Begun over 120 years old, this ten day annual fair offers numerous rides and entertainment by nationally known artists, as ... More
Dixie Classic Fair
Begun over 120 years old, this ten day annual fair offers numerous rides and entertainment by nationally known artists, as well as demolition derbys, bull riding, and over 70,000 square feet of exhibits ranging from baked goods and vegetables to fine arts and flowers.
Hate to say it but I'd still go back- just not late.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 9/30/07
The fair is pretty much a rip-off, but curiosity killed the cat!!
The admission fee is too high, $7 adult & $4 under 11, and for a great parking place I paid $5. The rides were anywhere from 3 to 6 bucks per ride. That was $40 right out of the barn. I don't know about the kiddie rides but the adult rides were above average. We stumbled up on the folks that actually own the Midway and they were very nice. Unlike some of the other folks that commented, I thought the rides looked fine and safe. All of the food was TOO HIGH, but tasty! We got there early and should have did our riding then as the lines were shorter. After dark the ride lines were awful. Any of the livestock and barnyard attractions provided a handwash facility, which I loved. The little animal shows were really neat.
The grounds were nice when we arrived, but by 11pm, garbage cans were full and running over...and I didn't even attempt a bathroom (which are hard to find btw). At the main arena restrooms, they had attendants, and it was clean. I'll pay a (not mandatory) quarter to pee and not be diseased any day. I'm not one to throw around racial slurs at all, but the later it got, the about half black population (which was probably about 40% to 50% white, 10% hispanic)went nuts. I actually feared a riot. We saw 2 fights, and an out and out stampede of about 60 black people, not once, but twice who claimed they were being chased by police. This was after 11pm so it was time to call it a night, as I had to pull my daughter to safety during the last stampede. Seemed to be several cops around, and I would assume that with it only being the second night, that they will find a way to remedy these problems.
Go early and get home early, take plenty of money...and if you don't you can stand in line for the ATM with the other 200 people.
The fair is overpriced and overcrowded. Many times it is dirty and there are a lot of sketchy characters there. Yet i end up going every year. The fair always has great food and it's a tradition everybody keeps. I enjoy going for the exhibits and the food. If you go, DO NOT go for the rides, they are clanky, expensive, and not event that fun. Plus you don't get that "safe" feeling.
We wait for the Dixie Classic Fair and
totally skip the State Fair in Raleigh. The
food is great as are the exhibits and rides.
Plenty to do and see and compared to the
State Fair, a MUCH better value and more to
see all in all.
When my family & I visited the fair we were very disapointed on the children rides. They did not have enough rides for children. Then the operators for the rides were very rude & seemed a little out of it.
The food at the fair makes the whole trip worth it. However, the ticket prices for children are outrageous. $2.25 to ride down a slide in a potato sack. You gotta be kidding?!? My child is not even old enough to do it alone, so you have to double that price for one trip down a 35-40 ft slide.
For those born in the Carolinas of those who visit the fair anually, this time of year is long awaited. You can't beat going to the fair on a chilly night, smelling the hotdogs, sausages and cotton candy. The fair provides good food, exhibits, rides for those with strong stomachs, and lots of people watching. There's something for everyone. Be sure and check it out if you've never been! It's an experience you won't forget!
I think this fair is great. It's right up there with the state fair. The food is great!! We look for Strickland's funnel cakes and Mozzerela's pizza every year. We also like the aligator meat. Can you tell we go for the food. They have great exhibits also. Fun for everyone in the family.
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