Free Entertainment




Agri-cadabra - The Magic of Agriculture

Near the Administration Building at the end of Kiddieland


presented by

hie       TPS


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.


The Birdman: World Class Bird Shows

Near Gate 7 in the State Fair Conservation Forest


presented by

 Homewood Sutes         Hampton

Head up to the N.C. Forest Service area, located behind Heritage Circle, and you'll find The Birdman World Class Bird Show! Joe Krathwohl and his team use creative, positive-reinforcement-based training to produce moving free-flight experiences so you can emotionally connect to their birds and learn more about avian wildlife and conservation.


Brad Comedy Hypnosis Show

Waterfall Stage


presented by

Courtyard         Residence         


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.


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.


Dale Jones, One-Handed Juggler

So Good….He’s Ambidextrous!

North Dorton Arena Patio


presented by



Comedy juggler Dale Jones has been called the most unique juggler in the world with good reason. Jones invented an entirely new way to juggle in order to compensate for his right hand (which he injured severely at age eight).  Get ready to full out belly laugh with Dale as he incorporates world-class comedy along with his juggling.


Ember Fire Arts

Heritage Circle


presented by

The Friends of 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.


presented by


Vendors and Friends of Heritage Circle

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

Coastal Credit Union Family Fun Zone at Cotton Park


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


presented by




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!

Live and Local

The Live and Local Waterfall Music Stage

Beside Dorton Arena


presented by





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.


Melody Farm Follies

Agri Supply Exposition Center Breezeway


presented by


Don't miss our award-winning Vegetable Extravaganza! Sing & dance with the Scarecrow and his very special friends! An animatronic theater show located between the Graham Building and Agri Supply Expo Center. You'll love watching Rocky Broccoli and all his vegetable friends.


Rock-It the Robot

Roaming Kiddieland


Everyone's favorite robot is rocketing back to Raleigh! More than just a costume character, Rock-it is a high tech body puppet. Rock-It projects an array of blue lights through his chest, arms and face.  At night, he puts on his own light show. This nine foot tall gentle giant stands head and shoulders above the crowds to greet and mingle with as many earthlings as possible.  

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!