North Carolina State Fairgrounds

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  • WannaSee I.
    "Tried Krispy Kreme Burger & Fried Cookie Dough: Awesome"(7 Tips)
    Megan E.
    "Try the Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburger, IT'S AMAZING !"(3 Tips)
    Deb W.
    "Nc state ice cream and the hush puppies are awesome"(2 Tips)
    Lauren D.
    "Westover United Methodist Church's food is great!"(2 Tips)
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  • Zinfindale
    ZinfindaleOctober 21, 2012
    Carry your kid(s) or go get someone else's child and take them to the NC State Fair. You will be amazed at the bravery of the child on certain rides. I did and I never been on a Fairies Wheel! My hero
  • WannaSee I.
    WannaSee ItAllDecember 2, 2013
    Overall was a lot of fun, the only downside: A lot of similar food vendors which made it kinda hard to keep track where you had been. Tried Krispy Kreme Burger & Fried Cookie Dough: Awesome
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaOctober 21, 2016
    Wow, we ate so much food at the fair yesterday. Here were just a few of our favorites: Howling Cow's Campfire Delight ice cream was phenomenal, everything at Gobblin Gourmet's, Hog Stack at Granny's.
  • Sheri M.
    Sheri MoritzOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Park on the Trinity side of Carter Finley and go in the back entrance to the fair near the horse barns. The lines are shorter there and it's close to the fireworks which you can watch from the car.
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 14, 2012
    For a place out of the sun where you can sit at a table, eat at the Cary First United Methodist Church booth. Best ham biscuits! Proceeds to church ministries. Staff are lovely church volunteers.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BealeOctober 12, 2012
    Cary Methodist Church for a country ham biscuit across from waterfall . They have inside seating. Free parking at the pnc arena.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WilderOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible 15 minutes of fireworks every night. Beats most July 4th displays! A must see even if not attending the Fair.
  • Duhdonutman
    DuhdonutmanOctober 26, 2013
    Must haves: Turkey leg, the right roasted corn, deep fried something/everything, and an antacid
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AlarconJanuary 12, 2014
    Geat Flea Market every weekend.....antiques, collectables and stuff of all descriptions rain or shine check it out.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MillerSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Reasonable and good bike repairs and refurbished bikes on strip beside military surplus place.
  • Penny P.
    Penny PageOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Come visit the Spay/Neuter Booth (next the the Milking Booth) in the Expo Building and purchase a tote for $1 (or make a donation) to support the NC Spay/Neuter Program!!!
  • Chris J.
    Chris JohnsonOctober 25, 2014
    Roasted Corn, Hotdog from King's, Al's French Fries, Fried Dough, Kettle Corn and Chicken on a Stick...Lawd Have Mercy
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DOctober 23, 2011
    Westover United Methodist Church's food is great! Reasonable prices and a nice indoor seating area!
  • Donnie N.
    Donnie NorrisOctober 20, 2011
    Ride the bus there. It beats the hassle of finding a parking spot and is a lot cheaper than paying up to 20 bucks for a spot.
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian M.October 15, 2012
    State fair combo: Anderson and daughters ribbon fries, charhouse ribeye steak sandwich and a frozen lemonade
  • Kenny B.
    Kenny BalesOctober 14, 2011
    Krispy Kreme Burgers, fried snickers, fried Kool Aid, Fried Oreos, Fried Reeses, funnel cakes and mad rides oh my!! Lol
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney PedrickOctober 16, 2010
    have a gyro at john the Greek near gate 9---- the bomb! the price ($8) might be high but its worth it :)
  • Mary W.
    Mary WatkinsOctober 20, 2013
    Make sure to stop by the Bluebird Cupcake booth in the Scott building! Support your local businesses!
  • Garry P.
    Garry PepinOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Heidi Jo's Beef Jerky @ the Education Bldg it's the best you'll ever have
  • Megan E.
    Megan ElizabethOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburger, IT'S AMAZING !
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JacksonMay 4, 2013
    The gun show is awsome but u gota get hear early so u don't have to wate in a long line
  • Tamara N.
    Tamara N.October 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The Zipper is the best ride and has a great price of 4 tickets!! Well worth it! Get your scream on!
  • Michael H.
