In the great state of North Carolina, the arrival of Fall isn’t official until the State Fair opens. Since 1853, residents have taken advantage of the cooler weather and flocked by the thousands to Raleigh with their families, a tradition that has become part of the very fabric of the state. The North Carolina State Fair is a veritable treasure trove of activities, shows, rides, games and food. Thrill seekers go wild for the many exhilarating rides, foodies sample traditional treats as well as unique new creations and children delight in family friendly shows and activities. Join the rest of North Carolina October 17th through the 27th to celebrate this age old tradition
The North Carolina State Fair has rides and games, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors will find endless entertainment options including attractions for the whole family. Fairgoers can let loose at one of the many concerts at Dorton Arena or clap along to traditional folk music at the Folk Festival. The Grandstand Shows get hearts racing with tractor pulls, a Championship Demolition Derby and freestyle monster truck events. Both children and adults will love the shows at Kiddieland Fun Park. In addition, guests enjoy many free attractions and special event days to ensure that everyone is included in the fun. Evenings always end with a bang at the North Carolina State Fair. At 9:45, the closing of rides and attractions is marked by a spectacular fireworks display.
One of the most popular exhibits is the Village of Yesteryear, where over 75 artists and artisans demonstrate their techniques before wide-eyed crowds. Fairgoers can purchase handmade wares, and in some cases, even make their own. The Field of Dreams exhibit teaches children how food travels from farm to table. Children can pick, sell and then buy delicious fruits and veggies in a mini marketplace environment. American agriculture is a natural highlight of the State Fair. Visitors can step back in time at the Antique Farm Machinery exhibit or learn about modern farming techniques at Agriculture Today. Of course, no fair would be complete without lots of furry friends, and the Ark Animals exhibit pulls out all the stops to feature over 60 animals.
Guests of the State Fair are pleased to find the competitive spirit is alive and well. Contestants can enter horse shows, livestock competitions and cooking contests. There’s even a graphic design competition for students. Competitors of all ages are invited to show their skills, making participating in fair competitions the perfect opportunity to teach and bond with people of all ages.
There’s something for everyone at the North Carolina State Fair. Thrilling rides, delicious foods, educational exhibits and top performers are just the beginning. The heart and soul of the state and community come together at this event to create and unforgettable experience. Young and old are invited to laugh, learn, and play in this historic North Carolinian tradition.