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Sept. 9, 2021

N.C. Mountain State Fair 'Rides Again' with Friday opening


FLETCHER – The 27th N.C. Mountain State Fair returns Friday with gates opening at 9 a.m. and the official ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Heritage Stage.

“We’re so glad to be back this year with fun for the whole family” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “In addition to many returning fair favorites including livestock shows, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and deep-fried treats, we are going to start off with a special Friday night promotion for anyone who enjoys the rides.”

Opening weekend activities include:

Promotions
Friday is Student Day with free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for students in grades K-12. In addition, unlimited rides are available from 10 a.m. to midnight for $25 plus gate admission to the fair.

Competitions
During opening weekend, visitors can see livestock competitors show off their rabbits, dairy goats and beef cattle. Poultry, guinea and rabbit shows will be in the Farm Adventure Tent and Expo Building. Livestock shows will be held in the Livestock Sales Arena, McGough Arena and F Barn throughout the weekend. All competitions are open for the public. Livestock will also be on display in Barns B, C and D throughout the fair.

Clogging competitions will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and will continue Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Individual acts, duos and teams will take the stage in the Got to Be NC tent and compete in both traditional and contemporary dances. The N.C. Mountain State Fair Pageant also returns to Heritage Stage at 11 a.m. Saturday with titles being awarded for Little Miss and Mister North Carolina.

Mountain music
Opening weekend is also a great time to take in some dynamic musical acts. On Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m., and Sunday from 4-7 p.m., musical acts will perform as part of the Carolina Farm Credit Music Festival. Check out the shows on Heritage Stage. On Sunday, the Mountain State Fair Music Jam will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Heritage Stage.

Entertainment
There is plenty of daily entertainment for fairgoers to enjoy throughout the fair. Returning acts include Circle C pig races, where piglets race to the finish line for a cheese puff grand prize; Kenya Safari Acrobats, an energetic troupe that showcases their strength, flexibility and balance; Brad Matchett’s Agricadabra Magic Show and Comedy Hypnotist Show; Extreme Illusions & Escapes, featuring Las Vegas-style illusions; and the friendly dinosaurs of Dakota and Friends.

New entertainment includes the Wild Wheels Wall of Death, a retro motorcycle thrill show that keeps alive the traveling motorcycle show tradition; Birds n Beasts, which showcases stunning birds of prey and shares a wildlife conservation message; and the Great Lakes Timber Show, featuring lumberjack competitions of skill and brawn.

The 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.mountainfair.org.

Sept. 7, 2021 Media Advisory

N.C. Mountain State Fair to hold safety press conference Thursday

WHAT:

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson, N.C. Mountain State Fair officials and others will communicate safety procedures for grounds safety, traffic control, animal exhibits, carnival rides and more.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.

Upper chairlift landing pad, WNC Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher

Enter through Gate 1 off Fanning Bridge Road. Park near Entrance E and walk between barns to conference site at top of hill.

In case of rain, press conference will be held at the Davis Event Center.


WHo:

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson
Matt Buchanan, N.C. Mountain State Fair
Jim Drew, Drew Expositions
Representatives from state and local law enforcement, fire and rescue, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

MORE INFO:

The 27th N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. More information is available at www.mountainfair.org

Aug. 18, 2021

N.C. Mountain State Fair extends entry deadlines for cooking and gospel singing competitions

FLETCHER – The N.C. Mountain State Fair has extended the deadlines for the cooking and gospel singing competitions to Aug. 20 at 11:55 p.m.

All competitions are online registration only. The cooking competition offers a total of $3,825 in premiums and the gospel singing competition has $2,100 in total premiums.

Interested contestants still have time to enter the Clogging Championship, which also has an Aug. 20 deadline. Other competition deadlines remain the same, including the following:

  • Aug. 27 – General Exhibits, Youth Llama Show, Rabbits, Livestock, Display Livestock, Very Special Livestock Show
  • Aug. 29 – N.C. Mountain State Fair Pageant
  • Sept. 14 – Ice Cream Eating Contest

For more information on competitions, upcoming deadlines and rules, visit www.wncagcenter.org/p/mountainstatefair/competitions or contact entry coordinator Tamara Crain at 828-687-1414, ext. 210.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors 65 and up and children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Check the website for special promotions and discount days. Advance tickets are on sale now at participating Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center, the WNC Farmers Market and online at www.mountainfair.org. Fairgoers can save $2 on gate admission and 40 percent off on ride tickets by purchasing them in advance. More information is available at www.mountainfair.org.

