WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AUGUST 16, 2023)—The Carolina Classic Fair—North Carolina’s second-largest agricultural fair—will take place in Winston-Salem from September 29 through October 8.  The Carolina Classic Fair is offering advance discounts for entry tickets and rides and has announced special promotional days to take place during the Fair.

“Our biggest and best savings are now available and include significant discounts on both admission tickets and ride wristband vouchers,” Carolina Classic Fair Director Cheryle Hartley said.  “Act soon to make sure your family and friends will save money, avoid lines onsite, and have a Magic in the Fair good time!

“Be sure to purchase authentic Carolina Classic Fair tickets and ride wristbands by going online to Ticketmaster or in person at the Fairground’s Box Office,” Hartley added.  “We have a blockbuster lineup of promotional days this year, including the Centennial of Smiles 100 minutes of free rides beginning at 3 p.m. on September 29 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Strates Shows.”

New for 2023 are advance sale all-inclusive entry and unlimited rides wristbands that offer a more than 37% discount.  All-inclusive weekday wristbands are $30 (savings up to $17), and weekend all-inclusive wristbands are $40 (savings up to $12).

Advance discounted entry tickets offer up to 33% savings and are $8 for adults ages 12 to 64 and $3 for children ages 6 to 11.  Children 5 and under and senior adults 65 and over (ID required) are admitted to the Carolina Classic Fair for free.  Early bird admission before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday is $5 for adults.  Advance parking is also available for $10.

Advance entry tickets, all-inclusive wristbands and parking are available from Ticketmaster or at the Fairgrounds Box Office at 414 Deacon Boulevard in Winston-Salem.  Advance ticket sales at the Box Office end on Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Entry tickets purchased online are subject to a $.80 per ticket fee, and wristbands purchased online are subject to a $1.00 per wristband fee.

Day of tickets are $10 entry for adults 12 to 64 and $5 for children 6 to 11.  There also is a $2 surcharge for tickets purchased as the gate.  Unlimited ride wristbands purchased day of are $35 for Monday through Friday and $40 for Saturdays and Sundays.

The Carolina Classic Fair will offer special promotional days throughout the Fair:

  • Friday, September 29 –107.$5 Opening Day (107.5WKZL)
    • Ticket Special: $5 Admission
    • Ride Feature: *Centennial of Smiles* Celebrate Strates Shows 100th anniversary with 100 minutes of free rides starting at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, October 2 – School Day presented by Deer Park Spring Water, powered by iHeartMedia
    • Ticket Special: Bring three school supplies and receive free admission (all supplies will be contributed to Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools)
    • Special Feature: School performances, free carousel rides, free popcorn in the Agriculture Building until 2 p.m. and more!
    • Ride Feature: $20 for 10 rides
  • Tuesday, October 3 – Senior Day/ $2 Tuesday (iHeartMedia)
    • Ticket Feature: $2 admission
    • Ride Feature: ALL rides $2
    • Food Features: $2 food specials
  • Wednesday, October 4 – Special Ed Day/Can Food Day with Crisis Control Ministry, Pinnacle, Honda of Winston-Salem
    • Ticket Feature: Free admission with five nonperishable food items to benefit Crisis Control Ministry
    • Free admission for persons with disabilities and their aides.
  • Thursday, October 5 – Military Day/College Day/Night/Thirsty Thursday (WXII, 1075KZL & Rock 92)
    • Ticket Special: Free Admission for military (with ID) and their immediate family
    • $5 Admission for college students (with ID)
    • Ride Feature: $20 for 10 rides
  • Friday, October 6 – Family Fun Day (Audacy)
    • Ticket Special: Kids 11 and under free until 6 p.m.
    • Ride Feature: Kiddie rides $20 wristbands, noon to 7 p.m. (children 7 and under)

About the Carolina Classic Fair
Celebrating its 141ST year in 2023, the Carolina Classic Fair is owned and operated by the City of Winston-Salem after being donated to the City by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 1969. The 10-day annual Fair features nationally renowned musical entertainment, delicious food, and beverages, exhibits for livestock, poultry, fine arts and crafts, a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games, and many more activities. The Carolina Classic Fair at the time of opening day will follow all state and local health and safety protocols. For more information on the Carolina Classic Fair, please visit