    Michael HuberOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Lots of good events here and decent fairgrounds for the events.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JonesOctober 19, 2010
    If you enter at gate 8, make sure you leave by 9:30 or you can't exit at gate 8 until fireworks end. They began late last night so we waited almost an hour. You can still exit via gate 9.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CurlerOctober 17, 2010
    I heard people were having trouble finding the krispy kreme bacon cheeseburgers so I made a map (2 locations) http://twitpic.com/2yalko
  • Matt and Nicki
    Matt and NickiMarch 8, 2016
    The Flea Market held on every Saturday is great!
  • Sam C.
    Sam ChungOctober 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken fried bacon is AMAZING!!! Get it next to Hill's corn stand across from the bathrooms at the grandstand! You won't be sorry! 
  • Kalyan K.
    Kalyan KankalaOctober 18, 2015
    Good place to hangout and lot of food!!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburgers for the win! You may die though.
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn Swanson-PetersOctober 21, 2010
    Krispy Kreme bacon and cheeseburger is yummy! gotta try at least once!
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn WilliamsOctober 16, 2012
    Come to Connie's corn! The best corn at the fair... Sweet white! Yellow corn is cattle feed!
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RectorOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow! Don't ever go to the State Fair on a weekend. Take off work, school, whatever. Just avoid the crowds.
  • Kenneth
    KennethOctober 22, 2013
    Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe or Frosted Flakes Chicken on a Stick? What is more disgusting?
  • Linda Craft  & Team R.
    Buy tickets for all the concerts! Super cheap and tons of fun.
  • Ann Y.
    Ann YountOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the root beer float at the Root Beer Cart near Dorton Arena!
  • Garry P.
    Garry PepinOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef jerky and beauty queens it doesn't get better than this....
  • Travis
    TravisOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The fireworks start at 945. Park off beryl rd the parking is $5 near Powell.
  • Jaye H.
    Jaye HOctober 24, 2010
    Funnel cakes! Yes, it's fried dough but once a year you can afford it.
  • John Mark I.
    John Mark IveyOctober 25, 2009
    Hadn't been in two years but the Deep Fried TriangleTweetup (though not easy to find) was fun. And the Ribeye Sandwich rules!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ClarkOctober 16, 2011
    Try the fried kool-aid and fried bubble gum!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BeasleyApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    love the flea market and other events they have through the year.
  • David G.
    David GardnerOctober 15, 2010
    Try the deep fried chocolate covered asparagus and grits. YUM.
  • Derek L. H.
    Derek L. HagansOctober 18, 2014
    Everything!!! #ncstatefair
  • Thomas O.
    Thomas OlsenOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    AL's FRIES... Even the small is large!
  • Deb W.
    Deb WoodsOctober 15, 2010
    Nc state ice cream and the hush puppies are awesome
  • Rufus H.
    Rufus HackneyOctober 15, 2011
    Visits the piggy speedway you will not be disappointed
  • AnTwan B.
    AnTwan BrownOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate and strawberry funnel cakes were alright..
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BurkeOctober 17, 2011
    Try the ostrich burgers and fried aligator
  • ashley
    ashleyAugust 25, 2013
    So much fun stuff goes on here
  • Megan C.
    Megan ChesterOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love it here!!
  • Bill T.
    Bill TraversOctober 19, 2013
    Get the american fudge factory fudge.
  • Jon T.
    Jon TiltonOctober 20, 2010
    I personally recommend the chopped barbecue sammy w/ hush puppies - only $6.00!
  • Thomas O.
    Thomas OlsenOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    NC State Ice Cream is worth the wait!
  • Eric G.
    Eric GoedtelNovember 13, 2015
    Got to love a Fry Me Over the Moon!
  • Jo L.
    Jo LawsonOctober 26, 2014
    Finally made the pig races. Here an hour early .
  • Adam M.
    Adam MillsOctober 19, 2011
    Don't eat the donut burger. You will hate yourself after.
  • Tamara N.
    Tamara N.October 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Go for the Wisconsin Fried Cheese!
  • David B.
    David BradleyOctober 23, 2011
    Shoot a high-arching jump shot to win oversized Duke ball on the $1 hoop shot
  • Kelley D.
    Kelley DenningsOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    make sure to recycle at the fair. look for the re3.org avatars around.
