Opening day for the 2021 North Carolina Mountain State Fair is not too far away. Plans are in place for an exciting year with returning favorites; Mooternity, Hogway Speedway, Leon Jacobs on the keyboard, Agridabra, the Comedy Hypnotist, Extreme Illusions & Escapes, the Kenyan Safari Acrobats and Dakota and Friends.
New entertainment for this year will include the Lumberjack Show, Wild Wheels Motorcycle Show, the World Class Bird Show and on September 11 ( 9 1 1 ) the Ridin' on Faith group will perform a special tribute routine at 6:30 p.m. Did I mention that all of the shows are FREE?
Start planning now to enjoy the sights and activities, coming to the fairgrounds at least 2 days because there is so much to see and do. School Day is the first Friday with free admission for grades K-12 until 6:00 pm and both Fridays have a special of Unlimited Rides for $25.00 plus gate admission.
Additional “Specials” are; Wednesday admittance only requires 5 cans of Laura Lynn canned food items, or Senior Day is the 2nd Friday; over 65? then you are admitted Free. Tuesday is Family Night, Ages 12 and under-unlimited rides for $20 plus gate admission. The “special” on Monday and Thursday is “Unlimited Rides“ 4:00pm-11:00 pm for $20.00 plus Gate Admission.
The barns will have animals on display, livestock shows, rabbit, swine and goat shows too! Take time to enjoy the Competitive Exhibits in the Expo Building with displays of beautiful quilts, the huge pumpkin and the best vegetables grown in the Mountains! There will be baked and preserved goods, photography, handmade clothing, crafts, hand weaving & spinning; all bringing their best to compete for the treasured “Blue Ribbon.”
Leaving the Expo Building you can cross the midway and enter the Davis Event Center where the Commercial Exhibits are located. You will find Maple Cotton Candy, home improvement companies, kitchen wares, food samples, jewelry and so much more. This is a great area to visit and purchase unique items for gift giving or for yourself. Each evening the Cooking Contests will take place in the Davis Event Center with North Carolina commodity groups being presented.
Once you have left the Davis Event Center, “mosey on over” to the Heritage Crafts Circle and admire skilled craftsmen at work. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, molasses making, potters, dulcimer makers, rug braiders, corn shelling, blown glass, oil painting, and so much more.
Be sure to check in at the Mooternity Ward to see a calf being born or wobbling as he tries to make his first steps. Visit Farmer Bill’s Ag-Venture tent to see the sow and piglets and educational, hands-on activities. Take a ride on the chair lift for an aerial view of the whole grounds filled with bright lights from the rides, games and exhibits while admiring our beautiful mountains.
When the sun sets, lights from the rides and the sweet smell of cotton candy fill the air. Have a seat at the Mountain Music Stage with performances beginning at 6:00 pm nightly. Sit back and enjoy some of “the best” bluegrass music. Don’t forget to make time for your favorite “fair food” and you can even take some home with you.
If there isn’t time to fit all of this into one day, come back again and ride more of the spectacular, thrilling rides provided by Drew Exposition. If you have small children, there are rides suitable for them in Kiddie Land.
See you there!
At the North Carolina Mountain State Fair