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New Foods & Vendors

Caramel Apple Crisp


Crab Dip

NC State Howling Cow's

Caramel Apple Crisp

We partnered with NC State and YOU to develop an exclusive ice cream flavor for 2016! Caramel Apple Crisp is a creamy blend of apple ice cream with a cinnamon caramel swirl and graham cracker crumbles. The Howling Cow Ice Cream Shop is located at the end of the Grandstand, across from the Rabbit Barn!

Fried Bacon Pimento

Cheeseburger Egg Roll

A savory mix just like the name exclaims of savory bacon, pimento cheese, hamburger and secret spices all wrapped up in a delicious egg roll wrapper. You can try one for yourself at Woody's at the end of the permanent lunchstands, near the top of the midway!

Fresh Crab Dip

Fresh crab and cheese dip blended with special seasonings and served with crackers! You can find this savory treat at Captain Neill's Seafood near the Graham Building.


Crab Hushpuppy Low Country Boil Deep Fried Cuban

NC Lump Crab Meat Hushpuppies

North Carolina lump crab meat, thyme and corn hush puppies with chipotle butter dipping sauce are also set to send your tastebuds flying at Ragin' Cajun near the Grandstand!


NC Low Country Boil

Shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage steamed "low country" style with Old Bay and served with fresh homemade cocktail sauce will be the new headliner at Ragin' Cajun

near the Grandstand!

Deep Fried Cuban Roll

Slow cookers seasoned pulled pork topped with thin sliced ham, swiss cheese and sliced pickles. Served with spicy honey mustard for dipping at Chef's D'Lites near Dorton Arena!


PFC lamb Deep Fried Jello

Phoenician Fish & Chips

Spiced fish filet, lightly fried and served with fries tossed in a Za'atar and sumac spice blend, accompanies with herbed tahini and harissa sauce will be waiting for you at Neomonde near the State Fair Flyer terminus by the Scott Building!

Lamb Kafta Kabob

Seasoned lamb, cooked to perfection and served kabob style will tempt your tastebuds at Neomonde near the State Fair Flyer terminus by the Scott Building!

Deep Fried Jello

This new fair dessert is a ball of

Jell-O surrounded by a biscuit-like batter. When it's fried, the Jello-O blends into the batter, giving the gelatin a gooey consistency.

You can find it in Kiddieland at S2 Concessions, home of the Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookie.

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Fudge Nut Brownie &

Triple Threat Specialty Apples

Check them out at Miss Debbie's Specialty Apples inside the Commercial/Education Buildings!

Finding Dory & Creme Brulee Specialty Apples

Check them out at Miss Debbie's Specialty Apples inside the Commercial/Education Buildings!

The Elvis

John Deere Ice Cream in Heritage Circle has a new flavor this year called "The Elvis." That's their homemade banana ice cream infused with real peanut butter! 

chicken and waffles chicken pienapple chicken sausage

Fried Chicken & Waffle Kabob

Who's ready for a Fried Chicken and Waffle Kabob drizzled with sriracha maple syrup from Chick-N-Que near the Scott Building?

Chicken Pineapple Bowl

Chick-N-Que near the Scott Building is also bringing us slow smoked chicken with fresh pineapple, sauteed peppers and onions and jasmine rice all served in a pineapple bowl!


Chicken Sausage Baguette

Introducing a brand new chicken sausage baguette from Baguettaboutit between Dorton Arena and the Graham Building.

raspberry rocky road blueberry

Raspberry Rhubarb Cupcaron

Fresh rhubarb vanilla bean cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting and a raspberry macaron topper at Bluebird Bakery/Common Kin Bakery in the Scott Building!


Rocky Road Cupcake

Rich chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate buttercream frosting, ganache drizzle, walnuts, marshmallows and a meringue kiss at Bluebird Bakery/Common Kin Bakery in the Scott Building!

Blueberry + Corn Cupcake

Fresh NC grown corn cupcake with fresh NC grown blueberry buttercream frosting at Bluebird Bakery/Common Kin Bakery in the Scott Building!

churros arepas shrimp bites


Churros to Go! in Kiddieland is also introducing Strawberry, Caramel, Chocolate and Cinnamon churros served with vanilla ice cream!

Corn Arepas

Look for them at Churros to Go! in Kiddeland!

Shrimp Bites

N&T Concessions, located near the Rabbit Barn, will introduce Shrimp Bites: herb seasoned shrimp, deep fried and cooked to golden perfection!

blueberry funnel cake maple bacon strawberry

The Violet Vampire

The Violet Vampire from Gobblin' Gourmet near Gate 1 is a blueberry infused funnel cake with powdered sugar, homemade blueberry pie filling, fresh whipped cream and white chocolate drizzle.

