RALEIGH – As of Monday morning, The North Carolina State Fair has early discounted tickets to the 147th fair. Scheduled for October 16-26, the fair is a week when kids get to stay up late, adults re-live childhood memories, and farmers display the fruits of their labors. Last year nearly 930,000 people flocked to the state fairgrounds for rides, agriculture contests, and of course food. Last week the fair concert schedule was released, and it looks like there will be more “homegrown” talent this year. Over the last several Octobers, the State Fair brought in talent from all over the country to rock Dorton Arena. Homegrown talents were often sprinkled in, but were not as prevalent. This year the Agriculture Department is flipping the script.
The N.C. State Fair will feature an entirely “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series with a mixture of country, rock, R&B and multiple other genres mixed in. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was especially proud to have only acts from the Tarheel state. “We are excited to showcase even more of the musical talent that this state is known for,” said Troxler. “There is no shortage of talent, including several nationally known recording artists. We are proud to offer the performers a stage for their music, and hopefully, fairgoers will discover some new music while at the fair.”
Another huge component that will be changing is the price of admission. All concerts are free to the general public, with only floor seats near the stage requiring a ticket from the box office. Charlie Daniels Band with Kasey Tyndall, Jason Michael Carroll and The Love Language all highlight the 11-night concert series.
Oct. 15 – Firehouse with The Fifth
Oct. 16 – The Great I Am: A one-night only concert with The Summit Church featuring Kaimy Masse, Hank Murphy and Summit Worship
Oct. 17 – Jason Michael Carroll with Luke Combs and Stephanie Quayle
Oct. 18 – Orquesta GarDel
Oct. 19 – Nuv Yug presents Bollywood Night
Oct. 20 – Black Sheep with Shadina
Oct. 21 – Band of Oz and The Embers
Oct. 22 – A Night of Praise, featuring the Wake Chapel Choir, Instrument of Praise Gospel Concert Chorale and Watts Chapel Gospel Choir
Oct. 23 – The Love Language with supporting act TBA
Oct. 24 – Charlie Daniels Band with Kasey Tyndall
Oct. 25 – Nantucket with Sidewinder
Noticeable acts missing from North Carolina’s rich music scene are Parmalee, The Avett Brothers, Scotty McCreery and even Kellie Pickler—an Albemarle native. With several acts that promise to please, the lineup is still a strong one from the State Fair. Doors open for all concerts at 6:15 p.m. with shows starting at 7:30 p.m.