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Dixie Classic Fair

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Fall is in the air, and so are fireworks and the smell of funnel cakes at the Dixie Classic Fair. Get your Fair-swingsfill of rides, exhibits, animals and fair food September 30 – October 9, 2016. The Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, NC is the second largest agricultural fair in the state. Ferris wheels, fun rides and furry friends abound! Enjoy live entertainment, fried foods on a stick (are you up for trying fried butter or a Krispy Kreme burger?), blue ribbon entrees, tractor pulls, fun rides and more all at the Dixie Classic Fair. What do you enjoy most about the fair? Post in the comments below!

Dixie Class Fair Tickets & InfoFair-tickets-merry-go-round

Ticket Prices

  • Adults 12 & up $10 ($8 advance), Kids 6-11 $5 ($3 advance), Kids 5 & under 5 & seniors over 65 (with ID) FREE.
  • Purchase tickets in advance (through October 1, 11:59pm): $8 adults and $3 for kids.
  • Thursday, October 8, is Military Day. FREE entry for all active and veteran members of the military and their immediate family with proper military ID.
  • Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, the Fairgrounds Annex Box Office and at local Walmarts until midnight September 29.

Ride tickets are 50 cents each during the Fair if purchased individually, or purchase bulk tickets at a discount. For advance tickets, unlimited ride wristbands and ride cards at a discount, click here for details and visit the Dixie Classic Fair Facebook page for the latest info.

Fair Hours

  • Sunday-Friday 11am-11pm
  • Saturdays 9am-11pm
  • Senior adult day, Tuesday, October 4th starting at 9am


  • Wake Forest Controlled Lots – $8
  • Senior Services lot

Schedule of Events


History of the Dixie Classic Fair

Dixie Classic Fair 1974 Digital Forsyth photo ferris wheel rides
Dixie Classic Fair 1974. Digital Forsyth image

The fair began in Winston’s twin city, Salem (now Old Salem) in 1882 as a grain exposition. The Piedmont Tobacco Fair began in Winston in 1897. The two events soon joined and became the Winston-Salem Fair. The fair moved to its current location at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum entertainment complex grounds in 1952, and was then renamed the Dixie Classic Fair for Northwest North Carolina (we shorten it today).  One of the largest fairs in North America, in 2007, the Dixie Classic fair had a record attendance of 371,000 and achieved its second highest attendance record in 2011, with 357,416 visitors. References: www.dcfair.com, www.cityprofile.com/north-carolina/dixie-classic-fair.html, Winston-Salem Journal

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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