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State Fair opens for business

Posted October 16, 2008

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— Strong attendance is expected at this year’s State Fair, officials said Thursday as the gates opened and the rides cranked up.

About 100,000 advance tickets were sold for this year's fair. The number is slightly ahead of last year. Officials said concert sales are lagging.

North Carolina Department of Labor officials held a press conference Thursday morning to kick off the fair.

Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry and labor staff spoke about the ride- inspection process. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said rides must be 100 percent to be approved.

“They won’t put the sticker on them until they are confident that you can put your kid on them,” Berry said of the rides.

After the press conference Berry and Troxler tried out some of the rides. Berry said she rode the roller coaster, while Troxler hit the fast-moving Mind Blaster.

Gates opened to the public at 3 p.m. and rides started at 4 p.m.

Just before the gates opened, 111 rides had been inspected and certified. All rides are expected to be approved by Friday morning.

The fair boasts 114 rides and 140 games.


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  • Funky Neighbor LEE Oct 17, 2008

    After hopping some events last night on the way home I saw the lights of the fair and was drawn there like a bug to a light. One thing about going late at night, you can swing through and find a single parking spot that is close but even with that I felt like I walked to the moon and back after all was done.

    Ate like a pig, oh those "Al's Fries", country ham biscuits which were smaller this year but only $2 and was stuffed with country ham, caramel apple with nuts and a funnel cake right out of the hot oil that still has my mouth and fingers feeling the hot burning sensation. It’s a wonder I could sleep jacked-up on all that sugar.

    One thing about hitting the fair on the first day, everything was clean, and you can feel safe, I've never seen so many police, if all of them would have been waiting in line for the rides you would have never gotten on one.

    I paid $1 to see “The World’s Smallest Woman” thinking it would be a trick mirrored reflection sort of thing but no, She

  • bobdillin123789 Oct 16, 2008

    im waiting on my bailout so i can enjoy the high life like some sorry CEO's

    and this word filter SUCKS

  • arfamr1031 Oct 16, 2008

    better take your checkbook...a corndog, fries, and a drink will cost you $7 at a cheap booth!!

  • tytelgraphicsinc Oct 16, 2008

    Yeah the FAIR.....ALL I CAN SAY IS Wooooowww the traffic to get to or past the fair is CRAZY..