2005 Mountain State Fair

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair runs Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher (1301 Fanning Bridge Road). Gates open at 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. General admission is $5/adults, $2/kids 6-12 (rides priced separately).

Attractions include:

Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs trundle toward the finish line. Cheer on your favorite porker several times daily.

The Hospitality Tent Stage features keyboardist Leon Jacobs Jr. daily, and bluegrass and old-time performances take place nightly.

Corporate Tent Stage hosts a live taping of the WGGS-TV 16 Nite Line show, with national and local gospel performers.

Special events and concerts in McGough Arena include:

Friday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.: Clogging championship. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.: Clogging championship. Free.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.: Jimmy Wayne (country soul). $5.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Billy Currington (country). $5.

Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.: 4Him (Christian rock). $5.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.: Cheerleading competition. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Mountain Heart (bluegrass). $5.

For more information, visit www.ncagr.com/markets/fairs/mtnfair, or call 687-1414.

— Alli Marshall

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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