The absolute best time of the year for North Carolinians is right around the corner. In just about one month from now, the state fair will kick off and provide eleven full days of rides, games and music to local residents and travelers from afar.

The N.C. State Fair is not exactly your typical, unexciting state fair. North Carolina is famous for putting on a great show. In fact, last year almost a million visitors traveled to Raleigh’s state fairgrounds to experience the action.

Steve Troxler, the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, said the 2013 N.C. State Fair will be eleven full days of “food, fun and fellowship.”

Here is a quick sneak peak at some of the food, fun and fellowship that is on the docket for this year’s event that starts on October 17th and runs through October 27th.

Thursday, Oct. 17th at 5:00 p.m. is the kickoff for the first Circle C Racing Pigs show of the fair. People who have attended this event in the past get a huge kick out of “Hogway Speedway.” The event tends to fill up fast so if you have an interest in watching adorable pigs run around a racetrack, it would be smart to arrive early!

The Kenya Safari Acrobats are also performing at 5:00 p.m. throughout the duration of the fair. These breathtaking performances are worth seeing over and over again. The acrobats who perform are a husband and wife from Kenya who walk tightropes through fire and showcase various forms of magic. It’s a great show for both adults and children.

American country bluegrass singer and songwriter Larry Cordle will also be performing several times during this year’s state fair. Cordle has written songs for Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood and many other famous singers. He also wrote Murder on Music Row, a song sung by George Strait that won the CMA for Best Song of the Year in 2000.

The rides at the N.C. State Fair are unforgettable. Twisting and twirling and even hanging upside down are all perks with these rides and only cost about a dollar each ride. Parents should be aware that children must be at least 36 inches tall to ride any of the rides at the state fair. The merry-go-round, however, is open to children of all ages and height as long as a legal guardian accompanies them.

The food at the fair isn’t exactly diet-friendly and nobody walks into the fair with a full stomach. Everyone knows there are endless amounts of deep-fried Oreos, cheese-drenched soft pretzels, Italian sausages and funnel cakes to look forward to when they arrive.

The best part about attending the N.C. State Fair is staying until closing time. At the end of the evening, fireworks are set off in order to mark the end of a great day.

Tickets for this year’s state fair are already on sale. They can be purchased online for only eight dollars for each adult and four dollars for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

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