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What to expect at the Carolina Classic Fair

The second-largest agricultural fair in NC offers thrills, cheers, food, and fun. It returns to Winston-Salem Sept. 29 through Oct. 8. This guide will help you plan your trip.


James E. Strates Shows has been providing entertainment at the Carolina Classic Fair since 1964.

Photo by Carolina Classic Fair

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This year marks 141 years of carnival rides, competitions, games, and food at the Carolina Classic Fair. Here’s what you should know about the event:

Getting there

  • The fair runs Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds at 2825 University Pkwy.
  • Park for $10 in the lots at the LJVM Coliseum + Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium on Deacon Boulevard.

Getting inside

  • Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sunday through Friday. The fair runs until 11 p.m.
  • Admission at the gate is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under and seniors get in free. There are promotional days, discounts, and early bird specials.
  • You can purchase tickets online in advance.
  • Ride tickets are 50 cents each.

Let the games and rides begin

  • More than 75 rides, attractions, and concessions will be set up for fairgoers.
  • Competitive entries, agricultural exhibits, and goods from vendors will be on display.
  • A fireworks show will happen nightly at 9:45 p.m.