N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Exhibit


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s State Fair exhibit has moved close to the midway, between the Old Farm Machinery Building and the Children's Barnyard, across from the Village of Yesteryear.


This year's exhibit will feature the outdoor fun that the Commission offers year-round, including fishing skills, boating and wildlife-watching.  As always, visitors of all ages can practice their aim at the Pellet Gun Range and learn about firearms safety from Wildlife Enforcement Officers.


For the first time since the Wildlife Commission initiated the State Fair wildlife button in 1981, an invertebrate is the featured species. The 2016 button depicts the brook floater mussel, a hard-working bivalve that is found in four Piedmont river basins and is on the North Carolina endangered species list.


Witness the fascinating lives of freshwater mussels up close in a new display at the Raleigh State Fair. You’ll learn answers to questions you never even thought of:

How (and why) does a mussel go fishing?

Who protects a baby bivalve?

What can mussels tell us about our supplies of clear, clean water?


Small Fry Fishing will entertain families and young children, who will haul in North Carolina game fish (the plush toy versions) and identify their catch with the help of Commission field guides. Adults can enter to win their choice of a guided fishing trip for mountain trout, striped bass or Piedmont lake fish with Joe Albea, host of Carolina Outdoor Journal.


An official Wildlife Enforcement boat will demonstrate clean-water boating. See how the simple steps of boating cleanup--Clean, Drain, Dry—can keep North Carolina’s waterways free of costly aquatic nuisance hitchhikers, including invasive weeds that cling to boats and waders.


On the Wildlife Trail, get a close up look at three common raptors:  barred owl, red-tailed hawk and turkey vulture. The naturalist cabin is back this year, along with touchable pelts and the paraphernalia of the outdoors life.


Stock up for holiday gift-giving at the Wild Store with new baseball cap and tee-shirt designs, along with the 2017 Wildlife Calendar and Wildlife in North Carolina magazine subscriptions.

The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, except Thursday, Oct. 12, when the exhibit opens at 3 p.m. All activities are free.