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The North Carolina State Fair In Numbers

Posted October 28, 2006

(Like Harper's Index, only with giant turkey legs.)

785,956 -- Number of people who attended the North Carolina State Fair in 2006. This is the 5th highest attendance ever.

145,461 -- Number of people who attended the North Carolina State Fair on Saturday, October 21. This is an all-time record.

217,819 -- Number of pounds of food that were collected on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day.

103,323 -- Number of people who attended the Fair on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. This is a Thursday record.

Once -- Number of times in the last 20 years that Fair attendance has had two record-breaking days in one year besides 2006. (That was 2000; that year also holds the all-time attendance record. http://www.ncstatefair.org/2006/attendance.htm.)

$3.7 million -- Amount of midway revenue generated by the 2006 Fair; this is the fourth largest in history. (Details at WRAL.)

Up to 35,000 -- How many deep fried cokes Abel Gonzales, inventor of the food, sold at the State Fair of Texas over 24 days. (Reuters)

Two -- New varieties of deep fried Coke Abel Gonzales is planning for the future -- deep fried Sprite and, I am not kidding, deep fried Diet Coke. (Ibid)
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