KNOXVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – The 101st Tennessee Valley Fair opens Friday. In an effort to have a fun and safe experience, the below regulations have been put in place.

When planning on coming to the fair, ensure enough time for parking and to enter through the gates. Individuals may experience longer lines due to regulations.


Organizers strongly urge everyone to wear a mask regardless of being vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks are highly encouraged especially in crowded settings on the fairgrounds. Masks are mandatory in indoor situations such as the Jacob Building and Kerr Building regardless of vaccination status. Social distance when possible and wear a mask when its not. Hand sanitizer stations will be set-up across the fairgrounds. People are being asked stay home if they do not feel well or have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


For the safety and security of our fairgoers, the Tennessee Valley Fair is administers the following bag policy, effective Sept. 10-19. Fairgoers should note that: All bags will be checked by security upon entry, regardless of shape, size or necessity. 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.)


Permitted bags include:- 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 KPD.


* 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

If you have questions about these policies, please contact the fair office at: 865-215-1471 or connect to Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or the fair’s website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/09/2021-6AM)