Dixie Classic Fair marks beginning of fall

The pumpkin spice latte has returned, and Wake Forest has officially entered fall.

Fall is probably the most eventful season at Wake Forest, with activities ranging from footbll games to Pitsgiving. One staple of the season debuts this weekend — the Dixie Classic Fair. This year’s fair will range from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8. Adult tickets cost $10, but there are early bird rates for $5 on weekdays.

Hours of operation will typically range from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., but Saturdays the fair will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Parking is available at LJVM Coliseum and BB&T Field for $8-10 depending on the day and time. Everyone has different reasons for going to the Dixie Classic Fair, but here are my top five.

1. The Food

Fair food might make health enthusiasts cringe, but with midterms approaching, we all deserve to indulge a little. The Dixie Classic offers “Classic” favorites like cotton candy, corndogs, candy apples, funnel cakes and deep fried candy bars. Consider throwing out your bahroom scale and heading to the fair for some tasty treats this weekend.

2. The Wine Tastings

This year’s fair will feature daily tastings from local  wineries. Fair goers who are 21 or older should definitely stop by the wine tastings. Tastings will run from 5-9 p.m. and best of all, they’re free.

Two wineries will be featured each day, so there are several options available over the week. Some of this year’s features include Iron Gate Winery, Chestnut Trail Vineyard, Herrera Vineyard, Hanover Park Vineyard, Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery and Adams Vineyards.

3. Barnyard Zoo

The petting zoo is technically geared for children, but who doesn’t want to pet a zebra? The Livestock Barn offers animl viewing options, but the Red Barn is the place to be for interactive options. Whatever option suits your style, looking at cute animals will brighten your day.

4. The Rides

Ranging from carousels to hang gliders, the fair offers several ride options. Fair ride enthusiasts can purchase unlimited day passes for $35-40 depending on the day or $25 in advance. Personally, the only ride I find intriguing is the ferris wheel. There are ticket options  available too. You can get 30 tickets in advance for $10. The advanced tickets are worthwile since they provide hefty discounts. To purchase advanced tickets, simply head over to Ticket Master.

5. Butterfly Encounter

There’s a magical feeling associated with butterfly tents. Visitors to these interactive exhibits will not only be able to observe butterflies while in the tent, but interactive demonstrations will teach participants about the butteryfly’s life cycle. Visitors can even learn how to mend a broken wing. Feeding sticks will be provided so visitors can get close to the butterflies. If you’re feeling extra ambitious you can purchase a butterfly kit and take your own home.