The fair runs from Thursday, October 15th through next Sunday, October 25th. Officials are warning people to watch out for fair-goer traffic on I-40 near the state fairgrounds.
The major entertainment at this year's North Carolina State Fair has a reality-show flavor.
Performing Saturday is Kellie Pickler, an Albemarle native who placed sixth during the fifth season of Fox's "American Idol."
Julianne Hough sings Oct. 21. She's best known as a professional dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," where she won the competition twice, once with Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and then again with three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves.
And the next evening, Oct. 22, Chapel Hill's Anoop Desai performs. He placed sixth on the most recent season of "American Idol."
Also be on the look out for a man from Greenville's shot to show off his singing and song-writing talents.
27-year-old Kris Thomas of Greenville is a furniture salesman who entered the Subway and North Carolina State Fair Five Dollar Footlong Song Challenge. All lyrics had to include the NC State Fair theme "Whole Lotta Happy" and Subway's Five Dollar Footlong.
Thomas and four other contestants will compete Tuesday, at the fair.