Free Entertainment

There's guaranteed to be something for the whole family to enjoy with more than 20 performers from our lineup of talented grounds entertainment. You can see BMX stunt bikers flying through the air, witness the side-splitting powers of a comedy superhero and even see the super-fast speed of racing swine.


They’re just a few of the free entertainment options, which also includes roaming acts and daily concerts in Dorton Arena, on the Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage, Bluegrass Stage and Heritage Circle Church Stage.


Check the daily schedule for show times!



ARCY Live!

Breezeway between Graham Bldg. and Expo Center


Known for his paint splashed style of large scale mural art, Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson has been defining his skills for over a decade. ARCY will be painting one large scale mural a day this year at the Fair! Stop by and watch him work! 

Bubble Wonders

Bubble Wonders



Bubble Wonders is fun, inspiring, educational, and captivates both young and old. Bubble Wonders is full of amazing bubble tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, bubbles inside of bubbles, Kid inside a Bubble and more.


Casey's Clubhouse



Casey Cardinal has a new Clubhouse in Kiddieland and is looking forward to seeing you there! He'll be making regular appearances daily and will be giving out Casey masks and baseball cards! Check your daily schedule for times.


Chicken Rider

Near Gate 11/Kiddieland


That's the biggest chicken we've ever seen! We promise he doesn't peck!

Chinese Imperial Acrobats

Chinese Imperial Acrobats

Between Gates 9 and 10


Watch in amazement as the Chinese Imperial Acrobats twist and turn, performing amazing feats of flexibility under the big top!



Circle C

Circle "C" Racing Pigs

Behind the Scott Building, near Gate 10


Do you pull for Piggy Gordon or Oinkhardt, Jr.? These are the tough questions at the Hogway Speedway! Entertaining families for over a decade, Circle "C" Farm of Newton, NC, brings back their divine swine, and some clucky duckies as well, to race for that coveted cheese doodle!

Cutest Show

The Cutest Show on Earth



The Cutest Show on Earth is a high-energy, free show designed to get family members playing together. Kids dress up and become Star Performers in a live theater experience! Presented multiple times daily, each show features up to 18 kids of all ages chosen from the audience 10 minutes before show time.  While entertaining to every age, The Cutest Show on Earth has a higher purpose to build confidence and creative muscle in the next generation. Join in the enthusiastic rounds of applause for the power of kids’ imaginations!


Dream City LotuSapiens

Flower & Garden Show - Roving


No, your eyes are not deceiving you...those are giant lotusapians frolicking around the Flower and Garden Show! Don't worry, they're friendly!


Guy Gilchrist: Famed Syndicated Cartoonist & Writer

Field of Dreams


Guy Gilchrist was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip. Throughout the years, he has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock, The Pink Panther, The Muppet Babies and Nancy. Come out and visit him in Field of Dreams where he will tell interactive stories with our smallest fairgoers as he illustrates the stories on the spot!


International All-Star Circus

Between Gates 9 and 10


Prancing dogs and other circus attractions will thrill the whole family under the big top!

Jeff Robbins

Jeff Robbins Mountain Music, Stories & Dance

Tobacco Pavilion - Heritage Circle


Bringing authentic sights and sounds of Appalachian mountain music and instruments to the next generation, Jeff Robbins uses a variety of instruments including banjos, guitars and even mouth harps, Jeff is sure to get you on your feet and dancing. Bring out the kids to make an instrument they can take home!


King BMX Stunt Show

Rand Grandstand


King BMX Stunt Shows is one of the top stunt shows in the nation. Its founder, North Carolina's own Keith King, has been involved with BMX freestyle since 1985 and competed in the 1997 and 1998 X Games. With their high-intensity performances, King BMX Stunt Shows boasts the most ramps of any stunt team in the world! 


Laser Light Show

Over the pond near Gate 8/Heritage Circle


Don't miss ending your night at the Fair with our spectacular Laser Light Show over the pond near Gate 8. We'll light up the night sky with a show both kids and kids-at-heart will love! Nightly from 7-11 p.m.

Magic Bean

The Magic Bean



The MAGIC BEAN is the perfect blend of education and entertainment for your fair. With a theme of "from the farm, to the kitchen" kids will learn things that never crossed their little minds.


Mother Earth

Flower & Garden Show - Roving


You don't want to miss Mother Earth towering over the crowds! Her dress brings to life the flowers planted around her. She'll also be handing out seed packets so you can plant your own garden and enjoy watching it grow.


Ostrich Rider

Near Gate 11


Look out! We've got a runaway ostrich near Dorton Arena!


Pirates of Colombian Caribbean

Near Gate 11


We ask that you set your mind back in time and dare to lose yourself in a fantastic world of fearless pirate action, adventure, and thrills for an experience you will never forget. 

Red Trouser

The Red Trouser Show

Near Gate 1


The Red Trouser Show is a high end street theater show. Be prepared to marvel at their feats of strength and timing...whether with both feet planted on the ground, or climbing ladders to soaring heights overhead! 


Rock-it the Robot

Kiddieland - Roving


The ultimate galactic mascot! More than just a costume character, Rock-it is a high tech body puppet. Rock-it projects an array of blue lights through his chest, arms and face. At night, he puts on his own light show. This nine foot tall gentle giant stands head and shoulders above the crowds. 




State Fair Monster Mural



Ready to unleash your inner artist? Head out to our State Fair Monster Mural and let your creativity fly!



Strong Man John Beatty

Behind the Scott building, near Gate 10


The STRONG MAN shows combine Vaudeville era feats of strength with World's Strongest Man type events to create one of the most amazing shows available!

Team Rock

Team Rock: The Ninja Experience

Behind the Scott building, near Gate 10


This team of martial arts experts has been wowing audiences around the world with high-flying, jaw-dropping performances that showcase an extraordinary display of extreme breaking and theatrics.