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State fair opens with roller-coaster naming contest

Posted October 16, 2008

— The North Carolina State Fair has a new roller coaster, and a contest will decide what it's called.

Fair-goers can submit names on the opening day Thursday for what the midway managers, Powers Great American Midways, call the world's largest portable roller coaster.

It now goes by its business name of Pinfari RC-48.

The person submitting the winning name will win a package of admission tickets, T-shirts and free amusement rides.

The winning contestant's name will be displayed near the roller coaster throughout the fair, which runs through Oct. 26.

N.C. 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 and gave other relevant information about steps to ensure the safety of all rides at the fair.

Visit WRAL.com's State Fair section, where you can ...

  • Buy tickets
  • Send us your photos
  • See a calendar of events
  • View new attractions
  • Vote on the best fair food
  • Find a fairgrounds map
  • Play the "Wet Fish & Friends" water gun game, and much more!
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  • US VET Oct 16, 2008

    Biggest waste of money around in todays economy..

  • angora2 Oct 16, 2008

    Yeah, Wall Street is good too.

  • Here kitty kitty Oct 16, 2008

    I was kinda thinking "Dow Jones"...

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Oct 16, 2008

    Where do you enter your suggestion?

  • riddick Oct 16, 2008

    The tooth chipper (ala simpsons)

  • JustAnotherPointofView Oct 16, 2008

    how about the "October '08 NYSE" I hear the sharp drops on this ride are pretty bad. :)

  • Pineview Style Oct 16, 2008

    Meg Scott Phipps

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Oct 16, 2008

    What a cool idea.

  • VITAMIN X Oct 16, 2008

    I LIKE THE "KOTTER PIN EXPRESS BUILT BY UNQUALIFIED, UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE LOOKING TO MAKE A FAST BUCK"

  • lizard Oct 16, 2008

    How 'bout "Carolina Payoff" or "NC Tax taxi"

    Something that embodies the real meaning of NC gov't.