State Fair of Texas Photo Rules and Tips

The State Fair of Texas returns to Dallas' Fair Park from September 30 - October 23, 2022.

If you're planning to attend and capture photographic memories of the event, here are some rules for photographers along with some tips to help you get great images.

Photographic Items Not Allowed Into The Fair

The information below is excerpted from the Frequently Asked Questions section of the State Fair of Texas website.

Selfie Sticks, Tripods, Monopods, or Other Camera Equipment
Unless credentialed through the State Fair of Texas’ PR office, Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and similar items are NOT allowed. Use of these items on the fairgrounds is strictly prohibited and will result in the item being confiscated and could result in you being removed from the Fair. If you are a photographer interested in taking photographs with professional or extensive camera equipment, you must first contact the Fair’s Public Relations department via email at

Drones, quad-copters and/or any type of remote controlled craft are NOT allowed on the fairgrounds, with one exception – registered vendors may sell these types of devices on the fairgrounds without their battery packs. The State Fair of Texas prohibits the use of all remote controlled devices of any type, including, but not limited to, aircraft, drones, quad-copters, cars or trucks, on or above property owned, leased or controlled by the Fair. Operation of such remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices without prior written consent of the State Fair of Texas or proper law enforcement authority will result in the confiscation of all related materials, you being removed from Fair property, and/or prosecution under Texas law.

Tips For Shooting State Fair Photos

  • 5 Tips For Taking Photos At The Fair (Click Community)
  • 6 Things To Photograph At Fairs and Festivals This Fall (Perfect Image)
  • How To Take Great Photographs At The Fairground (Digital Photography School)
  • Taking Great Photos At The County Fair (Digital Photo Secrets)
  • Taking Photos At The Fair (Henry's Blog)
  • Tips For Photographing State and County Fairs (Cramer Imaging)
  • Tips To Capture Fun At The Fairs (Capital Photography Center)

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