Get ready for unbeatable eats, rip-roaring rides, show-stopping spectacles and creative competitions as the 2018 Dixie Classic Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in the heart of North Carolina runs from Friday, September 28 through Sunday, October 7. Celebrating its 136th year, the event revels in all the things that make this North Carolina’s second largest agricultural fair “Your Beacon to Fun” – memorable Grandstand events, unique exhibits, a look a yesteryear and a salute to tomorrow.

New this Year: Beacon Technology

The Dixie Classic Fair is giving away $1,000 worth of digital Dixie Classic coupons every day that can be redeemed for fair food, ride tickets and other prices – that’s a total of $10,000 in giveaways. To be eligible, visitors simply configure their smartphones to receive the special digital Dixie Classic coupons that will be sent by digital beacons set up throughout the fairgrounds. Coupons can be redeemed first-come, first served up to the quantity specified in the coupon. Additional instructions can be found on page 13 of the Fair’s Catalog.

 The Dixie Classic Fair has a new app that pops the schedule of activities onto your phone.

 Advance Tickets are on sale online through Ticketmaster and on the Fair’s web site, www.dcfair.com, from August 1 at 10AM and ending on  Thursday, September 27 at 11:59PM.

  • Online sales will be promoted via the Fair’s social media links on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Advance Tickets can be purchased with no convenience charges at the Annex Box Office located at 414 Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem; hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Ticketmaster has eliminated its order processing fee. Online fees for tickets will be $0.50 for tickets, and $0.75 for ride Coupons.
  • Advance Ticket prices are $8 for adults (regularly $10 for ages 12 and older) and $3 for children (regularly $5 for ages 6-11). Children under age 5 and senior adults (age 65+ with an ID) are free.
  • Advance Sale Strates Ride Coupons are $10 for 30 credits (regularly $15, Ticketmaster service fees apply if purchased online).Exchange your Advance Sale Ride Coupon for a ride card on the Carnival Midway. Generally rides take 6 to 10 credits per ride (approximately four rides per card on the Midway; five rides per card in Kiddie Land). Coupons are good any day.
  • Even greater savings can be had with Advance Sale Strates Unlimited Ride Coupon that is $25 and are valid for one day during the Fair (Ticketmaster service fees apply when purchased online.) The coupon exchanged for a wristband on Carnival Midway when you arrive at the Fair.
  • The Advance Sale Strates Ride Coupon andUnlimited Ride Coupon are only available in advance of opening of the Fair.

 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Strates Shows: Strates Shows is adding many new rides; and all rides have been refurbished with bright LEDs to light up the night. New rides include The Claw, Pirate, Monster Truck, Super Trucks and Treasure Island. King’s Circus, the three-story fun house, returns after more than 10 years. There are two additional attractions in the Midway: “Horses, Horses, Horses” and the Team Rock Ninja Experience.
    • The majestic Rolling Hills Percherons: Percheron horses were first imported to the United States from France in 1839. Before World War II, the Sell-Hancock family had a deep passion for this French breed of draft horse. These horses were used by farmers, loggers and teamsters to move freight long before the tractor trailer. They even helped the Ringling Brothers Circus set up. Percherons are now used for farming, recreational events, competition showings, breeding and more. Each horse weighs approximately 2,000 pounds and stands over 6 feet tall. Their diet consists of 12-14 pounds of grain, 30 pounds of hay and 15-20 gallons of water per day. The Hancock family continues to show, breed and train these Percherons.
    • Get ready to feel your heart pound, as the 2018 Dixie Classic Fair adds the daring and death-defying Majestik Spectacular Motorcycle Stunt Show to the roster of entertainment from September 28 through October 7 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The show combines the best motorcycle athletes with visual circus stunts and a vibrant light show to create a memorable thrill act with motorcycles flipping and flying through the air. Some of the greatest aerial tricks will be performed, including the “Globe of Steel” that features a 14-foot diameter steel cage in which riders race cycles at top speeds, missing each other only by inches. Stunts will also include the “Wheel of Destiny” in which a daredevil takes on a large, revolving, counter-balanced wheel. This is a show for all ages that will leave you breathless.
    • Judges of the 24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition tasted 569 wines from commercial and amateur winemakers. Laurel Gray Vineyard in Hamptonville, NC, took “Best in Show” for their Cabernet Sauvignon (2014), a bold wine with lots of cherry, cassis and plum notes and a definite spicy finish that is best served with strong hard cheeses, red meats, dark chocolate or figs. Other top winners in the commercial category included Narmada Winery’s Gulabi (2017) as the Best White Dry Wine, Laurel Gray Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon (2014) as the Best Red Dry Wine, Cypress Bend Vineyards’ McNeill as the Best White Sweet Wine, Cypress Bend Vineyards’ Campbell as the Best Red Sweet Wine and Grove Winery’s Strawberry as the Best Dessert and Fruit Wine. In the Amateur category, “Best Amateur Wine” went to Sea Cabin Wine for their Nobel (2017), a red domestic wine. Wine tastings are held daily from 5-9PM at the fair.

 

 2018 DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR SCHEDULE

Friday, September 28 – Opening Day

11:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm – Grandstand:Demolition Derby

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Saturday, September 29

9:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm – Grandstand:Figure 8 Racing

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Sunday, September 30

9:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open

3:00-6:00 pm – Gospelfest at the Fredericks Chevy Clock Tower Stage sponsored by The Chronicle

7:30 pm – Grandstand: The Rodeo

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Monday October 1: City of Winston Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Discount Day & School Day

9:00 am – School Day (Preschool – 5th Grade)

11:00 am – Open to the Public: Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open to The Public

7:30 pm – Grandstand: Noah Guthrie (America’s Got Talent competitor), Mamadear and Wafer Thin

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Tuesday, October 2: City of Winston Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Discount Day & Senior Adult Day

9:00 am – Senior Adult Day

10:00 am – Exhibit Halls Open

11:00 am – Open to the Public: Gates, Midway – Strates Shows Open to The Public

7:30 pm – Grandstand: Small Fights on Tuesday Night hosted by Jerry Springer and featuring Midget Wrestling Entertainment

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Wednesday, October 3: Special Education Day & Crisis Control Ministry Food Day

9:00 am – Special Education Day

11:00 am – Open to the Public: Gates, Exhibit Halls, and Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm – Grandstand: Josh Wilson, 7eventh Time Down, Rhett Walker Band and OBB

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Thursday, October 4: Military Appreciation Day sponsored by WXII TV

City of Winston Salem/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Discount Day

11:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls, Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm – Grandstand: Demolition Derby

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close 11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Friday, October 5:

11:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls, Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm – Grandstand: Figure 8 Racing

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Saturday, October 6: Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Day at the Fair

9:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open

7:30 pm- Grandstand: OTTPA Tractor Pull

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

Sunday, October 7: Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Day at the Fair

11:00 am – Gates, Exhibit Halls and Midway – Strates Shows Open

3:00-6:00 pm – Gospelfest at the Fredericks Chevy Clock Tower Stage sponsored by The Chronicle

7:30 pm – Grandstand: The Rodeo

9:45 pm – Fireworks by Zambelli

10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Close

11:00 pm – Fairgrounds Close

 

The 136th Dixie Classic Fair is 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 renowned musical entertainment, delicious food and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games, and many more activities. For more information on the Dixie Classic Fair, please visit www.DCFair.com.

 

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