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State Fair Flyer lets visitors soar over midway

Posted October 12
Updated October 13

There's a big new addition to the N.C. State Fair this year.

The State Fair Flyer crosses above the midway lights 40 feet in the air - from the Orville Terminus on the west end near the Scott Building to the Wilbur Terminus at Gate 8.

The Flyer, with 126 seats that hang from a cable that stretches more than 1,400 feet across the fairgrounds, will be a permanent attraction, according to a WRAL-TV story. The ride moves at a leisurely two miles an hour - and includes a seat belt for passengers.

There's a couple of things to know about the ride before you go.

Tickets: If you buy them in advance, they are a little bit cheaper. Bought in advance through 11:59 p.m., Thursday (Oct. 13), tickets are $4 for a one-way ride and $7 for round trip. After that, the tickets are $5 for one way and $8 for a round trip. Carnival tickets and the unlimited ride wristband will not get you on the Flyer. You'll need to buy the separate tickets.

Age: All ages can ride, but everybody must have a ticket. Kids under 40 inches must ride with an adult. There are no other restrictions.

Looking for more State Fair tips? Check our guide for families.


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  • Sarah Hall Oct 14, 2:23 p.m.
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    Josh - Fair staff told me that the only limit was on height.

    Sarah (Go Ask Mom)

  • George Brown Oct 14, 10:56 a.m.
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    The most memorable cable flyer I ever took was at the San Diego Zoo. What on earth was the holdup? Autism?

  • Phillip Holmes Oct 13, 6:07 p.m.
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    Im sure this is a nice ride...but im not sure what all the hoopla is about.....I grew up going to the fair and there always was the chair lift as we called it when it was run by the james e strate shows , we also had the hell drivers car stunt show and the barrel of death motorcycle show.....I really think the fair has gone down hill since that lady went to jail over bid rigging the fair......cant believe more people dont remember the ski lift or chair lift way back when......

  • Josh Anderson Oct 13, 11:05 a.m.
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    I thought I read somewhere there was a weight limit. True?