North Carolina State Fair

State Fair busts 17-year-old attendance record

Posted October 16, 2010

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— The 2010 North Carolina State Fair set new attendance records on both its preview day and opening day.

State Fair spokesman Brian Long said that 77,485 people came through gates Friday, breaking a previous record set in 1993.

On Thursday, 47,677 visitors came to the fair, despite some rain showers and chill breezes. That outpaces the attendance numbers of 37,932 in 2009 and 35,215 in 2008.

Since 2008, the State Fair has opened its gates from 3 p.m. to midnight on the Thursday before the official start of the fair.

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  • jan63 Oct 18, 2010

    as I travel to work on the morning after an event that draws so many people out and see not just litter but seriously trash everywhere!
    along our roadways and even in various parking lots that companies so graciously allow you to use!
    I find it hard to tolerate and find it just downright disgusting that people just have no respect for the earth they live in!
    in this day and age of (apparently not all) everyone trying to be eco friendly and recycling everywhere, there are still quite a few people that believe its still okay to just throw their trash anywhere they feel like it, even if there are fines clearly posted and just anywhere they happen to drive by.
    plastic water bottles, glass beer bottles, aluminum beer and soda cans and styrofoam cups for that milkshake you had just do not recycle themselves left out in beside the roadways or tossed into forest areas! and cigarette butts are also not biodegradable!
    our public still has no conscience apparently and just do not c