Salted Caramel Maple Bacon Funnel Cake

You can find the Salted Caramel Maple Bacon Funnel Cake at Gobblin' Gourmet near Gate 1! 

Deep Fried

Strawberry Cream Puffs

One more item from the Gobblin' Gourmet near Gate 1: Deep Fried Strawberry and Cream Puffs. This one's in tribute to the owner's granddaughter who loves strawberries and wanted her own unique treat! 

bacon whoopie wings

Man's Sandwich

From Bubba's Bacon near Gate 11 we have the Man's Sandwhich...a grilled cheese sandwich wrapped in what else...bacon!

Whoopie Pies

La Farm Bakery, located near Gate 2, will be home to some super delicious whoopie pies this year!

Jamaican Jerk Wings

Cool Runnings Jamaican Cuisine located near Gate 11 will have Jamaican Jerk Barbeque Wings marinated in their special jerk sauce and baked to perfection.

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Jamaican Pork Wrap

Cool Runnings Jamaican Cuisine located near Gate 11 will also have a Jamaican Pork Wrap. The pork will be marinated in their special jerk sauce!




Download our map to the new foods here!

New Vendors

Churros DBC GP

Churros To Go!

DKMS Delete Blood Cancer

The Green Party of NC

Mindful NCVAN  

Mindful Supply Co.

North Carolina

Victim Assistance Network

New Rides

Parthenon Fighter SR

Powers Parthenon Wheel

Street Fighter 360

Sea Ray



One Way Tickets



Round Trip Tickets

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State Fair Flyer

Soar above the midway lights on our BRAND NEW State Fair Flyer. Traverse the carnival from the west end "Orville Terminus" near the Scott Building down to Gate 8 via the "Wilbur Terminus" as you watch the magic of the midway below your feet!


Pricing: In advance of the Fair: $4 one way, $7 round trip. These tickets are available online only through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 13.


During the Fair: $5 one way, $8 round trip. These tickets are available at the State Fair Flyer ticket booth at one of the two terminus points.


State Fair Flyer tickets are separate from carnival tickets and are not included with the unlimited ride wristband.

Deals and Discounts





Daredevil Package - $72

Do you see the twists and turns of rides in your dreams? If so, then this package is for you! The Daredevil Package includes 2 adult admission tickets and 6 ride sheets for the low price of $72. That's $56 off gate cost and $4 off advance price.


Each Daredevil Package will be available online only from August 1 at

10 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on October 13, and will be a print-at-home ticket.

Admission tickets do not have to all be used at one time. You will receive 2 separate admission tickets. Both ride sheets will be under one bar code and must be redeemed at the same time.


All applicable local and state sales taxes are included in your purchase price.


Unlimited Ride Wristbands

Unlimited Ride Wristbands will be available on the following days:

Thursday, Oct. 13 - $28

Friday, Oct. 14 - $35

Monday, Oct. 17 - $35

Tuesday, Oct. 18 - $35

Wristbands must be purchased at a ride ticket booth inside the Fairgrounds so that the band can be applied to the wrist of the rider.

New Events & Locations

The Nest

The Nest

Home of Official N.C. State Fair Merchandise

Head over to the Expo Center Lobby and pick up some official State Fair merchandise! We've got everything from apparel to glassware, kids' items to ornaments...all waiting for you to take home to commemorate your visit!



Thursday, Oct. 10/13: 4 - 9:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10/13 through Sunday, Oct. 23: 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m.


Casey's Clubhouse

Casey Cardinal has a new Clubhouse in Kiddieland and is looking forward to seeing you there! He'll be making regular appearances daily and will be giving out Casey masks and baseball cards! Check your daily schedule for times.


Casey's Clubhouse is brought to you by Shed Depot of North Carolina! They're your one stop shop for all your top quality custom utility building needs! Head over to the Clubhouse to see their work and browse their webpage to see more examples!





The MarketPlace

We’ve moved some things around this year. Some of your favorite vendors from the Commercial & Education Buildings have moved to a new 5,600 square foot tented vendor area called The MarketPlace just outside the Grandstand, across from the Rabbit Barn.


Here's a listing of vendors you'll find inside The MarketPlace this year!

  • All American Candies                                      
  • Wicker Discount
  • Amish Fudge & Cheese
  • International House, Inc.
  • California Fashions
  • Biz-zee Products
  • M&W Services
  • Pursonal Hangups
  • Usborne Books
  • NC Libertarian Party
  • Mt. Olive Pickles
  • Bath Fitter
  • Catie Fashion USA
  • Mindful Supply Co.
  • Spectrum Crafts
Casey's Big Slide

Casey's Big Slide

Don't miss the chance to take flight with Casey...well, almost. He'll be at the Big Slide in Kiddieland daily to swoop down the slide with the kids!


