Dates: September 11-19, 2015
Location: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)
2015 Fair hours: Weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-10 p.m.
2015 Fair theme: Share the Fair
Fair website: www.cabarruscountyfair.com
Fair Facebook: www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair
Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair
Video from 2014 Fair
2015 Gate Specials (rides not included):
Saturday, September 12 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Free General Gate Admission for all from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., only.
Sunday, September 13 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
Free General Gate Admission for all from 1-3 p.m. with any brand of four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child.
Tuesday, September 15 – School Education Night
Receive $1 off General Gate Admission when you show off your school spirit by wearing your favorite grade school to college attire.
Thursday, September 17 – Salute to Seniors Night
Admission price of $4.30 for seniors ages 65 and older from 4-6 p.m., only. Price includes sales tax.
Catch the Fair for free on Fridays
Present your high school football ticket stub at the gate after the game on Friday, September 11 and 18, only, and get free gate admission for the corresponding evening.
Advanced online ticket purchases (now -September 10): The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride wristband vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 10. The tickets are available online atwww.cabarruscountyfair.com or at the Arena Box office (704-920-3976, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Click on the Tickets tab. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35—a $2 savings off the gate price, kids ages 6-11 are $3.25. (Prices include tax.) Purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15—a $5 savings.
IMPORTANT information about 2015 Contest entries: The Cabarrus County Fair has published its 2015 Fair Catalog. Contests include photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, Lego creations, kids craft projects, jewelry, painting, flowers and more. One adult and one youth will walk away with the Best of Show award and will compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, which comes with a $500 prize. Other contests and livestock shows include the Fair Pageant; Make it with Wool Contest; and mini horse, horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef shows. Access the 2015 Fair Catalog online atwww.cabarruscountyfair.com. Click on the Exhibits tab to view a drop-down menu for the various forms, contests, programs and other entry opportunities. All 2015 Fair contest entries are due to the Fair Office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.
Onsite ticket prices: General Gate admission to the fair are $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 65+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11 and ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. All transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.
Shuttle service: Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite parking lots during the weekends. Satellite parking lots are only operational on weekends and CCTS vans run at specified hours.
2015 Shuttle Van Service Schedule:
Saturday, September 12, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, September 13, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Saturday, September 19, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Entertainment: There’s plenty of Fair just beyond the midway. The Cabarrus County Fair features a petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Live performances include local bands, Master of the Chainsaw, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, K9’s in Flight and The Magic of Lance Gifford & Company. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. Seewww.cabarruscountyfair.com for entertainment details.
The New 103.7 Stage performances:
Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 1:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13, 1:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.
State ban on bird shows: The Cabarrus County Fair is following the State ban of live bird shows due to the highly pathogenic avian flu. The Fair’s livestock displays and shows will not include poultry. For more information on the ban, visit www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.
Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair began in 1953. The 2014 Cabarrus County Fair received 20 awards form the International Association of Agricultural Fairs and Expos (IAFE) and three awards from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. The Cabarrus County Fair also received recognition with two Best of Division awards from the IAFE for marketing and youth programming and Supreme Champion award for youth programming efforts. In 2014, the Cabarrus County Fair Annual Food Drive collected 16,907 pounds of food for Cabarrus County food pantries.
Time Warner Cable Sports Channel will broadcast tonight’s (Aug. 20) Concord at A.L. Brown game from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. The Battle for the Bell will be the first ever live TV broadcast of a high school game in the state.
Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast an audio only play-by-play for fans who can’t get the Time Warner broadcast. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will call Concord Spiders’ games all season long.
This week’s coaches’ videos (some shows are still being uploaded and will be available later today).
This year’s Cabarrus County Fair is set for Sept. 11 through Sept. 19 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Mark your calendars for all the fun.
The theme is “Share the Fair” and as always you have an opportunity to share some of your projects, produce and livestock. Check out this year’s Fair Catalog to find out if there is something you might want to enter.
The Cabarrus County Fair is always one of the top fairs in North Carolina and has been internationally-recognized.
From the rides on the Midway to the entertainment, there’s always a lot of fun and food for the whole family.
The Cabarrus County Fair is this week at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center off N.C. 49 between Concord and Mount Pleasant. The fair runs through Saturday, Sept. 13.
The fair is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10; 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Get all the details at Cabarrus County Fair dot com
The Southern Women’s Show
The Southern Women’s Show runs Thursday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
“We’ll showcase the latest fashion trends and demonstrate how women can adapt expensive runway looks and make them work – at an affordable price,” said Tish Atkins, executive show manager. “But it’s not just about your wardrobe. Our definition of style includes lifestyle, and we’ve got plenty of lifestyle gurus on hand to entertain and delight our guests.”
