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Crews set up tents, booths for State Fair

Posted October 3, 2011
Updated October 4, 2011

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— Crews and vendors were setting up tents and booths at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh Monday, 10 days ahead of the 2011 North Carolina State Fair, and organizers say there's plenty of new food, fun and savings to look forward to this year.

Wendy Jennings and her children cashed in on advance tickets, which are on sale through Oct. 13, to get 18 ride tickets for $10, rather than the $18 regular price.

"On all the ride tickets I got, (I saved) at least $30. Of course, we're going to spend that on food," Jennings said.

State Fair spokeswoman Natalie Alford said Jennings is in luck. There are some new options on the menu this year.

"We've heard about deep fried candy apples, some interesting waffles – spinach and pizza waffles," Alford said.

State Fair spokeswoman State Fair setup gets underway in Raleigh

Once the food has settled, Alford suggests checking out the rides on the midway. A new ride, the Sky Diver, is a vintage 1970s ride that was refurbished for the fair this year. 

There will also be a new sidewalk system that leads to a new ticket booth at gate 1. It's still under construction, but Alford said it should be finished by the time the fair starts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected at the annual event, which runs for 10 days.

For Jennings, it's all about having fun – "good family fun," she said.

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  • klink Oct 4, 2011

    "And all the smokers are buying cartons of cigarettes to carry around and smoke while enjoying themselves. Then dropping their leftovers wherever they like."

    Hilarious!!!

  • mmtlash Oct 4, 2011

    I go on can food day every year! Great way to save some $$ and donate to a good cause!

  • chattycat Oct 4, 2011

    And all the smokers are buying cartons of cigarettes to carry around and smoke while enjoying themselves. Then dropping their leftovers wherever they like.me2you

    Boy, you sound like a lot of fun! That is all you have to say about the fair? You don't have to go and then you won't have to put up with the smokers!

  • me2you Oct 4, 2011

    And all the smokers are buying cartons of cigarettes to carry around and smoke while enjoying themselves. Then dropping their leftovers wherever they like.

  • same ole story Oct 4, 2011

    VERY EXPENSIVE DAY FOR THE SAME OLE' SAME OLE' STUFF. If you have two older children then its $32 just to walk through the gate??!! Best thing to do is drive by slowly, open your window and throw $150 out of it. Maybe someone who really needs it will find it and put it to good use; like putting food on the table!!!!!!

  • moppie Oct 4, 2011

    Has anyone heard if they are going to have the Iphone app for the fair this year? That was fun to have last year!

  • miketroll3572 Oct 4, 2011

    Way to much money for a family of 5, so we will skip it again this year. Especially the rides are so expensive. 5-8 dollars for 1 ride?.....no way!

  • LBJ192 Oct 3, 2011

    The fair has gotten way too expensive to take our family in this economy. Maybe we will go next year.

  • Southern Girl Oct 3, 2011

    LOVE the North Carolina State Fair. We wouldn't miss it for the world.

    Every year, it is like we have never been before!! Can't wait!!

  • mmtlash Oct 3, 2011

    Yay!!!