New in 2022

 New Foods
Arepa Loca

Quesadillas with Cactus,

Chorizo, Aguas Frescas

Pineapple and

Horchata, Guayaba, Gorditas
Anita's Authentic Mexican Street Food


Authentic street food will make you feel like you're dining in Mexico!

La Sabrosa Taco
Arepa Loca


Arepa made of pork marinated with garlic, onion, guagillo chilis, cloves salt, pepper and pineapple. Topped with sweet plantains and our traditional cilantro guacamole.

Deep Fried Piggy Tails 
Beaver Concessions


Deep fried bacon topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar, drizzled with syrup.

Bubbas Bacon
Chef Dlites

Deep Fried Bacon
Mac-n-Cheese Tacos

Bubba's Bacon


From the home of the deep fried bacon grilled cheese comes this year's delightful treat of bacon and mac-n-cheese tacos deep fried until crispy and topped with a melted cheese sauce.

Deep Fried Cuban Rolls
Chef's D'Lites


Thin sliced smoked ham, swiss cheese, slow roasted pulled pork and sliced pickles, rolled up and deep fried to a golden brown. Served with a spicy honey mustard on the side for dipping.

DILLYlicious Loaded Pickles
Chester's Gators and Taters


Deep fried pickle fries loaded with bacon, ranch and beer cheese.

Chick N Que
Chick N Que 2
Churros to Go

Frozen Banana Pudding Tacos


Fried tortilla filled with our frozen house-made banana pudding, topped with whipped cream, a nilla wafer and drizzled with caramel.

"Hot Chicken" Tacos


Hot chicken tenders wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with slaw, pickles & crema.

Sparkling Churros
Churros To Go


These churros are sure to attract the kids with their bright and fanciful colors, glazed and topped with sugar in different colors and textures.

Cool Runnings
Douglas Farms
Fat Boys

Jerk BBQ Pulled Pork Bowl
Cool Runnings


Jerk BBQ pulled pork served with our homemade macaroni and cheese.

Douglas Farms


Mexican street corn served in a bag of crushed Doritos.

Smokin' Bovine Roll
Fat Boys BBQ


Burnt end brisket served on a roll with sweet and tangy sauce and slaw upon request.

Fun Time
Gobblin Gourmet

Banana Cream Pie Donut
Fluffys Handcut Donuts


Handcut yeast raised donut, filled with banana cream pudding, dipped in vanilla icing and topped with crushed nilla wafers and a banana.

Chicken Pot Pie Biscuit
Fun Time Foods


Talk about a prime southern comfort food. Delicious chicken pot pie served open-faced on the flakiest of homemade biscuits.

Cornbread & Chili Savory Funnel Cake
Gobblin' Gourmet


Cornbread funnel cake topped with vegetarian chili, shredded cheese, sour cream and jalapenos.

Golden K Dog
Golden K Dog 2
Hickory Tree

Korean Corn Dogs


These classics of Korean street food are not your typical corn dogs! Typically made with a beef or chicken sausage, or mozzarella cheese (or both), wrapped with yeasted batter, coated with panko breadcrumbs or petit potato cubes, then deep fried to a golden brown.

Honey Butter Chicken Fries
golden Kdog


Chicken fries deep fried to a crispy golden and then covered in a smooth honey butter suace.

Thanksgiving Stuffed
Turkey Leg

Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ


Smoked turkey leg stuffed with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Optional: Candied yams, collards or mac-n-cheese.

Hot Chix 1
Hot Chix 2
Incredible popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Mini Pancakes
Hot Chix Hotcakes & Chicken


Fluffy mini pancakes covered in pumpkin sauce, icing and pumpkin spice seasoning. Served with whipped cream for dipping.

Churro Tots
Hot Chix Hotcakes & Chicken


Tater tots covered in cinnamon and sugar, served with dulce de leche sauce for dipping.

Flavored Popcorn
Incredible Popcorn


Incredible Popcorn has been selling delicious popcorn for over 15 years. Available in tons of fruit flavors, s'mores, pumpkin, Oreo, peanut butter cup, birthday cake, jalapeno, pickle and more!

Lees Kitchen

Oreo Crumble Cookie Dough on a Stick
Kora's Cookie Dough
(Emma's Cookie Kitchen)


A chocolate lover's dream! Chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough dipped in chocolate and then rolled in delicious Oreo crumbles.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
La Farm Bakery


Warm Buffalo chicken dip and cheddar cheese spread over a laminated whole wheat croissant and rolled into a pinwheel.

