New Foods
Arepa Loca
Rolled Ice Cream
Bubbas Bacon

Arepa Burger

Arepa Loca

Traditional arepa stuffed with prime choice homemade burger and servied with a slice of tomato and onion then topped with stick potatoes and traditional pink and cilantro guacamole.

Rolled Ice Cream

Black's Concessions

Liquid ice cream poured onto an anti-griddle with toppings such as cherry cheesecake, toffee, oreo and then rolled and topped with whipped cream.

Unicorn Bacon
Jalapeno Cheetos Bacon

Bubba's Bacon

Unicorn Bacon: Bacon-on-a-Stick dipped in glaze and rolled in fruity pebbles cereal.

Jalapeno Cheetos Bacon: Bacon-on-a-Stick dipped in jalapeno nacho cheese and rolled in cheetos.

Apple Cobbler Bites
Cluck Puppies

Shrimp Taco with
Pineapple Salsa

Capt. Neill's Seafood

Cinnamon Toast Cruch
Apple Cobbler Bites

Chef's D'Lites

Granny Smith apple slices coated in a special Cinnamon Toast Crunch batter, deep fried and topped with a drizzle
of caramel, cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.

Cluck Puppies


A twist on traditional hushpuppies, Cluck Puppies are a fusion of Chick-N-Que's chopped chicken bbq and signature cheddar cheese hushpuppy mix, deep fried to perfection and offered with your choice of CNQ's dipping sauce.

Cool Runnings

Italian Ice Tea Float


Two scoops of your favorite Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice in a cup of Chick-N-Que's sweet tea.

Savory Churros

Churros To Go

Crunchy cheese churros topped with bacon and parsley.

Jerk Pork Wrap
with Mango Sauce

Cool Runnings Jamaican

Jerk pork seasoned with our signature jerk seasoning served in a wrap with lettuce, tomato and mango sauce.


Douglas Farms
Grasshopper Funnel Cake
HT PorkChop

Roasted & Glazed Sweet Corn with Bacon

Douglas Farms

Douglas Farms traditional roasted corn, dipped in doughnut glaze
and rolled in bacon.

Grasshopper Funnel Cake

Gobblin' Gourmet

Chocolate brownie funnel cake topped with dark chocolate fudge, mint drizzle, whipped cream and oreo bit topping.

Thanksgiving Turkey
Chop Sandwich

Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ

Hand-cut turkey chop deep fried and smothered in gravy on a buttery bun topped with thanksgiving dressing and cranberry sauce.

Howling Cow

Waffle Cone

Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ

A waffle cone of mac-n-cheese, topped with turkey bbq, turkey cracklings, coleslaw and signature sauce.


Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

NC State's Howling Cow

Candied Bacon S'more

LaFarm Bakery

House-made marshmallow filled with scrumptious applewood smoked bacon ganache and dipped in chocolate resting on Carolina ground whole wheet graham cracker and topped with candied bacon.


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Crème Brûlée

Miss Debbie's
Specialty Apples

A Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel covered in white chocolate rolled in crème brûlée cheesecake topped with toasted brown sugar.

Pumpkin Spice Latte 
Miss Debbie's

Specialty Apples

A Granny Smith apple dipped in creamy Caramel, rolled in white chocolate chips, dipped in white chocolate and covered in pumpkin spice coffee. Drizzled in white chocolate. Then top with cinnamon sugar and a pumpkin coffee candy cup.

Triple Threat

Miss Debbie's
Specialty Apples

A Granny Smith apple dipped in fresh caramel and rolled and M&Ms. dipped in white chocolate rolled in crushed Reesie peanut butter cups then drizzled with dark chocolate topped with a glob of white chocolate,M&Ms and peanut butter cups.

Unicorn Apple
Pork Loin

Unicorn Apples

Miss J's Sweet Shoppe

A Granny Smith apple dipped in white chocolate, with fruit roll-up mane and rock candy horn.

SoJo Melt

Neomonde Mediterranean

Sauteed all-natural ground lamb with onions, soujouk spices, hummus spread, lebanese pickles, melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses, roma tomatoes and a new jalapeno/cilantro green hot sauce called "Shug" served on an 8" italian hoagie.

Slow Smoked Bourbon
Brown Sugar Rubbed
Pork Loin

Old North State Kitchen

Whole pork loin slow smoked with hardwood rubbed with bourbon brown sugar, served a sliced "chop" with all natural juices.

Country Ham
Chicken Ranch Pizza

Chocolate Chip

Ragin' Cajun

Chocolate chip hushpuppies with southern chocolate gravy and powdered sugar.

Country Ham and Cheddar
Cheese Hushpuppies

Ragin' Cajun

Country ham and cheddar cheese hushpuppies served with molasses whipped butter.

Chicken Ranch Pizza


KK Doughnuts
Shrimp Grits

Krispy Kreme Glazed
Mini Donuts

S2 Concessions

Deep Fried Meatballs

State Fair Foods

Shrimp & Cheddar
Cheese Grits Eggroll

Woody's Sports Tavern & Grill

N.C. farm raised shrimp, NC stone-ground cheese grits, tasso ham, rolled into an eggroll wrapper lightly deep fried until crispy and topped with a red pepper remoulade sauce.

New Ticket Packages and Promotions




Dizzy Pass - $31


Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 11



1 FastTrack Admission Ticket

1 Unlimited Ride Wristband


Dizzy Passes are only available online in advance of the Fair. This package must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.


Each wristband will be valid for one day only during the 2018 N.C. State Fair. Advance sale wristband vouchers will be redeemed at the N.C. State Fair Ride Redemption Tents.


Rider must be present at redemption for wristband to be applied.

Unlimited Ride Wristbands do NOT include admission to the N.C. State Fair and are not valid at the State Fair Flyer.


Ride Redemption Tents are located near Gate 8, near Dorton Arena and in Kiddieland. Look for the neon green tents with stars on top. Tents will be open on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Casey 4




Casey's Family 4-Pack - $50


Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 11



4 FastTrack Admission Tickets

2 Ride Sheets (18 tickets per sheet)

1 Casey Cardinal Plush Doll


Casey's Family 4-Packs are only available online in advance of the Fair. This package must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. A voucher will be printed for your Casey Cardinal plush. Bring the voucher to the official State Fair store, "The Nest," to pick up your Casey. Located in the lobby of the Expo Center, "The Nest" is open Thursday, Oct. 11 from 4 - 9:45 p.m. and Friday, October 12-Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.





Kegs and Corks Pass - $15


Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 11



1 FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket

1 Our State Public House Admission ticket with your choice of two 8oz. N.C. craft beer samples or two 3oz. N.C. wine samples.


Kegs and Corks Passes are only available online in advance of the Fair. This package must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.


This offer is limited to one admission to the Our State Public House per person, per day. Redemption must be made by a person 21+.


FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides or the State Fair Flyer. 





Tools For Schools Program - $$ For Your School


Online Advance Sale Only: August 1-October 11


We are excited to expand our Tools for Schools program in 2018~ Support Wake, Edgecombe or Johnston County Public Schools by purchasing tickets in advance of the N.C. State Fair with your school code.


For every adult ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every child ticket purchased using a school code, the State Fair will donate $1 to the school.


To support your school, simply enter your school code under "Membership" at check-out on the Tools for Schools link. This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.


Download your

WCPSS School Code


Download your

ECPS School Code


New Rides
Dumbo Elephants Kraken

Mini Trooper    

New Grounds Entertainment

The 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.


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!

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.


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.

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.