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To ensure a safe and fun family-friendly environment, the Tennessee Valley Fair implements rules and regulations for having the best time!

Knoxville Police Department

All 10 days, Knoxville Police Department is on-site monitoring the safety of the fairgrounds and fairgoers. If you have any issues about safety, please reach out to a Fair official or a Knoxville Police Department Officer.

Minor Attendance Policy

To ensure the safety of all our guests, the Tennessee Valley Fair has instituted the following policies:

All attendees under 18 years of age (minors) entering after 6:00pm on both Fridays and Saturdays must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian 21 years of age or older. Proof of age and valid identification cards will be required at the gate.

For each parent or legal guardian, 6 minors can enter. Any group with more than 6 minors will require an additional parent and/or legal guardian 21 years of age or older.

Parents and/or legal guardians must remain on-site and with attending minors. Dropping off and/or leaving minors unaccompanied is strictly forbidden. Failure to abide by this policy will result in immediate dismissal from the property.

This policy will pertain only to Fridays and Saturdays.

Metal Detection

All attendees are subject to screening via metal detectors. Screenings will be conducted by Tennessee Valley Fair Security Officials upon entry. (This change is a state requirement per Tennessee Public Chapter 467, which took effect July 1, 2017.)

Bag Search and Bag Policy

Clear bags are the only bags permitted. All bags will be checked by security upon entry, regardless of shape, size or necessity.

Approved Bags:

  • Clear bags of any size/shape
  • Small clutches/purses, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6 inches
  • Diaper bags when accompanied by a minor child
  • Medically necessary bags

All approved bags are subject to search and may be tagged to indicate they have been approved by Knoxville Police Department/Tennessee Valley Fair Security Officials.

Prohibited Bags:

All non-clear bags such as:

  • Backpacks
  • Printed pattern plastic bag
  • Cross-body bag
  • Fanny pack
  • Purses
  • Coolers
  • Reusable grocery totes
  • Mesh bags / Cinch bags
  • Duffel bags
  • Large tote bags
  • Beverage containers
  • Camera cases
  • Brief cases
  • Any bags deemed unsafe by the Knoxville Police Department/Tennessee Valley Fair Security Officials.

Non-Permissible Items

  • Selfie sticks
  • Guns, knives, and weapons of any kind
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Pets except for service animals
  • Drones
  • Any items deemed unsafe by the Knoxville Police Department/Tennessee Valley Fair Security Officials.

Drones Policy

In accordance with FAA regulations and for the safety of our fairgoers, drones and other motorized, aircraft systems are prohibited from flying above or near the fairgrounds.

Weather Policy

The Tennessee Valley Fair is a rain or shine event including all events and concerts taking place. No rain checks or refunds will be issued. The Tennessee Valley Fair with the Knoxville Police Department and the National Weather Service monitors all potentially hazardous weather conditions. In the event the National Weather Service announces a severe weather warning within a 5-mile radius of Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center, weather advisories will be announced immediately on the public-address system directing guests to seek shelter. Designated severe weather shelters are located at the Jacob Building and the Kerr Building. If a concert or special event is taking place, the event will be delayed, postponed, or canceled depending on the severity and duration of the weather event. Fairgoers will be notified of any weather-related announcements via social media, tnvalleyfair.org website, and through emails.


Soliciting, selling items, promoting other events, organizations, etc. are strictly prohibited without prior approval from the Tennessee Valley Fair.


Appropriate attire always required for a family-friendly atmosphere.

Personal Conduct
Conduct should be maintained for a family-friendly atmosphere.

Lost or Stolen Items
The Tennessee Valley Fair is not responsible for lost or stolen items in cars or on person attending the fair.

Ticket Sales Policies

If tickets are purchased through a third-party provider, the Tennessee Valley Fair cannot guarantee authenticity. Please purchase all of your tickets through the Tennessee Valley Fair website – www.tnvalleyfair.org/tickets or by calling our ticket office at 865-215-1482.

Lost and stolen tickets are the responsibility of the purchaser.

All tickets, wristbands, and coupons become void after the last day of the fair.

Photo Policy

By entering the Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds, you consent, waive all rights to royalties and release the Tennessee Valley Fair of any liability. You agree to your likeness used, published or reproduced in any and all media which can be used, now or in the future, for any purpose by or in connection with the Tennessee Valley Fair. For additional information or to opt out of this agreement, consent, waiver and release, please call 865-215-1471.

Social Media Giveaways/Contests

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The Tennessee Valley Fair reserves the right to construe its own rules and regulations to decide the matters and difference in regards thereto. Fair information, logos, likeness, and ads cannot be printed or used without permission from the Tennessee Valley Fair.
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