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NC State Fair tickets go on sale Aug. 1

Posted July 21, 2014

Children and adults take a ride in the sky on the last day of the 2013 NC State Fair.

— The North Carolina State Fair isn't until October, but you can get advance tickets next week.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, concert tickets for Dorton Arena shows, discounted admission tickets and ride sheets will go on sale on the State Fair website.

Advance admission tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Buying in advance means you save $2 per adult ticket and $1 per child's ticket. 

As with every year, children 5 years old and younger and adults 65 years and older get in for free. Members of the military and family members with proper identification can purchase tickets at the gate for $5, but not in advance. 

Bringing a big group to the fair? Adult admission tickets for groups of 40 or more are $5. The child group ticket for groups of 40 or more will sell for $2.

If you like the thrill of riding the rides at the fair, an 18-ticket ride sheet is $10 in advance, which saves you $8 off the regular price.

Early-bird specials in August mean you can earn up to three free adult admission tickets based on your total purchase amount before convenience fees. Online admission, ride, grandstand and Dorton Arena concert tickets all apply toward the total. Here's how it works: 

  • Spend between $50 and $100 in one order and earn one free ticket. 
  • Spend between $100.01 and $200 and earn two free tickets. 
  • Purchases of $200 or more earn three free tickets. 

To qualify for the Early Bird Special purchase total and orders must be completed before 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31. 

Here's a list of the Dorton Arena shows and their prices: 

  • Thursday, Oct. 16: Vanilla Ice ($5)
  • Friday, Oct. 17: Gospel artist Tamela Mann ($10)
  • Saturday, Oct. 18: Clay Walker ($12)
  • Sunday, Oct. 19: Parmalee ($10)
  • Monday, Oct. 20: Love and Theft ($10)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21: Comedian James Gregory ($5)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22: Brandy Clark ($5)
  • Thursday, Oct. 23: TBA
  • Friday, Oct. 24: Newsboys ($10)
  • Saturday, Oct. 25: Trace Adkins ($17)
  • Sunday, Oct. 26: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ($15)

All shows start at 7:30 p.m. 

The 2014 State Fair is Oct. 16-26.


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  • bubbaOK Jul 22, 2014

    I've gone since the 70's but it's just plain fun. Seniors walk free into the turnstiles.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 21, 2014

    That may be the most limp bunch of has been's and nobodys ever booked by the state fair.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 21, 2014

    Will they inspect the rides better this year?

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 21, 2014

    It's the fair. I never went to the fair as a kid because of who the musical act was. It's not a concert event, it's a fair with a small, live act stage in a building that has HORRIBLE sound to start with. Be happy they have ANY concerts because the fair would do JUST as well if they didn't have a single concert any of the nights. It's just an add-on, not a main attraction, to what started out as an agricultural event to begin with. I'll be happy to see Joan Jett just cause it's a small venue and well, she rocks!!

  • btneast Jul 21, 2014

    They can afford better acts, look at their revenue. The money is there, but the fair is lead by people that are too old and way out of touch. Perhaps, but I think it really comes down to some acts won't even consider doing a state fair....the more relevant they are to today's music scene, the less likely they are to have to take a state fair gig. Also, keep in mind it is the NC State AGRICULTURAL Fair, and it has to appeal to all walks of life....and age. They are generally selling out the current venue now, so why spend more money to get a better act?

  • lolwut420 Jul 21, 2014

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    They can afford better acts, look at their revenue. The money is there, but the fair is lead by people that are too old and way out of touch.

    You've got to spend money to bring in money. They just don't seem to be willing to do that!

  • Super Hans Jul 21, 2014

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    Probably the biggest act the fair has ever seen. Would you rather them pull Clay or Scotty? LOL!

  • WhysoMad Jul 21, 2014

    I understand that the NC state fair is limited in who they can get by both money and venue. And I also understand that there are a lot of folks out there who like and know some of these bands, but there are also a lot of us out there who would kind of like to see someone who is somewhat relevant and contemporary. Joan Jett, although I liked her back in the day (like way back in the day) only had two songs that I can kind of remember. Why can't they move the concerts outside like to where they do the tractor pull. If money is an issue for getting good bands why not skip a few concerts and use that money for bigger names. Just some thoughts.

  • UpChuck Jul 21, 2014

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    Please, don't go....no, really.

  • btneast Jul 21, 2014

    If you want people to actually care about the music you bring in, BRING IN BANDS/ARTISTS that more people care about. Vanilla Ice? Seriously?
    I imagine they get not only what they can afford, but get what acts would even consider a state fair.