Raleigh, N.C. — Thousands flocked to the 144th North Carolina State Fair Friday, marking the first full day of fun.
Adults and children alike agree the state fair can be a magical place, complete with 107 rides and dozens of entertainers.
Magician Steve Trash has been performing disappearing acts on the Midway for the last four years.
He says the adoring crowds keep him coming back – especially the children.
"The craziest thing is when I see children I recognize year after year," Trash said.
Aiden Chester, 10, is a one of Trash's biggest fans. "He's awesome," Chester said.
Nick Tabron is another fan favorite. He has spent the last 17 years sketching eye-catching caricatures of many generations at the fair.
"I first met a young man when he was 6 years old. He came back every year until he was about 13 or 14," Tabron said.
Fair gates open at 8 a.m. and close at midnight every day through Oct. 27. Admission ticket prices are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under age 5 and adults over age 65.