  • O'Neill P.
    O'Neill PalmerAugust 6, 2011
    Since your here today make sure you check out www.thegreatgoneape.com
  • Hello J.
    Hello JennyOctober 21, 2011
    Eating a fried oreo is like hugging a baby angel!
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanFebruary 22, 2016
    Had fun with the Flea Market vendors!
  • Earl N.
    Earl NewellOctober 16, 2011
    Get lemonade from Louie's stand $15 for the Tanker
  • Allison T.
    Allison TedescoOctober 23, 2011
    6 years in a row ;)
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GrosecloseOctober 21, 2014
    NC State Fair is a must!
  • Kate O.
    Kate OwensNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Letrice Midgett in the public safety building, has THE WORST customer service and attitude I have ever dealt with. I go to the fairgrounds quite often and to deal with her was disappointing.
  • Lindsay F.
    Lindsay FrancoOctober 25, 2014
    EVERYTHING
  • Kayla D.
    Kayla DiazOctober 20, 2015
    Don't get me wrong, I love the fair... But absolutely nothing is vegan. Lame.
  • Diedre K.
    Diedre KingOctober 23, 2011
    Enjoying the State Fair with my children and mother.
  • Evin G.
    Evin GOctober 20, 2010
    make sure you get the jamaican beef patties
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BoylesOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Attend the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup and FreezerBurns Live! Read more
  • Neville D.
    Neville DevlaliwallaOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go here early...long line!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CurlerOctober 16, 2010
    Taco Tower has quality jerk chicken wraps!
  • Tamara N.
    Tamara N.October 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    $0.50 Mt. Olive pickles. Yes, please!
  • ashley
    ashleyAugust 25, 2013
    State fair is awesome in oct
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AngelicoOctober 15, 2010
    great rides. great food.great tradition!
  • Ayesha R.
    Ayesha RichardsonOctober 22, 2011
    Get a peeled spiral cut apple
  • Joey F.
    Joey FullerOctober 17, 2011
    Try the deep fried koolaid!!
  • Damond N.
    Damond NollanOctober 17, 2010
    Try the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DOctober 23, 2011
    Don't get Henna Tattoos here!!! Ripoff! They did a horrible job, mine was crooked and wiped right off. WASTE OF MONEY!
  • MJ M.
    MJ MayOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just keep sampling food!!!
  • Tom S.
    Tom SpyrisonOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Visit the CW22 booth for free stuff!
  • Tristan J.
    Tristan JonesOctober 14, 2011
    I love the zipperrrrrrr!
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Deep fried candy apple at McBride's.
  • G-Reg
    G-RegOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Please shower before you get out here in a crowd...nasty mofos
  • Earl N.
    Earl NewellOctober 16, 2011
    Don't buy a lot of ride tickets, average ride wait is 40 mins, at that rate it will take you 5 hours to use one page of tickets
  • Steven S.
    Steven SuzanneOctober 25, 2010
    Krispy Kreme Burgers.... Nuf said!
  • Jen
    JenOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Download the State Fair App! Find food, rides & the daily schedule.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BennettNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't throw a hammer up at a tree!
  • Terry S.
    Terry StanberryNovember 10, 2015
    Italian sausage
  • Angela G.
    Angela GoodOctober 15, 2010
    Get a funnel cake. Enjoy the rides!
  • Jen
    JenOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the bus! Quick & easy!
  • Paul V.
    Paul Vasquez-NegronOctober 16, 2011
    Tractor pulls!!
  • Conrad L.
    Conrad Lam YuenOctober 22, 2011
    Traffic is going to be a bitch. Please be nice to fellow motorists.
  • Damond N.
    Damond NollanOctober 17, 2009
    Visit the state fair and watch the fireworks show. Read more
  • Olend W.
    Olend WilliamsOctober 19, 2014
    Why are the mobile carts so high
  • Joe S.
    Joe ScarboroughJuly 6, 2011
    Fireworks!!!
  • James
    JamesOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    try a krispy kreme hamburger
  • tinesha m.
    tinesha matthewsOctober 17, 2010
    Phone coverage is shaky out here.
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DowneyOctober 22, 2011
    Don't fux wit the polish sausage, it will give u the immediate shits and I would shit n my pants before I shit here n these bathrooms
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