Thursday, 10/13: 4 p.m.

Friday, 10/14 through Sunday, 10/23: 1 p.m.


We're partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and Lowe's to build the “North Carolina House” during the 2016 Fair. The house will be constructed from materials made in North Carolina or sold by North Carolina-based retailers. Employees representing numerous state departments will help build the house.


The NC House will be built at the Hunt Horse Complex and moved on a trailer to its permanent location in Neuse View in east Raleigh, where it will be home to a local family. Stop by and check it out!

Hobbies & Crafts - New Location!

With the addition of the Marketplace near the Grandstand, the Hobbies & Crafts competitive exhibits will take over the space vacated in the Commercial & Education Building near Hillsborough Street. With this move, we will consolidate our exhibit space and make it much easier for fairgoers to locate their favorite competitions!




N.C. State Fair Ornament - $19

Pre-order your N.C. State Fair Ornament online while you purchase your tickets, and it will be ready for you when you visit our official store in the Expo Center Lobby during the Fair. You'll save $1 off the price we will charge during the Fair, so stock up now!


The ornament will be able to plug into a string of lights on your tree and will add the fun and excitement of the Fair to your holiday!


Here's a sneak peek of the design:




Laser Spectacles Show

Heritage Circle Pond/Gate 8

Don't miss the incredible multi-laser show by Laser Spectacles nightly over the pond in Heritage Circle. The show will last from 7:30-11 p.m.


Chinese Imperial Acrobats

Between Gates 9 and 10


The Cutest Show on Earth


The Cutest Show on Earth is a high-energy, free show designed to get family members playing together. Kids dress up and become Star Performers in a live theater experience! Presented multiple times daily, each show features up to 18 kids of all ages chosen from the audience 10 minutes before show time.  While entertaining to every age, The Cutest Show on Earth has a higher purpose to build confidence and creative muscle in the next generation. Join in the enthusiastic rounds of applause for the power of kids’ imaginations!

Dream City Unicorns

Dream City Unicorns

Flower & Garden Show - Roving

No, your eyes are not deceiving you...those are giant unicorns frolicking around the Flower and Garden Show! Just wait until you see them glow at night!


Fire Stryker

Kiddieland - Roving

“FIRE STRYKER” is a smoke blowing, fire breathing, wing flapping, one of a kind Dragon led around on a leash by a “medieval viking” handler.


Guy Gilchrist: Famed Syndicated Cartoonist & Writer

Field of Dreams

Guy Gilchrist was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip. Throughout the years, he has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock, The Pink Panther, The Muppet Babies and Nancy. Come out and visit him in Field of Dreams where he will tell interactive stories with our smallest fairgoers as he illustrates the stories on the spot!


International All-Star Circus

Between Gates 9 and 10


Jeff Robbins Mountain Music, Stories & Dance

Tobacco Pavilion - Heritage Circle

Bringing authentic sights and sounds of Appalachian mountain music and instruments to the next generation, Jeff Robbins uses a variety of instruments including banjos, guitars and even mouth harps, Jeff is sure to get you on your feet and dancing. Bring out the kids to make an instrument they can take home!

magic bean

The Magic Bean


The MAGIC BEAN is the perfect blend of education and entertainment for your fair. With a theme of "from the farm, to the kitchen" kids will learn things that never crossed their little minds.


Pirates of Colombian Caribbean

Near Gate 11

We ask that you set your mind back in time and dare to lose yourself in a fantastic world of fearless pirate action, adventure, and thrills for an experience you will never forget. 

Red Trouser

The Red Trouser Show

Near Gate 1

The Red Trouser Show is a high end street theater show. Be prepared to marvel at their feats of strength and timing...whether with both feet planted on the ground, or climbing ladders to soaring heights overhead! 


State Fair Monster Mural


Ready to unleash your inner artist? Head out to our State Fair Monster Mural and let your creativity fly!


Strong Man John Beatty

Near Gate 2

The STRONG MAN shows combine Vaudeville era feats of strength with World's Strongest Man type events to create one of the most amazing shows available!


Tangled Threads

Dorton Triangle - Roving

The Tangled Threads are The Jarquin and Jen, a multi-talented duo from Portland, Oregon. Their high-low act that portrays a human doll marionette controlled by a nine foot tall steampunk wind-up man as well an unconventional musical duo comprised of a stiltwalking ukelele player, a multi-instrumental washboard playing rhythm section, and some sweet harmonies.


Wolves of the World

Behind the Scott Building, near Gate 10

The Sandlofer family explains about the history of wolves. They recount the story of how these rescued wolves are raised in captivity and display the traits of the wolf packs including the alpha male and female and how they interact. The show even features a hero wolf who saved a young girl from drowning, showing the wolves to be intelligent, empathetic animals.