Same but different: Things I love about the Mountain State Fair

The Mountain State Fair is just like the State Fair. Almost. The Mountain State Fair has most everything the State Fair does. Just on a smaller, more intimate scale.

Here’s what I love so much about the Mountain State Fair.

The backdrop. You can’t beat the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. What more do I need to say about that?

Drew Expositions. They are the owner and operator of not only the colorful Appalachian Sky Lift, but also the awesome 109-year-oldĀ  pipe organ found in Kiddieland. The pipe organ is a visual, as well as audible delight, offering traditional calliope music to everyone in it’s vicinity. It underwent a complete restoration a few years ago and continues to delight kids of all ages. Not to mention the fact that Drew runs an excellent midway operation with top of the line games and rides. The midway is clean, bright and their staff is professional and helpful – just like Powers Great American Midways at the N.C. State Fair.

Apples. Apple cider. Apple butter. Apple dumplings. Apple ice cream. It’s apple harvest time and the Mountain State Fair is just minutes away from dozens of apple orchards. Fresh, delicious apples are on the menu at the Mountain State Fair.

Mountain folk. The people up here in the mountains are awesome. I love to come and hang out. While I love the excitement and speed of the State Fair, the whole atmosphere in Asheville is a little more relaxed. The slower speed of the Mountain State Fair is a great warm up act to the State Fair, which starts in 32 days. My co-workers at the Western N.C. Mountain State Fair are pretty terrific people and always fun to work with.

So if you have some days off and want to take a mini-vacation to warm up for the State Fair, I suggest you head to the mountains. Grab a date and jump on the chair lift for a scenic view of the fair and the surrounding mountains. It’s going on now through Sept. 18.

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

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