Aug. 11, 2021

Competitive fair entries can ride Pony Express Run to N.C. Mountain State Fair for easy and quick entry

Pony Express available until Aug. 23 through local county extension centers


FLETCHER – The deadline to enter crafts, art and food preserves in competition at the N.C. Mountain State Fair is quickly approaching. To help as many fairgoers as possible in the area be able to enter, the Mountain State Fair is again offering the Pony Express Run with free delivery for entry items from outlying Cooperative Extension offices to the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.

“We want everyone to join the fun at this year’s fair and be able to enter their competitive exhibits in the N.C. Mountain State Fair,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “The Pony Express makes it easy for fairgoers from all of our outlying counties to submit their competition entries so the entire region can be represented during the N.C. Mountain State Fair.”

When entering items online, participants must check Pony Express. After receiving an entry confirmation, competitors can drop off their non-perishable entries on or before the Aug. 23 deadline at extension centers in Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Watauga and Yancey counties, as well as on the Cherokee Reservation.

Non-perishable items must be submitted wrapped and packed securely for transport, labeled with the participant’s name and county of residence plus include a copy of their online entry confirmation. Entries will be returned to the same extension offices after the fair by Sept. 24. Only items picked up by the Pony Express will be retuned on the Pony Express following the fair.

Participants can learn more about this year’s competitions, view the catalog and submit their entries online at www.wncagcenter.org/p/mountainstatefair/competitions. For questions, contact Tamara Crain, entry department coordinator, at 828-687-1414, ext. 210, or tamara.crain@ncagr.gov.

The 27th N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Discounted advance tickets to this year’s fair are now available at participating Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center, the WNC Farmers Market and online at www.mountainfair.org.

Aug. 9, 2021

N.C. Mountain State Fair is ready to 'Ride Again' and welcome back visitors with new entertainment and plenty of fair favorites

FLETCHER – The 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair is gearing up for its most anticipated run ever, and fairgoers will find new grounds entertainment mixed in with all the favorites that they have waited to see.

“After a year to forget, we are planning a Mountain State Fair to remember,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “I can hear the excitement and anticipation building when I talk with fair vendors, staff, the midway operator, competitors and fairgoers. Everyone is eager to make this the best fair ever. That means guests will find loads of music, thrilling rides, engaging livestock shows, energetic clogging, mountain crafts, fun entertainment and delicious fair food to enjoy every day.”

New and returning entertainment

New to the grounds will be the Wild Wheels Wall of Death, a retro motorcycle thrill show that keeps alive the traveling motorcycle show tradition; Birds n Beasts, which showcases stunning birds of prey and shares a wildlife conservation message; and the Great Lakes Timber Show, featuring lumberjack competitions of skill and brawn.

These new acts will round out about a dozen daily entertainment opportunities across the fairgrounds. Returning favorites include the Circle C pig races, where piglets race to the finish line for a cheese puff grand prize; Kenya Safari Acrobats, an energetic troupe that showcases their strength, flexibility and balance; Brad Matchett’s Agricadabra Magic Show and Comedy Hypnotist Show; Extreme Illusions & Escapes, featuring Las Vegas-style illusions; and the friendly dinosaurs of Dakota and Friends.
Agriculture

Fairgoers can gain insight into North Carolina’s $95.9 billion agriculture and agribusiness industry through the popular Mooternity Ward, featuring a live calf birth daily, along with the Mobile Dairy Classroom, Farmer’s Bill Ag-Venture, and The Barnyard, with its display of livestock and information on production numbers in the state. In addition, livestock shows throughout the fair highlight junior and adult competitors and top area animals.

Music, Clogging and Special Competitions

Local bluegrass bands, gospel singers and groups, and cloggers will light up Heritage Stage with their performances.
The Clogging Competition, which is sanctioned by The United Clogging Association, kicks things off Sept. 10 & 11. A total of $6,600 in premiums are being offered.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair Pageant will be held Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.

On Sept. 14, the fair will host an Ice Cream Eating Contest that you sign up for that day. Competitions are divided by age groups, with five categories: 5-7 years old; 8-12 years old; 13-17 years old; adults 18 and up.

The Gospel Singing Contest, featuring individuals, duos and groups, will be held Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Rides and Entertainment

Midway provider Drew Exposition plans to bring two new rides to the fair including a high-speed thrill ride from England called the “Fighter” and a classic American Eagle Ferris Wheel made in Jacksonville, Ill.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors 65 and up and children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Check the website for special promotions and discount days. Advance tickets are on sale now at participating Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center and the WNC Farmers Market. Fairgoers can save $2 on gate admission and 40 percent off on ride tickets by purchasing them in advance. More information is available at www.mountainfair.org.


Aug. 5, 2021

N.C. Mountain State Fair advance tickets on sale now

Save up to 40% by purchasing before Sept. 9

FLETCHER – Discounted advance tickets for the 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair are now on sale at area Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center and online at www.mountainfair.org.

