If 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. You 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.
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/