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State Fair to add 'preview' day

Posted May 15, 2008

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— Can't get enough funnel cakes, blue-ribbon veggies and midway rides? The 2008 North Carolina State Fair plans to cure what ails you by adding an 11th day to the annual event.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Thursday that this year's fair would open on Thursday, Oct. 16, instead of the traditional Friday opening. The "preview day" marks the first time in 22 years that officials have added days to the State Fair.

Fair organizers said they expect the state N.C. Department of Labor will have inspected and certified about 85 percent of the midway rides in time for the early opening. Concession stands, exhibit halls and grounds entertainment also will be ready for the Thursday start, they said.

Country singer Josh Turner will kick off the State Fair entertainment Thursday night, performing hits like "Firecracker" and "Long Black Train" at the Dorton Arena. The rest of the concert lineup and details about new rides that Powers Great American Midways plans to offer, will be announced later in the summer.

Gates to the fair will open at 3 p.m. Oct. 16, and the midway and exhibit halls will open at 4 p.m. The midway will close at midnight.

Admission on the "preview day" will be $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 and adults 65 and over will get in free. Gate admission for the other State Fair dates will be $7 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12.

The theme of the fair, which runs through Oct. 26, will be Take Time for a Great Time.


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  • DayumKrazy1 May 15, 2008

    pay the ticket price and quit whining...who cares how much it will cost for one more day...really! Its once a year, why is everyone so darn negative?!?!

  • room May 15, 2008

    NC state has a football team? People actually come to the games? There are assigned parking places? LOL
    I will most likely be there that day and start early in the morning. Nothing like great fair food. Plenty of parking spaces during the day. I can't believe that NC state fans have such a hard time with this. There really are other attractions than sports and I am sure there are enough smart people around that can figure out how to park fair people so they don't interfere (forbid) with a football fan. Most people are smart enough to realize that. Maybe the game could be moved to Florida, that would solve the problem. I vote for that.

  • twixandbetwwen May 15, 2008

    I will be at Carter-Findley Stadium that night and I don't want some fair goer havie his car in my assigned parking space because he can start looking for his car at Cricket's Texaco in Cary.

  • Fun May 15, 2008

    Awh now you football sport fanatics must remember football isn't the only sport. There are political sports like fair attendence records. Besides "lifting" a few extra bucks off Florida fans isn't so bad. Ag commissioners excluding Meg Scott are usually the most down to earth elected officials.

  • twixandbetwwen May 15, 2008

    This another no-brainer cobbled together by the fair management team and Mr. Troxler. I did figure that Steve Troxler was smarter than this, well I was wrong as I have been before.

  • 2thebeach May 15, 2008

    Who cares if there is a football game that night. I don't think I have ever been to the fair when there wasn't a traffic jam. And, for those of you too young to remember, we have had a State home game, the State fair, and the President come all on the same day and we survived.

  • onyourheels2 May 15, 2008

    with all the state players playing football and all the fans going to the game that night, who is going to work the fair?

  • jobchick2004 May 15, 2008

    Well, everything sounded good until I read the posts. I only go to the fair to eat anyhow.

  • Clarksa54 May 15, 2008

    "Wonderful job by the Ag commissioner for looking at the football schedule...Florida St. at NC State on Thursday night Oct. 16."

    Brilliant! Can we just replace every politician, in every federal, state, and local job and start over?

  • seahawksforpack May 15, 2008

    I have gone on Thursday for years as well but I have to agree with ncst84life - poor planning with the NC State - Florida State game being played that night at 7:30. Good luck to the fair goers!