Dixie Classic Fair 132nd Anniversary October 3-12, 2014


Set-up is underway! Fair opens at 11am this FRIDAY. Featuring Unlimited Ride Promotion day and Demolition Derby – Don’t miss out! #DCFair

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Why buy Advance Tickets to the Dixie Classic Fair? Enjoy the Tradition of Food, Fun and Competition at a discounted price! Advance Tickets now available online and at the locations below! Buy now, save now and enjoy more at the 2014 Dixie Classic Fair!

Advance Ticket Prices
Adults (ages 12 & up) – $7
Children (ages 6–11) – $3
Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65 & over, with ID) – Free
Up to 25% savings with advance purchase.

Advance Ride Card Prices
Strates Shows Fun Cards – $10 for 30 credits
Up to 50% savings with advance purchase.


Dixie Classic Fair History and Facts


The scrambler ride at the Dixie Classic Fair, 1960.

The Dixie Classic Fair Winston Salem is generally held at the beginning of October. It is a ten-day event. The Dixie Classic Fair is an annual fair held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The fair takes place every autumn on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds (formerly known as the Forsyth County Fairgrounds), which is part of the Winston-Salem Entertainment-Sports Complex; the grounds are located adjacent to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 371,219 attended the 2007 Dixie Classic Fair, which was a new attendance record. This attendance record elevated the Dixie Classic Fair to the 50th largest attended Fair in North America.

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Joe White and Jim Dalrymple, at left, examine heads for the baldest man contest at the Dixie Classic Fair, 1967.

The fair began in the former town of Salem as a grain exposition in 1882 (2007 was the 125th anniversary). In 1897, the Piedmont Tobacco Fair was started and shortly thereafter the two events merged to form the Winston-Salem Fair. The fair moved to its current fairgrounds in 1952 and changed its name to the “Dixie Classic Fair for Northwest North Carolina” in 1956. Today, the event is most commonly known as just the Dixie Classic Fair.

There is a wide variety of entertainment and activities that are suitable for the entire family. Rides, games, livestock competitions, wine tasting, and arts and crafts workshops are just a few of the reasons why Dixie Fair 2014 will be better than ever. ~Scott Ray


2014 Dixie Classic Fair Schedule


Every day is a brand new day at the fair. A Tradition of Food, Competition and Fun!


Promotions and events you don’t want to miss.

Friday, October 3
Saturday, October 4
Sunday, October 5
Monday, October 6
Tuesday, October 7
Wednesday, October 8
Thursday, October 9
Friday, October 10
Saturday, October 11
Sunday, October 12

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Featuring one heart-racing, toe-tapping event after another.

All Grandstand events are FREE with paid Gate Admission to the Fair.
All seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Our 2014 Grandstand Entertainment Schedule has been finalized! Can’t wait to see all these amazing events!

Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm:
FOX 8 Demolition Derby

Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 pm:
FOX 8 Figure 8 Racing

Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm:

Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 pm:
Concert: Parmalee sponsored by WPAW 93.1 The Wolf

Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm:criagcambell
Concert: Craig Campbell presented by Q104.1 New Country

Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 pm:dixieclassicfair
Concert: Jamie Grace and Colton Dixon sponsored by WBFJ Your Family Station

Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 pm:
FOX 8 Demolition Derby

Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm:
FOX 8 Figure 8 Racing

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2:00 pm:
OTTPA Tractor Pull

Sunday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm:

Top Spin Fun at the Dixie Classic Fair


Top Spin rated the best ride at the Dixie Classic fair. Scary!

Dixie Classic Fair Official Website: www.dcfair.com

Dixie Classic Fair on Facebook: www.facebook.com/dcfair

Upcoming Wine Events in Triad

NC Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014
From Noon to 6:30 pm at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC


Join us for the 14th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.

The festival is more than just a wine tasting day; it has become an exceptional Carolina summertime gathering that highlights the expanding wine industry in the Piedmont and the recognition of North Carolina by wine lovers across the state and across the country. More than 25 wineries throughout the state will be involved in this year’s festival. Advance ticket prices are $20 at area Harris Teeter stores, online through PayPal or $30 at the gate the day of the event. Parking is free.

Wines will be available for both free tastings (included with ticket ) and may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case from each of the participating North Carolina wineries. Arts and craft vendors will on hand to add to the fun. This year’s entertainment acts include Back Porch Orchestra, Ken Knox and Co. and The Plaids.

