You might think you don’t want to go to the N.C. Mountain State Fair. The weather’s too muggy, you say. Too rainy, too crowded, too loud, not your thing.
But you might change your mind when you see Jonathan Welch’s photo gallery, starting with the glorious close-up of a funnel cake drowning in cherry compote. (As a former IHOP waitress, I don’t just throw around the word “compote.” This is the real deal.)
The state fair runs nightly through Sunday at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Highlights? Pigs tearing around the hogway speedway, cowboys shooting guns from atop their galloping horses and the farm animals just generally being cute. You can also witness a bevy of award-winning, giant-sized vegetables, an array of antique tractors, a variety of fried everythings and, of course, the rides.
— Rebecca Sulock, arts and entertainment editor