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For the first time, NC State Fair will allow beer and wine sales

Posted August 31

It was a beautiful night at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

— For the first time, visitors to the N.C. State Fair this October will be able to purchase beer and wine.

Wine and beer tasting flights will be available at the new Our State Public House in Heritage Circle. The Public House will showcase 40 breweries and 40 wineries from across the state.

Each wine or beer flight will include four different samples. Tickets cost $10 each and will be sold from noon to 8:30 p.m. There is a limit of one ticket per person. IDs will be checked at the door, and no one under 21 will be admitted.

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  • Rod Runner Sep 1, 9:31 a.m.
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    This is true, but my guess is that they are adding these NC breweries to the fair to attract this kind of person to expand the clientele.

  • Rod Runner Sep 1, 9:05 a.m.
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    DisneyWorld is much more family friendly than the NC State Fair and has been selling alcohol in the parks since 2012. And they don't just sell you one tasting like this. Disney EPCOT Center even has a huge beer and wine festival every year now and they're still the happiest place on Earth.

    If someone intends to be drunk at the NC State Fair, they'll get drunk beforehand and they'll still be at the family friendly fair. Or they'll sneak alcohol in as they've done since always. The people spending $10 on 4 tiny glasses of beer to taste them are not the kind of people coming to the fair to get drunk.

    This is adding what is now part of NC to the fair, NC beers, promoting what is becoming a larger part of NC's economy and image.

  • Steve Escabar Sep 1, 8:58 a.m.
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    Not sure the average fairgoer is going to appreciate good beer

  • Karen Orndorff Sep 1, 8:56 a.m.
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    Start with tastings then what next, we don't need it at the State Fair, don't want it. Its supposed to be a family friendly venue.

  • Larry Fellers Sep 1, 8:44 a.m.
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    lol, that's not going to turn out good..

  • Douglas Roberts Aug 31, 10:43 p.m.
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    I thought everybody voted for fortified wine

  • Kathryn Adams Aug 31, 10:11 p.m.
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    Note, it's one beer flight per ticket, one ticket per person. This isn't like people with an extra-large beer in each hand at a sports arena; I think they'll be fine.

  • Clester Faircloth Aug 31, 7:25 p.m.
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    WOW! This is not good at all. They don't need this at all.