There's guaranteed to be something for the whole family to enjoy from our lineup of talented grounds entertainment. You can listen to a beautiful carillon of bells, witness the log-splitting powers of real-life lumberjacks and even see the super-fast speed of racing swine.


They’re just a few of the free entertainment options, which also includes roaming acts and daily concerts on the Waterfall Stage, Bluegrass Stage and Heritage Circle Church Stage.


Check the daily schedule for show times!



Agri-cadabra - The Magic of Agriculture

Near the Administration Building at the end of Kiddieland


Agriculture, science, recycling and eating healthy are the stars of this show, which presents fun-filled facts in a magical way that all kids are sure to remember.

Agri-Cadabra demonstrates how healthy eating and agriculture go hand in hand and will also highlight the specific agriculture within your own state.  A fun-fact-filled show, Agri-Cadabra is the perfect combination of entertainment and education.



On the corner near the Scott Building Entrance


Bandaloni is an amazing, jaw dropping 100% live musical one man band show with loads of audience interaction, humor and astounding novelty tricks executed on his custom made guitar and drum rig. A One Man Band? That means bass & rhythm guitar, harmonica, plus a kick drum, 2 high-hats, snare drum, cowbell, tambourine, and singing with live harmonies...all performed at the same time!


Brad Comedy Hypnosis Show

Waterfall Stage


Make sure to see Brad Matchett Comedy Hypnotist use hypnosis to entertain at this family-friendly Vegas-style show. He uses volunteers who want to experience a great time. Relax, let go and find out just how much fun you can have! Brad only uses volunteers, no actors, just people who want to experience the great feeling of hypnosis.


Brian Sobaski, Straw Sculptor

Outside the Agri Supply Exposition Center


After years of experience as a trained artist working with wood, metal, cloth and other materials, Brian Sobaski found the medium he thinks he was meant to work with – straw. Instead of fancy galleries, his artwork appears at festivals, state fairs and other outdoor venues with room for his big scale straw sculptures. Come over each day to see Brian's sculptures take life right before your eyes! 


Casey's Clubhouse



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


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Shed Depot

Cast in Bronze

Cast in Bronze

Flower & Garden Show


The carillon is played by a silent and masked "Spirit of the Bells" that appears only to breathe life into the instrument for the performace. The carillons of Cast in Bronze consist of 35 bells each with a total weight of four tons each. Cast in Bronze is the only musical act of its kind in the world.


Ember Fire Arts

Heritage Circle


A mezmerizing fire artist from eastern North Carolina, Ember Fire Arts will perform nightly in Heritage Circle. With explanations of how she accomplishes such amazing feats with fire, this show will keep you astonished from start to finish.


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Vendors and Friends of Heritage Circle

Fire Safety Show
N.C. Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal



Fire departments from across North Carolina come together at the N.C. State Fair with their clowns, puppet friends and fire prevention houses to educate kids and families about working smoke alarms and why you should have a fire escape plan. Magic tricks will encourage kids to stop, drop and roll and family skits will show the importance of replacing batteries in smoke alarms to keep them going strong!


Heritage Circle Bluegrass & Folk Stage

Heritage Circle


North Carolina was built on bluegrass. Our Heritage Circle Bluegrass & Folk Stage takes us back to our roots with a toe-tappin', bass-slappin' good time.


Check out the full schedule here.

Hog Diggity

Hog Diggity Dogs, and More!

Near Gate 10


Hog Diggity Dog is a one-of-a-kind attraction. It is an all new fast paced show running 25 minutes filled with tons of excitement, laughs, audience participation and lots of surprises. It is the very best animal act! Absolute entertainment at its best!

So much talent in these hogs and dogs! The tricks were unreal! Kids go nuts when the pig goes down the slide!


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Live and Local

The Live and Local Waterfall Music Stage

Beside Dorton Arena


This is North Carolina's finest line-up of local talent. With over 60 sets in 11 days, you're sure to find your new favorite band!


Click here for the full schedule.


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Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

N.C. State Fair Conservation Forest near Gate 6 & 7


Head up to the N.C. State Fair Conservation Forest, located behind Heritage Circle, and you'll find real-life lumberjacks showcasing their skills in axe throwing, crosscut sawing, chainsaw carving, chainsaw safety and log rolling. These lumberjacks aren't just here for laughs… learn about issues impacting our forests, what the future holds and why sustainable forests are key to a thriving ecosystem.


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Boom Rum

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Boom Run

On the Midway near the Agri Supply Exposition Center


You've never seen a race like this! Come over and catch our Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks take on the race of a lifetime as they scurry across spinning boom logs floating in 4ft. of water! Who will win...our lumberjacks, or the water?

Mobile Milking

Southland Dairy Farmers Mobile Milking Classroom

Between the Graham Building and the Agri Supply Exposition Center


Want to know how the milk in your grocery store gets there? At the Southland Dairy Classroom, we'll demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. We're bringing the dairy experience directly to you by sharing the a process that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture!

Steve Trash

Steve Trash - Rockin' Eco Hero

On the Patio of Dorton Arena near the Waterfall


Steve was green waaaay before green was cool! He's a master of making trash disappear right before your very eyes. With the flick of the wrist and an alakazam or two, you are amazed to see items reduced, reused and recycled. And most importantly, the kids LOVE it.

Stilt Circus

Stilt Circus



No two days are the same when you're a member of Stilt Circus! With daily costume changes, these stiltwalkers are sure to wow the crowds with their artistry. Selfie, or you didn't see them!