The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’sState Fair exhibit is located between the Old Farm Machinery Building and the Children's Barnyard, across from the Village of Yesteryear.


This year’s exhibit will feature the wetlands of North Carolina and the species that they support. Fair attendees can learn about the American alligator and how it is managed in the state. The exhibit will also showcase the research and habitat restoration efforts of Commission biologists to benefit other wetland species such as gopher frogs, bog turtles and muskellunge. Visitors can also learn about hunting opportunities for disabled sportsmen and women.

This year’s State Fair wildlife button, a favorite collectible for fair attendees since 1981, will feature the American alligator. American alligators occur naturally in North Carolina, inhabiting bay lakes, rivers, creeks, marshes, swamps and ponds, with local populations distributed in patches along the entire coast.


As always, visitors of all ages can practice their aim at the pellet gun range and learn about firearms safety and the Commission’s shooting range program. Also, be sure to stock up for holiday gift-giving at the Wild Store with baseball caps, t-shirts, the 2019 Wildlife Calendar and Wildlife in North Carolina magazine subscriptions.


The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, except Thursday, Oct. 11, when the exhibit opens at 3 p.m. All activities are free.