Food, rides & more – N.C. State Fair has it all

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH – Nothing says fall and fun better than the North Carolina State Fair.
With rides, food, events and exhibits, the fair is a place where North Carolinians can congregate for a guaranteed good time.
The fair has brought in four new rides including a Dumbo elephant ride for kids. The classics are still there, of course, such as Centrifuge, which has riders leaning against the walls of the ride and spins so quickly that riders are held fast against the walls, and the beloved Ferris Wheel.
Food is arguably the most anticipated part of the fair. From fried to novelty items, the food at this year’s fair will not disappoint. Some notable new foods are rolled ice cream over at Black’s Concessions and a variety of bacon-on-a-stick options, such as Unicorn bacon and Jalapeno Cheeto bacon at Bubba’s Bacon. Caramel apples, cotton candy, donuts, ice cream, burgers and more are also available throughout the fair. There are even some vegan-friendly options such as Tropical Delights smoothies or roasted corn at Douglas Farms.
    Plenty of events are happening at the fair. While some depend on what day you go, many are a constant. There are dog shows, acrobatics, pig racing and more. And don’t forget to watch out for the Ostrich rider around Dorton arena.
Exhibits are a great way to learn about different organizations, local businesses and opportunities that are in North Carolina. The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission is an excellent source of information for the environment and firearm safety. If you’re interested in agriculture, check out the animals and prize-winning watermelons and pumpkins. The flower and garden show is magical, particularly at night when the lights are glowing. See bonsai and gorgeous flower garden arrangements here.
And don’t forget: at 9:45 pm, the fair has a fireworks display every night.
The North Carolina State Fair is full of fun for everyone. If you haven’t been yet this year, take time to go. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at midnight now through Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The gates close at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Rachel Teseneer is a junior at North Carolina State University and a Teens & 20s writer.

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