Tuesday at the Fair with Pigs
When I was younger, there was a carnival at my church and we would go at least one night every year to play games and ride the, now terrifying, attractions. There was a state fair in Delaware, but I just never went. So naturally, when I had the opportunity to go to a county fair in the south, how on Earth could I say no to that?!
The Cape Fear Fair and Expo is just over a week and a half long and takes place at the Wilmington Airport. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hoping for something similar to the fair in the movie Charlotte’s Web; some carnival rides, games, bad for you fair food and hopefully some animals.
We arrived and got our tickets. For entrance and to ride the attractions, the price was $22, but we were not planning on getting on any rides, so we went on a weekday when you can buy a $5 walking ticket. We entered into a tent that had lots of booths that reminded me of a science fair. A lot of them advertised for the agriculture in North Carolina and others were churches or local businesses, such as a winery.
Attached to this tent was another larger tent with lots of animals! Horses, pigs, cows, chickens, loud goats and a surprising large amount of rabbits. Outside of the barn-esque smell, I enjoyed going around and looking at all the animals.
From these tents, you exited into the main area of the fair. The rides and games were in a huge field and there were a very good number of them. They seemed to have a main area set up for food, but a few other food carts were spread throughout the attractions. Mike and I treated ourselves to a corn dog, burger, ice cream, cheesecake on a stick (!) and a North Carolina favorite, Cheerwine. Funnel cake, cotton candy and other fair fare was available as well.
The last part of this that I didn’t expect were the shows. There were several that went off at different times, including an acrobatics show, magic show, hypnotist show and, my absolute favorite and highlight of the evening, pig races!!
Oh man, I have never seen anything so silly and fun and southern all at the same time! The woman announcer had cheesy names for the pigs that were puns of race horse names and she just milked the crowd for all it was worth! The race only lasted about 10 seconds but it was just the funniest thing and those few minutes from start to finish made the fair for me! I would easily pay those $5 to go back and see those pigs race again.
Overall, the Cape Fear Fair and Expo was just wholesome family fun and no matter what your age is, there is definitely something to enjoy. I would highly recommend it if you are in the Wilmington area in the fall.