Mountain State Fair

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The Mountain State Fair returns to the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center Sept. 8-17.

The fair includes rides, exhibits, music, competitions and food.

Tickets are $9 for adults ($7 advance); $5 for children 6-12 years old; and seniors 65 and older ($3 advance). Children under 5 get in free. Groups (30 or more people) can get advance discount price tickets of $6.

There are also special promotions and discount days: Friday, Sept. 8, is free gate admission for students for grades K-12 until 6 p.m. and “Friday Night Frenzy,”  9 p.m.-1 a.m., includes one price admission and unlimited rides for $25; Monday, Sep. 11, ride all day for $20, plus gate admission; Tuesday, Sept. 12, children 12 and under ride all day for $20, plus gate admission; Wednesday, Sept. 13, “Ingles Day,” free gate admission with five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods from Ingles supermarket.; Thursday, Sept. 14, ride all day for $20, plus gate admission; Friday, Sept. 15, free gate admission for seniors 65 and older and “Friday Night Frenzy,” 9 p.m.-1a.m, one price admission includes unlimited rides for $25.

The fair’s hours are Friday — gates open at 9 a.m., rides open at 10 a.m., close at 1 a.m.; Saturday — gates open at 9 a.m., rides open at 10 a.m., close at midnight; First Sunday —  gates open at 9 a.m., rides open at 10 a.m., close at 11 p.m.; Second Sunday (closing night) — rides, buildings, and all exhibits close at 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday — gates open at 3 p.m., rides open at  4 p.m., close at 11 p.m.; Friday Night Frenzy — 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

The fair is located at the WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Free parking is available on fairground property and satellite property. Parking is located on N.C. 280 at Gate 6. Satellite parking is located at the Asheville Regional Airport (follow the signs) with free bus transportation to the fairgrounds (shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes).

Handicap parking: There is handicap parking provided for those with valid tags next to the ticket booths at Entrance A. For the McGough Arena there is handicap parking near Entrance E. Wheelchair, scooter and stroller rentals are available at two locations: Entrance A and inside Entrance E at Blue Barn.

Lost and found is in the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena. Lost children and found items will be taken to this location. Skyland Fire & Rescue will provide emergency medical services. For all first aid and medical emergencies, go to the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena.

Security is provided by off-duty deputies of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department. Traffic assistance is provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

No alcoholic beverages, drugs or firearms are allowed on the grounds. Backpacks are subject to being checked.

No pets are allowed. Only trained service dogs assisting the handicapped are allowed on the fairgrounds. Shirt and shoes are required.   For more information, go to www.mountain fair.org.

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