It’s that time of year again. The fall season brings the changing of leaves, cooler weather, pumpkin spiced lattes and of course, the Fair. The N.C State Fair arrives on Thursday, Oct. 12th opening with a 150th Kickoff where admission and portions of food from participating food vendors will be only $1.50! Although you can check out their daily deals and specials going on all week long, this is sure to be the best deal yet! Come join them as they kick off the season with prizes, such as 150 free ride passes, and enjoy everything the fair has to offer.

Nothing screams “State Fair” than the smell of fried food or smoked meat. The giant turkey legs, deep fried Oreos, or classic funnel cakes, the food is what everyone looks forward to when going to the Fair. This year the Fair is introducing all new food for you to try. Welcome the fall season with their deep fried pumpkin pie or experience something new with an Arepa, Envuelto, or Empanada among the many other foods that will be presented at the fairgrounds. In addition, Our State Public House in Heritage Circle will be showcasing about 40 different breweries and wineries across the state for the first time. You must be 21 years or older to buy tickets to sample all the different kinds of wines and beers that are locally crafted. The portion of the proceeds will go towards the research and marketing for the North Carolina’s craft beer industry. After your fill of food, don’t miss their daily events. From live music, to racing pigs, to circus acts and everything in between, there is lots to see and do at the fair. Plus enjoy thrilling new rides or soar above the lights on the State Fair Flyer and watch the magic of the State Fair below. Be sure to check out the awesome deals going on right now for ride passes so that you can enjoy the fair rides all day long!

Not into the rides? No problem! Watch the artists at work crafting away on their latest handmade masterpieces as you stroll through the Village of Yesteryear. Learn about the diversity of agriculture and discover the different local food products from the Got to be NC Agriculture exhibit. Stroll through an oasis of winding pathways through beautiful gardens featuring annual flowers, scented herbs, and potted plants at the Flower & Garden Show. Milk a cow while visiting all the other animals in the State Fair Ark.

From fried food, to thrilling rides, to local events there is so much more to discover at the State Fair for you, your friends and family. And it all leads up to the end-of-the-night fireworks show! The fair will stick around until next Sunday, Oct. 22nd so you can get your fill of food, fun, festivities and more!