Clear Bag Policy


In an effort to improve fairgoer safety and efficiency of entry into the N.C. State Fair, a clear bag policy will be implemented in 2021. Limiting the style of bags carried into the venue aids maintaining a safe a secure environment.This policy is only in effect for the N.C. State Fair in October and does not extend to additional events held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

The following items will be permitted into the N.C. State Fair, and will be checked at security points at each ticketed gate:

Any clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag. There is no size restriction as long as the bag is clear.

Small purses or clutch bags no larger than 6.5" x 4.5" (approximately the size of a hand) with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium in addition to one of the clear plastic bags.

Exceptions are granted for medically necessary items or diaper bags after proper inspection.

Hard pass holders and competitors are exempt.

Why is the N.C. State Fair adopting a Clear Bag Policy?
Fairgoer safety has always been our number one priority. Each year, in an effort to improve public safety, all policies and procedures are evaluated. This measure will enhance safety both inside and outside of the N.C. State Fair.

Are other event facilities adopting similar policies?
Yes. Several ACC and NCAA institutions, large event facilities and all NFL stadiums have adopted similar policies to increase public safety.

How does the new bag policy improve public safety?
A clear bag is easily and quickly searched, greatly reduces faulty bag searches and allows for a more efficient and effective process in checking bags that are brought into the N.C. State Fair.

Can I carry cameras, smart phones, or tablets separately from what I put in a clear bag?
Yes. Phones, cameras and tablets can be carried into the N.C. State Fair as long as it is not in its own bag. This is not a restriction on items that have been allowed into the N.C. State Fair in the past. It is only a restriction on the type of container used to carry those items.

What happens if I show up at the gate with a bag that is not permitted?
In 2021, clear bags will be available at the gates for fairgoers to empty their belongings into before they enter the security checkpoint. Fairgoers also have the option to return their bags to their vehicle before entering.

Are there any exceptions for medically necessary items or diaper bags?

Medically necessary items and diaper bags will be allowed after proper inspection.

Do I have to put everything I’m carrying into the permissible bags?

No. Fairgoers are limited only to the type of bags carried into the N.C. State Fair, not items they may normally bring that fit in pockets or clutch bags (e.g., keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards).

Does this bag policy apply to credentialed individuals (e.g., media, staff)?
There will be an exception specifically for “credentialed” individuals who bring bags that do not meet the policy guidelines. However, their bags will still be searched prior to entry and only bags that pass the inspection will be allowed into the N.C. State Fair.


PLEASE NOTE: The N.C. State Fair reserves the right to prohibit any item deemed dangerous or unsuitable by public safety officers at security checkpoints..Prohibited items that are discovered during security inspections at the stadium entrances must be either returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded. Unlawful items that are discovered during security inspections are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of those items may be denied entrance into the N.C. State Fair and is subject to arrest.


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