Fair trips can add up

Posted October 17, 2008

— With fees to park and enter, a trip to the State Fair can be expensive for some.

“Hopefully the kids will get tired by about 2 or 3 p.m. and we’ll save a little money,” John Carlin said Friday.

Carlin saved money by purchasing tickets in advance but still ended up spending around $110. Admission tickets are now $7 for an adult and $2 for children 6-years-old to 12-years-old. Children under 5-years-old and senior citizens get in the fair free.

Carlin’s wife, Diane, said the family expected to spend up to $250 at the fair.

Rides can also be a budget buster with some costing up to six $1 tickets.

Andy Davis thinks the fair prices can be a little high, especially for rides that last only a minute or more.

Some fairgoers say it is worth splurging a little at the fair.

“Is it worth it? Yeah, we always have a great time. The food is good,” John Carlin said.


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  • LaLa-Land Oct 17, 2008

    It's changed a lot over the years, but I guess everything has. I think it has gotten WAY too crowded the past 20 years or so, but I've taken my kids a few times just so they could experience it. It used to be a majoe thing to go to the state fair, now it's just not a big deal. I think the smaller, rural county fairs are more true to the NC agricultural spirit. They seem to have more NC flavor.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Oct 17, 2008

    I guess all I am reading is a bunch of sour-people that complain about everything. The fair is the fair. Just go and have fun with the family. That is what its for. To all the people who complain, why not just stay home and sit in front of your TV and watch Gilligans Island or Herman Monster reruns. You people amaze me. If the fair were to move to another city, all you would do is complain as well.....I am sorry that people do not know how to have a little American Fun...

  • onehandclapping Oct 17, 2008

    Add to all that the cost of gas to go from Goldsboro, and you're looking at another chunk of change for transportation.

  • Obama-is-a-retard Oct 17, 2008

    Some of these comments are so funny. Someone actually believes it would be cheaper to go Disney! You people need to get out more. The fair costs money but so does other forms of entertainment. You can find people to complain about anything.l

  • Cancerat34 Oct 17, 2008

    We have gone every year since our oldest was born 14 years ago. Yes it's crowded (we always go on a weekday) and yes the food is both unhealthy and delicious (we always get a funnel cake to share!) but we wouldn't miss it for the world. It's a tradition! The sights, the sounds, the smells... to get to enjoy a (hopefully) sunny & cool day with our family together picking up fuzzy chicks and screaming on a's just pure, feel-good fun. I dont care how much the tickets cost!

  • Killian Oct 17, 2008

    I avoid the fair like the plague. It's crowded, overpriced, and pretty pointless. There are much more fun ways to spend that amount of money.

  • Its me again Oct 17, 2008

    It's OK people,next year Obama will spead the wealth.Joe the plumber will buy tickets for all earning less than 250k.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 17, 2008

    Its just not worth it to blow over 200 bucks at the fair...way over priced.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 17, 2008

    I quit going years ago. It was too expensive then for my tastes and seeing the prices mentioned here, it has only gotten worse.

  • missdawg Oct 17, 2008

    I hate the fair. I would much rather spend my money at Kings Dominion or Carowinds where I can be entertained all day for about $50 (including admission, food, and drinks).