What Happens When the Four States Fair Reaches ‘Capacity’


Friday night attendance at the Four States Fair was down a little, with two concerts in town and barely 1,000 tickets for the Monster Truck show. Not far from Fair/Football seasons of the past However, Saturday was packed! In fact, when “Fair Capacity” is reached, they must close the gates to entry for the night. Here’s why!

It has only happened a handful of times over the years, but Saturday night was one of the times that “Fair Capacity” caused the front gate to be closed to entries for the night. Since the first time it happened a number of years back on a Demo Derby night, we have really pushed getting advanced tickets. Event tickets in the Entertainment Center guarantee entry into the midway from the Arena. Over the period of the Four States Fair & rodeo, over 150,000 people from a 150-mile radius will be in town or at least through for one of Texarkana’s largest events.

When the multiple fairground parking lots are full, it is deemed that neighboring Bobby Ferguson Park is at capacity, a number of factors come into play… city ordinances, law enforcement guidelines, the fire department is responsible, as well as fairground safety, security, and insurance policies.

Once the gates are closed. They are closed for the evening, regardless of people leaving. There are too many safety and security issues created by expecting a mass number of individuals to be waiting to get in two, or three at a time as people exit. It creates an unsafe and very uncomfortable situation for fairgoers.


To avoid getting caught up in the hassle, Entertainment Center Events guarantee entry to the fair, after, during, or even before the scheduled event. Get to the fair early. Take advantage of smaller crowds and money-saving promotions during the week, dollar day on Monday, Two for Tuesday Armband night. Next up inside the Entertainment Center is the Classic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Rodeo, produced by Wing Rodeo Company Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.



if you don’t want to get your event tickets online, get by the Box Office at the Arena, or call 870.773.2941.


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