Get Closer to the Farm at the Fair

Agriculture remains a staple of the N.C. State Fair. Here are some of the farm related activities:

Racing Pigs (near Gate 9): Seats to these ever-popular shows are some of the hardest to come by at the Fair. Kids of all ages love to cheer on their favorite petite porcine at the 200-foot oval Hogway Speedway. Miniature goats and geese also compete at the track. Shows are held at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. daily except Thursday, Oct. 15, when shows are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

Field of Dreams exhibit (between Kiddieland Fun Park and Dorton Arena): This exhibit, which shows how food starts on the farm before heading to markets and grocery stores,  offers even more hands-on activities for children this year. Children can harvest and “sell” their fruits and vegetables at the exhibit market. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Got to Be NC Agriculture tent (in front of the Kerr Scott Building): This exhibit is a popular place to test your knowledge of North Carolina food products. Stroll through the displays and see the variety of food products made in the state. Several companies will be sampling and selling their products daily in the tent. Also, check out the Big Cart, a gas-powered, 13-foot tall shopping cart that makes special appearances across the state promoting N.C. agriculture.

Livestock shows and exhibits (Graham and Kelley buildings and Expo Center): Watching or participating in a livestock show is a longstanding tradition for many families. Fairgoers will find cattle shown in the Graham Building, goats and sheep in the Expo Center and hogs in the Kelley Building. Check daily program listings for show dates and times. Farm animals are on display daily during the Fair in the State Fair Ark in the Expo Center. Visitors can see all the different types of animals that compete in livestock shows, and also see piglets and chicks. Hand-washing stations are located near animal exhibits, and fairgoers are encouraged to wash up after any contact with the animals.

The fair is open Oct. 15-25. You can find information on the cooking competitions here.

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