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State Parks system highlights 100th birthday with State Fair exhibit

Posted October 18

— As the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation celebrates its 100th anniversary, fairgoers are learning more about park history at an exhibit at the N.C. State Fair.

Mike Murphy, the director of the state's park system, says the exhibit allows people to get a feel for what it's like to visit one of North Carolina's state parks.

"People can stop by and register for our 100-mile hiking challenge or pretend they're riding a bike or a canoe through a park," he said. "There are also State Parks passport that can be stamped when you visit a park."

Murphy said attendance is up at the state's parks in 2016. Last year, more than 17.3 million people visited parks in the state, and Murphy said he expects that number to exceed 18 million by the time 2016 ends.

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