"Showcasing the best in agriculture, the fair also features the best southern cuisine. The opportunity to milk a cow, cuddle baby chicks, and pet a goat are fun diversions as you pace yourself for your next meal. When hunger strikes, try the deep-fried Kool-Aid, one of the newest trends at the fair, along with deep-fried brownies. Each day at the fair is punctuated with a dazzling fireworks display…"
The 2014 N.C. State Fair will be held Oct. 16-26 at the State Fairgrounds and advance ticket sales begin online August 1.
Concert headliners this year include Trace Adkins, Vanilla Ice, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Newsboys, among others. Tickets to these performances at Dorton Arena also go on sale August 1st, with concert ticket prices ranging from $5-$17. Separate fair admission is required.
Advance ticket sales for the NC State Fair begin August 1st, and offer Early Bird Savings for fairgoers. Before purchasing online, note that children 5 and under and adults 65 and over get in free. Members of the military and family members with proper ID can purchase tickets at the gate for $5, but not in advance.
- Advance admission tickets are $7 for adults ($2 savings over gate prices)
- Advance admission tickets are $3 for children ($1 savings over gate prices)
- An 18-ticket ride sheet is $10 ($8 savings over gate prices)
An Early Bird Special, available through August 31 at 11:59 pm, allows online ticket buyers to earn up to three free adult admission tickets based on the total purchase amount in a single order before convenience fees. Purchases of online admission tickets, ride tickets, grandstand viewing tickets and concert tickets apply toward the Early Bird Savings.
- Purchase between $50 and $100 earns one free ticket.
- Purchases of $100.01 to $200 will earn fairgoers two free tickets.
- Purchases of more than $200 earn three free tickets.
Visit the NC State Fair website for more information on group ticket prices, parking, exhibits, vendors, and accommodations. Many local hotels offer special packages during the fair.