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!




Near the Holshouser Building/Antique Farm Machinery Building


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!

Casey's Clubhouse


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Shed Depot

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 'I Met Casey Cardinal' buttons! Check your daily schedule for times.

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.

Circle C

Circle "C" Racing Pigs

Between Gates 9 and 10


Do you pull for Piggy Gordon or Oinkhardt, Jr.? These are the tough questions at the Hogway Speedway! Entertaining families for over a decade, Circle "C" Farm of Newton, NC, brings back their divine swine, and some clucky duckies as well, to race for that coveted cheese doodle!

Fire Safety Show



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!


Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

N.C. State Fair Conservation Forest

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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.

Boom Rum

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Boom Run

Kiddieland near Gate 11


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?

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!