• Antique Farm Machinery

  • Agriculture Today

  • Canstruction
  • Field of Dreams

  • Flower & Garden Show

  • Forest Services

  • Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Got to Be NC Agriculture

  • Heritage Circle

  • Soil & Water

  • State Fair

  • Mobile Dairy

  • Village of Yesteryear

  • NC Wines

Antique Farm Machinery

The Antique Farm Machinery exhibit, located near the Village of Yesteryear displays a collection of vintage farm tools ranging from traditional spinning wheels to aged hand reapers. The exhibit also features an old milk bottle display and more than a dozen Allis-Chalmers, Farmall, John Deere and Silver King tractors from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.




Visit the Agriculture Today exhibit presented by North Carolina’s soybean farmers and their check-off, and fill your virtual rain gauge with hands-on activities and a stage show that showcases exciting changes in how our food and fiber come to us.


Once your virtual rain gauge is filled with information on row crop production, nutrition, accessible gardening, precision agriculture, livestock production and more, trade it in for a rain gauge you can take home. Check out our 10ft. tall Soybean Waterfall and don’t miss the fire truck photo op. You may even catch Smokey Bear making a visit!


Located near Gate 11 and open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.


Participating Exhibitors

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Inc.

North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Research Stations Division

North Carolina Forest Service

American Chemical Society


Wake Technical Community College - STEM Bus

Seed Survivor
Farm to School Calendar Winners






Canstruction Sponsors


Canstruction prototype for Dorton Arena




A scale model of Dorton Arena, made entirely of food products is a must see at this year's fair. Over 13,000 products will be used to build the structure, housed in the Exposition Center lobby. Not only will you be able to see the structure, but we have also built a Hunger Fact Wall, highlighting food insecurity issues in North Carolina. The structure is available for viewing the entire length of the fair, and will be dismantled and donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as part of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions' "Dream Big" initiative.







Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams Exhibit

Children are invited to spend some time on the fair’s miniature farm to learn more about the connection between the farm and the dinner table.

Visitors to Field of Dreams can get a basket at the exhibit entrance and pick crops such as apples, strawberries and cucumbers. Along the way, you'll learn about other crops and how they turn into everyday staples, such as peanut butter and cereal. After picking the crops, children can then “sell” their harvest at the Field of Dreams Farmers Market for fair money. The money can then be spent at the Field of Dreams Grocery Store.

Features of this exhibit include a resting area for parents, a greenhouse, aquaculture display and container gardening information. And don't forget to stop by the photo op site just outside of the exhibit for a great fall family photo.

Presented by the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and the NCDA&CS, this exhibit includes a coloring contest, storytelling center and a photo area where families can take a snapshot from their day at the “farm.”


Located near Gate 1 and Dorton Arena. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.


Flower & Garden Show

Flower Show

This oasis on the fairgrounds features winding pathways through beautiful gardens grown by local organizations. More than 90 demonstrations will be held throughout the fair, with experts offering advice on such topics as pumpkin carving, flower arranging and proper plant care. Climb on the giant Adirondack chair, or pose with the Barrel Monster family for a unique photo op.


The Flower & Garden Show competitions feature cut perennial and annual flowers, scented herbs and potted plants. The colorful arrangements inside and the themed gardens outside are intended to be both educational and artistic. The Flower Show often inspires amateur gardeners to green their thumbs by planting their own personal gardens.

Contact us for more information about how you can volunteer in the Flower & Garden Show. Opportunities are available for pre-fair planting and preparations and fair workers.


The Flower Show is located near the Village of Yesteryear and Heritage Circle.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.

Daily events:

Every day

Gourd Crafts

Shelly Nowik

Every Day


Red Hen


Lighted Hoopdance




N.C. Forest Service

Come learn about forests and fire prevention by following the path behind Heritage Circle and crossing the bridge to the

N.C. Forest Service exhibit in the Fair Forest.


Be sure to check out the 21-foot-tall Smokey Bear, the fire tower, Firewise Building, firefighting equipment and all the exhibits in the N.C. Forest Service tent, where Forest rangers will be passing out tree seedlings that fairgoers can take home and plant in their yards.  There is also an old fashion working wood mill and personnel from the Division of Soil and Water Conservation.





N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Exhibit


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s State Fair exhibit, located north of the Village of Yesteryear, will feature exhibits that let visitors try out some of the outdoor fun that the Commission offers year-round, including fishing skills, shooting sports and wildlife-watching.


The state fair button, which the agency has given away each year since 1981, will feature an American Kestrel.


Throughout the duration of the fair, visitors of all ages can take a shot at the air rifle range and learn about firearms safety from Wildlife Enforcement Officers. Featured this year are the Sensory Safari, Mobile Aquarium and outdoor recreation for families.




The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, except on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.

Got to Be NC Agriculture

Got to Be NC Agriculture Exhibit Discover food products from across North Carolina at the Got to Be NC Agriculture exhibit, located just outside the Scott Building. The exhibit is full of locally grown and locally produced food products on display with free samples, goods for purchase and plenty of prizes. More than 20 local vendors will participate in the exhibit throughout the course of the fair. The fair's "buy local, shop local, eat local" tent will also feature a booth for its local direct-marketing website, NCFarmFresh.com, which helps users find farmers markets, roadside stands and pick-your-own farms throughout the state.

Got to Be NC Agriculture
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.


