Hickory – The James E. Strates Shows, founded in 1923 and one of North America’s leading outdoor amusement providers, is bringing back the fun and excitement of the classic American fair to Hickory, North Carolina. The Valley Hills Mall Carnival is scheduled to open at the Valley Hills Mall (1960 Highway 70 SE) this Friday, May 26th and continues until Sunday, June 11th.

This family-friendly event will feature over 20 state-of-the-art thrill rides, a Kiddieland designed especially for children, delicious fair food and challenging games of skill. Midway favorites include the “Monkey Maze,” “Dream Wheel,” “Rock Star,” and the enduring family favorite, a carousel. The Valley Hills Mall Carnival will offer the freshest, most tantalizing foods with incredible, mouth-watering aromas in the air. From out-of-this-world funnel cakes dusted with powdered sugar to French fries drizzled with vinegar, fairgoers will be sure to enjoy favorite foods and beverages.

The Fair opens at 5pm Monday thought Friday and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Closing times vary based on weather conditions and midway capacity. Parking is free and gate admission is free. Fairgoers will be able to take advantage of several money saving, unlimited ride offers that include $25 pay-one-price ride wristband Monday to Thursdays and $30 pay-one-price ride wristband Fridays to Sundays. For information and to purchase visit: https://bit.ly/3OeSfG5

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, Strates Shows will donate a portion of every unlimited ride band sold that day to Hickory’s American Legion Post 48. This is just one way we can support the work of the American Legion all of us remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect freedom and home and around the world. Gate to the Carnival will open at 5pm on the holiday. For more info., please visit www.Strates.com.