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10-day event expects to draw 180K visitors
Monday, 02 September 2019 17:07

In 26th year, Mtn. State Fair to celebrate WNC people, agriculture, arts Sept. 6-15

From Staff Reports
FLETCHER —The 26th annual North Carolina Mountain State Fair, the official “state fair” of the western part of the state and the third largest fair in the state, will be held Sept. 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center, near the Asheville Regional Airport.

More than 180,000 people usually attend the 10-day event that celebrates North Carolina’s people, agriculture, art and tradition.

The event is billed as “fun for all ages, with plenty of exhibits, animals, food, rides and more.” Pets are not allowed.

Given that it is a big place, attendees are being urged to wear “comfy” walking shoes and allow time to see it all. Also, fair-goers are advised to bring cash, since credit card use is limited.

A fair highlight is the James H. Drew Exposition Carnival Midway, which will return with what is billed as “the world’s most progressive midway,” with 40-plus rides and lots of lights. Attendees are being urged not to miss the impressive array of exhibits in various buildings. See the many competitions including quilt making, photography, extreme garden vegetables, flowers, crafts and more.

As for crafts at the fair, attendees will be able to watch craftspeople at work along the Mountain Heritage Circle, while strolling through the barns to see and learn about a big variety of animals — with 4,000-plus to see. Watch the miracle of birth at the “mooternity ward.” Attendees will be able to see home improvement exhibitors and buy from local businesses.

Also featured will be multiple stages hositng local and national acts with a big variety of entertainment. The Mountain Music Festival showcases Appalachian bluegrass bands and clogging. Other acts include Kenya safari acrobatics, human cannon ball, comedy, magic and a daring motorcycle show.

Tickets for adults are $10/each at the gate (bring cash) and $8/person in advance. Child and senior admission is $4 in advance and $6 at the gate. 

Advance tickets may be purchased online at, or stop by the WNC Ag Center Office, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at WNC Farmer’s Market. Attendees can purchase a $20 ride sheet for $12 in advance.

In addition, attendees can save $2 by buying advance tickets at Ingles grocery stores before the opening day of the fair.

Fair hours ares:

• Fridays: Gates open 9 a.m.; Rides open 10 a.m., close 1 a.m.
• Saturdays: Gates open 9 a.m.; Rides open 10 a.m., close Midnight

• 1st Sunday: Gates open 9 a.m.; Rides open 10 a.m., close 11 p.m.

• 2nd Sunday (Closing Night): Gates open at 9 a.m.; Rides open 10 a.m., close 9 p.m.

• Monday-Thursday: Gates open at 3 p.m.; Rides open 4 p.m., close 11 p.m.

Free parking is available on fairground property and satellite property. Parking is located on Highway 280 at Gate 6. Satellite parking is located 1 mile South of Gate 6 (follow the signs) with free bus transportation to the fairgrounds (shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes).

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