  • Parents can bring their own diaper and lunch bags, wagons, strollers, umbrellas and other personal items to the fair, just be aware that all baggage is subject to being searched at the gate for weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs and other prohibited materials.

 

Restrooms

  • Changing tables are available in most restrooms. Family restrooms are available in the Martin and Expo buildings.
  • There are "mothers' rooms" in the Scott, Martin, Expo and Graham buildings.
  • Family-style restrooms are available in the Martin Building and Expo Center.


Tickets

  • If adults plan to take a child to a concert, be aware that everyone age two and older, or any child who will need to occupy a seat, will need a ticket.
  • Click here for information about gate admission tickets for children.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a person with disabilities attend the Fair?
Yes, all main buildings at the Fairgrounds have been modified to standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. There maybe some areas like the Grist Mill and Blacksmith's Shop that may not be accessible, but all areas except for Heritage Circle buildings are completely accessible.

 

Is parking available for persons with disabilities?
Yes, there is a parking area at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads, outside Gate 10 for vehicles with a valid handicap permit, placard or license plate. This parking area is accessed from Blue Ridge Road.

 

Are wheelchairs, scooters, strollers and children's wagons available for rent on the Fairgrounds?
Yes, vendors are set up near gates 1, 8, 9 and 10. All rentals are first come, first serve. The vendor will take a deposit of collateral such as cash, a driver's license or car keys.

 

Can I rent a wheelchair, scooter, stroller or child's wagon in advance?
Mobility Concepts LLC at Gates 1 and 10 is accepting reservations on their website.

 

Can I bring my Seeing Eye Dog?
Yes. Trained service dogs are welcome at the Fair.

 

Can I bring my own golf cart?
No, we do not allow personal golf carts on the grounds due to liability and safety reasons.

 

Can I bring my own wheelchair, scooter, stroller or child's wagon?
Yes, you can bring your own wheelchair, scooter, stroller, child's wagon, diaper and lunch bags, umbrellas and other personal items to the fair, just be aware that all baggage is subject to search at the gate for weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs and other prohibited materials.

 

I need handicap-accessible concert seating. What do I do?
You do not need to purchase a special ticket to attend a Dorton Arena concert, as there is no option to buy handicap accessible seating on the website. This is to prevent others from purchasing these tickets. If you need wheelchair accessible seating, please purchase a regular ticket online. When you arrive, go to the side of the building that your ticket says (North or South). When you enter Dorton, you and one guest will be moved to a wheelchair accessible area. There are four wheelchair accessible sections and each section holds 20 people. If the section does not fill up by the time the concert starts, a person may have two more people from his/her party join them in that section. If these four areas fill up, people will be moved to the floor of Dorton Arena. Handicap parking is at Gate 10 on Trinity Road. All of our buildings are ADA compliant.

 

What is the minimum height requirement for children's rides?
Minimum height requirements for children's rides are 36 inches tall. The Kiddieland Midway area consists of about 25 rides, in addition to about 4 games suitable for young children. Most children's rides cost between 2 and 4 tickets. Games do not accept ride tickets, and are cash only.

 

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