Parents’ Guide to the State Fair

Planning to take the little ones out to the N.C. State Fair?

Here are few things you may need to know:

Can I bring food and drinks?

Yes! But no glass bottles, alcohol or drugs. All baggage is subject to search at the gate.

Can I bring a diaper bag or backpack?

Yes! You can also bring lunch bags, wagons, strollers and umbrellas. Again, all baggage is subject to search.

Can I rent a stroller instead?

Yes! Stroller and child’s wagon vendors are at Gates 1, 8, 9 and 10. All strollers and wagons are first-come, first-serve. One vendor is taking reservations via its website:

Where can I change my baby?

Changing tables are available in most restrooms, and family restrooms are in the Martin and Expo buildings.

Is there a place to nurse my baby?

Yes! “Mothers’ rooms: are located in the Scott, Martin, Expo and Graham buildings.

Can my toddler experience the rides?

The minimum height requirement for children’s rides is 36 inches. The Kiddieland Midway features about 25 rides, plus games suitable for young children. Most rides cost 2-4 tickets; games are cash only.

What if my child is under 36 inches tall?

Children under 40 inches tall can ride free on slides and merry-go-rounds, when accompanied by a paying adult 16 or older.

Other kid-friendly entertainment includes:


The Neon Anteaters roaming act, consisting of purple and blue creatures who are quadruped stilt walkers doling out “slurpy kisses” at the flower show during their daily strolls.

In Kiddieland, Izzie, a face-painting fairy, will be moving around on Glitter, her bicycle dragon, while stopping to tell stories to fairgoers.

Near the rabbit barn, the family-friendly Tumbleweed Crossing Wild West Show will feature special effects, stunt performances and comedy gun-fight scenes daily at noon, 3 and 6 p.m., plus at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Farmer Phil Show featuring juggling, yo-yo and magic routines while teaching audiences of all ages a little about farmers and agriculture. Shows are held daily in Kiddieland Fun Park.

Roberto the Magnificent, performing daily on the north side of Dorton Arena. Earning a silver medal at the World Juggling Championships at age 15, Roberto’s show show encourages audience participation and features juggling and a unicycle.

Brad Matchett, family-friendly comedy hypnotist, will perform nightly at 7:30 in the Folk Festival tent, with an additional 9 p.m. show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Down to Earth Aerials will perform high-flying feats on the north Dorton Arena lawn. 

New this year at the Hunt Horse Complex is a Year of the Horse Celebration, including headline shows, parade of breeds and free, five-minute riding lessons.

N.C. State Fair admission is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 6-12. Have more State Fair questions? Visit the FAQ page at

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