Fashion. “We’re excited to introduce guests to Ashley Deramus, a 30-year-old clothing designer with Down syndrome,” continued Atkins. Deramus, an Alabama native, started The Ashley Deramus Foundation, which is dedicated to the education and advancement of children and adults with Down syndrome. The activist and fashion designer tells people, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Let me show you what I can do.” Deramus has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and universities. She will host a live fashion show, Special Designs for Special People, on Thursday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Some of the runway models will have Down syndrome and other special needs.
Friday, Sept. 12 will be an exciting evening on the fashion stage. The Concord Mills Fashion Show, “Great Looks at a Great Value” begins at 6 p.m. It’s followed at 7 p.m. with the popular 14th Annual Firefighter Fashion Show. (The firefighters are back on Saturday at 5 p.m.)
And there’s much more. Apricot Lane presents “Fall Must Haves” on Friday, Sept. 12 at noon, the Junior League of Charlotte presents “The Thrill of the Hunt: Fabulous Fashion Finds from the JLC Wearhouse” on Saturday, Sept. 13 at noon and 4 p.m. and Dillard’s of SouthPark presents “Awesome Autumn Styles” on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Dogs get their day on Sunday, Sept. 14 during The Fabulous Fido Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m.
Lifestyle and romance. Matchmaker and relationship coach Julie Wadley will appear on stage Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. to speak about “Bringing Love to Life.”
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2002 and working in corporate America, Wadley realized she was unfulfilled. Ultimately, she decided she needed to combine her love of helping people with her career aspirations. Having been happily married for more than 15 years, it felt like a natural fit to help bring good people together for keeps. Her business, Eli Simone, was born.
Food and wine. The culinary arts are always a favorite feature of the show. Francine Bryson, a mom, homemaker and self-proclaimed “redneck,” has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was a runner-up on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. She’ll be at the show on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her new cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen,will also be available.
The Beef Checkoff will offer beef recipes, hands-on activities and daily cooking classes. Chefs will share tips for preparing beef in everything from a slow cooker to the grill at the football tailgate. Demos will include delicious and healthy beef recipes including Cali-Avocado Steak Salad, Tzatziki-Sauced Greek Steak Wraps and Apricot Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry.
Taste the delightfully refreshing wines at the Turning Leaf Refresh exhibit. Fizzy, fruity and proud to be the Official wine of the Southern Women’s Show.
Fun. There will be plenty of entertainment at the show. The Love and Faith Christian Fellowship Mass Choir from Greensboro, N.C. will perform on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Find more details here: Southern Women’s Show
Where can you stare in wondermazement at the blinding speed of racing pigs, marvel at the County’s best agriculture and enjoy the thrills of your favorite rides?
It’s the Cabarrus County Fair—an internationally recognized event where outside voices are preferred and having fun is required. Did we mention the fresh, hot funnel cakes and live entertainment? Yeah, the Cabarrus County Fair has it all, September 5-13, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49.
Advance tickets and ride wristband vouchers are available for sale through Sept. 4 atwww.cabarruscountyfair.com. Advance adult admission tickets for ages 12-64 cost $5 – a $2 savings off the gate price. Advance ride wristband vouchers can be purchased for $15, offering a $5 savings. Ride wristbands are offered every day of the Fair and allow fair-goers to ride unlimited mechanical rides at one low price. Just bring the advance ride wristband voucher on any day of the Fair to redeem for a wristband at the midway guest relations booth inside the fairgrounds.
Just steps from the midway, families can visit the pavilion, which includes the community, arts and agricultural heart of the show. Tour the Fair’s exhibit hall to view blue ribbon entries, learn about County programs and resources, or visit local business/organization exhibits. Then, make your way to the livestock area where you can milk a cow, watch pigs race, interact with animals or catch a livestock show.
Earn your blue ribbon by participating in a Fair contest.
From beauty pageants to vegetable-growing contests, the Cabarrus County Fair is calling for contest entries.
Choose from hundreds of categories to find your blue ribbon event. The competitive exhibit area includes vacation photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, Lego creations, kids’ summer craft projects, jewelry, paintings, flowers and so much more.
Within the competitive exhibits entries, one adult and one youth are awarded with the Best of Show Award and will continue on to compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, for a chance to win $500 (and bragging rights).
Other contests include the Cabarrus County Fair Pageant, Make it With Wool competition, Senior Talent Show, farm equipment contest and agriculture shows, including dog, mini horse, horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef shows.
The 2014 Cabarrus County Fair Catalog is available online at www.cabarruscountyfair.com. Click on the Exhibits tab to view contests and download entry forms. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.