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Click below to view our frequently asked questions to learn even more about us.

The Amarillo Tri-State Exposition is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization which manages the Tri-State Fairgrounds and produces the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo. In addition, the fairgrounds hosts over 175 different rental events throughout the year.


Since the Exposition is a 501c3, do they award scholarships?

Yes, we do award scholarships. Each year, three $6,000 scholarships are awarded to area graduates: one to a 4-H member, one to an FFA member, and one at-large. Scholarships are handled through Opportunity Plan, Inc. in Canyon, Texas.

Does the Exposition work with area non-profits?

Yes! We work with Eveline Rivers to provide warm winter coats for area children, host High Plains Food Bank Night the first Friday of the Fair, and we have local non-profit food vendors.


How much does it cost to get into the Fair?

Adults - $10
Youth (6-12) - $5
Sr. Citizens (55+) - $5

What are the hours?

Opening Day - Friday, Sept. 14 - 4 p.m.
Daily - 8 a.m.-Midnight

Carnival Hours - Noon-Midnight (Weekends) and 4 p.m.-Midnight (Weekdays)

When are entries due at the Fair?

Entry days in the Rex Baxter Building are:
Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 14.
Not all entries in the Creative Arts department are taken each day, so please check the fair catalog to find which day you need to be present to enter your items.

Entry forms available online to save time at check-in.

What do I need to do to bring a group of children to the Fair for the Ag Education shows?

On the first Monday through the last Friday of the Fair, we offer Ag Education shows for our young visitors. These are offered by reservation only.
Please call the office at 806-376-7767 to receive your reservation form.

Do you have ATMs available at the Fair?

ATMs are located throughout the Fair.

Can I bring my pet to the Fair?

Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds, includes the Midway and the Rodeo Arena and surrounding areas. Service animals with proper documentation are allowed on the grounds.

Do you have a Lost and Found?

Yes! Lost and Found items from the carnival or any location of the fair are taken to the main office on the south side of the fairgrounds.
Gate 2 or call 806-376-7767.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Parking (ADA)-to park in the ADA parking stalls, guests must have a legitimate ADA placard or a license plate that identifies them as having special needs parking. During the fair you may park at gate 4 off of 3rd street.

Fairgrounds-grounds and parking lots are paved.


What are the height requirements for the rides?

36" is the minimum height requirement with a ticketed adult. All rides have a minimum requirement and those differ with each ride.

View Crabtree Amusements website for additional information.


What is a Mega Pass?

Mega Passes include daily gate admission and a carnival wristband each day of the fair.
Aug. 15-Sept. 13 - $75. Sept. 14 - $95
Mega Passes go on sale at the fair office August 15 and at Toot'n Totum locations on September 1.

What are the hours?

Opening Day - Friday, Sept. 14 - 4 p.m.
Daily - 8 a.m.-Midnight

Carnival Hours - 1 PM-Midnight (weekends) and 4 p.m.-Midnight (weekdays).

PRCA Rodeo

What are the nights of the Rodeo?

PRCA Rodeo Nights:
Thursday, Sept. 20
Friday, Sept. 21
Saturday, Sept. 22

What time does the Rodeo begin and where is it?

7:00 PM in the Amarillo National Center with Mutton Bustin' and Calf Scramble. Performance begins at 7:30 PM

Is there a charge for the Rodeo?

Rodeo tickets are $5 for each performance.

Boots & Business

What is Boots & Business?

Boots & Business is replacing the Gala, and serves as a kick-off for the annual Tri-State Fair & Rodeo. In addition to recognizing sponsors, we will also introduce our Western Heritage honoree and our scholarship recipients. This event is only open to sponsors, our western heritage honoree, scholarship recipients, and board members.

Where will Boots & Business be held?

The event will be held in the Commercial Exhibit Hall and is by INVITATION ONLY.
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