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Matt Buchanan, manager
N.C. Mountain State Fair
(828) 687-1414

Mountain State Fair animal attractions offer something
for the whole herd

RALEIGH — Whether it’s competing, milking, feeding or petting, there are plenty of ways to interact with animals at the N.C. Mountain State Fair Sept. 10-19.

Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of animals, including cattle, goats, sheep, poultry, turkeys, rabbits and llamas, can be seen competing in 17 different livestock shows during the 10-day event. The competitions will take place in the Livestock Sales Arena, Davis Arena, Barn F, the covered ring behind McGough Arena and a temporary ring between Barns C and D.

Fairgoers can interact with similar non-competitive animals in the Display Livestock exhibit in Barns B, C and D. The exhibit represents all the livestock raised in western North Carolina, including horses, which do not compete at the Fair. In addition, local farmers will be available in the exhibit to answer questions about the animals and offer demonstrations of farm activities.

More barnyard attractions will be available inside the Farm Adventure tent located near Entrance A. In the tent, visitors can watch ducklings go down water slides, as well as see chicks, calves and piglets. There also will be interactive educational displays, including cow milking, potato digging and seed sorting.

Exotic animals and farm animals are part of the Circle C Petting Zoo, where visitors will be able to pet and feed animals in a controlled environment. The petting zoo is free to enter, but there is a small fee to feed the animals.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair takes place Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Advance discount tickets are on sale now at the WNC Ag Center, the WNC Farmers Market and at all western North Carolina Ingles stores. For more information, including a daily schedule of events and showtimes, go to




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