New in 2022

 New Foods
Stay tuned, coming soon!
 New Vendors & Sponsors
Stay tuned, coming soon!
 New Rides
Air Mxx
Crazy Cab

Air Maxx

6 tickets
48" or taller

Crazy Cabs

4 tickets
42" w/adult, 48" alone


Techno Jump

6 tickets
48" or taller

Wave Swinger 2

5 tickets
48" or taller




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.