The North Carolina Mountain State Fair is back y’all, and you know what that means. DEEP FRIED EVERYTHING!!!
“Deep fried twinkies?”
“Deep fried Milky Ways and Snickers?”
Yep, those too.
“Deep fried frog legs?”
I will have to get back to you on that one, but nevertheless, the fair is back in full swing. So slap on your overalls, your straw hat, and your thickest country accent, and head on down to the Agricultural Center located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732. Remember to eat EVERYTHING, ride the scrambler (look to the left or right if you have to puke. Straight ahead and you will be wearing your deep fried twinkie as a bowtie), and as always, “Sometimes the sheep just need pushed through the fence.”
$4.00 Children 6 – 12 years of age.
$4.00 Senior 65 years and older.
Children 5 years and under FREE
Groups (30+ people) Advance discount price $5.00
Family Fun Pack $35.00 – Includes 5 Admission Tickets, 4 ride tickets plus vendor coupons
Special Promotions and Discount Days
Friday, September 5th
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 $20.00
Monday, September 8th
Ride all day for $20
Wednesday, September 10th
Ingles Day – FREE Gate Admission with five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods from Ingles supermarket.
Thursday, September 11th
Ride all day for $20
Friday, September 12th
FREE Gate Admission for seniors 65 & older
Friday Night Frenzy: – 9pm until 1am – One price admission includes unlimited rides $20.00
Friday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 1:00am
Saturday: 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: 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. 5 & Sept. 12 9:00pm till 1:00 am
|Sea Lion Splash
The sea lions will amaze the crowd as they balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, perform handstands and show their pretty smiles. This is the only show in the U.S. to feature both California and South American sea lions. The idea of the Sea Lion Splash originated when Squalus started taking in beached sea lions who were unable to be returned to the wild due to age or injuries and unable to provide food for themselves. Squalus provides a permanent home for these sea lions for the rest of their lives.
Welcome to the source of Legendary Animals. Let them inspire you with their silhouette and multicolored costumes. With elegance they move around above the ground, blowing a wind of imagination with their acrobatics. Each puppet has its very own unique personality and breathing life into these mythical creatures while balancing them on stilts requires extraordinary technical and dramatic abilities.
|K9s in Flight
John Misita’s K9s in Flight are the premier K9 Sports entertainers in the world! K9s in Flight have been seen on The Discovery Channel , ESPN , The Disney Channel, Animal Planet, HBO, MTV Music Television, and more. Amazingly, all of K9s in Flight’s Stars have been rescued or adopted from shelters all over the country. These “homeless to high flying” dogs are a favorite for people of all ages.
|Josh Knotts & Lea – Extreme Illusions & Escapes
Josh Knotts has performed across the nation and in 6 countries bringing a high energy mix of illusions, theatre and comedy for a magic performance incomparable to other magicians. Josh and Lea pride themselves on their mix of Las Vegas style grand illusions, skillful edge of your seat escapes and audience participation– they will even use audience members in some of their big illusions!
|Brad Comedy Hypnotist
Family Friendly Vegas Style Hypnosis Show. Watch in absolute disbelief as your friends, family, co-workers and students forget their names, become Elvis impersonators, or even jump up and down convinced that they have “won the lottery!” You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the show and become an instant star or just sit back, relax, and watch the fun unfold! The show is clean comedy and appropriate for all audiences.
|Wild Encounters with Carlton Burke
Naturalist and educator Carlton Burke presents the incredible diversity of animal life. Programs are fun and educational. Experience the thrill of seeing and learning about wild animals up close.
|Kenya Safari Acrobats
The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free from an impoverished country. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages.
|Leon Jacobs, Jr.
This piano show dares to go where you take it with comedy, music, and a whole lot more. Never scripted and completely hilarious, you’ll be singing along to a variety of music… from Elvis to Snoop Dogg, Leon will try anything! Friday – Sunday (3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:15) Monday – Thursday (5:00, 7:00, 9:15) Pepsi Music Stage
|Agricadabra Presents: The Science of Ag
Brad Matchett is a magician who calls himself an educational agricultural specialist. The Agricadabra show brings agriculture to life in a Fun and Creative way. Friday – Sunday (11:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30) Monday – Thursday (4:30, 6:00, 7:30) Bill’s Farm Adventure
Watch stampedes of ear-flapping squealers chase the checkered flag. These portly porkers appeal to all audiences.
|Bills Farm Adventure
Watch mama pig with her piglets, the baby ducks on the water slide and enjoy hands-on barnyard activities for the children. (Bill’s Farm Adventure)
Watch the miracle of birth at the “Mooternity Ward.” Agriculture students along with veterinarians will be with the animals to oversee, assist with the deliveries and narrate the birth events that occur during Fair hours. Thanks to fertility management techniques, organizers anticipate several live births each day; but, of course, the exact timing is still up to Mother Nature. (Mooternity Ward)
|Dixie Starlight Express
Talented cowgirls deliver precise, fast paced performances on horseback, also adding pageantry and patriotism.
You are invited to march to a cadence rooted in the past, celebrating the present and anticipating the future. Throughout the day, a number of demonstrations are offered. Ranging from molasses making, blacksmithing, pottery, colorful needlework to basket weaving – questions, from all ages, are encouraged. (Virginia C. Boone Mountain Heritage Building)
2014 Mountain Music Festival
Friday, September 5 (7-9 pm)
7:00 The Moore Brothers
7:55 The Green Valley Cloggers
8:05 Appalachian Consort
Saturday, September 6 (7-9 pm)7:00 The Waymasters
7:55 Mountain Tradition
8:10 Stoney Creek Cloggers
8:20 Rhiannon Ramsey
8:40 Southern Mountain Fire
8:50 Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers
Sunday, September 7 (5-7 pm)
5:00 Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band
5:45 J Creek Cloggers
6:00 The Doghouse Band
6:45 Lake Lure Clogging Team
Monday, September 8 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Julia Ann Band
7:50 Jonah Riddle with Bluegrass Express
8:05 The Traveler’s Club
8:35 Mountain Thunder Cloggers
Tuesday, September 9 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Sons of Ralph
7:50 The Rathbones
8:10 Adams, Queen & Rifkin
Wednesday, September 10 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Peg Twisters
7:45 Southern Connection Cloggers
8:15 Carolina Blue
Thursday, September 11 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Front Porch Pickers
7:50 Folk Heritage Smooth Dance Team
8:05 Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition
Friday, September 12 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Ric Ledford & Reems Creek Incident
7:45 Smokey Mountain Stompers
8:00 Grits & Soul
8:40 Asheville Clogging Company
Saturday, September 13 (7-9 pm)
7:00 Dark Corner Bluegrass
7:45 Fines Creek Flatfooters
7:55 Southern Appalachian Cloggers
8:05 Gospel Grass
8:45 Appalachian Mountaineers
Sunday, September 14 (5-7 pm)
5:00 The Mehaffey Brothers
5:45 The Mountaineer Cloggers
6:00 George & Brooke Buckner
6:45 Cole Mountain Cloggers