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State Fair tickets go on sale Monday

Posted July 30, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT

Tickets for the 2010 North Carolina State Fair go on sale Monday on the fair’s website, fair organizers announced Friday.

“Gate admission prices increased this year by $1, so buying in advance will help families save money,” State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt said in a statement. “Plus, early birds can earn free tickets for purchases made before Sept. 29 through the Early Bird Special promotion.”

Admission tickets at the gate are now $8 for adults and $3 for children. Advance tickets are $6 per adult and $2 per child. Adult admission tickets for groups of 40 or more will cost $5 per ticket.

An 18-ticket ride sheet will cost $10 in advance, a discount of $8 from the price of rides at the fair.

Children under age 6 and adults 65 and over get into the fair for free.

An Early Bird Special promotion allows ticket buyers to earn up to three free adult admission tickets based on the total purchase amount before convenience fees.

Spending between $40 and $100 earns one free ticket. Purchases of $100 to $200 will earn fairgoers two free tickets. People who purchase more than $200 earn three free tickets.

Admission, ride, grandstand and Dorton Arena concert tickets apply toward the purchase total, organizers said.

The Early Bird Special lasts from Monday until Sept. 29 and is good for online sales only.

The following concert tickets also go on sale on Monday:

  • Danny Gokey, Thursday, Oct. 14, $5
  • Casting Crowns, Friday, Oct. 15, $15
  • Honor Society, Saturday, Oct. 16, $5
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sunday, Oct. 17, $5
  • Chris Young, Tuesday, Oct. 19, $5
  • Gloriana, Wednesday, Oct. 20, $5
  • Jeffrey Osborne, Thursday, Oct. 21, $10
  • Chris Tomlin, Friday, Oct. 22, $10

Three concerts have not been announced yet, so those tickets will not be placed on sale until Sept. 1, fair organizers said.

Advance gate and ride tickets will be available at area retail locations beginning Sept. 30, fair officials said.