Dixie Classic Fair 2012

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October 8, 2011
Winston Salem NC

Some time around 2008 or 2009, I came down to North Carolina in October on my hunt to find a job. I stopped in Winston Salem and kept seeing signs for ‘Fair Traffic’. I asked someone standing at the counter what kind of fair, what it was like, etc. and they told me about the Dixie Classic Fair, a large Fair the city hosts every year. After looking it up online, it really piqued my interest.

In 2010, I had planned to go to the fair, but because of different circumstances, and being out of town on a roller coaster trip, I ended up not going. But for 2011, I was determined. I had driven by the fair when I was working in Winston Salem one day on my way to work, and it looked like a lot of fun. So this year I made time to go.

The Dixie Classic Fair was huge. Well, for me anyways. The largest fair I’d been to previously was the West Virginia State Fair, which was large enough. But it seemed that every time I turned a corner at the Dixie Classic Fair, I was walking down a whole new midway. I decided to go up for Saturday afternoon. I’d forgotten that there was a home game for Wake Forest on the 2nd Saturday of the Fair, meaning there was limited parking. I was parked in traffic for quite some time before I lucked out. I made my way up to the Fairgrounds and paid to get in.

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State Fair of West Virginia 2007

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August 2007
Lewisburg WV

I always loved going to the State Fair of WV. This was something we did every year when I was young and I had so much fun the previous year that I knew I’d go again in 2007. With the addition of some new rides, including a new coaster to add to my track record, I decided I would meet my parents there on the last day of the fair since they would be going up the day before and camping at the fair grounds. I’m not a huge fan of camping, and haven’t camped at the State Fair since I was very small, so I stayed home and on Saturday morning got up and drove to Fairlea.

The drive was just under 2 hours and the weather was beautiful. The skys were clear, it wasn’t too hot, and the humidity, which has been a problem the weeks prior to the fair, was low. When I finally saw the skyline of the midway I was excited when I saw that one of my favorite rides the Freak Out there even though it wasn’t on the schedule. Then I saw another new ride, a Chance drop tower, that was also not scheduled to be there. Once I arrived, I pulled into the Fair’s parking lot and met my mom, dad, and sister, then we rode back to the camping area where they had their tents set up. Mom and Dad were going to use my Xterra to pack up most of their stuff, so I headed over to the gate to meet up with my brother in law, my niece, and my nephew.

After getting to the gate I paid the $10 to enter and headed over the bridge to the fairgrounds. I met up with Johnny and the kids at the bottom of the bridge, paid for my Ride Till 5 bracelet, and we headed to our first ride, a new coaster.

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