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Everything You Need To Know About The Dixie Classic Fair!

This year, the fair will run from October 4-13 featuring tons of fun for the entire family to enjoy.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Triad, are you ready?! The Dixie Classic Fair is back at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds! 

This year, the fair will run from October 4-13 featuring tons of fun for the entire family to enjoy. 

Opening Day at Dixie Classic Fair is Think Orange Day

To raise awareness of the city’s Think Orange campaign to combat hunger, free orange glow sticks will be handed out to the first 5,000 children who enter the fairgrounds starting at 5:30 p.m.

In addition, fair-goers can support the campaign by picking up a pair of the limited edition Think Orange socks for just $5 at the fair’s souvenir stand outside the grandstand. Every penny goes to the Think Orange campaign.

Security Will Be Strict  

Organizers say plan ahead because of the new and more rigorous security features before you get into the fairgrounds. There will be new walk-through metal detectors and well as wands, pat-downs where necessary and bag checks. Law enforcement officers will also be stations at every entry point. No firearms are allowed on fairgrounds regardless of a concealed carry permit. Officials advise to only bring what you need. Before you leave your car, make sure your door and windows are locked and keep valuables out of sight.

Top Entertainment Picks At The Dixie Classic Fair

Demolition Derby 

  • Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Cars smash ‘em and crash ‘em until only one car is left standing. If you miss the initial action on Oct. 4., the Demolition Derby also takes place on Thursday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. 

Figure 8 Racing 

  • Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Drivers maneuver their cars around tight curves at a breakneck pace in an attempt to avoid crashes and cross the finish line first.  

The Rodeo 

  • Oct. 6, at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Oct. 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Cattle roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bronc riding.

Midnight Star 

(R&B techno funk)

  • Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The band formed at Kentucky State University in 1976 as a party band. When they signed with Solar Records, they produced a series of hit albums, including The Beginning, Standing Together, and Victory.

Joe Diffie


  • Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit “John Deere Green,” the perennial appeal of “Pickup Man” or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in “Ships That Don’t Come In,” GRAMMY® and CMA-winning country music legend, Joe Diffie, has continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst.

Jordan Feliz with I am They and Hanna Kerr


  • Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. 

Feliz is a Billboard Chart-topping contemporary Christian pop singer and songwriter.

I Am They is made up of Abbie Parker (vocals/harmonium), Jon McConnell (vocals/guitar/keys), Matt Hein (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Justin Shinn (keys/banjo) and Sara Palmer (drums) 

Hannah Kerr is an artist/songwriter. Her current single “Split the Sea,” is at Christian radio now. Her most recent project, Christmas Eve In Bethlehem, brings a jazz-infused twist to classic Christmas songs and features two original songs co-written by Kerr. 

Dixie Classic Fair Clock Tower

The Thomas W. Fredericks Chevy Clock Tower stage will feature daily entertainment during the Dixie Classic Fair from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 13. (Performances at the Clock Tower are free with admission to the Fair)

Friday, October 4th – Jim Cole – 3:00P, 5:00P, 7:00P, 9:00P

Twenty-five years after he began, Jim Cole continues to write and record music as he shares the joys and sorrows, inspiration and wisdom, which only comes through the grace of God.

October 5th – Camel City Jazz Showcase – 11:30A-10P

Camel City Jazz Orchestra was founded in January 2012 to perform and cultivate jazz music in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and to serve as the community’s own professional big band.

October 6th – Gospel Fest (sponsored by The Chronicle) – 3:00-6:00P

St. Paul Church Mass Choir

Radical Reverence
Todd Curry & TLC
Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Choir
Alfred Clemonts
Jeremiah Salter and Nu Elevation Worship
Willie Mason & Friends

October 6th – Crossing Avery – 7:00P

Crossing Avery was founded in 2014 by Jeremy Autry (songwriter, lead male vocals, rhythm guitar). Crossing Avery is currently touring up and down the East Coast. They have shared the stage with national recording artists such as John Michael Montgomery, Jamie Lynn Spears, Sugarland, Brothers Osborne and more.

