20 Years and Counting – The NC Mountain State Fair – September 6th-15th

IMAG0816If you’re looking for an authentic country fair, post Labor Day entertainment, and a small dose of eccentricity I definitely recommend the NC Mountain State Fair. They have something for everyone – animals win prizes for best in show. We watched well groomed llamas do obstacle courses and seals play basketball. There are also animal shows like pig races, and sea lion shows, pony rides, fair rides for little ones like carousels and tea-cups and some for teens and adults that looked very thrilling. Of course The Ashevillager ate at the veggie taco truck but cotton candy and funnel cake, barbecue and candied apples are plentiful. IMAG0825aYou can win prizes if you can shoot the target and win teddy bears at other carnival games. We loved the heritage arts and crafts sale and were astounded by every kind of crafty blue ribbon competition including awards for best live plant, cut flower, cardboard box diorama and Lego creation. There are two stages with live country music – the line-up is on the mountainfair.org website. While watching a concert we saw a man being launched from a canon. The grounds are big enough that they have a sky ride to go from one end of the fair to the other.IMAG0836a
Parking is free and there are nice shuttle buses every 5 minutes or so from the many ample parking lots nearby. Tickets at the gate are cash only… they have ATMs inside the gate but they charge for transactions. The Ashevillager had a blast and came home with some cash left over.

For ticket prices, hours and more details visit: http://www.mountainfair.org/

8 comments for “20 Years and Counting – The NC Mountain State Fair – September 6th-15th

  1. September 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    We love the fair! My boys love to enter exhibits (this is our 2nd year for the Mountain State Fair). They entered 95 things this year!

    • The Ashevillager
      September 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Wow! That’s great Sarah! What kinds of things do your boys enter? I love the creativity of the exhibits… the cut flowers were great! I especially liked the “Less is More” miniature flower arrangements. Adorable!

      • September 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

        They entered some of everything- flower show, produce, crafts, models kits, art, photography, baking… Did you see the youth biggest pumpkin and watermelon? Those were ours!

        • The Ashevillager
          September 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

          YES! That’s really impressive! I loved the pumpkins!! The biggest adult pumpkin was 106 lbs!!! 🙂

  2. September 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    It’s great to see a thriving state fair tradition. Come see us at the Southeast Alaska State Fair next summer. We’re small, but beautiful here in the wilderness. I love your blog. All the best!

    • The Ashevillager
      September 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      🙂 Thanks Carol!!!

  3. Heather
    September 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    We went to the fair last night and had SO much fun! I took my 17-month old with my parents, and we were there WAY past her bedtime because we were having such a blast! She loved the animals, she loved the produce in the arts & craft building, she loved riding the carousal twice, and she LOVED the lights, colors, and sights!! I grew up going to the Cornish Fair in little old Cornish, NH, and this was as much fun, but even bigger and better! The fair is one of my favorite yearly traditions!!

    • The Ashevillager
      September 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Heather! The fair is one of my favorite traditions too… good times!!

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