N.C. State Fair busts attendance record

Posted October 26, 2009

— More people went to the North Carolina State Fair in 2009 than in any other year, officials announced Monday.

Spokesman Brian Long said that 104,370 people visited on the final day of the fair Sunday, bringing the total attendance to 877,941.

That broke the record of 858,611 set in 2007.

This year's State Fair also set five single-day attendance records: for Tuesday, the first and second Thursdays, and the last Sunday.

The fair enjoyed a stretch of sunny, warm weather in the middle of last week, but also struggled with cooler and rainy weather on both weekends.


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  • dd2003 Oct 27, 2009

    I loved the fair this year!! Of course my favorite part was the food and little piggies. Speaking of piggies where was the rumored chocalote covered bacon??? I searched and could not find it!

  • melodiclaura Oct 26, 2009

    I went to the fair..twice this year. I had a wonderful time both times. I'm glad that folks got out and celebrated this thing we call life.
    Some people will complain about everything...

  • scientistjo Oct 26, 2009

    "Lets not forget about the infux of Yankee's."

    Yankee's what? What are the Yankees bringing? The apostrophe is showing posession, but you've fogotten to finish your sentence.

  • Buddy1 Oct 26, 2009

    Gosh Patriot, no love for the folks who actually run the fair? You know, the Republican led Department of Agriculture? It's odd how you took an opportunity to laud the Republicans and turned it into a morass of ill conceived and unfunny sarcasm. Good job.

  • Unaffiliated Patriot Oct 26, 2009

    This was the biggest and best fair ever...anywhere. I love Bev Perdue. It was the record breaker of all time. I love Barack Obama. So much to much to do. I Love Nancy Pelosi. The NC State Government did an excellent job. I actually still love Mike Easley and Jim Black.

  • oneofmany Oct 26, 2009

    I went yesterday and it was VERY crowded after lunch. Especially down by the pond entrance. Trying to get back up toward the Dorton Arena was hard. Wall to wall people. It's a little sad with all the haters on here. I've been attending the NC State Fair every year since the early to mid 70's. Sometimes going more than once during that week. It's changed a lot over the years but I think for the better. It's just a tradition and my little boy has been 3 of his 4 years. You get your tix in advance and you can do lunch/treats for $20 or less. Love all the exhibits and so much to do for free. Will be going back next usual. Maybe during the week when it's not so crowded.

  • Buddy1 Oct 26, 2009

    Wow, there sure are a lot of people getting upset over the use of the word "busts" in the headline for this story. As nit-picky as they are I bet reading comments on WRAL 'bout makes their heads want to bust.

  • NCAries Oct 26, 2009

    Straits had a no compete 50 year deal to run the midway prior to her taking office, so I am very suspicious that she might have been set up to take a fall. Her own party insiders showed her where not playing ball would get her.)

    Funny...I thought the same thing.

  • ladybug68 Oct 26, 2009

    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUSTS is not grammatically correct---Like fingernails on a chalk board to me!! Broken, surpassed, breaks all records but please not "BUSTS"'


  • asdad Oct 26, 2009

    The numbers for attendance this year included the workers for the fair company, food and other vendors and emergency personnel-