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Drive-thru fair coming to Winston-Salem next month. The only ride is in your car, but the food is still for sale.

Drive-thru fair coming to Winston-Salem next month. The only ride is in your car, but the food is still for sale.

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The Carolina Classic Fair has announced a limited selection of food and activities from Oct. 1 through 4 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on 27th Street.

Earlier this year, fair officials canceled the Carolina Classic Fair, formerly the Dixie Classic Fair scheduled for Oct. 2 through 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The newly scheduled events, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each of the four days, will center on some favorite fair foods available for purchase from a handful of past fair vendors. The food and a game have been organized as drive-thru activities, where participants will remain in their vehicles at all times.

Participants will enter at Gate 9 of the fairgrounds on 27th street and a receive a menu, which also will be posted on the fair’s website at

The drive-thru will proceed in this order:

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  • First stop will be a collection station that will accept canned food for donation to Crisis Control Ministry.
  • Second stop will be a loose-change game, where participants can toss change from their vehicles into buckets. The game, cosponsored by WBFJ radio station, will help support the Salvation Army.
  • Next, a contactless system will be set up to allow people to order food. This station will also sell fair T-shirts and “fair in a bag” packages that include tickets to the 2021 fair, a ball cap, lapel pin, pen, magnet and tote bag.
  • After people order food, vehicles will proceed to the food pickup area. Runners will deliver food to vehicles using baskets for contactless pickup. The fair said that customers should expect a wait for food pickup, but there will be video messages and entertainment at this stage, shared on the fair’s Facebook page,
  • Vehicles will exit at Gate 2 near the Fairgrounds Annex, where people will have the opportunity to pose with their food at a “Road Bump” drive-thru ride, sponsored by Entercom Radio.

On Oct. 2 and 3, the fairgrounds will host drive-in movies on the midway, as it has during the past few months. Four movies are being offered each night, two at 7:05 p.m. and two at 9:15 p.m.

Between movies, the fairgrounds is planning 15-minute fireworks displays on those two nights. Fireworks and movie schedules are dependent on the weather.

Cheryle Hartley, the director of the fair, said in a statement that there also are plans for a virtual exhibit of agriculture, livestock, food and more on the fair's website.

“Ever since we announced that we would cancel the 2020 fair, the fair staff has been working hard to create a safe, virtual, drive-through concept that would incorporate aspects of the fair that our community so greatly loves,” Hartley said.

For more information, including a map of the drive-thru and schedule of events, visit

The next fair is scheduled for Oct. 1 through 11, 2021.




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