The Carolina Classic Fair is a go, starting on October 1st, 2021 and there is a lot to celebrate. With food, rides, and family fun, you are going to want to check it out. Celebrating its 139th year in 2021, 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.

Among the hundreds of activities, competitions, foods, and concerts you will experience at the 2021 Carolina Classic Fair will be the usual cornucopia of rides and games on the Midway that will create new family moments and get your heart pumping with their maximum thrills from October 1st to October 10th, 2021.

After a two-year hiatus from coming to the fair, a great place to create new family memories is on the Venetian Double Carousel. This unique two-story, hand-painted carousel has become one of the “first” midways rides ever ridden by thousands of children and their families. Constructed by the Bertazzon Company in Venice, Italy, for an original cost of $375,000, it took three Italian artists four months to hand-paint the horses and gondola-like seats; as well as several dozen pirate scenes depicted on the ride’s ceiling. Due to the delicate nature of the decorations, it takes 10-15 hours of labor for set-up so that 70+ riders can take a spin around the fair at a time.

Next up on the list, the Giant Wheel. This is truly the “King of the Midway.” At 105 feet in height, Strates Shows majestic Giant Wheel dominates the fairgrounds and the surrounding community. A spectacular sight day or night, the Giant Wheel comes alive when the sun goes down with an all-new display of LED lighting. It is the best ride to take an awesome selfie with friends as you’ll have a one-of-a-kind view behind you!

Ahoy, Mateys! Welcome aboard The Pirate, the biggest ship on the Midway. But lookout, as there are rough seas ahead. This is not a kiddy cruise, but a thrilling experience for mature family members. The Pirate’s up and down, swinging pendulum movement will provide plenty of zero-gravity thrills at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions.

Guess what? The Claw is also back! You can experience the ultimate sensation of speed, rotation, and swing on ONE ride! As its large arm lifts into the air, those daring enough to ride from one of its suspended seats will get a 360-degree view of the surroundings…but only if they can keep their eyes open!

High-altitude fun is found at the Sky Flyer, a 98-foot-high vertical swing can be seen “dancing in the sky” above the Midway. As 24 riders slowly rise to the top, the tower begins to rotate and centrifugal force kicks in. The Sky Flyer offers adventure thrills, as well as a panoramic view of the midway. Fairgoers on the ground will be sure to have their cameras out to capture the Sky Flyers’ dazzling array of LED lighting.

Wave Swinger is an ornately decorated giant swing set that takes riders flying above the carnival crowds. Riders are seated in one of the ride’s many suspended basket seats. As the Wave Swinger starts up, the whole structure rises and begins to rotate clockwise. When it reaches its maximum height, the ride tilts to provide an added thrill.

Rock Star –Shaped like a giant, LED-covered guitar, riders will take to the “stage” and experience a thrilling, modern-day magic carpet ride. This performance will have you soaring up and over, around, and down, for a great free-fall experience. The zipper is a classic attraction that still generates the ultimate in flips, spins, and screams. A unique thrill ride rotating freely on an off-center axis while passenger cars move around the main boom. The boom rotates on its own axis creating chaotic ride patterns.

Advance discounted tickets and ride coupons/wristbands are now on sale through September 30 to save up to 40 percent off of day-of admission and rides at Ticketmaster here.

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