ASHEVILLE, NC – Typically summers are reserved for vacations and a little “R and R”, but the folks from the Mountain State Fair want to remind you that the fair is less than two months away and time is running out to get your competitive entries ready and submitted for this year’s fair. Deadlines come as early as July 31 for the Mountain Music Competition, or as late as August 31 for categories such as arts, crafts, gardening, and baking; the key is knowing the entry deadline for your specific competition.
There are many different categories of competition from livestock to photography. The easiest way to get more information is to go online and view the premium book through the fair’s website, www.mountainfair.org. From there you can download or view a copy of the premium book and you can even submit your entries electronically. Premium books are also available in print at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher and at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road in Asheville.
“We try real hard to have the premium books available before school ends in the spring so that we can get them in the hands of the kids before the summer, but there is a lull in between that time and the start of the fair in September,” says Tamara Crain, Entries Coordinator for the NC Mountain State Fair. “The good thing is that competitions and competitive exhibits at the fair make for an excellent summer project for most children,” Crain adds. “We realize how busy everyone’s summer can be; we just want to remind everyone not to let the dates sneak up on them.” The NC Mountain State Fair will be held this year from September 11 through 20 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.
In addition to all the arts, crafts, and competitive exhibits, the fair will have lots of games, rides, and food. Drew Expositions is returning to the NC Mountain State Fair this year to provide the carnival and they will be bringing back their popular attraction, the chairlift, which will stretch from one end of the fairway to the other. The fair will also host musical acts such as Jake Owen, Randy Houser, 33 Miles, and The Travelin McCoury’s in McGough Arena.
Discounted advance tickets are on sale now at the WNC Ag Center and at the WNC Farmers Market. Ingles supermarket stores will have discounted tickets available in stores beginning on August 1. They can also be bought online starting August 1.
To learn more about the NC Mountain State Fair, visit www.mountainfair.org or call 828-687-1414.