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Fair-goers shield themselves from weather, flu

Posted October 15, 2009

— The opening day of the North Carolina State Fair brought rain and cooler temperatures. Fair-goers shielded themselves from the elements and also got a chance to protect themselves from the seasonal flu.

“I just don’t think anybody should take chances,” said Sandy Chamblee, who got a flu shot at a clinic at the fairgrounds on Thursday.

Kerr Drug Pharmacist Joe Heidrick said the clinic used the figures from the number of people who got flu shots at the fair last year to gauge the demand this year. He believes the supply can handle the expected demand.

Fair-goers shield themselves from weather, flu Fair-goers get flu shots

“We expect anywhere from two to 600 people a day and the weather plays a part into that,” Heidrick said. “Weekends are more busy, but we’ve allotted for that amount.”

With the fair expected to draw thousands of visitors a day, organizers are keenly aware of the flu pandemic and are encouraging people to wash their hands thoroughly and often.

“We want to make sure everybody has a health, good time, but we’re also worried about the livestock here, keeping them healthy,” said Brian Long, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Pharmacists and registered nurses will be on hand to administer the shots through the duration of the fair.

Damp beginning for fair

Light rain sprinkled and temperatures hovered in the low 50s on the first night of the North Carolina State Fair.

More than 80 of the 111 rides had passed inspection and were running. The few that weren’t ready in time for opening, were expected to be cleared for use on Friday.

Temperatures will be higher for the fair's official start Friday, but a chance of rain will linger.

"If we see enough sunshine, temperatures could rush up to near 60 degrees (Friday) afternoon," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Fair features reality stars

Those seeking out shows at the State Fair this year will find a reality-show flavor.

Performing Saturday is Kellie Pickler, an Albemarle native who placed sixth during the fifth season of Fox's "American Idol."

Julianne Hough sings Oct. 21. She's a professional dancer who has twice won ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," once with Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and then again with three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves.

The next evening, Oct. 22, Chapel Hill's Anoop Desai performs. He placed sixth on the most recent season of "American Idol."

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  • time4real Oct 16, 8:53 a.m.

    Giddy says no chance of rain today. Vendors look out, it will rain an inch or more just because she thinks that. Don't make any plans based on any local forecast you might see, stick you finger in the air, wet it and figure out the forecast for yourselves. You've got a MUCH better chance of getting it right!

  • mwilliams2 Oct 15, 6:24 p.m.

    Hmmm, happily married, I think your bloomers sound to be more in a "whad" now. There there.

  • happily married Oct 15, 6:13 p.m.

    mwilliams222, I'm saying who cares!!!! You go to King's Dominion and the people who enjoy the fair will go there. End of discussion.

  • mwilliams2 Oct 15, 5:48 p.m.

    "happily married:" What are you talking about? Your comment makes no sense. Are you saying it's foolish to evaluate the best deal for your hard earned money? Besides, the fair stinks. Enjoy the ecoli with your ripoff.

  • happily married Oct 15, 5:20 p.m.

    "mwilliams222:
    If your main goal is to ride a bunch of rides, then King's Dominion or another permanent amusement park IS a better deal. When I go to KD, I can easily ride 30-50 rides in a day. How much does it cost to ride that many rides at the fair? And figure four people doing that. And then you distribute the $50 cost of gas across 4 people in the car and it's $12.50 each, or about the cost of 3-4 rides at the state fair. It's not a complaint, it's a fact.

    Now if you plan to ride 3 rides and look at some cows, sure, Kings Dominion would not be a good deal for you."

    It's not that serious!! Get your bloomers out of a whad.....

  • mwilliams2 Oct 15, 5:00 p.m.

    If your main goal is to ride a bunch of rides, then King's Dominion or another permanent amusement park IS a better deal. When I go to KD, I can easily ride 30-50 rides in a day. How much does it cost to ride that many rides at the fair? And figure four people doing that. And then you distribute the $50 cost of gas across 4 people in the car and it's $12.50 each, or about the cost of 3-4 rides at the state fair. It's not a complaint, it's a fact.

    Now if you plan to ride 3 rides and look at some cows, sure, Kings Dominion would not be a good deal for you.

  • trunkmonkee1971 Oct 15, 4:52 p.m.

    The fair is actually not a bad deal. I mean I usually do not spend any more than I would by going to movie and eating out somewhere half decent. I usually take a child or three depending on if they want to go. The rides are just as safe as anything else. The risks the average person takes just by driving to work every morning does not stop folks from commuting back and forth. Riding a State Fair ride can't be much more dangerous than that. I enjoy the whole fair and have enjoyed it for years.

  • Caveman93 Oct 15, 4:51 p.m.

    mmmmm ecoli.

  • happily married Oct 15, 4:32 p.m.

    "mwilliams222:It's cheaper to go somewhere like Kings Dominion and just pay one entrance fee and be able to ride as many rides as you like. Oh and safer since the rides are permanent and not taken up and down every couple of weeks. Oh and cleaner. I wouldn't mind having some fried dough or a caramel apple, but I'm not going to fight traffic, fight crowds, stand in line, and pay for admission ... just so I can go pay for some food and leave 30 minutes later. What a rip off the fair is."

    You must live down the street from Kings Dominion. By the time you gas up to get there, pay the admission, buy food & gifts, and then gas up to come home you have spent more than it would cost to go the fair. STOP complaining!!!! Nobody is forcing you to go.

  • QC Oct 15, 4:06 p.m.

    Come on sad sacks! It's $5 for adults and $1 for kids. 18 pre-sale ride tickets (3-5 rides) for $10. My daughter and I will go early, ride several rides, walk around, see the animals (human and otherwise) and eat yummy junk for around forty bucks. It would cost about $200 to do the same at Kings Dominion.

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