Nothing Could Be Finer than the N.C. State Fair! : Top 5 Reasons to Get to the Fair

Nothing could be finer than the North Carolina State Fair! Mouth-watering sweet and savory fair foods, live entertainment, carnival rides, vendors, exhibitors, and all the things celebrating the best of North Carolina have been specially curated for families. Get ready to start making fall memories because it’s State Fair season beginning October 17th – 27th, 2019!

Top 5 Reasons to Get to the NC State Fair

1:  Satisfy your Sweet & Savory Needs

We at RMB caught a sneak-peek inside the BEST new foods being served up at the N.C. State Fair during this week’s annual Media Day. Delicious and filling sweet and savory eats will excite and satisfy fairgoers of any age.

From Crack-n-Cheese Stuffed Turkey Legs from Hickory Tree BBQ to Candied Apple Hushpuppies w/ Cheerwine Sugar Glaze from Ragin Cajun to Krispy Kreme Waffleswich from Beaver’s Concession to Stuffed Cubano Baguette from LaFarm Bakery to the Media Choice’s “Best New Food”: Pineapple Dole Whip from Tropical Delights there is something for everyone! Visit HERE to start scouting out your favorite eats. Feast your eyes on a few of our favorites!



2:  SkyGazer…the tallest Ferris Wheel to ever hit Raleigh!

SkyGazer Ferris Wheel – Photo Credit: Frolic & Co Photography

The largest traveling Ferris Wheel, the State Fair SkyGazer, has landed at the 2019 NC State Fair and this ride aims to please and excite all ages! If you love the nostalgia of a Ferris Wheel ride this is a must-see. 

Here are a few SkyGazer facts:

  • This Ferris Wheel takes you up 155 feet with 524,000 individual LED lights.
  • Largest traveling wheel in the U.S.
  • SkyGazer ride takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • It holds 216 people at a time.
  • SkyGazer has 36 roomy closed 6-person gondolas.
  • 62.5 feet taller than Dorton Arena!
  • Sightlines up to 15 miles…meaning you can see the entire Fairgrounds!

3:  The Shows & Activities

Pig Racing, Flower & Garden Shows, Tractor Pulls, LumberJack competitions, Horse shows, best in Wine show, Village of Yesteryear, live music performances – there is so much to see during your visit to the NC State Fair. Each day is packed with family-friendly shows and activities that you can enjoy in between rides and eating! Check out 100 FREE things to do at the N.C. State Fair.!
Don’t forget one of our favorites activities for your little ones – a visit to the Field of Dreams, a miniature farm near Dorton Arena.

4:  Give Back & Get in FREE!

Help give back during Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. This special day is the largest one-day canned-food drive in the state to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Be a part of this opportunity to give back by visiting the State Fair on Thursday, October 24th and bring 6 Food Lion brand cans and get in FREE!

5:  Fireworks are Back!

Don’t we all love a good firework show?!? We’re excited to share that fireworks are back at the fairgrounds. End your family outing with a magical evening at the State Fair Fireworks Show. Insider Tip: Head down to the pond near Gate 8 nightly at 9:45 pm for the best view!


Getting ready to head to the N.C. State Fair? Tag us on social @RaleighMomsBlog and use the hashtags #RALEIGHMOMSBLOG and #NCSTATEFAIR  to share how you and your family fair! Learn more about the 2019 N.C. State Fair HERE and get your tickets today. 


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