Oct. 17 – 22
Baldies BBQ
Harvest Tim Foods
Cloister Honey
Good Rub
Home Industries
Fatboyz Barbecue & Sauce
Shop Sauce
Mackeys Ferry Peanuts
Carolina Packer
Butterfields Candy


Oct. 23 – 27
Ford’s Gourmet
Atlantic Natural Foods
Big Country Goumet
Ginny ‘O’s ‘
House Autry Mills
Hwy 55 Burgers
JRod’s Backyards Grill
NC Catch
NC Fudge
Pepsi Bottling
Natures Pearl




Heritage Circle

TB   Don't let the relaxed atmosphere of the Heritage Circle fool you, the
   nook near the Flower Show has some of the most hard-working
   people at the N.C. State Fair. There is plenty of activity at the circle,
   from the crew maintaining the tobacco barn during the fair to the
  craftsmen demonstrating their traditional methods of woodcarving,
  blacksmithing and chair-building. Visitors can also enjoy the taste
  of  homemade ice cream, apple cider or a hush puppy from the Old
  Grist Mill as they listen to engaging stories or the sweet melodies
  from the Bluegrass Stage.


  The exhibit area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on
  Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.



School house

This historic school house from Lizard Lick serves as the N.C. State Fair's museum. Paul and Lynn Blakinship serve as the State Fair historians and have collected State Fair memorabilia from throughout the fair's 160-year history. Hours vary.

Bluegrass Stage

Sit a spell and listen to great bluegrass artist. Larry Cordle will perform daily at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Cordle is a singer/songwriter, who has written songs for some of country music's biggest stars.

Flue Cured Tobacco Barn

Come to Heritage Circle and see the working tobacco barn as volunteers cure tobacco the old-fashioned way. The barn will be filled on Friday, Oct. 18, from around noon until about 5 p.m. The leaves will be strung on sticks and hung in the barn the same way it was done across North Carolina for generations.


Everyone is welcome to help! At 2 p.m., a stringing contest will name the state champion. Grab some friends and join the competition. Entry time, and practice time, will be Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., while the barn is being filled. After the barn is loaded, the tobacco will be cured by a wood fire for seven days. Fairgoers can take a peak inside the barn to see the process. After it is cured, visitors will be allowed to go inside and see the result of the hard work.

A mock tobacco auction will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Expo Building.


James Madren will demonstrate his woodcarving technique to handcraft large, dough bowls. Learn from Lyle Wheeler, whose shaker-style chairs are crafted through the traditional methods dating back to colonial days. See live blacksmithing demonstrations, and taste homemade ice cream, apple cider and get a hush puppy sample from the Old Grist Mill.

Southern history is full of myths, legends and tall tales. Sharon "Ma" Hutto, a storyteller from Cottonwood, Ala., will share many of these entertaining tales with fairgoers while also demonstrating fire cooking. Before ovens, stoves and microwaves, individuals had to cook on fires built on the floor. The storyteller will demonstrate fire cooking in a 200-year-old pre-Civil War spider pot, cooking such Southern staples as biscuits, cornbread, beans and pies. Storytelling will be continuous throughout the day.


The church in Heritage Circle

The Campers on Mission host a variety of entertainment daily at 12:30, 1:45, 3 and 4:15 p.m. They also host church services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The organization also provides food and services to carnival workers.


Old Grist Mill
Experience a historic, working grist mill and get a delicious hush puppy sample.


Forest Service Exhibit

Up the hill from Heritage Circle, be sure to check out the 21-foot-tall Smokey Bear display and learn about trees and how to prevent forest fires.


Also in this area is a working steam-powered sawmill. Volunteers are on hand to explain how the engine works and show how it was used to transform timber into boards.


Coming Soon!




State Fair Ark

North Carolina’s diverse production of livestock is featured at the State Fair Ark, with more than 60 animals on display.

Fairgoers can see cattle, sheep, goats, swine and learn more about the various breeds of farm animals raised in North Carolina. The Ark’s Avenue of Champions will feature grand and reserve champions from the junior market steer, lamb, goat, turkey and barrow shows.

Visitors also can milk a cow with the help of volunteers from the N.C. State University Animal Science Club.

The Ark is located in the Exposition Center and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.
State Fair Ark


Mobile Dairy Classroom

Dairy Classroom

The Southwest Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom is located between the Graham Building and Expo Center.
Have a seat and learn about modern dairy farms.


Thursday, Oct. 17 - 5, 6 & 7 p.m.
Weekdays, Oct. 18, 21-25: 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26 - shows every hour from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m.
Sundays, Oct. 20 & 27 - shows every hour from noon to 6 p.m.

Village of Yesteryear

Village of Yesteryear

One of the State Fair’s most popular and enduring attractions, the Village of Yesteryear features more than 75 artists and crafters creating, displaying and selling time-honored handmade crafts.

This exhibit, held in the Holshouser Building, offers fairgoers a great opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping with items for all price ranges.

Fair visitors can watch crafters spin wool into yarn, weave yarn into cloth, make rugs, turn pottery, carve wooden bowls and utensils, make split-oak baskets and more. Native American crafts such as hand-coiled pottery, beadwork and stone carving are also featured. Kids and kids-at-heart can even make their own dolls or stuffed toy to take home.

The Village of Yesteryear is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except on Thursday, Oct. 17 when the exhibit will open at 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.villageofyesteryear.org. Or read a blog post from the Deep Fried @ The N.C. State Fair blog about the Village of Yesteryear by clicking here.



North Carolina Wines

Raise a glass of North Carolina Wine in the Hunt Horse Arena.


Sample and purchase an array of North Carolina wines from 11 rotating wineries throughout the fair.


The Got to Be NC Wine exhibit is located in the Hunt Horse Arena outside Gate 8. The exhibit is open from 2 to 9 p.m.