For more information go to http://www.ncwinefestival.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCWineFestival


Downtown Winston-Salem: Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration presented by BB&T


Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration presented by BB&T, uncorks in the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem, with over 30 North Carolina wineries offering tastings and purchase of their harvest. Voted a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, this event offers a total experience that highlights the fast-growing North Carolina wine industry in a fun and festive setting.

Enjoy delicious food selections, musical entertainment and the popular “North Carolina Food & Wine University,” an interactive and fun educational area that features food and wine demonstrations throughout the day by local chefs and regional winemakers.

Tickets for the festival may be purchased online at www.salutencwine.com


Join us for the 14th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, May 24th! Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 pm. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries! Once your glass is filled  groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures.

Celebrate Valentine’s Idea’s


Do you want to plan a romantic evening for your partner? Well, planning a romantic date is an awesome idea to keep things exciting and fresh in your relationship. Romance is a very important part of a relationship but it can become difficult sometimes to come up with romantic ideas to spice your relation. Here are some tips which you can follow to plan a romantic evening for your beloved.

Romantic setting at home


Set a personal setting at your home by organizing a candle light dinner for your beloved. If you are a good chef then there can be nothing better than cooking homemade food. Personal settings will give you a chance to know each other well as you can be comfortable at your home.

A long drive


Make your journey more rewarding than your destination. A long drive will give you a chance to spend quality time with each other. If you have enough time in the evening you can head towards a lovely destination. A romantic song will be an icing on the cake. Enjoy each other’s company and have fruitful conversation. Make it a point that the track you choose should be peaceful rather than crowed.

Romantic restaurants


Pick a perfect restaurant for a romantic date. Live music and a romantic dinner is a perfect match. Romantic music will make you feel cozy and warm. Couple restaurants are very popular these days. Choose the best for your beloved.

Romantic Evening for Two

Begin by selecting a romantic package at the Marriott or Embassy Suites, which includes chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, turndown service, breakfast for two and a late checkout. Packages are available Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15.

Movie at home


To keep your evening simple and cozy you can watch a movie at your home. At home you have the opportunity to talk in between and discuss the plot. While watching a movie you can create a very warm and cozy environment at home. You can order your favorite food and enjoy it with a movie.

Cook your favorite meal together


Begin your evening by cooking your favorite meal together.  Make it fun and romantic by playing a nice song.  After the cooking session you can relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Have a picnic


Plan a small picnic and enjoy the sunset together.  Do bonfire and grab a blanket. Carry a bottle of wine and a guitar. Play a romantic song and watch the stars in the sky. You can also carry homemade with you.

Spa & Salon

Make an appointment for a little pampering at Glass Door Salon & Spa, located in the lobby level of the Embassy Suites. From February 13 to 15, they are offering a one-hour couples massage with an optional couples’ pedicure and/or manicure. His and her cut and style are also available.

Dinner for Two

WS Prime Restaurant is featuring a four-course dinner for $39 per person, Thursday to Saturday evening, February 13-15. Entrees are seared duck breast, veal shank and lobster stuffed North Carolina flounder, all served with petite mixed greens, cornmeal crusted fried oysters, and a dessert trio – chocolate bouchon, white chocolate mousse and caramel brittle. To view the full menu, click here. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 336.722.5232.

Big Eat Tuesdays

The Big Eat Has Returned.  Join us in Downtown Winston-Salem, January: 7,14, 21, 28.
Back for its sixth year, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and participating downtown restaurants are proud to present the return of “The Big Eat.” Every Tuesday night, beginning January 7 until January 28, more than 30 great downtown restaurants will offer 50 percent discounts off of their signature dishes.

There has been such a positive response to the Big Eat promotion since its inception 2009, that it was a no-brainer to bring back the event in 2014. The Downtown Partnership received numerous e-mails and phone calls from people who participated in the last five years and who were asking to bring it back for 2014.
A list of participating downtown establishments as well as the signature dish for each Tuesday can be found at http://www.dwsp.org/bigeat.htm

Dixie Classic Fair October 4th – 13th


Mark your calendars for the Dixie Classic Fair. Friday, October 4th – Sunday, October 13, 2013.  From famous fried foods & Ferris wheels to 4-H & fireworks – it’s the 2nd largest agricultural Fair in NC & fun for the whole family.  Advance Tickets and Ride Cards are on sale at Lowes Foods, Dixie Classic Fair Annex Box Office and TicketMaster. Buy early and save!

