Winston-Salem, NC, October 10, 2017 — The Dixie Classic Fair celebrated its 135th year between September 29 and October 8 with attendance that topped the event’s five year averages. Good weather and new attractions drew the attention of 300,105 people – 20,039 more attendees than in 2016 (7.15 percent increase) – who enjoyed an event that’s “Always a Classic.”

“The 2017 Dixie Classic Fair started strong with eight straight days of near perfect weather,” said Fair Director, David Sparks. “More than 243,000 people attended through the second Friday alone. This year we featured four new rides, the spectacular Cavallo Equestrian Arts performances, terrific grandstand events and many new foods. This helped make our advanced sales strong at 1,226 tickets sold above last year’s numbers. I’m most proud of the fact our attendees brought 76,970 food items for Crisis Control Ministries that will provide the pantry with food for six months.”  

As in past years, fair goers found their favorite fair foods, rides, games and fun. The event’s opening weekend started with the always-popular Demolition Derby, Figure 8 Racing, and a classic Rodeo. New country superstar, William Michael Morgan, appeared in the Grandstand for a performance sponsored by Q104.1 on October 2. Micro Championship Wrestling (MCW) brought its high-powered, explosive, athletic show to the Grandstand on October 3. The chart-topping, Dove Award-winning band, The Afters, and award-winning songwriter Jason Gray with special guest David Dunn were presented by WBJF-FM and Prison Fellowship International on October 4. The Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulling Association (OTTPA) joined the Fair on October 7 with high-octane intensity.

Making their first appearance at the Dixie Classic Fair in their own building was Cavallo Equestrian Arts, the most breathtaking, heart-pounding, edge of your seat equestrian extravaganza of all time. The performance combined theatrics with an acrobatic horse-riding performance that merges the beauty and grace of man and equine.


Additionally, the fair had an increase in competitive exhibitions with 29,488 entries in everything from baking and flower arranging to livestock judging. In the 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition, 603 wines, from 70 commercial and 25 amateur winemakers, competed for top honors. Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC, took “Best in Show” for their Reserve Series Cabernet Franc (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. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, visit

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