Dixie Classic Fair

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Fair-swings Fall is in the air, and so are fireworks and the smell of funnel cakes at the Dixie Classic Fair. Get your fill of rides, exhibits, animals and fair food September 29 – October 7, 2018.

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 entries, tractor pulls, fun rides and more all at the Dixie Classic Fair.

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Ticket Prices

  • Adults 12 – 64 $10 ($8 advance), Kids 6-11 $5 ($3 advance), Kids 5 & under & seniors over 65 (with ID) FREE.
  • Early Bird Special Admission $5 weekdays from opening until 4pm
  • Purchase tickets in advance (August 1 through September 26, 11:59pm): $8 adults and $3 for kids.
  • Thursday October 4 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 and the Fairgrounds Annex Box Office (to avoid additional Ticketmaster fees) at 414 Deacon Blvd, Monday – Friday 10am-5pm until midnight September 27.

Ride tickets are 50 cents each during the Fair if purchased individually or purchase bulk tickets at a discount. For advance ride 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 2nd starting at 9am


  • LJVM Coliseum lots, BB&T Field lots and other WFU controlled lots –  Fee TBD
  • Senior Services lot (parking fee goes to charity)
  • Other surrounding lots owned by businesses provide parking for a fee

Schedule of Events


Promotional Days & Discounts

Unlimited Ride Discount Days –  $35 – Monday, October 1, Tuesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 4, 11am-11pm. Pay gate admission, go to Midway Ticket Booth to purchase wristband to ride all day. (Regularly priced $40)

School Day (Preschool – 5th grades) – Monday, October 1 from 9am-2pm FREE

Senior Adult Day – Tuesday, October 2 – FREE – Gates open to seniors at 9am. Aides assisting seniors also admitted free this day. Special activities and events for seniors begin at 10am. (Seniors 65 and older are admitted FREE all week with proper ID.)

Special Education Day – Wednesday, October 3, 9am – closing. FREE for persons with disabilities and their aides.

Crisis Control Ministry Day – Wednesday, October 3, 9am – closing. Get in free with  5 cans or 5 boxes of non-perishable food.

Military Appreciation Day – Thursday, October 4, 11am – closing. Active and retired military and their family admitted free with proper ID.

Winston-Salem Journal Family Fun Days – Saturday, October 6, 9am-7pm and Sunday, October 7, 11am -7pm, Kids 7 and under can ride all Kiddie Land rides for $10 (excludes pony rides)

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

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About The Author:

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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