Can I bring food to the California State Fair? Can kids go alone? Here are the rules

The annual California State Fair is almost here and whether you’re planning your first or 50th visit, it’s a good idea to brush up on the rules before you go.

The state fair returns to Cal Expo at 1600 Exposition Blvd. on Friday. The last day of the fair will be Sunday, July 30.

All guests and containers entering Cal Expo and the California State Fair are subject to a protective screening and security search, according to the California State Fair website.

Illegal substances are prohibited.

Keep shirts and shoes on at all times. Both real and toy weapons as well as drones, selfie sticks and tripods should be left at home.

Before you hit the road, here’s your guide to the general rules of the California State Fair:

Can minors go alone?

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

An adult can only chaperone five children at a time. Anyone entering Cal Expo and the California State Fair may be asked to show a valid I.D.

Organized and ticketed groups — including schools, churches and summer camps — are exempt from the rule and should have their own chaperone policies in place.

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Are bags allowed?

Yes, but it must follow the clear bag policy.

Bags must be clear plastic or vinyl and not exceed 12 inches in length, 12 inches in width and 2 inches in height. One gallon-sized clear plastic bag or a small clutch is also allowed inside.

Can I bring food and drinks?

Outside food and sealed plastic water bottles are allowed.

Glass, aluminum cans, flasks, metal water bottles and alcohol are prohibited.

Can I bring a wagon?

Single wagons are allowed but you can’t connect multiple wagons to one another.

Can I bring a cooler?

Yes, but it must be attached to a wagon and will be subject to a security search.

The cooler or ice chest cannot exceed 12 inches in length and 18 inches in width.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets, including emotional support animals, are prohibited.

Certified service animals are the only exception. They must be leashed or in a harness as well as controlled by their owner at all times.

Is smoking allowed?

The California State Fair is a smoking and vaping-free zone except in designated smoking areas.

California State Fair smoking areas

  • Green Gate

  • Outside Expo Center 5

  • Outside California Building B

  • Outside the Tractor Supply Co. Big Barn

  • The Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand

Is weed allowed?

Cannabis in any form is prohibited.

Are bikes and skateboards allowed?

Biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, skating and scootering are prohibited.

Report suspicious activities

The Cal Expo Police Department can be reached at 916-263-3050.

Here’s a complete list of rules for the California State Fair including disruptive conduct like running, shouting and sitting on tables. If you break any of the rules, you could be kicked out of the fair without a refund.

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