Curry Goat Platter
Lee's Kitchen


Savory goat served in a curry sauce with mac and cheese, cabbage and a roasted plantain.

Moose Joose
Oak City
OMG Banan

Fall In A Cup
Green Apple Loaded Slushie

Moose Joose Slushie


Green apple slush combined with caramel drizzle, apple slices, whipped cream and caramel bits.

Salmon Pops
Oak City Fish and Chips


Fried salmon skewered and topped with a half lemon.

My Mom's Magic Punch
OMG! Banana Pudding


Experience the WOW! with my mom's magic punch. Old fashioned beverage with a new twist!

Original Mineapple
Pioneer Wagon
Ragin Cajun

Mini-Blueberry Pie
Original Mineapple Pie


Just when you couldn't get enough of Minneapple Pie's apple variety, they're coming back this year with blueberry! Vanilla ice cream makes this one a can't miss!

Rattlesnake Corn Dog
Pioneer Wagon


Step back to the wild west with this battered rattlesnake sausage, deep fried and topped with avocado sauce. The Pioneer Wagon will also serve rattlesnake and elk sausage, elk corn dogs and snake bite nachos!

Deep Fried NC Country Ham with Bourbon Peach Jam
Ragin' Cajun


NC country ham slices breaded and deep fried, served with bourbon peach jam.

Salsa Kingdom

Dill Pickle Pizza


Rudy's traditional pizza topped with every dill pickle lovers' dream!

Pepsi Glazed Mini Donuts
S2 Concessions


Mini donuts with a Pepsi glaze, topped with optional chopped peanuts.

Mild, Hot & Thermal Salsa
Salsa Kingdom MW


Time to kick things up a notch with Salsa Kingdom's array of homemade salsas. They will also be serving chili!

Somethin Good
South Raleigh Civitan

Sassy's Soup of the Day
Sassy's Sweet Potatoes


Sassy will be serving up some delicious Soup of the Day options including: cold or hot tomato and herb, hot sweet potato with pears and apples, homemade vegetable with or without rice or noodles, and loaded potato.

Sweet Potato
Country Ham Biscuit

Somethin' Good (Ezzell's)


Spiced sweet potato biscuit with brown sugar cinnamon butter and country ham. The perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Quesabirrias Tacos
South Raleigh Civitan


Quesabirria is a Mexican dish comprising birria-style cooked beef folded into a tortilla with melted cheese and served with a side of consommé for dipping.


Dole Pineapple Split
Tropical Delights


Three mounds of dole pineapple and raspberry whip in a pineapple bowl, garnished with chocolate covered pineapple slices, toasted coconut flakes and strawberries.

Chicken Bacon Ranch
Waffle Stick
Waffle Chix


The Waffle Chix original Chicken in a Waffle on a Stick made even better when topped with ranch dressing and real bacon! For a little extra zest, try it with Buffalo wing sauce!

Fried NC Flounder Tacos
Waypoint Oyster Bar


Two fried NC Flounder tacos with house-made corn and black bean salsa, topped with an avocado cilantro cream sauce.

Pig Mac
Pork Chop

Pig Mac


Homemade white cheddar mac-n-cheese and crispy hickory smoked pork belly, hand-rolled in an eggroll wrapper and deep fried until golden.

Pork Chop on a Stick
Rockin Comet Diner


Center cut pork chop, grilled to perfection with dip available on the side.









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new foods
 N.C. State Fair Bacon Trail in partnership with the N.C. Pork Council




We know you love bacon!! Check out our new N.C. State Fair Bacon Trail in partnership with the North Carolina Pork Council. Just click the map to download your copy and plan your trip!




Bacon Trail
 New Rides
Air Mxx
Crazy Cab

Air Maxx

6 tickets
48" or taller

Crazy Cabs

4 tickets
42" w/adult, 48" alone



Wave Swinger 2

5 tickets
48" or taller



Ride Redemption

This year, we are adding an additional ride voucher redemption tent.

Please see map above for locations!


 New Attractions, Exhibits and Educational Opportunities

Cider House

Heritage Circle Cider House

Heritage Circle near Gate 8


We're all about learning that is fun...for a bit of that, the Heritage Circle Cider House is bringing both this year! Head over to see 5th generation apple farmers from Hendersonville, NC! Bright Branch Farms grows and produces over 100 acres of apples and also presses fresh cider at the farm...and now they're bringing that magic to us right here in Raleigh!

Cider Pressing demonstration daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Come try a cup of farm fresh cider while exploring heritage circle, watching live music, or enjoying the nightly fireworks over the pond!



