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Parking, shuttle options for NC State Fair

Posted October 3

— The North Carolina State Fair has added a new parking lot with free shuttle service.

The Reedy Creek parking lot is located at the corner of Edwards Mill and Reedy Creek. There will be free shuttles running continuously from the lot throughout the duration of the fair. The drop off and pick-up location will be at Gate 8 on Trinity Road. The lot will be open Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. until one after gates close.

Free parking is also available on State Fair, Carter-Finley Football Stadium and PNC Arena properties.

Fairgoers are encouraged to take Wade Avenue to the Edwards Mill Extension to park in these lots. There may be exceptions if events are scheduled at Carter-Finley or PNC Arena.

Recreational vehicles are not allowed to remain in the parking spaces managed by the State Fair between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

Other lots around the fairgrounds, including on private property, vary in price.

Fairgoers can skip the hassle and ride the bus right to Gate 1. Go Raleigh is offering service to the fairgrounds from Cary Towne Center, Triangle Town Center and White Oak Crossing in Garner daily between 8:30 a.m. and midnight and along Raleigh's Hillsborough Street daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. There is free parking in downtown Raleigh in the state government lots bounded by Edenton, Wilmington, Jones and Blount streets.

Buses from Durham run from Durham Heritage Square Shopping Center, at 401 E. Lakewood Ave., and from the downtown Durham bus station.

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  • Jon Smith Oct 14, 4:31 p.m.
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    It took an hour to get in the shuttle from the free lot... flipping incompetent organization