The North Carolina State Fair is an event that truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re into food (who doesn’t love food?), agriculture, livestock, rides, contests, or those sometimes-infuriating games that you play three times to win a giant stuffed animal, you’ll find something here for you. The N.C. State Fair also happens to be the largest 10-day agriculture event in the nation, and last year’s event surpassed one million visitors.

The entertainment at the State Fair is always a fan favorite, with performers this year including Craig Campbell, Kellie Pickler, Skillet, Steel Magnolia, and Easton Corbin. Tickets are super affordable at $5 to $15 per ticket. Other forms of entertainment can be found in the nightly grand fireworks display, during grandstand shows, in the Kiddieland Fun Park, and on Special Event Days. Special Event Days offer tailored admission packages for youth, senior citizens, and those who donate canned food.

Awesome exhibits will be on display at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this year, featuring Antique Farm Machinery, a Flower and Garden Show, the Heritage Circle, State Fair Ark Animals, and the Village of Yesteryear. Exciting competitions range from Horse Shows and Livestock Competitions to a Web and Graphic Design Competition. Learn how to enter a competition on your own here.

Regular adult admission is $6 in advance and $8 at the gate, and ride tickets are $1 each or $10 for a sheet of 18. Visit the ticket information page to view admission rates for children, groups, seniors and military. With so much to do and see, there are plenty of reasons to buy your tickets now and start looking forward to one of the largest and most highly anticipated events in North Carolina, October 13th – 23rd.