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North Carolina State and County Fairs

The North Carolina State Fair, County Fairs and Other Country Fairs


Midway Lights at the NC State Fair

Midway Lights at the NC State Fair

Photo Credit: Taylor Templeton, NC State Fair

North Carolina State Fair

2013 Fair Dates:
October 17 - 27, 2013

North Carolina State Fair Location:
NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raleigh, North Carolina

About the North Carolina State Fair:

The North Carolina State Fair, founded in 1853 by the State Agricultural Society, is administered today by the Department of Agriculture and is 100 percent self-sufficient. Attracting over 850,000 visitors, the North Carolina State Fair is the largest fair in the state and one of the largest 10-day fairs in the nation. The 344-acre fairgrounds site features numerous buildings, including a nationally acclaimed horse complex and a 25,000 square foot arena with a seating capacity of just over 7600.

Popular attractions at the North Carolina State Fair include midway fun, exciting grandstand entertainment, an interactive farm life exhibit, racing pigs, farm animals and farm crops competitions and exhibits, nightly performances, nightly fireworks and much more. The Village of Yesteryear, a popular fair attraction, showcases more than 75 artists and crafters, while Kiddieland Fun Park offers fun activities and entertainment for young children.

Additional Information:
Raleigh, North Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
North Carolina State Fair Web Site

More Country Fairs in North Carolina

  • N.C. Mountain State Fair
    Fletcher, North Carolina (September)
    Attracting over 185,000 attendees and the area's most popular event, this newer agricultural fair, which began in 1994, features ten days of family oriented fun. Some of popular featured events are: Nationally sanctioned Championship clogging, pig races, a petting zoo, camel rides, craftsmen demonstrations, competitive exhibits and, of course, the excitement of midway games and rides. - Fletcher, North Carolina and Nearby Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair
    Goldsboro, North Carolina (September - October)
    Enjoy country fair fun in The Barnyard, Western Town, Kidzville, along the midway in the grandstand and more. A few of the featured events and exhibits include vintage farm equipment, magic acts, Pavilion Stage and Arena entertainment, demolition derbies and professional bull riding. - Goldsboro, North Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Dixie Classic Fair
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina (September - October)
    Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2007, this popular fair has grown throughout the years to attract well over 300,000 attendees. A few fun special features this year include a hypnotizing dog, the Amazing Rainforest Experience, racing pigs, magic shows, a Barnyard Petting Zoo, border collie herding demonstrations, competitive antiques exhibits, bluegrass music and other entertainment, midway fun, fireworks and a whole lot more. - Winston-Salem, North Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
  • Cape Fear Fair and Expo
    Wilmington, North Carolina (October - November)
    This fun coastal fair features educational and individual agricultural exhibits, contests and special days, including Preschool Day, Senior Citizens Days and the popular Midnight Madness Evenings. - Wilmington, North Carolina Hotels - Compare Prices
In addition to the fairs highlighted above, there are more than 30 other fun county and country fairs held throughout North Carolina from August until early November. For more information, visit the NC Association of Agricultural Fairs Web Site.

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