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There's guaranteed to be something for the whole family to enjoy from our lineup of talented grounds entertainment. You can see a live mural painter, 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

ARCY Live!

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! 


Bandaloni

Bandaloni

Near the Holshouser Building/Antique Farm Machinery Building

 

Bandaloni is an amazing, jaw dropping 100% live musical one man band show with loads of audience interaction, humor and astounding novelty tricks executed on his custom made guitar and drum rig. A One Man Band? That means bass & rhythm guitar, harmonica, plus a kick drum, 2 high-hats, snare drum, cowbell, tambourine, and singing with live harmonies...all performed at the same time!


Casey's Clubhouse
presented by The Shed Depot of NC

Kiddieland

 

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.


Cast in Bronze

Cast in Bronze

Flower & Garden Show

 

The carillon is played by a silent and masked "Spirit of the Bells" that appears only to breathe life into the instrument for the performace. The carillons of Cast in Bronze consist of 35 bells each with a total weight of four tons each. Cast in Bronze is the only musical act of its kind in the world.


Circle C

Circle "C" Racing Pigs

Between Gates 9 and 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!


Fire Safety Show

Kiddieland

 

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!


Flippin

Flippin' Aerial & Acrobatic Spectacular

Gate 10

 

An invigorating live presentation where mechanical innovation and flipping artistry integrate to bring you one of most peculiar and extraordinary exhibitions of this era! Among the fanatical innovators are acrobats, comedians and aerialists who have time traveled from a past that never existed to share their eclectic innovations to the advanced world. Among the wild innovations you can expect to witness flying mechanisms, contraptions, body mechanics and so much more! 

 


Giraffe

Giraffe and her Zookeeper

Flower Show/Heritage Circle

 

Make sure you look up! Munching on foliage in our Flower and Garden Show or lumbering along the pathway near Heritage Circle, make sure you get to see our spectacular Giraffe and her zookeeper.


Lumberjacks

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.


Boom Rum

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Boom Run

Kiddieland near Gate 11

 

You've never seen a race like this! Come over and catch our Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks take on the race of a lifetime as they scurry across spinning boom logs floating in 4ft. of water! Who will win...our lumberjacks, or the water?


Pirate

Parrot Riding Pirate

Kiddieland/South Dorton Arena

 

Ahoy, mateys! Shiver me timbers! Don't miss our blustery pirate riding his trusty steed...err...parrot near Dorton Arena and through Kiddieland...or, he'll make you walk the plank!


Steve Trash

Steve Trash's Green Street Magic Show

Kiddieland

 

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.


Stilt Circus

Stilt Circus

Kiddieland

 

No two days are the same when you're a member of Stilt Circus! With daily costume changes, these stiltwalkers are sure to wow the crowds with their artistry. Selfie, or you didn't see them!


Street Drum Corps

Street Drum Corps

North Dorton Patio

 

Street Drum Corps is a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show formed in Los Angeles in 2004 that performs on musical tours, performing art centers, festivals, theme parks, sporting events, fairs, cruise ships, military bases, private parties, schools and colleges. Founding members Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo had a vision to create something unique and unseen in the percussion world. Today Street drum corps has grown into a global movement.