State fairs are a celebration of food, fun and state pride held annually in most states. Both North and South Carolina will host their 2015 state fairs October 15-25. So take a look. There’s so much more than corn dogs!
At the North Carolina Fair in Raleigh, fair goers in past years have enjoyed fun fare including deep-fried bananas Foster, deep-fried cupcakes, deep-fried Girl Scout cookies and deep-fried barbecue—chopped pork dipped in a cornmeal hush puppy batter. New for 2015 will be deep-fried Carolina Crab Bites.
In Columbia at the South Carolina State Fair, new food for 2015 includes The Southern Belle Burger—a burger with bacon, pimento cheese salad, and fried green tomato. Also look for the Bacon Cinnamon Roll and Sriracha Fire & Ice Kreme—creamy soft serve vanilla ice cream topped with spicy Sriracha sauce, nacho chips and whipped cream.
If non-fried, more familiar food is preferred, you can usually find sandwiches, burgers, roasted corn or turkey legs. And corn dogs.
Competitions and Exhibits
North Carolinians will compete in categories including a horse show, cooking, agriculture, livestock and even graphic design. Check out the daily schedule for NC Fair exhibits, judging schedule and other activities.
South Carolinians will have a chance to compete competitions and show off their best efforts in student art, miniatures, swine herdsmanship, home canning, horticulture, livestock, equine skills and more.
Rides, Attractions and Entertainment
On the midway, expect the traditional ferris wheels, tilt-a-whirls and merry-go-rounds at both state fairs. New in Raleigh for 2015 is the Quasar and Super Cyclone roller coaster and new in South Carolina is the Blitzer, a European-style roller coaster.
The 2015 Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series, a line-up of 63 artists in a wide-ranging variety of genres, is an all-new and free experience for fairgoers! Also at the NC State Fair, kids of all ages will get a kick out of the Circle C Racing Pigs, the Moo-gician, Rock-It the Robot and more.
Check out the Grandstand concerts at the South Carolina fair for nationally known acts including Gladys Knight, The News Boys and several others. Local and roving entertainment will perform daily. Other attractions include Enter the Dinosaurs, NASCAR Night, a petting zoo and sand sculptures.
For complete information on these state fairs, visit their websites:
By: Susan Larkin (Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations)