Dixie Classic Fair http://www.dcfair.com The Dixie Classic Fair is an annual fair held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The fair takes place every autumn on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:30:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 City of Winston-Salem and 107.5 WKZL team up for Unlimited Ride Day discount http://www.dcfair.com/city-of-winston-salem-and-107-5-kzl-team-up-for-unlimited-ride-discount/ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:43:19 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3882 Winston-Salem, N.C. (October 2, 2015) — Winston-Salem residents can now test their knowledge of Winston-Salem... Read more »

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Winston-Salem, N.C. (October 2, 2015) — Winston-Salem residents can now test their knowledge of Winston-Salem traditions and also get a discount to “Feast” on the Dixie Classic Fair’s rides! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second-largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, and the City of Winston-Salem today announced that they are co-sponsoring $10 unlimited ride discounts to those who participate in the City’s “Winston-Salem History Quiz” on Winston-Salem’s web site, www.cityofws.org.

To be eligible for the unlimited ride coupon, Fair fans can log onto the Winston-Salem history page, www.cityofws.org/historyquiz, and correctly answer one of the three questions posted about the history of the City. Upon completion of the quiz, users are taken to an answer page that includes a pdf download of the $10 unlimited ride discount coupon. Fair fans then present the coupon at any Strates Shows ticket window at the Dixie Classic Fair to receive the $10 discount off the normal $40 price. The offer is good on Monday, October 5, Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8, 2015.

The Dixie Classic Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com and social media pages, and 107.5 KZL’s web site and social media channels, will also contain links to the City’s history page.

The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair is being held October 2 – October 11, 2015 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Now in its 133rd year, this year’s Fair is celebrating its theme of “Feast on the Fair.” The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will feature the Triad’s best in agriculture, competitive entries, delicious food and entertainment, including recently announced music headliners Cassadee Pope, Restless Heart and Tenth Avenue North with Sidewalk Prophets and Dan Bremnes. James E. Strates Shows will once again supply the Fair’s rides and games.

“The Dixie Classic Fair is excited to once again be partnering with the City of Winston-Salem and 107.5 KZL on this promotion,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “The program allows Fair fans to get a great deal on Strates’ Shows terrific rides at the Fair, while also allowing them to learn more about our City’s history as well. We think this will be a successful promotion and hope that everyone will take advantage of this great value.”

For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.dcfair.com.

About The Dixie Classic Fair

Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

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N.C. Department of Labor Approves Dixie Classic Fair Rides for Use http://www.dcfair.com/n-c-department-of-labor-approves-dixie-classic-fair-rides-for-use/ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:24:46 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3916   RALEIGH, N.C. (October 2, 2015) — North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry... Read more »

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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 2, 2015) — North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry today announced that all amusement rides at the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem are in great shape and ready for today’s grand opening.

Every amusement ride that comes to North Carolina is inspected by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau before it is allowed to open to the public. Amusement rides in North Carolina must meet the manufacturer’s specifications 100 percent before being certified to operate. Additionally, amusement rides are inspected each time they are moved and reassembled at different locations across the state. North Carolina is one of only two states in the nation that require rides to be 100 percent to the manufacturer’s specifications before a ride is approved.

Ride inspectors arrived at the Fairgrounds several days prior to opening to begin the inspection process of the amusement rides. James E. Strates Shows has provided midway rides at the Dixie Classic Fair since 1964. New attractions this year include:

  • Zamperla’s Tea Cup: Zamperla’s Tea Cup is composed of a turntable of 14.5 m in diameter inside of which there are four smaller turntables, on which are positioned 3 cups, for a total of 12, with a maximum capacity of 60 people. The cups can be rotated manually by passengers by means of a central steering wheel.
  • Zero Gravity: This high-adrenaline experience spins passengers at speeds up to 40 miles per hour and at up to 90-degree angles for the ride of their life!
  • Rock Star: For those looking for a rock & roll thrill ride, look no further than the Rock Star ride at the Dixie Classic Fair. Shaped like the neck of a guitar, the Rock Star swings up to 22 passengers higher and higher for a thrilling experience.
  • Dream Wheel: New from Strates Shows in 2015 is The Dream Wheel, its latest Ferris wheel. Measuring more than 72 feet high, this Ferris wheel holds 16 cars or up to 64 people for a breathtaking view of downtown Winston-Salem and the mountains.
  • Silver Streak: The Silver Streak Himalaya spins at 11.5 RPM for exciting big-ride action at a speed which youngsters can handle easily. The Silver Streak Himalaya has flashy metal flake cars that are lined with aluminum flooring and molded foam padding.

“I am pleased to announce that all rides at this year’s Dixie Classic Fair are in great shape and ready for today’s grand opening,” said Commissioner Berry. “The safety of Fair patrons is very important to me and my staff. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who visits the Fair can do so without the risk of being injured on the rides, and our inspectors have worked diligently over the past several days to ensure that all attractions are operating properly. I hope that everyone enjoys this year’s Dixie Classic Fair.”

 

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

Contacts:    Dolores Quesenberry: 919-649-2742
N.C. Department of Labor

Craig Fishel: craig@upstreamprgroup.com
Upstream Public Relations/Dixie Classic Fair

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The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair Opens Friday, Oct. 2nd http://www.dcfair.com/the-2015-dixie-classic-fair-opens-friday-oct-2nd/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:17:32 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3697 Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 29, 2015) — It’s almost time for Northwest North Carolina to “Feast... Read more »

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Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 29, 2015) — It’s almost time for Northwest North Carolina to “Feast on the Fair” again in 2015! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina and a Triad tradition, begins on Friday, October 2nd.

The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will be held October 2 – October 11, 2015 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. The Fair’s hours are Sunday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

“The Dixie Classic Fair has been a tradition in our area and one of the most popular family entertainment events for 133 years,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “In 2015, we have put together another outstanding lineup of rides, games, competitive exhibits, food and entertainment for Fair fans. We expect this year’s Dixie Classic Fair to be a tremendous success and are looking forward to serving the residents of Northwest North Carolina.”

Providing the Dixie Classic Fair’s midway entertainment again in 2015 is James E. Strates Shows. Strates Shows, Based in Orlando, Florida, provides amusement rides, games of skill, unique foods and merchandise concessions to fairs and festivals throughout the United States. America’s only railroad carnival, Strates Shows travels the United States during a seven-month season, transporting personnel and equipment with 61 rail cars and 34 trucks.

In addition to the midway entertainment, the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will also feature some of the best musical entertainment in the area. Leading with way is the Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope on Monday, October 5th at 7:30 p.m. Following her win on The Voice, Pope burst onto the national stage with her debut album “Frame by Frame,” which debuted at Number One on the Country Music Charts and in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Selling more than 1.7 million albums to date, Frame by Frame has earned Pope the distinction of becoming one of only two women in the past five years to earn the Number One spot on the Country Charts with her debut release. Cassadee Pope’s performance is presented by 93.1 The Wolf.

Also appearing at this year’s Dixie Classic Fair is legendary country music group Restless Heart, presented by Q104.1. Founded in 1984 in Nashville, Tenn., Restless Heart is celebrating 32 years together in 2015. Throughout its career, the band has produced four gold albums and eight total albums, including 25 songs that have entered the Country Music and Adult Contemporary charts. The group has won numerous awards throughout its career, including The Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group award. Restless Heart will perform at the Dixie Classic Fair on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Rounding out this year’s headlining musical entertainment on Wednesday, October 8th is a night of top Contemporary Christian Acts, led by breakout artists Tenth Avenue North. Since release its debut album in 2008, Tenth Avenue North has recorded a total of four albums, including the Number One albums “The Struggle” and “Cathedrals.” Opening for Tenth Avenue North will be 2010 GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year Sidewalk Prophets, and Contemporary Christian artist Dan Bremmes. Presented by WBFJ, the show begins at 7:00 p.m.

The 2013 Dixie Classic Fair will also showcase the best in local and regional rock, country, R&B and gospel acts at the Triad Area Chevy Dealers Clock Tower Stage on the Fairgrounds. Musical appearances throughout the Fair at the Clock Tower stage include:

  • Tammie Davis
  • The Camel City Showcase, featuring bands and artists from across the area
  • Gospelfest
  • WBFJ Local Flavors, featuring local Contemporary Christian acts
  • Liberty Street Band
  • The GB’s
  • The Mighty Eliminators
  • J.O.T.
  • Randy Johnson & Higher Ground
  • The Moore Brothers
  • Cindy Johnson
  • Craig Vaughan and the Atomic Roots
  • Jim Cole
  • Norlina

This year’s Dixie Classic Fair also includes a number of promotional days throughout the event:

  • Monday, October 5: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day – Pick up coupon by participating in the City of Winston-Salem’s history quiz on its web site, www.cityofws.org/historyquiz, pay Fair gate admission, bring coupon to Midway Ticket Booth, redeem coupon and $30 for ID to ride all day.
  • Monday, October 5: School Day (Pre-school – 5th grade students admitted free until 2:00 p.m.) – Gates open for students at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 6: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day; Senior Adults Day – Gates open for Seniors at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7: Lowes Foods Can Day – Bring five cans or five boxes of non-perishable Lowes Foods house brand and receive one free admission.
  • Wednesday, October 7: Special Education Day – Admission free for persons with disabilities; gates open for special education students at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 8: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day
  • Thursday, October 8: WXII Military Appreciation Day – Active and retired military admitted free with proper ID.
  • Saturday, October 10 & Sunday, October 11: Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Days– Children seven and under can ride all James E. Strates Shows Kiddeland rides for $10

The Dixie Classic Fair also provides the best in competitive competitions. Entrants will compete for more than $225,000 in prize money in dozens of departments and hundreds of categories, including:

  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Poultry
  • Floriculture
  • Clothing
  • Home furnishings
  • Culinary
  • Photography
  • Wine Competition

Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. In 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair received more than 29,000 entries in its competitive events.

Ticket prices this year are as follows:

  • Friday (10/2 &10/9), Saturday (10/3 &10/10) and Sunday (10/4 &10/11):
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $10
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $9
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Early Bird Special Admission (Any Gate – Weekdays only): 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – $4

Advance tickets for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair are available online through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and a link on the Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com. The online sale will also be accessible via links to the Fair’s social media followers on Facebook and Twitter. Advance ticket prices are only $8 for adults and $3 for children. Packs of 30 credits for Fair rides are only $10. And for the first time in 2015, unlimited ride wristbands are available in advance for only $25. Advance online tickets will be available through October 1, 2015.

Advance tickets are also available at Wal-Mart locations throughout the Triad. Advance and general ticket prices for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair represent a slight increase from 2014 due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s newly enacted sales tax on Fair admission.

“There is truly something for everyone at the Dixie Classic Fair,” Sparks said. “It doesn’t matter whether you come for the food, the rides, or the entertainment, we hope everyone in the area comes out to ‘Feast on the Fair’ in 2015.”

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

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Dixie Classic Fair Announces 2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition Best In Show and Category Winners http://www.dcfair.com/dixie-classic-fair-announces-2015-mid-atlantic-southeastern-wine-competition-best-in-show-and-category-winners/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:01:49 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3687 Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 14, 2015) — Once again in 2015, wineries across the Southeast “Feasted”... Read more »

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Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 14, 2015) — Once again in 2015, wineries across the Southeast “Feasted” on awards at the Dixie Classic Fair! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second-largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced Best-in-Show, category winners and medalists for the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.

The Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition began in 1995 and is open to any commercial vineyard, winery or amateur winemaker in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia. In 2015, the competition commercial and amateur winemakers submitted XXX wines for consideration in the competition.

Burntshirt Vineyards of Hendersonville, N.C. took home Best of Show honors with its 2014 Vidal Blanc white wine. Category winners for 2015 competition include:

  • Best of Show
    • Burntshirt Vineyards Hendersonville, N.C.
    • 2014 Vidal Blanc
  • Best White Dry (Commercial Only):
    • Burntshirt Vineyards Hendersonville, N.C.
    • 2014 Vidal Blanc
  • Best Red Dry (Commercial Only):
    • Kilaurwen Vineyards Stanardsville, Va.
    • Three Sisters Red
  • Best White Sweet (Commercial Only):
    • Adams Vineyards Willow Spring, N.C.
    • Plantation Blush 2014
  • Best Red Sweet (Commercial Only):
    • Childress Vineyards Lexington, N.C.
    • Liberty Edition Racing Red
  • Best Dessert & Fruit (Commercial Only):
    • Still Pond Vineyard Arlington, Ga.
    • Farmhouse Blueberry
  • Best Amateur:
    • Hamilton Estate Winery
    • Persimmon 2014

Placement of individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners have also been awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition judges in more than 65 categories. For a full list of medalists, please visit the Dixie Classic Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com.

“Once again this year, the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition receive submission after submission of high-quality wines for consideration,’” said Jim Collins, wine superintendent and coordinator of The Dixie Classic Fair’s wine competitions. “The strength of our competition is a testament to the continued growth of the wine industry in the Southeast. We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s medalists and we look forward to showcasing all of our winners at this year’s Fair.”

For more information on the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com or call 336-727-2236.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

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2015 Dixie Classic Fair Advance Ticket Sales Begin http://www.dcfair.com/2015-dixie-classic-fair-advance-ticket-sales-begin/ Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:55:03 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3673 Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 3, 2015) — It’s time for fair-goers to reserve their places to... Read more »

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Winston-Salem, N.C. (August 3, 2015) — It’s time for fair-goers to reserve their places to “Feast on the Fair!” The Dixie Classic Fair, the second-largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced that advance ticket sales have begun.

Advance tickets for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will go on sale online through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and a link on the Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com. The online sale will also be accessible via links to the Fair’s social media followers on Facebook and Twitter. Advance ticket prices are only $8 for adults and $3 for children. Packs of 30 credits for Fair rides are only $10. And for the first time in 2015, unlimited ride wristbands are available in advance for only $25. Advance online tickets will be available through October 1, 2015.

For the first time, 2015 Dixie Classic Fair advance tickets will also be available in the electronics sections at Wal-Mart locations throughout the Triad. Wal-Marts that will be selling tickets include:

  • 320 East Hanes Mill Rd Winston-Salem NC 27105
  • 4550 Kester Mill Road Winston-Salem NC 27103
  • 3475 Parkway Village Cr. Winston-Salem NC 27127
  • 1130 South Main St. Kernersville NC 27284
  • 2710 North Main St. High Point NC 27265
  • 4424 West Wendover Ave. Greensboro NC 27407
  • 3738 North Battleground Ave. Greensboro NC 27410
  • 2107 Pyramid Village Blvd Greensboro 27405
  • 1624 NC#14 Highway Reidsville, NC 27320
  • 1226 East Dixie Drive Asheboro NC 27203
  • 3141 Garden Road Burlington NC 27215
  • 530 S Graham Hopedale Rd Burlington NC 27217

Advance tickets for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair are also available at the Annex Box Office located at 414 Deacon Boulevard with no service charges.

Advance and general ticket prices for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair represent a slight increase from 2014 due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s newly enacted sales tax on Fair admission.

The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair is being held October 2 – October 11, 2015 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Now in its 133rd year, this year’s Fair is allowing fans to “Feast on the Fair,” a tradition dating back to the first Fair, a wheat exhibition held in 1882. The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will feature the Triad’s best in agriculture, competitive entries, delicious food and entertainment, including recently announced Country music headliners Cassadee Pope and Restless Heart, and Christian music stars Tenth Avenue North and Sidewalk Prophets. James E. Strates Shows will once again supply the Fair’s rides and games.

The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair schedule and regular ticket prices are as follows:

  • Hours of operation:
    • Sunday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Tickets for Friday (10/2 &10/9), Saturday (10/3 &10/10) and Sunday (10/4 &10/11):
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $10
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Tickets for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are:
    • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $9
    • Children (ages 6 – 11) – $5
    • Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
  • Early Bird Special Admission (Any Gate – Weekdays only): 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – $4

“The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will be here before you know it,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Once again this year, advance ticket sales are a great opportunity for Fair attendees to secure a great value for their tickets. I would encourage everyone who plans to attend this year’s Fair to take advantage of this sale.”

For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.dcfair.com.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

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Dixie Classic Fair Announces 2015 Competition Call for Entries http://www.dcfair.com/dixie-classic-fair-announces-2015-competition-call-for-entries/ Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:18:21 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3703 Winston-Salem, N.C. (July 15, 2015) — Calling all area farmers, bakers, bee-keepers, gardeners and quilters... Read more »

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Winston-Salem, N.C. (July 15, 2015) — Calling all area farmers, bakers, bee-keepers, gardeners and quilters – it’s time to enter for the chance to “Feast on the Fair’s” prizes! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced it has opened competitive entries for the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair general competitions. Entries will be accepted now through September 1, 2015.

Area farmers, bakers, bee-keepers, gardeners, quilters and others are now in the process of gearing up to compete for more than $225,000 in prize money in dozens of departments and hundreds of categories, including:

  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Floriculture
  • Clothing
  • Antiques
  • Home furnishings
  • Culinary
  • Photography

Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. In 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair received more than 29,000 entries in its competitive events.

“Our region has great traditions in agriculture, arts and crafts, horticulture, and culinary arts, among many others,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Since the Dixie Classic Fair began 133 years ago, our competitive entries competitions have sought to showcase all of the talented individuals in our region, from the best bakers to high school arts and crafts projects to farmers who know the secret to growing the best crops. We look forward to another successful exhibition in 2015 and are excited for Fair fans to experience what our entrants have to offer.”

Entries for the general competitions are available and may be submitted online at the Dixie Classic Fair’s web site, www.DCFair.com, or by mailing a completed entry blank to Dixie Classic Fair, P.O. Box 68, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27102. Competitive Entries catalogs containing competitive entry requirements and entry forms are available at the Dixie Classic Fair offices, Forsyth County Public Library branches, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension offices in Forsyth, Guilford and surrounding counties.

For more information on the 2015 Dixie Classic Fair and its competitive entries, including a full listing of competitions, rules and regulations, visit www.DCFair.com or call 336-727-2236.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 133rd year in 2015, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

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The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair Draws 300,362 http://www.dcfair.com/2014-dixie-classic-fair-draws-300362/ Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:58:08 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3594 The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair Draws 300,362 Winston-Salem, N.C. (October 15, 2014) — Triad-area residents... Read more »

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The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair Draws 300,362

Winston-Salem, N.C. (October 15, 2014) — Triad-area residents decided to take part in the “Tradition of Fun” in 2014! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced that this year’s event was attended by 300,362 people.

Attendance for this year’s Dixie Classic Fair drew 20,484 fewer attendees than in 2013. This year’s event, which was affected by weather during three weekend days of the 10-day event, including both Fridays, showed a decrease in attendance of 6.38 percent over last year. The 2014 totals were slightly off of the Dixie Classic Fair’s five-year average of 325,000.

While the weather did affect overall attendance figures, the 2014 Fair consistently showed increased day-to-day attendance over 2013 on several days when weather was not a factor. This year’s Dixie Classic Fair even set an attendance record for a Thursday in 2014, drawing more than 44,000 people.

Special promotions for this year’s Fair also proved to resonate, with attendees showing strong support for the City of Winston-Salem/107.5 WKZL Unlimited Ride Discount Days, the Winston-Salem Journal’s Family Days at the Fair, and the Lowes Foods Day at the Fair, which offered free admission to those who brought five items of Lowes Foods house-brand non-perishable food. The promotion raised more than 62,000 cans of food for Crisis Control Ministry’s Food Pantry.

“Although weather was certainly a factor in the overall attendance, we are very pleased with the turnout for the 2014 Dixie Classic Fair,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Fair fans showed tremendous response to the Dixie Classic Fair’s unique mix of rides, entertainment, food, fun and tradition, particularly on the days when the weather cooperated. We are happy to have been able to provide more lasting memories to attendees this year and are already looking forward to another tremendous Fair in 2015.”

The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair featured the best in food, rides, games and fun. Midway entertainment, including rides and games, were once again provided by James E. Strates Shows. Musical entertainment at Fair’s Grandstand included rising country stars Parmalee, up-and-coming country artist Craig Campbell and Contemporary Christian acts Jamie Grace and Colton Dixon. Music lovers were also treated to daily performances by local artists at the Triad Area Chevy Dealers Clock Tower Stage, while fans at the Grandstand were thrilled by the Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull, Figure 8 Racing and the Rodeo.

Additionally, the Dixie Classic Fair provided the area’s best competitive exhibitions. More than 29,250 entries were received in 2014, competing for more than $225,000 in prize money in dozens of departments and hundreds of categories, including horticulture, livestock, culinary, wine and arts and crafts. Winners received First, Second and Third Place ribbons as well as Judges’ Choice Awards for the best among First Place winners in a category.

The 2015 Dixie Classic Fair will be held October 2-11, 2015. For more information, please visit www.dcfair.com.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 132nd year in 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Fishel, 336.723.2222, craig@upstreamprgroup.com
David Sparks, Dixie Classic Fair, 336.727.2236, sparks@dcfair.com

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Fair Opens Friday, October 3rd http://www.dcfair.com/fair-opens-friday-october-3rd/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:42:39 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3485 The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair Opens Friday, Oct. 3rd Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 30, 2014) —... Read more »

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The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair Opens Friday, Oct. 3rd

Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 30, 2014) — It’s time to once again take part in Northwest North Carolina’s “Tradition of Fun!” The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina and a Triad tradition, begins at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on Friday, October 3rd.

The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair will be held October 3 – October 12, 2014 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. The Fair’s hours are Sunday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

“Since the late 1800s, the Dixie Classic Fair has been one of the longest-running and most-popular family events in our area,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “In 2014, we have, once again, an outstanding lineup of rides, games, competitive exhibits, food and entertainment for Fair fans. We look forward to another successful 10 days of creating lasting memories for area residents.”

This year marks the 132nd year of the Fair in Winston-Salem. Originally founded as a wheat exhibition in Salem in 1882, the inaugural Wheat Fair consisted of 28 exhibitors. Families traveled by train, wagon, horseback and on foot to attend. Today, more than 325,000 people from across the region attend the Dixie Classic Fair on average each year to enjoy the hundreds of exhibitions, thousands of competitive entries, games, food, rides, entertainment and unique family atmosphere.

Providing the Dixie Classic Fair’s midway entertainment again in 2014 is James E. Strates Shows. Strates Shows, Based in Orlando, Florida, Strates Shows provides amusement rides, games of skill, unique foods and merchandise concessions to fairs and festivals throughout the United States. Strates Shows, America’s only railroad carnival, travels the United States during a seven-month season, transporting personnel and equipment with 61 rail cars and 34 trucks.

In addition to the best in food, rides, games and family fun, the 2014 Dixie Classic Fair will also feature some of the best musical entertainment in the Fair’s history. Country music fans are encouraged to attend on Monday, October 6th and experience the live performance of Country music stars and North Carolina natives Parmalee. Considered one of the top up-and-coming bands on the charts, Parmalee released the album Feels Like Carolina in December 2013, reaching the Top 10 on the U.S. Country charts and the Top 5 on the U.S. Indie charts. The band’s latest album features the Number One single “Carolina” and the Top 40 hits “Musta Been a Good Time” and “Close Your Eyes,” which currently sits in the Top 20 on the Country charts. Presented by 93.1 The Wolf, Parmalee will perform Monday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, Q104.1 presents Country music star Craig Campbell. Widely known as Country music’s hippest neo-traditionalist, Campbell launched his recording career in 2011 with his self-titled debut album, featuring the Top 20 hit “Family Man,” which stayed on the charts for an astounding 54 weeks, and the Top 40 hits “Fish” and “When I Get It.” His second and latest album, Never Regret, features the Top 20 Country hits “Outta My Head” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin.” Campbell will perform on October 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment at the Fairgrounds’ Grandstand concludes on Wednesday, October 8th with WBFJ 89.3 and 103.5’s presentation of hit Christian artists Jamie Grace and Colton Dixon. At just 22 years of age, Grace is already skyrocketing up the Contemporary Christian music charts on the strength of her first two albums, the Grammy-nominated Hold Me (released 2011) and Ready to Fly (released 2014). These albums have produced a combined seven Top 40 hits on the contemporary Christian charts.

Opening for Jamie Grace will be American Idol finalist and Contemporary Christian artist Colton Dixon. Dixon, who finished seventh during the eleventh season of Idol, is currently preparing for the release of his second album, Anchor, the follow-up to his U.S. Christian chart-topping debut album A Messenger in 2011. During his short career, Dixon has achieved four Top 40 singles. Dixon and Grace will perform at 7:30 p.m. on October 8th.

The 2013 Dixie Classic Fair will also showcase the best in local and regional rock, country, R&B and gospel acts at the Triad Area Chevy Dealers Clock Tower Stage sponsored by The Winston-Salem Chronicle on the Fairgrounds. Musical appearances throughout the Fair at the Clock Tower stage include:

  • Lee & Susan Terry
  • Tammie Davis
  • The Camel City Showcase, featuring bands and artists from across the area
  • Gospelfest
  • Doug Davis
  • Craig Vaughn & Atomic Roots
  • Taylor Vaden
  • The Mighty Eliminators
  • J.O.T.
  • Randy Johnson & Higher Ground
  • Ernest Johnson and the Phase Band

This year’s Dixie Classic Fair also includes a number of promotional days throughout the event:

  • Friday, October 3: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day – Pick up coupon by participating in the City of Winston-Salem’s history quiz on its web site, cityofws.org/historyquiz, pay Fair gate admission, bring coupon to Midway Ticket Booth, redeem coupon and $25 for ID to ride all day.
  • Monday, October 6: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day; School Day (Pre-school – 5th grade students admitted free until 2:00 p.m.) – Gates open for students at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 7: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day; Senior Adults Day – Gates open for Seniors at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8: Lowes Foods Can Day – Bring five cans or five boxes of non-perishable Lowes Foods house brand and receive one free admission.
  • Wednesday, October 8: Special Education Day – Admission free for persons with disabilities
  • Thursday, October 9: City of Winston-Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Day. Military Day (All active and retired Military and immediate family with ID receive free admission.)
  • Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12: Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Days– Children seven and under can ride all James E. Strates Shows Kiddeland rides for $10

The Dixie Classic Fair also provides the best in competitive competitions. Entrants will compete for more than $225,000 in prize money in dozens of departments and hundreds of categories, including:

  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Poultry
  • Floriculture
  • Clothing
  • Home furnishings
  • Culinary
  • Photography
  • Wine Competition

Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. In 2013, the Dixie Classic Fair received more than 33,000 entries in its competitive events.

“There is truly something for everyone at the Dixie Classic Fair,” Sparks said. “It doesn’t matter whether you come for the food, the rides, or the entertainment, we hope everyone in the area comes and enjoys what this year’s Fair has to offer and our unique ‘Tradition of Fun’.”

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 132nd year in 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Fishel, 336.723.2222, craig@upstreamprgroup.com
David Sparks, Dixie Classic Fair, 336.727.2236, sparks@dcfair.com

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2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition Winners http://www.dcfair.com/2014-mid-atlantic-southeastern-wine-competition-winners/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:31:16 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3393 DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR ANNOUNCES 2014 MID-ATLANTIC SOUTHEASTERN WINE COMPETITION BEST IN SHOW AND CATEGORY WINNERS... Read more »

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DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR ANNOUNCES 2014 MID-ATLANTIC SOUTHEASTERN WINE COMPETITION BEST IN SHOW AND CATEGORY WINNERS

Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 9, 2014) — The decade-and-a-half tradition of great wine competitions at the Dixie Classic Fair continues in 2014! The Dixie Classic Fair, the second-largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced Best-in-Show, category winners and medalists for the 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.

The Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition began in 1995 and is open to any commercial vineyard, winery or amateur winemaker in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia. In 2014, the competition commercial and amateur winemakers submitted 447 wines for consideration in the competition.

James River Cellars of Glen Allen Virginia took home Best of Show honors with its 2013 Chardonnel white wine. Category winners for 2014 Competition include:

  • Best of Show:  James River Cellars   2013 Chardonnel   Glen Allen, VA
  • Best White Dry (Commercial Only):  James River Cellars   2013 Chardonnel   Glen Allen, VA
  • Best Red Dry (Commercial Only):  Laurel Gray Vineyards   Family Select Reserve 2011   Hamptonville, NC
  • Best White Sweet (Commercial Only):  Cauble Creek Vineyards   Rosetta 2012   Salisbury, NC
  • Best Red Sweet (Commercial Only):  Stephens Vineyard and Winery   Mary’s Blush 2013   Lumberton, NC 
  • Best Dessert & Fruit (Commercial Only):  Burntshirt Vineyards   Harvest Gold 2013   Hendersonville, NC
  • Best Amateur:  Fiddler’s Cove Winery   Pear 2013

Placement of individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners have also been awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition judges in more than 65 categories. For a full list of medalists, please visit the Dixie Classic Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com.

“We are very pleased that so many wineries from the region chose to once again participate in the Dixie Classic Fair’s ‘Tradition of Competition,’” said Jim Collins, wine superintendent and coordinator of The Dixie Classic Fair’s wine competitions. “Each year, the job of the Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition judges becomes more difficult as the quality of wines continue to improve. The strength of our competition is a testament to the continued growth of the wine industry in the Southeast. We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s medalists and we look forward to showcasing all of our winners at this year’s Fair.”

For more information on the 2014 Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com or call 336-727-2236.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 132nd year in 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Fishel, 336.723.2222, craig@upstreamprgroup.com
David Sparks, Dixie Classic Fair, 336.727.2236, sparks@dcfair.com

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Craig Campbell added to musical lineup for 2014 Dixie Classic Fair http://www.dcfair.com/craig-campbell-added-musical-lineup-2014-dixie-classic-fair/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:46:05 +0000 http://www.dcfair.com/?p=3299 DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR ADDS COUNTRY STAR CRAIG CAMPBELL TO 2014 MUSICAL LINEUP Winston-Salem, N.C. (September... Read more »

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DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR ADDS COUNTRY STAR CRAIG CAMPBELL TO 2014 MUSICAL LINEUP

Winston-Salem, N.C. (September 4, 2014) —The Dixie Classic Fair, the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina, today announced it has added Country music star Craig Campbell to its lineup of nationally-known musical acts appearing at this year’s Fair.

Campbell, a native of Lyons, Ga., continues the Dixie Classic Fair’s tradition of great musical entertainment. Widely known as Country music’s hippest neo-traditionalist, Campbell launched his recording career in 2011 with his self-titled debut album, featuring the Top 20 hit “Family Man,” which stayed on the charts for an astounding 54 weeks, and the Top 40 hits “Fish” and “When I Get It.” His second and latest album, Never Regret, features the Top 20 Country hits “Outta My Head” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin.” Campbell will perform at the Dixie Classic Fair Grandstand on Tuesday, October 7.

“We are very excited to add Craig Campbell to this year’s terrific lineup of musical talent at the Dixie Classic Fair,” said David Sparks, director of the Dixie Classic Fair. “Campbell is a talented young Country artist who fits very well with this year’s lineup and our tradition of quality family musical entertainment. We feel that Fair fans are sure to enjoy all of this year’s artists and are looking forward to some great shows.”

Joining Campbell as the headlining musical acts at this year’s Dixie Classic Fair are Country music sensations Parmalee and Contemporary Christian music stars Jamie Grace and Colton Dixon.

North Carolina natives Parmalee are considered one of the up and coming acts in country music. The band released the album Feels Like Carolina in December 2013, reaching the Top 10 on the U.S. Country charts and the Top 5 on the U.S. Indie charts. Parmalee’s latest album features the Number One single “Carolina” and the Top 40 hits “Musta Been a Good Time” and “Close Your Eyes.” Parmalee will perform October Monday, October 6.

At just 22 years of age, Jamie Grace is already skyrocketing up the Contemporary Christian music charts on the strength of her first two albums, the Grammy-nominated Hold Me (released 2011) and Ready to Fly (released 2014). Grace is a multi-talented artist who plays most of the instruments on both of her albums, and in 2012 won the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. To date, she has charted seven Top 40 hits on the Contemporary Christian charts, including the Top 5 singles “Hold Me” and “Beautiful Day.” Grace will perform on Wednesday, October 8.

Opening for Jamie Grace will be American Idol finalist and Contemporary Christian artist Colton Dixon. Dixon, who finished seventh during the eleventh season of Idol, is currently preparing for the release of his second album, Anchor, the follow-up to his U.S. Christian chart-topping debut album A Messenger in 2011. During his short career, Dixon has achieved four Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 U.S. Christian hits “You Are” and “More of You.”

The 2014 Dixie Classic Fair will be held October 3 – 12, 2014 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. For more information, please visit www.dcfair.com.

About The Dixie Classic Fair
Celebrating its 132nd year in 2014, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest agricultural Fair in North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969, the 10-day annual Fair features nationally known musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games among many more activities. It is attended by an average of 325,000 visitors each year. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Craig Fishel, 336.723.2222, craig@upstreamprgroup.com
David Sparks, Dixie Classic Fair, 336.727.2236, sparks@dcfair.com

 

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