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Midway operator to return for 2009 State Fair

Posted December 11, 2008

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— Powers Great American Midways will operate the carnival rides and games at the 2009 North Carolina State Fair, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Thursday.

Troxler said he and State Fair management chose to offer the contract to Powers based on the company’s performance at the past three State Fairs, as well as the financial benefit to the state. The Pender County-based company will pay the state $5.50 for each person who buys an admission ticket to next year's State Fair, which is the same base rate it paid this year.

State regulations allow the State Fair to enter into a one-year contract with a carnival company without taking bids.

“We’ve got a carnival contract that’s as good as, or better than, any state fair in the country,” Troxler said in a statement.

The contract will again include a provision that allows Powers to lower its payment 20 cents per person by bringing in two rides that are not more than 24 months old and have never played the State Fair before. The company qualified for the discount this year by bringing in several new rides, including the Mind Blaster and Vortex.

The 2009 State Fair will take place Oct. 15-25.

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  • Funky Neighbor LEE Dec 11, 2008

    The fair is better than it's ever been. For as many years as I can remember it was always the exact same, I mean exactly. It's huge now, it has more rides than any fair in The World. I went 5 times this year and had a blast.

  • BELLA28 Dec 11, 2008

    I enjoy the fair. But the same rides every 50 to 100 feet this past fair got boring!

  • davidgnews Dec 11, 2008

    It's nice to know we have a vendor from in our own state, as most/all of the others were out-of-state.

  • drnc Dec 11, 2008

    I think Meg went to jail for taking kickbacks from the vendor.

  • iron fist Dec 11, 2008

    More of the same, in someones pocket Meg got booted for trying to chance vendors