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'Can' You Go to Fair Today for Good Cause?

Posted October 18, 2007

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— Thursday could be one of the biggest days attendance-wise at the N.C. State Fair. Fairgoers who bring in four cans of food will be admitted for free.

The canned food drive, part of Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, is held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The organization provides food for people at risk of hunger in a 34-county area.

Food Bank volunteers will join employees of Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture to exchange cans for fair tickets.

Last year, organizers said fairgoers brought in 217,000 pounds of canned goods. In 12 years, fairgoers have donated more than 2 million pounds of food.

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  • pingman Oct 18, 2007

    WRAl, why can't we comment on the killing in Rocky Mount?

  • whatelseisnew Oct 18, 2007

    dianebearden
    Here is a thought. Contact a church to help locate a homeless family. You take them to the fair, pay for their tickets and food and rides.

  • BlueHeaven27599 Oct 18, 2007

    I guess I am getting old. I don't look forward to the fair like I used to. I don't like the crowd more and more every year. And it's the same thing every year.

  • FatCat Oct 18, 2007

    Sorry for being so Cynical earlier. Has anyone else ever been to the Ohio State Fair? Or the Texas State Fair? $17 Ride-All-You-Want admission price and 3 to 4 times the event that we have here. Why does NC have to be soooooo expensive?

  • SalmoH Oct 18, 2007

    I heard the prices are much higher this year. Family with two young kids; ride tickets are $1 each. Kid's rides are $3 and only last 2-3 mintues as the "carneys" are focusing on quantity versus quality. Some even argured with young kid's to get the parents to ride with them using the excuse the kid is too small. By the way, you have to pay to ride with little John mom and dad.

  • dianebearden Oct 18, 2007

    SWW1RB, I AGREE WITH YOUR FIRST TWO SENTENCES. I CANNOT GO TO THE FAIR FOR HEALTH REASONS,BUT I WOULD LOVE TO GO, JUST TO SEE THE SMILES ON CHILDRENS FACES. THE SMILES ON A CHILD GETTING TO GO FOR THE FIRST TIME. MY GOODNESS, WHAT A SIGHT THAT MUST BE.

    DOES ANYONE KNOW, JUST TO BE CURIOUS, DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MAYBE THE FAIR OPENS UP FREE, FOR THE HOMELESS WITH CHILDREN? FREE RIDES, FOOD, MAYBE A GAME OR TWO. THAT WOULD BE OUTSTANDING!!!!!

  • moose13 Oct 18, 2007

    I think it is a great cause, some of you are just aweful and selfish!

  • Adelinthe Oct 18, 2007

    Wouldn't it be great if they had places we could donate unperishables at the fair every day - one day for free entrance, and the rest just for a good cause.

    Boy! Some of you just seem to hate the fair. Ever lived in a city where there was none? Dulls-Ville! At least we have this to look forward to once a year.

    I don't ride the rides, but love to have them guess my age (60); they usually guess 45-48, then I get a new cat toy. ;o)

    Also love the chickens and ducks. We harbor some at our rescue farm, so it's nice to see other varieties.

    Gracious, I'm sounding like someone pulled my string. Sorry!

    God bless ya'all.

    Rev. RB

  • Dido Oct 18, 2007

    It's good to see there are those who contribute directly to the local food banks. But I think this is also a great opportunity for others to go to the Fair at a reduced rate and still give to a worthy cause.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 18, 2007

    I will donate directly to the food banks as I do every year. It is a lot more than four lousy cans of veggies.

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