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State Fair hopes to hit 1 million mark again

Posted October 23, 2011

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— The 2011 North Carolina State Fair has already seen the second-biggest crowd in its history and, with good weather and one more day to go, might be able to pass the 1 million mark.

Spokesman Brian Long said that 146,635 fair-goers passed through the gates Saturday, bringing the total attendance to 903,674.

That breaks the State Fair's second-place record for attendance, set at 877,939 in 2009. The all-time record was set at 1,091,887 last year.

To get to the 1 million mark again, the State Fair will have to do a little bit better than average on Sunday, the last day of its 11-day run. Over the past 10 years, the fair has averaged 87,855 visitors on its last Sunday.

Mild, autumnal weather might encourage some people to venture out to the fair.

"It really is going to be a beautiful day to enjoy the last day of the fair," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Nothing but sunshine. We're going to end up with another pretty, pretty day out there."

Sunday will see mostly sunny skies, with a high in upper 60s – perhaps even reaching 70 degrees.

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  • what_in_the____ Oct 24, 2011

    Glad the Fair is over. I didn't go, in fact during the past 11 days, I dodged that entire area. I only go maybe once every 5-10 years. I don't understand with the economy being like it is; people getting laid off, houses are in foreclosure, but yet people still go to the Fair and spend hundreds of dollars each time they walk through the gates. I'm curious to know how much money the Fair was aiming to make compared to what they actually made.

  • One Good Dad Oct 24, 2011

    These people think that breaking reconds is the most important part of the fair. It really sucks for the people who can't even move 10 yards in two minutes because it's so crowded. Lines for the rides are over a hour wait, fair sucks really....

  • RomneyRyan2012 Oct 24, 2011

    $12 for a turkey leg? Are you serious? Heck I could buy the whole turkey for $12. Glad I didn't go; couldn't afford to anyway.

  • itom68 Oct 24, 2011

    12 dollars for a turkey leg adds up