1. Al’s French Fries: Al’s French Fries was started in 1959 by Al Beckwith; 50 years later they’re still serving the best fries at the North Carolina State fair.
2. NC State Ice Cream: Howling Cow is made on N.C. State University’s Campus at the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science’s Feldmeier Dairy Processing Lab in Schaub Hall. The traditional recipe begins using fresh milk and cream from their farms in Raleigh. It’s the best ice cream you’ll ever have!
3. Got to be NC Tent: The Got to Be NC Tent offers fairgoers a chance to see and sample a variety of food products grown, raised and made in North Carolina. From barbecue sauces to homemade ice cream, visitors can taste delicious local products and take some home to enjoy later. The Got to Be NC Tent is located outside the Scott Building near Gate 11. The tent is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except Thursday, Oct. 17, when the tent opens at 4 p.m.
4. NC Egg Decorated Egg Art Competition: sponsored by the NC Egg Association – Display located in the Handicrafts and Hobbies Building [Winnings: First Place: $ 75.00, Second Place: $ 50.00, Third Place: $ 25.00]
5. Decorated Cakes: Every year, participants from around North Carolina plan, design, and decorate cakes to enter in the Decorated Cakes Competition. The entries for Decorated Cakes are divided into Adult Professional and Non-Professional, and Junior (non-professional) categories. Our favorite part is going and checking out all of the awesome cake masterpieces!
6. Ferris Wheel: One of the most beloved attractions at the N.C. State Fair is the Ferris Wheel. There are several Ferris Wheels located all around the fairgrounds! At the top, you can see amazing views of the surrounding Raleigh Area!