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State Fair Shatters Attendance Record

Posted October 22, 2007

— As crews packed up the midway on Monday, North Carolina State Fair officials were celebrating a new attendance record.

The 2007 fair attracted 858,611 people, easily beating the record of 846,724, which was set in 2000, officials said.

"I had a good feeling going into this year's fair that it would be record-setting, and I am thrilled we have reached this milestone," Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement. "Just as importantly, I am grateful we had a safe fair and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."

Troxler opened the fair on Oct. 12 by saying he hoped 1 million people would attend the 10-day festival.

Sunday's attendance of 98,433 was also a record for a second Sunday. The previous record of 90,241 was set in 2005.

The fair also set daily attendance records on Tuesday and Saturday.

Sold-out concerts at Dorton Arena by former "American Idol" contestants Chris Daughtry and Kellie Pickler and appearances by food guru Paula Deen and others helped boost attendance, officials said. Also, they said, a record-setting midway, with 113 rides, played a role.


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  • ctechic2004 Oct 23, 2007

    Justin-Its related to Navillus's comment about Paula Deen being a homewrecker, because she dated a married man.

  • Justin T. Oct 23, 2007

    ctethic... is your comment related to this story? I don't understand.

  • ctechic2004 Oct 23, 2007

    Navillus-why is she the homewrecker? Did the husband also have an affair with her. Paula Deen couldn't wreck what wasn't there. And as far as she knew, his wife had no idea. Everyone is so quick to blame the other woman, when actually the blame should be placed on the man. He was the one married, he was the one who stepped out on his wife and family, and he was probably the one who initiated the whole affair. The marriage was already lacking something and he was just to cowardly to sit down and discuss it with his wife. Just like "alienation of affection" is a bogus charge. Obviously the affection wasn't there and he/she chose to go outside the marriage. Why not sue the spouse for alienation of affection. He/she is the one who vowed to be faithful.

  • telelu Oct 22, 2007

    I went 3 times and would have gone everyday if I lived in Raleigh. It is one of the highlights of the year. The greatest fair in the greatest state!

  • clickclackity2 Oct 22, 2007

    Oh.. yeah..I'm skeptical about the attendance also. Sounds like falsifying records to me. I actually found easy parking each time I went and unless you were down by the rides or on that one strip to get out then it wasn't crowded. But, overall I think it was more room because they paved over where the tractor pull used to be. And I didn't see any thugs. They're usually too busy doing crime to actually enjoy life.

  • clickclackity2 Oct 22, 2007

    I have to say I went twice. The concerts are what drew me there twice. Normally, I only go once. But, I must say I ventured out from my normal roasted corn and smoked turkey leg and found the food to be tasteless. Maybe next year I will go for all of the deep fried sweets. It seems like that's what everyone is raving about.

  • Scarecrow Cow Oct 22, 2007

    I went on Friday despite the threat of rain and I had a great time. That fried food alone is reason enough to come, but my favorite part is seeing so many of my favorite animals - cows! =D

  • Brogden Oct 22, 2007

    I wonder how many of you folks saying the prices are too high, the food is nasty and it is a totally unsafe place to be acutally went to the fair?
    I went - last Monday night - had a ball and am looking forward to next year!

    Way to go NC AG Dept!

  • turkeydance Oct 22, 2007

    total Marketing Genius....lines/crowds/etc.(that's GOOD)
    in 2008: major A list talent, maybe Kenny Chesney?
    (THAT will bring gridlock on Blue Ridge!)
    if our AG Com is judged by the Fair = reelection!

  • HangOn Oct 22, 2007

    Dorton is a cool building but sound really does suck there. We went first Sun 12-7p and there didn't seem to be a big display of thuggery. saw a little bit of cutting in line as if entitled, but they were quickly shown the back of the line. Now if someone would just start selling batter-fried barbecue on a stick, sprinkled with powdered sugar, they'd really bring the crowds in.