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History Repeats: County Fair

Chris Foshee

Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager - @chrisfoshee on Twitter

Coming off consecutive years of historic park additions with Fury 325 and Carolina Harbor waterpark, Carowinds just introduced a new lineup of family fun in the all-new County Fair with the addition of four classic rides. With more work still to do, the County Fair provides an atmosphere full of homegrown thrills and nostalgia.

The addition of the new Carowinds County Fair is sure to be another exciting chapter in our park’s history, but it’s shockingly similar to our past. If you don’t believe history repeats itself…keep reading.


Carowinds County Fair 1979

In 1979, Carowinds embarked on an ambitious expansion and renovation that added a new themed section of the park – the Carowinds County Fair. The County Fair also introduced four new rides: Scream Weaver, Dodge ‘Ems Bumper Cars, Whirling Dervish and Wild Bull. In addition, new food, games and special entertainment (including gypsies, jugglers and mimes) were also added in the new area.

Carowinds County Fair

Eerie huh? As you can see in the 1979 Carowinds park map, the ride placement is also similar.

Carowinds Map

The original County Fair was a staple of Carowinds, and that’s why we’re bringing it back in 2017 with new life. To honor our park’s history and Carolina roots, you will continue seeing more theming and attractions that revisit our past.

The former location of the County Fair, still home to Dodge ‘Ems, Yo-Yo, Plants vs. Zombies 3Z Arena and Afterburn, will now sport the name “Crossroads,” which is based from a previous section of the park called “Country Crossroads.”

Carowinds and the new County Fair are now open! Start planning your visit today, and experience our new line up of homegrown thrills and family fun! You’ll take a step back through time and become allured by the classic charm of a retro Carolina County Fair – just like guest did in 1979.

Carowinds County Fair


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Chris Foshee

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