“We’re excited for the Mountain State Fair to be back this year. Buying in advance saves fairgoers time and money, with $2 off gate admission and about 40 percent off ride tickets,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “Details on where to buy advance tickets can be found online on our website at www.mountainfair.org.”

Fairgoers can purchase tickets during checkout within normal business hours at any participating Ingles locations in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher and soon at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Online tickets are available at www.mountainfair.org.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults. Children, ages 6-12, and seniors, ages 65 and up, can purchase advance tickets for $4. Admission to the fair is free for children ages 5 and under. Ride lovers can purchase a sheet of 21 ride tickets for $12 in advance, a savings of $8. Those wishing to save on discounted advance tickets have until Sept. 9 at 11:59 p.m. After then, tickets will be available online and at the gate. Redeem tickets purchased online by printing the confirmation details or taking a screen capture of the confirmation info and barcode to be scanned at the fair entrance.

The 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair “Rides Again” Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. This year’s fair celebrates the people, importance of agriculture, art and tradition that make Western N.C. great, plus includes plenty of rides, food and free entertainment. More information and tickets are available at www.mountainfair.org.

July 27, 2021

N.C. Mountain State Fair "Rides Again" in 2021 with new competitions and returning favorites

Online registration now open


FLETCHER – The N.C. Mountain State Fair “Rides Again” in 2021, returning to the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, Sept. 10-19.

“The Fair is back for 10 days of full-steam fun,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “Competitions are a popular attraction with fairgoers, and this year’s fair will include both new competitions and plenty of returning favorites. Showcasing the talents and skills of all those who call Western North Carolina home, is one of the best parts in celebrating our community.”

New competitions

In response to requests, a youth show for llamas has been added. This includes multiple youth classes for pack, public relations, obstacles and even a costume class with the theme, “All Things Food!”

Since so many youths in the area are raising their own flocks of chickens and ducks, a new Youth Poultry Egg Show sets the stage for fierce competition where judges will evaluate each dozen of white, brown or blue/green or other shelled chicken and duck eggs based on USDA standards. Fresh eggs entered must be from the exhibitor’s flock raised on their farm or homeplace.

“We’re glad to bring the N.C. Mountain State Fair back this year and happy for the opportunity to have such a wide range of competitions and contests,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The experience our youth receive from competing at the Fair will benefit them their entire lives. They learn so much in raising and showing livestock, making arts and crafts, raising foods and produce, and showcasing their many other talents.”

Also new this year, during registration for general exhibit competitions each exhibitor must sign up for a specific drop off and pick up time slot to spread out the number of exhibitors at one time. Family or friends wanting to drop off or pick up together must sign up for the same time slot.

Registration now open

Entry registrations are open now and online entries are being accepted. Entry deadlines are quickly approaching for several competitions at the 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair.

The gospel singing contest will be held Sept. 18 with contests for solo performers and groups. Space is limited to the first 10 solo entries and the first five group entries in each class. The entry deadline for the gospel singing contest and cooking competitions is Friday, Aug. 13.

Cooking contests will be held daily throughout the fair. Every contest is sponsored by a state commodity association, including the N.C. Tomato Growers Association, N.C. Aquaculture Association, N.C. Beef Council, N.C. Pork Council, N.C. Egg Association, N.C. Blueberry Council, N.C. Dairy Producers Association, N.C. Apple Growers Association and N.C. Sweet Potato Commission.

The ice cream eating competition will be in the Davis Event Center on Sept. 14 with several categories for different age groups and even celebrities. Mills River Creamery, a local dairy and creamery, sponsors this contest. Winners receive trophies for being the first person in their category to eat a specified amount of ice cream.

Entry deadlines approaching

In addition to gospel singing and cooking contests, the N.C. Mountain State Fair is hosting competitions for livestock, clogging, art, photography, agricultural and horticultural products, preserved foods, youth flower and garden, and more. The following are entry deadlines for specific categories:

  • Aug. 6 – Clogging Championship (First Cutoff)
  • Aug. 13 – Cooking Competitions, Gospel Singing Contest
  • Aug. 27 – General Exhibits, Youth Llama Show, Rabbits, Livestock, Display Livestock, Very Special Livestock Show
  • Aug. 29 – N.C. Mountain State Fair Pageant
  • Sept. 14 – Ice Cream Eating Contest

To stay up to date with a full list of competitions, upcoming deadlines and rules, visit www.wncagcenter.org/p/mountainstatefair/competitions. For questions regarding competitions, contact entry coordinator Tamara Crain at 828-687-1414, ext. 210.


The 27th N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors 65 and up and children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Check the website for special promotions and discount days. More information is available at www.mountainfair.org.

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