NC Mountain State Fair Returns to WNC Ag Center September 9-18 2011

NC Mountain State Fair Returns to Western North Carolina Mountains this fall.

North Carolina Mountain State Fair

North Carolina Mountain State Fair

Each year we enjoy the festivities of an old fashioned state fair that’s great for the whole family. The traditional carnival rides and atmosphere enchant young and old alike. The local artists display their award winning crafts and are available for purchase. The sounds of laughter, the smell of cotton candy, and the glow of neon lights, create priceless memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

high in the sky on th sky-lift

Relax and see it all.

Travel the midway to experience the challenge of climbing a rock wall, the thrill of coasters and free falls, or enjoy a relaxing ride on a colossal ferriswheel and sky-lift to get a birds-eye view of all the festivities.

Bluegrass perfomance

Bluegrass performers of all ages

Continue your journey to find live performances including concerts and talent stages. Play the “carny” games that make you the hero (or zero) and impress your friends. Win that giant teddy for the love of your life or take home your very own authentic simulated star wars light saber. How can you beat that?

Let me count the ways.

The great pumpkin

A liitle something from the garden

How about a pumpkin bigger than your environmentally friendly car. The farmers bring their greatest creations and to top that off, their wives cook them into award winning dishes. That’s right, Jams, jellies, good ole American Apple Pie, and every other flavor you may fancy. Art exhibits that mystify and inspire. Quilting, photography, oil & water color painting, wood carving, candy making, the list is virtually endless. We all get into the act, local churches, charities, professional services, amateurs and pros alike. You might even corner a local politico and bend their ear if it pleases you.

And that reminds me…
Did I forget the pig races, ya ain’t seen nuttin’ till ya seen a pig race! Sorry I got carried away there but, who could blame me? I’ve seen camel rides, Nascar model race tracks, military helicopters and armored vehicles. You can even drive drunk!!!… Thanks to the Highway Patrol. (it’s simulated of course.)

One of the most enjoyed features is the food. Both mouth-watering and spectacular, row after row of award winning BBQ, fresh seafood, fire roasted corn-on-the-cob, turkey drumsticks as big as your head, ribbon fries,  funnel cakes, ice cream, and cotton candy. The aromas mingle and burst around every turn tempting you to (just this once) forget that pesky diet and indulge. Don’t miss your chance to try the exotic. Ostrich, gator tail? Well if not; you’ll find Greek delicacies, southern comfort foods, spicy Cajun cookin’,  Vermont maple candy, mexican favorites, and my favorite… North Carolina Pork Bar-B-Que wit all da fixins.

Y’all come and have a good time and …

The fair and the night life

The night life

See ya at the fair!


Tickets: Advanced Ticket Sales
$7.00 Adult    
(Advance Discount Tickets $6.00)

$3.00 Children 6 – 12 years of age.
(Advance Discount Tickets $2.00)

$3.00 Senior 65 years and older.
(Advance Discount Tickets $2.00)

Children 5 years and under FREE

Groups (30+ people) Advance discount price $5.00

Purchase advance discount tickets at Ingles, the WNC Ag Center and the WNC Farmers Market.

Friday & Saturday: 9am – 12 Midnight
Sunday: 9am – 11pm
Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm


Mail inquiries to:

NC Mountain State Fair, c/o WNC Agricultural Center,

1301 Fanning Bridge Road,

Fletcher, NC 28732

Driving directions

From Asheville, NC take I-26 East to Exit #40 (Asheville Airport Exit). Turn right at top of exit ramp onto Highway NC 280. After the 2nd stop light, turn left into Gate 6 or 7.
From South Carolina on I-26 West toward North Carolina, after you enter North Carolina take exit #40 (Asheville Airport Exit). Turn left at top of exit ramp onto NC 280. After the 3rd stop light, turn left into Gate 6 or 7.

Free Parking:
FREE parking is available on fairground property and satellite property. Parking is located on Highway 280 at Gate 6. Satellite parking is located 1 mile South of Gate 6 (follow the signs) with free bus transportation to the fairgrounds (shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes).

Security/Traffic Assistance:
Security is provided by off duty Deputies of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department. Traffic assistance is provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

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Other Important Information:

  • No alcoholic beverages, drugs or firearms are allowed on the grounds. Backpacks are subject to being checked.
  • No pets allowed. Only trained service dogs assisting the handicapped are allowed on the fairgrounds

Handicap Parking:
There is handicap parking provided for those with valid tags next to the ticket booths at Entrance A. For the McGough Arena there is handicap parking near Entrance E.

Wheelchair, Scooter & Stroller Rental:
Wheelchair, scooter, and stroller rentals are available at two locations: Entrance A and inside Entrance “E” at Blue Barn.

Lost and Found Children/Items:
Lost and found is in the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena. Lost children and found items will be taken to this location (See #10 on the map).

Medical Emergencies:
Skyland Fire & Rescue will provide emergency medical services. For all first aid and medical emergencies go to the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena.


2011 Entry & Award Catalog

2011 Entry & Award Catalog

Vendor contact


Fair Sponsorship


Entry & Award Catalog


Division I – General Exhibit & Special Cooking Contest:

Nursery & Landscaping
Honey & Honey Products
Horticulture Products
Agronomic Products
School Art Show
Baked Foods
Preserved Foods
Wood Carving

Mountain State Fair

Mountain State Fair Farm Fresh Fun

Senior Citizen Crafts
Hand Weaving & Spinning
Shoe Box Parade Float
Career-Technical Educational Booth
Community Club Educational Booth
Very Special Arts
Participation (ages 5 & under)
Cooking Contest
Flower & Garden

Division II – Livestock

Meat Goat Shows
Open Feeder Calf Pen Show
Open Brahman Show
Open All Breed Heifer Show
Dairy Cattle Shows
Meat Breed Sheep Shows
Wool Breed Sheep Shows

More of everthing inside

More of everthing inside

Very Special Livestock ShowJunior Beef Cattle Shows
Dairy Goat Shows
Youth Poultry Shows
Open Heritage Turkey Shows
Youth Market Turkey Show
Rabbit Show
Display Livestock
Llama Show

Music, Dance & Song:

Gospel Singing Competition
Clogging Championship
Mountain Music Bluegrass & Old Time Competition
Mountain Music Bluegrass & Old Time Competition Band
Mountain Music Bluegrass & Old Time Competition Clogging Team
Horseshoe Pitching Competition


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