October 7th – J.O.T (aka Grande Gato) – 3:00P, 5:00P, 7:00P, 9:00P

Winston-Salem’s J.O.T. (aka Grande Gato), CEO of Soul-Full Productions, will perform his popular hip-hop/rap/R&B renditions.

October 8th – Special Activities for Seniors from 12:00-7:00P

October 9th – Carolina Soul Band – 3:00P, 5:00P, 7:00P, 9:00P

Carolina Soul Band will take you on a journey down memory lane, performing Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul.

October 10th – Higher Ground with Randy Johnson – 3:00P, 5:00P, 7:00P, 9:00P

Higher Ground is the most celebrated jazz dance band on the east coast. This dynamic and high energy group has dazzled audiences around the country for the last fifteen years. The group has performed for Dr. Maya Angelou at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party.

October 11th 

The Chuck Dale Smith Band – 3:00P, 5:00P

The Chuck Dale Smith Band plays music from the ‘50s through the ‘80s.

Hispanic League Heritage Night – 7:00P 

Hispanic Heritage Night sponsored by the Hispanic League and La Ley 101.1 FM

Los Acoustic Guys – 8:30P

From the city of Winston-Salem, NC, their music comes from a fusion of multiple genres, life experiences, and their Latin Roots!

October 12th – Camel City Jazz Showcase – 11:00A to 10:00P

Camel City Jazz Orchestra was founded in January 2012 to perform and cultivate jazz music in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and to serve as the community’s own professional big band.

October 13th – Gospel Fest (sponsored by The Chronicle) – 3:00-6:00P

JMS Singers
Mike Teezy
Kingdom Sound
Forever A Dancer
Bishop Grosjean L. Stephens
Minister Michael Whisonant & FOCUS
Sir Jerry Sadler & Sound of Pentecost

Bishop George Pass & NEW

October 13th – Los Acoustic Guys – 7:00P

From the city of Winston-Salem, NC, their music comes from a fusion of multiple genres, life experiences, and their Latin Roots!


421 27th Street NW
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

From the West

Follow Business Interstate 40

Take Exit 2B Silas Creek Parkway

Follow the signs north to the Fairgrounds/Coliseum area

From the East

Follow Business 40 to US 52

Take Exit 112 – Akron Drive

Follow the signs for the Fairgrounds/Coliseum area


Sunday – Friday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Saturdays: 9 AM – 11 PM
*October 4th – 13th, 2019


Get tickets to the Dixie Classic Fair


  • Adults (ages 12-64) –  $10
  • Children (ages 6–11) –  $5
  • Children (5 & under) – Free
  • Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free.


Strates Shows unlimited wristband
Regular price – $40
Discounted Days – $35 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) No coupon needed


Monday, October 7, Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Pay Fair gate admission; go to Midway Ticket Booth,
and purchase wristband to ride all day for $35! Regular price all other days is $40.

SCHOOL DAY (Preschool-5th Grades)
Monday, October 7 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Students (Preschool – 5th grade) Free until 2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 8 – Gates Open To Seniors 9:00 am
Aides assisting seniors admitted Free on this day.
Special Fun Time & Special Events for Senior Adults beginning at 10:00 am.
65 years and over, admitted Free all week with Proper ID.

Wednesday, October 9
Gates Open Special Education Day Groups 9:00 am – closing.
Free for persons with disabilities and their aides.

Wednesday, October 9 – 9:00 am – closing
Bring 5 cans or 5 boxes of non-perishable food and receive one free admission.

Thursday, October 10 – Gates Open 11:00 am – closing
Active and Retired Military with immediate family,
Admitted Free with Proper ID.

Saturday, October 12 – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and
Sunday, October 13 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kids 7 and under can ride all Strates Shows Kiddie land Rides for $10.00.
(Excluding Pony Rides)


Parking is available at the LJVM Coliseum lot and BB&T Field parking lots owned and operated by Wake Forest University.

  • $10 All Fair Days but October 12th. Address: 2825 University Parkway
  • $20 on October 12th (due to Wake Forest vs Louisville Football, reserve your VIP spot today, see below)
  • $10 parking is available at WS First which includes Shuttle Transportation (Address: 1142 Long Road).


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