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UPDATE 9/14/18

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will close for 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. Fair officials made the decision to close the fair early after carefully monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence.

“In the interest of public safety, we have decided to close the 2018 N.C. Mountain State Fair a day early,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “We will operate on a normal schedule Friday night, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.”

Friday is Aetna Senior Citizens Day. Seniors, 65 and older, can enjoy free admission all day at the fair. The fair also will hold its Friday Night Frenzy promotion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. As part of the promotion, fairgoers can purchase a combined gate admission and unlimited-ride ticket for $28.

Saturday is N.C. Education Lottery Day at the fair. Visitors will receive a free promotional scratch-and-win ticket for each adult ticket sold at the gate. On Saturday, gates and rides will open at 9 a.m.

The fair will close for 2018 at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Future updates will be posted on the fair’s website at and on the fair’s Facebook page.

The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great. Our mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.

Location: 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732

"Family Fun Pack" is not available this year.

September 7th - 16th, 2018
Tickets At Gate
ADULT (13-64) $9.00
SENIORS (65+) $5.00
CHILDREN (6-12) $5.00
CHILDREN (5 and under) FREE
GROUP (30+people) N/A
RIDE TICKETS-Sheet of 21tickets $20.00
*Each ride takes 3-4 tickets
CASH ONLY at the Gate - ATM Available!

Special Promotions and Discount Days
Friday, September 7th
FREE Gate Admission for students until 6pm for Grades K-12
Friday Night Frenzy: 9:00 pm till 1:00 am - One price admission includes unlimited rides $28.00

Monday, September 10th
Unlimited rides from 4:00 - 11:00 for $20, plus gate admission.

Tuesday, September 11th
WLOS Family Day - Kids 12 and under unlimited rides from 4:00 - 11:00 for $20, plus gate admission.

Wednesday, September 12th
Ingles Day - FREE Gate Admission with five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods from Ingles supermarket.

Thursday, September 13th
Unlimited rides from 4:00 - 11:00 for $20, plus gate admission.

Friday, September 14th
Aetna Senior Citizens Day
FREE Gate Admission for seniors 65 & older
Friday Night Frenzy: – 9pm until 1am – One price admission includes unlimited rides $28.00

Saturday, September 15th

NC Education Lottery Day
FREE Scratch & Win promotional ticket for each adult ticket sold. Must be 18 to play.

Friday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 1:00am
Saturdays: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at midnight
1st Sunday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 11:00 pm
2nd Sunday: Gates open at 9:00 am; Closing night; Rides, buildings, and all exhibits close at 9:00 p.m.
Monday –Thurs: Gates open at 3:00pm; Rides open at 4:00pm, close at 11:00 pm
Friday Night Frenzy: Sept. 7 & Sept. 14 9:00pm till 1:00 am

Free Parking:
FREE parking is available on fairground property. Parking is located on Highway 280 at Gate 7.

Handicap Parking:
There is handicap parking provided for those with valid tags next to the ticket booths at Entrance A. For the McGough Arena there is handicap parking near Entrance E.

Wheelchair, Scooter & Stroller Rental:
Wheelchair, scooter, and stroller rentals are available at two locations: Entrance A and inside Entrance “E” at Blue Barn.
Single Stroller $10 per day $20 deposit
Double Stroller $15 per day $20 deposit
Wheelchair $15 per day $20 deposit

$10 per hour

or $50 day
$20 deposit

**Rental rate deducted from deposit after the equipment is returned**

Lost and Found Children/Items:
Lost and found is in the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena. Lost children and found items will be taken to this location.

Medical Emergencies:
Skyland Fire & Rescue will provide emergency medical services. For all first aid and medical emergencies go to the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena.

Security/Traffic Assistance:
Security is provided by off duty Deputies of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department. Traffic assistance is provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Other Important Information:
  • No alcoholic beverages, drugs or firearms are allowed on the grounds.
  • Backpacks are subject to being checked.
  • No pets allowed. Only trained service dogs assisting the handicapped are allowed on the fairgrounds.
  • Shirt & shoes required.
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