• Fairs, festivals, more places to have fall fun this weekend

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    Cooler temperatures have finally arrived in the Carolinas providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy the season of fairs, festivals and fall fun.

    Here’s a list of our favorite events happening this weekend and beyond.  

    See over 50 breathtaking hot air balloons and special shapes decorate the skies of Iredell County during the 45th annual Carolina BalloonFest, taking flight Friday through Sunday in Statesville. More details.

    Race a woolly bear caterpillar at the 41st annual Woolly Worm Festival happening in Banner Elk this weekend. The winning worm will be designated the official weather prognosticator, plus you'll receive $1,000. More details.

    Celebrate fall with wagon rides, a homegrown pumpkin patch, a kiddie corn maze and more at Anne Springs Close Greenway’s Fall Frolic, happening Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. More details.

    The South End Wine Festival returns on Saturday with four hours of tastings, food trucks and live music. In addition to wine, there will be beer and cider tastings. More details.

    The Charlotte Checkers will play their first two home games of the 2018-19 season against the Hershey Bears at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday and Saturday. Fans can score great deals with $5 kids tickets and a special Carolina Hockey Strong ticket package to support those affected by recent hurricanes. More details.

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    Honor breast cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost, raise breast cancer awareness and support breast cancer fundraising at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday at zMAX Dragway. More details.

    Cruise on a coaster, check out the petting zoo and grab a turkey leg at the Charlotte Fair at Route 29 near Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fair is open daily through Oct. 21. More details.  

    You can also check out the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh and the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia.   

    Travel back in time at the 25th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, open Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 18, just a few minutes north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. More details.

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    Carowinds has upped the thrills and chills transforming into the terrifying SCarowinds, one of the largest Halloween events in the Carolinas; open select nights through Oct. 28. Enter if you dare! More details.

    Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths and explore Rural Hill's 265 acres by taking a hayride around the farm or hiking the trails at the Amazing Maize Maze in Huntersville. More details.

    Stroll down a trail featuring 5,000 hand carved jack-o-lanterns transformed into everything from beautiful landscapes and princesses to celebrities and sports stars at The Glow: A Jack O' Lantern Experience at Rock City Campgrounds in Concord. More details.


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    If your idea of fall fun includes spending a day on a farm, taking a hayride and picking out the perfect pumpkin, you’re in luck because the Carolinas are loaded with places where you can do all of that. Click here to see our list of farms and pumpkin patches.

    If weekend road trips are more your thing, the mountains of North Carolina are starting to show their fall colors, so check out these must-visit places to experience the season.

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    There’s a reason they call Lexington, North Carolina, the “Barbecue Capital of the World.” Don’t miss the 35th annual Lexington Barbecue Festival happening Oct. 27 in historic uptown. More details.

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