The N.C. Mountain State Fair returns to the WNC Ag Center Sept. 6-15, offering a fun mix of free family entertainment, educational exhibits, exhilarating rides and delicious foods. The fair celebrates the people, agriculture, arts and cultural traditions of the region.

“Final preparations are under way for the big event,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Visitors can expect to see mountain crafters demonstrating their craft, hear bluegrass and gospel music, see champion livestock in the show ring and, of course, take in the all the sights and sounds of the carnival midway. It’s a good time for everyone.”

Livestock shows run each day of the fair. Visitors can see youth and adults alike show off their prized animals for a chance at a blue ribbon and cash prizes. Other animal attractions include the Moo-ternity Ward, where fairgoers can see calves being born; the Mobile Dairy Classroom, offering daily milking demonstrations; the Farm Adventure Tent with a menagerie of barnyard animals on display; and the always popular Hogway Speedway, where you can cheer on your favorite racing pig as it circles the track.

Each night, the Carolina Farm Credit Mountain Music Festival heats up with traditional bluegrass, newgrass and clogging acts. On Sunday afternoons, the Mountain State Fair Music Jam takes over the stage with a rotating list of renowned bluegrass musicians pickin’ and grinnin’ to the delight of the crowds.

The fair has a wonderful variety of family friendly entertainment acts as well including several new entertainment acts for 2019. Danny Grant will bring his Cowboy Circus to the fair giving visitors the chance to learn how to lasso a horse, spin a trick rope and do other cowboy tricks. Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean will dazzle attendees with its pirate-themed, high-wire thrill show. Red Trousers, a high-energy, acrobatic duo, will be flipping and jumping to the delight of the crowds.

In addition to all the free entertainment acts, music and livestock shows, the fair also has a world-class carnival. Drew Expositions will return with a full lineup of rides that will thrill both small children and daredevils. One of the most popular rides is the chairlift that transports visitors from one side of the fairgrounds to the other with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Got To Be NC also will be at the fair, along with commodity associations from across the state. The Got To Be NC exhibit will feature educational displays on the state’s top industry of agriculture. There also will be cheese and dairy samples, nightly cooking contests and the popular Ice Cream Eating Contest with ice cream provided by Mills River Creamery.

Tickets are now available for the 10-day event. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.mountainfair.org.