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 pirate acrobats flying through the air, witness the log-splitting powers of a real-life lumberjacks 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 Waterfall Stage, Bluegrass Stage and Heritage Circle Church Stage.


Check the daily schedule for show times!



ARCY Live!

presented by SEANC

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 piece of art each 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.

Canine Stars

Rand Grandstand


The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show is an exciting extreme sports production for family entertainment – highlighting popular dog sports such as dock diving, freestyle frisbee disc, flyball racing, high jumping, and dog agility with multiple breeds of dogs and mixes who have been rescued or adopted from shelters.

Casey's Clubhouse
presented by The Shed Depot of NC



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 'I Met Casey Cardinal' buttons! Check your daily schedule for times.


Chicken Rider

Near Gate 11/Kiddieland - Roving


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!

Dream City Ladybugs

Flower & Garden Show - Roving


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

Fire Safety Show



Fire Departments from across North Carolina come together at the N.C. State Fair with their clowns, puppet friends and fire prevention houses to educate kids and families about working smoke alarms and why you should have a fire escape plan. Magic tricks will encourage kids to stop, drop and roll and family skits will show the importance of replacing batteries in smoke alarms to keep them going strong!


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

Field of Dreams


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!

Kachunga & the Alligator Show

Near Gate 1


From deep in the swamps of Florida comes Kachunga, a real American Bushman who dares to step foot into the murky domain of the American alligator. Gather around to witness a dangerous dance of reflexes and agility as he wrestles a ferocious man-eating reptile with his bare hands.


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.


Ostrich Rider

Near Gate 11 - Roving


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

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

N.C. Forest Service Area


Head up to the N.C. Forest Service area, located behind Heritage Circle, and you'll find real-life lumberjacks showcasing their skills in axe throwing, crosscut sawing, chainsaw carving, chainsaw safety and log rolling. These lumberjacks aren't just here for laughs, learn about issues impacting our forests, what the future holds and why we need our forests.


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!

Steve Trash's Green Street Magic Show

North Dorton Lawn


Eco-entertainer Steve Trash combines his passion for the environment with his love for entertaining kids. Unique, loveable and fun, the show is filled with eco-illusions, magic tricks and comedy that provide children with tips on being green.