- By Ashley Ricks, Staff Writer -
Imagine walking around the fairgrounds with the crisp, cold, fall air whipping your face, screams and laughter all around, and the amazing waft of fair food cooking everywhere. This is what the North Carolina State Fair is like. The North Carolina State Fair is coming to Raleigh on Oct. 12 and staying through Oct. 22. This fun event offers a variety of attractions, including daring rides, intriguing food, fascinating exhibits, loud tractor pulls, and adorable best in show animals.
This year the North Carolina State Fair is celebrating their 150th anniversary with an abundance of new food being offered. As usual, there are many new deep fried options added to the menu this year, but in addition to fried foods, there are many other unusual, yet delicious sounding foods available for the first time. Some of the new deep fried foods include: pumpkin pie, bacon and cheese collard bites, chocolate pie, apple pie, dirty rice, and crab cake cheese curds, and Cheerwine funnel cake. One of the most intriguing fried foods is the new B.A.D. Chix, which is eggs, bacon, and cheese layered on top of a chicken strip, all wrapped in a hot cake, and then topped with maple syrup. Some new foods that are not fried include bacon mac & cheese, bacon wrapped scallops, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn, Cheerwine cake, and Thanksgiving egg rolls. A new funnel cake, the Blue Hawaiian Funnel Cake, takes on a Hawaiian twist, consisting of a brown sugar funnel cake topped with pineapple, praline, whipped cream, and cherries.
Admission to the fair is $10 at the gate, but tickets bought online by Oct. 12 are $10. Buying advanced tickets online can also save $8 per sheet of tickets. A sheet of tickets consists of 18 individual tickets, but keep in mind that most rides take 5 to 6 tickets. There is an option to buy an unlimited ride wristband, which costs $25 now until Oct. 12, but it is $35 after the 12. On Oct. 13, the fair is offering students who have a valid student ID a reduced admission rate of $5. Admission and ride tickets can be bought online at the NC State Fair’s website: www.ncstatefair.org.