Some vendors are letting visitors get up close and personal with unusual animals, including "Clyde", a 10-year-old whopper from Clayton. You can even buy a snake if you so desire.
Not everyone thinks that is a good idea, however.
"Never, no, because it may turn out to be the 270-pound, 10-year-old one. We've never seen a snake like that," Emily Tuttle said as her daughter, Suzanne, clung to her.
Unusual lizards are also a big draw for the event. The show continues through Sunday in Dorton Arena, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.