Adults (ages 12 & up) – $7
Children (ages 6–11) – $3
Children (5 & under) and Senior Adults (65+, with ID) – Free
Up to 25% savings with advance purchase.
Advance Ride Card Prices
Ride Card with 30 tickets – $10

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WBFJ will be hosting Free Fair Concert


Again this year WBFJ will be hosting Free Fair Concert.  This year features Mandisa & Brandon Heath!
WED OCT 9th @ 7:30PM @ the Grandstand Stage.

WBFJ FM website 

MANDISA website
“Overcomer” Video – Watch HERE

“Love Does” Video – Watch HERE

WBFJ “HEAVENLY LAYERED CAKE” Contest : October 11 @ 7:00pm

1st Place – $150
2nd Place wins: $100
3rd Place wins: $50


Special Days

Wendy’s/107.5 KZL Unlimited Ride Promotion Days

Friday, October 4, Monday, October 7,  Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10
Pick up a coupon at participating Wendy’s, pay Fair gate admission, bring coupon to Midway Ticket Booth, redeem coupon and $25 for ID to ride all day.  ($30 without coupon).

For a list of participating Wendy’s Locations, click here.

School Day

Monday, October 7 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Students
Students (Preschool thru Grade 5) are admitted free until 2:00. One adult per six children are admitted free.

Senior Adult Day

Tuesday, October 8 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Seniors
Adults age 65 years and over, admitted FREE all week with proper ID. Aides assisting Seniors are free on this Senior Adult Day only. Special Fun Events for Seniors begin at 10:00 am.

Special Education Day

Wednesday, October 9 – Gates open at 9:00 am for Special Education students
Free Admission for persons with disabilities.

Lowe’s Foods Day

Wednesday, October 9 – Gates open at 11:00 am for the Public
Bring 5 cans or 5 boxes of non-perishable Lowe’s Foods house brand food and receive free admission

Winston-Salem Journal Family Days

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

Hours:  Saturday, October 12, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 13, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kids age 7 and under can ride all of the Strates Shows Kiddieland Rides (all rides subject to height safety restrictions) for $10.00 (excluding pony rides).

FREE with paid admission to the fair OR 5 cans/boxes of LOWES brand non-perishable foods.


For more information about the Dixie Classic Fair you can like them on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/dcfair or at the official DC Fair website @ http://www.dcfair.com/

The Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” Contest Ends June 30th

Last Call! There is a little more than one week left! You can still vote for your Winston-Salem favorites in the Annual Smitty’s Notes “Best of Winston-Salem” contest.

Participation has been phenomenal so far and has already outpaced last year’s survey.

So, here’s the deal: Just click on the link below (cut and paste in your browser, if necessary). Take your time. Fill out the survey. Comments supporting your choices are encouraged. The contest will run until midnight, June 30, 2013.

Results will be announced sometime after July 4 in the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter and on SmittysNotes.com, which will also feature a special section on all the good things you recommend.

Submissions are anonymous; however, if you wish to share your contact information, Smitty’s Notes will randomly select one person to receive a $50 Visa gift card. I’ve learned that you folks always need a little incentive!

Forward this e-mail to all of your friends, colleagues and crew. Bombard your address book.

“Best of Winston-Salem” Contest Link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2BW52TH

The Eighth Annual Salute! NC Wine Celebration, Saturday, June 1

The Eighth Annual Salute! NC Wine Celebration, Saturday, June 1

CorkSalute! NC will be held on Saturday, June 1st in downtown Winston-Salem. More than 30 wineries and vineyards from around the state will be participating. You can purchase your tickets in advance! There are several outlets where you can buy tickets: online at http://www.SaluteNCwine.com, at any area Lowes Foods, select BB&T Forsyth County branches, Total Wine Stores in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, City Beverage and Whole Foods.

There are also three mouth-watering winemaker dinners on Wednesday and Thursday, a couple of evenings before Salute! You get to experience an intimate dinner with an executive chef and a winemaker from one of the participating wineries (Hanover Park, Junius Lindsay and RayLen). The three hosting establishments are Meridian, Spring House Restaurant Kitchen and Bar and Jeffrey Adams. Check out the Salute! Web site for menus and pricing!

Last, but not least, Salute! presents: An Evening with Southern Food and Chef Damon Lee Fowler on Friday, May 31st. Fowler is from Savannah, Georgia and will demonstrate with local chefs from Meridian, Mozelle’s and Willow’s Bistro/Kings Crab Shack. Michael Hasting, Food Editor, Winston-Salem Journal will be the Master of Ceremonies. The event will be at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 per person in advance $50 per person day of the event.  For more information visit online at http://www.salutencwine.com