The largest annual event in North Carolina is coming soon! The N.C. State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh has brought entertainment, rides, food and joy to North Carolinians 143 times, and now it’s back and better than ever.  With an extensive array of concerts, exhibits, competitions and more, it’s a guarantee that this popular state fair has something for everyone.

The inevitable stars of the state fair are the stomach-flipping rides and the delicious fried foods you’ll find on every corner.  This year there are a few new rides to enjoy, including the pirate themed Ship’s Ahoy, the junkyard favorite Monster Trucks and one of only two Fighter rides in the whole world.  And, of course, you’ll be able to find your favorite funnel cakes, fried candy bars, cotton candy and other delicious eats everywhere you turn.

If you love music then you’ve got plenty reason to be excited about this event.  With more than 11 concerts for you to choose from, Dorton Arena is going to be packed full of entertainment on a nightly basis.  View the lineup and purchase your tickets here.

Do you have a competitive spirit?  Whether you enjoy watching others compete or like to get your hands on a trophy yourself, any one of the diverse state fair competitions will give you your adrenaline rush.  Competitions range in subject from horse shows and livestock to wine and special cuisine.

To learn more about the N.C. State Fair, visit this site.  Then, let the fun begin!