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Discount advance State Fair tickets go on sale next week

Posted September 21, 2010 12:38 p.m. EDT
Updated September 22, 2010 11:07 a.m. EDT

Discount advance tickets for the 2010 North Carolina State Fair go on sale next week at five area malls and four other locations, fair organizers announced Tuesday.

Admission tickets and ride sheets will be on sale from Thursday, Sept. 30,  to Oct. 14 at: Holly Hill Mall in Burlington; University Mall in Chapel Hill; Northgate Mall in Durham; Triangle Town Center in Raleigh; and Wilson Mall in Wilson.

Tickets will be available during each mall’s regular business hours except Thursday, Oct. 14, when sales will end at 6 p.m.

In addition to the malls, tickets will be also available at three locations in Raleigh and one in Clayton:

  • N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • N.C. State Fairgrounds, Gate 9 off Trinity Road, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Clayton Corners Shopping Center on U.S. 70 in Clayton, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All locations accept cash, Visa and MasterCard, organizers said.

Admission tickets at the gate will be $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, which is available until Wednesday, Sept. 29, only on the fair's website, 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.