N.C. Forest Service

Up the hill from Heritage Circle, between Gates 6 & 7


The N.C. Forest Service has a new line-up of educational opportunities at this year's N.C. State Fair. In the State Fair Conservation Forest, just up the hill from Heritage Circle, you'll find an all new "campfire round" on the pond's edge to learn more about one of North Carolina's most valuable resources...its forests.


Friday, October 13 - 1:45 p.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Saturday, October 14 - 9:30 a.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Sunday, October 16 - 9:30 a.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Monday, October 17 - 9:45 a.m. New Forests for Wildlife
Monday, October 17 - 11 a.m. New Forests for Wildlife
Tuesday, October 18 - 12 p.m. Longleaf Pine & Good Fire
Tuesday, October 18 - 1:45 p.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Tuesday, October 18 - 5:15 p.m. Tree Growth 101
Wednesday, October 19 - 12 p.m. Tree Growth 101
Wednesday, October 19 - 3 p.m. Longleaf Pine & Good Fire
Thursday, October 20 - 10 a.m. Longleaf Pine & Good Fire
Thursday, October 20 - 1:45 p.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Friday, October 21 - 9:45 a.m. Living with Fire
Friday, October 21 - 12 p.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Friday, October 21 - 1:45 p.m. Living with Fire
Saturday, October 22 - 9:30 a.m. The Story of Smokey Bear
Sunday, October 23 - 9:30 a.m. The Story of Smokey Bear


NC Beer Night at the N.C. State Fair - Friday, October 14

South Lobby of Dorton Arena (SkyGazer side)


Join us at the NC Public House on Friday, October 14th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for NC Beer Night at the Fair!  Along with pouring an exciting array of beers from NC craft breweries, we will have several brewing education opportunities for our guests.  Have you ever wondered more about how beer is made? 


Come and talk with our panel of brewers during the "Ask a Brewer" question and answer session.  Also, we'll host representatives from Wake Tech's brewing education program, Raleigh's local homebrew club CARBOY, and have a brewing equipment demonstration provided by Atlantic Brew Supply.  Don't miss this fun and informative event taking place at the NC Public House!

 New Free Grounds Entertainment

Agri-cadabra - The Magic of Agriculture

Near the Administration Building at the end of Kiddieland


Agriculture, science, recycling and eating healthy are the stars of this show, which presents fun-filled facts in a magical way that all kids are sure to remember.

Agri-Cadabra demonstrates how healthy eating and agriculture go hand in hand and will also highlight the specific agriculture within your own state.  A fun-fact-filled show, Agri-Cadabra is the perfect combination of entertainment and education.


Brad Comedy Hypnosis Show

Waterfall Stage


Make sure to see Brad Matchett Comedy Hypnotist use hypnosis to entertain at this family-friendly Vegas-style show. He uses volunteers who want to experience a great time. Relax, let go and find out just how much fun you can have! Brad only uses volunteers, no actors, just people who want to experience the great feeling of hypnosis.


Brian Sobaski, Straw Sculptor

Outside the Agri Supply Exposition Center


After years of experience as a trained artist working with wood, metal, cloth and other materials, Brian Sobaski found the medium he thinks he was meant to work with – straw. Instead of fancy galleries, his artwork appears at festivals, state fairs and other outdoor venues with room for his big scale straw sculptures. Come over each day to see Brian's sculptures take life right before your eyes! 


Ember Fire Arts

Heritage Circle


A mezmerizing fire artist from eastern North Carolina, Ember Fire Arts will perform nightly in Heritage Circle. With explanations of how she accomplishes such amazing feats with fire, this show will keep you astonished from start to finish.


presented by

Vendors and Friends of Heritage Circle

Hog Diggity

Hog Diggity Dogs, and More!

Near Gate 10


Hog Diggity Dog is a one-of-a-kind attraction. It is an all new fast paced show running 25 minutes filled with tons of excitement, laughs, audience participation and lots of surprises. It is the very best animal act! Absolute entertainment at its best!

So much talent in these hogs and dogs! The tricks were unreal! Kids go nuts when the pig goes down the slide!


presented by



Steve Trash

Steve Trash - Rockin' Eco Hero

On the Patio of Dorton Arena near the Waterfall


Steve was green waaaay before green was cool! He's a master of making trash disappear right before your very eyes. With the flick of the wrist and an alakazam or two, you are amazed to see items reduced, reused and recycled. And most importantly, the kids LOVE it.