FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We’re just an hour from Philly and an hour from Baltimore, seven miles off Interstate 95 in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland. We’re just off Rt 273. Depending on what day you are coming, if you’re a volunteer, VIP, exhibitor, or a spectator… Well, parking just kind of depends. Here’s a helpful link to assist you: Directions and Parking
WHY DO I HAVE TO RIDE A BUS?
Yes, if you’re coming as a General Admission spectator on Saturday or Sunday you DO have to ride the bus. Why? Our off-site parking is the best solution for traffic flow, as well as for preserving the land right around the Festival for all the park’s users, year-round.
A limited quantity of VIP Parking is available for purchase, if you wish to park closer.
Also, YES. You can absolutely bring your dog on the bus!
I WANT TO BRING MY FAMILY. ANY TIPS?
Kids are FREE if they are under 12 years old. 12 – 17 year old kids are only $10 (and only $5 on Friday!).
Kids Corner will be open Saturday and Sunday with face painting, play-doh, other crafts, and some fun things to do outside the tent as well (corn box, anyone?). We have live music planned on Saturday.
A couple tips – if you’ve never been, you can walk FOREVER. Sometimes kids don’t want to walk forever. Load them on our very cool Equiery People Mover to get to the start box, where you can sit on some bleachers to watch lots of action. If you’re bringing a stroller, it’d be wise to bring your jogging stroller or something with big wheels. Got a small child? Carry him in a backpack!
I WANT TO BRING MY OTHER FAMILY. CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Sure! We love dogs. We actually have dog agility demos and lessons happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – we’d LOVE for you to bring your dog in to the dog agility ring to try tunnels, A-frames, and jumps.
Yes, dogs are allowed on the bus.
NO, your dog is not allowed off leash. NO, it doesn’t matter how wonderfully well-behaved your dog is. The Dept of Natural Resources has strict leash laws on this property. If a ranger sees a loose dog, the owner will be fined.
I’VE NEVER BEEN ON CROSS COUNTRY DAY. WHERE SHOULD I GO TO SEE SOME ACTION?
The water jumps are always crowd favorites. There’s a water jump just below the Main Entrance gate (grab a program on your way in so you can navigate) that you can easily walk to. Or, catch the Equiery People Mover, just to the right of the Main Entrance. The tractor and wagon will either drop you off partway down the course where you can four different fences on course. Or ride it to the end, and then wander over to the bleachers by the Start box. There you will see TWO water jumps, the start and the finish, and lots of other fun jumps. This is your best viewing opportunity, for maximum jump sighting.
Visit our many food vendors selling everything from wraps to bbq to kettle corn. They are all conveniently located near the Main Entrance.
I’D LIKE A SOUVENEIR TO REMEMBER MY VISIT. WHERE DO I GO?
We’ve got just the thing! Visit our FHI merchandise area in the HUGE Country Shoppes tent, right next to the Main Entrance. You’ll find all kinds of great apparel, mugs, and hats. Also wander through the rest of the tent for great art work, sweaters, pottery, and plenty of other fun purchases.
WHERE DO I BUY TICKETS?
You can buy tickets on-line until October 6th, or simply buy tickets at the gate. There’s no difference in price (unless you are buying a multi-day pass, in which case purchasing on-line gives you a $5 discount). We take credit cards, and we will have an ATM conveniently located just inside the Main Entrance in case you need some cash.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO THE RIDERS ARE?
Grab a program! THEY ARE FREE! The program has a course map and description, rider biographies, special event descriptions, and a tentative schedule of events. Programs are available at both entrance gates.
Look online! A list of riders is posted, and Orders of Go are updated throughout the event.
Take a picture! In an effort to save some trees, we are printing one large Order of Go on Saturday, and will encourage you to take a photo of it on your way through the gate so you can just look on your phone to see it.