Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend The NC State Fair


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Imagine how different the 2017 North Carolina State Fair will be from the first one 150 years ago. Each year they come up with new attractions to keep the North Carolinians coming back for more! This year there are five big updates that will get you excited for this year’s State Fair.

  1. Ostrich Guy

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How many of you thought it was a real ostrich for approximately 15 seconds?– Just me? Okay, good. Now, apparently this guy will be on the loose near Gate 11, so look out for a very well-crafted ostrich costume.

2. New FOOD

As if there wasn’t enough crazy fair food, this year they decided to step it up a notch. Here are some new menu items you should definitely check out.


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The roasted hot corn on the cob rolled in mayonnaise and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from Douglas Farm will be this year’s hot commodity.


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This new item is a Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie, it is served warm with a scoop of cinnamon vanilla ice cream. Looks like it could satisfy the fall pumpkin cravings and the traditional state fair fried food craving!


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This is everything you’ve ever wanted for breakfast! Its called the B.A.D Chix Hot Chix Hot Cakes & Chicken. Its made of, Eggs, bacon, cheese and syrup drizzle layered on top of a crispy chicken strip, nestled in a hotcake. YUM!


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These Wicked Wafflewich Sliders Chicken-N-Que are made up of Chicken BBQ drenched with spicy buffalo sauce sandwiched between two warm, crisp waffle edges and topped with coleslaw and bleu cheese crumbles. Now that is what innovation looks like!

3. New Rides

This year there are a couple new rides that we haven’t seen before!


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The Air Raid looks like so much fun and is eight tickets to ride!


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This ride is called the F5 and looks like a swinging pendulum type ride, only five tickets to ride!

4. Unlimited Ride Wristbands


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This year there are unlimited ride wristbands!!

According to the NC State Fair website, they are “$25 online only from August 1 – October 12 at 11:59 p.m. Each wristband will be good for one day only and will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents. Wristbands may be purchased at the advance rate ONLINE ONLY. Once the Fair starts, wristbands will be available both online and at the midway ticket booths. $35 online once the Fair begins, or purchased at a midway ticket booth.”

5. New Exhibits


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If you are 21 and over, there is a first time ever opportunity! Our State Public House will offer flights of beer and wine to sample for the first time in NC State Fair history.

According to the NC State Fair website, “Patrons of the Our State Public House will be able to choose from wine or beer. Each wine or beer tasting flight will contain four different samples. Wine samples will be 1½ ounces each, and each beer sample will be 4 ounces. Tickets cost $10 each and will be sold from noon to 8:30 p.m. There is a limit of one ticket per person. IDs will be checked at the door, and no one under 21 will be admitted.”

Overall, it looks like there is something new for everyone this year whether you love fried food or crazy rides! Head on over to the NC state fair this weekend!

-Jenna Curran-