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Fair offers alternative to flooding, worries

Posted October 21

— In the final weekend of the North Carolina State Fair, many visitors found the combination of food, folks and fun a happy alternative to the worries back home.

James Barbour's home in Dunn got flooded after Hurricane Matthew, but since then he's been working at the state fair.

"To be out here and do what I do, it's actually a blessing," Barbour said. "We call this our 11 days of relief. You have fun out here doing this for 11 days."

For many State Fair workers like Barbour and other visitors, the State Fair couldn't have come at a better time.

Valissa and David Moore of Fuquay-Varina balanced the food they ate with plenty of walking.

"Got to walk," Valissa Moore said. "Got to get the pounds back off."

The state fair is more than a place to satisfy your taste buds. For so many this year, it is a place to forget about their troubles.

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