FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013
||Matt Buchanan, manager
N.C. Mountain State Fair
Wild animals, wrestling and wood turning
part of new attractions at Mountain State Fair
FLETCHER — The playful bark of sea lions and thunderous smack of human pile drivers will be joining the familiar sounds of the midway and livestock arenas at the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair. The 20th annual fair runs Sept. 6-15 at the WNC Agricultural Center.
Sea Lion Splash, an interactive and educational water show, will offer visitors a chance to view sea lions up close as they balance balls, shoot hoops, dance and perform handstands. The show features rescued Californian and South American sea lions that were unable to return to the wild because of injuries or age.
Fans of cold-blooded animals may be more interested in Kachunga and the Alligator Show. Daily shows will feature a trained professional going head-to-head against a 300-pound alligator.
Another type of wrestling will take place Sept. 9-11 at the Got to Be NC Tent near Gate A. Smoky Mountain Championship Wrestling will bring more than a dozen regional wrestlers and local legends together for two action-packed bouts in the ring nightly at 6:30 and 8. The showcase features Ricky Morton of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, George South, The Hollywood Blondes, Lisa Funk and others.
After the success of last year’s hands-on wood-turning exhibit, fair organizers added a wood-turning contest this year. Participants can enter their crafts into the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels for a variety of categories including bowls, household accessories, ornaments, platters and toys. Contest entries are due Aug. 23. The Carolina Mountain Woodturners will be in the Expo Building again this year offering free wood-turning demonstrations for all fairgoers.
Book lovers can enjoy stories from local author Bill Penley. His latest work, “A Smoky Mountain Odyssey,” is a novel of historical fiction set in Western North Carolina after the Civil War. Penley will tell inspirational stories daily and sign copies of his work.
Information about N.C. Mountain State Fair tickets, attractions and exhibits is available at www.mountainfair.org. Discounted admission and ride tickets are on sale at the WNC Farmers Market, WNC Agricultural Center and area Ingles stores.