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Wake County schools benefit from State Fair ticket sales

Posted September 19, 2013

Potbelly pigs are a big crowd pleaser at the North Carolina State Fair animal races on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

You can now buy tickets to the N.C. State Fair and raise money for a Wake County public school.

The fair is testing a new promotion in Wake County this year that allows fairgoers to pick a Wake County public school to get part of the ticket proceeds when they buy advance tickets. The fair is just around the corner - Oct. 17 to Oct. 27 this year.

To buy tickets that benefit a particular Wake school, you'll need to follow this link where you can find each school's three-digit code number that you enter before you make your purchase. Enter the code in the box that says "passcode or member code" as you check out online.

Adult advance tickets cost $7; children's advance tickets are $3. The schools get $2 for each adult ticket purchased and $1 for each child's ticket purchased through the special promotion. You can read a bit more about it on Wake school's blog.

Sarah Ray with the State Fair tells me that this year is a trial run, which is why only Wake schools are part of the promotion. Ray said officials wanted to make sure that the system was working before they extended it to other schools around the state.

"We have plans to expand to other school districts and/or private schools next year, if there is interest," she wrote in an email. "... We like to think of it as another way we are giving back to the community … similar to Food Lion Hunger Relief Day."

You have until 11:59 p.m., Oct. 17, to take advantage of the offer.



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  • mkellycrapse Sep 22, 2013

    Technically, the Wake County Fair is right before the State Fair. Too be fair you have to extend the offer to ALL Wake County schools, this includes all private schools. Any other arrangement is discriminatory.

  • cmuffinberry Sep 20, 2013

    It IS fair!! The fair is held in Raleigh, which is in Wake County. The article stated, they may be looking to expand it in the future. Stop whining, at least they are trying to help some schools!!

  • gldma Sep 20, 2013

    Hello People ! This is a STATE Fair, not a Wake County Fair. I know school systems are in need of funding, because I work for one. But I am sorry, this is NOT fair. Why should this be limited to just Wake County Schools receiving a benefit?

  • raleighdurham Sep 20, 2013

    don't extend it to private schools! they're getting enough public funding as it is -- thousands of dollars in tax payers money via vouchers.