North Carolina State Fair

Crews set up tents, booths for State Fair

Posted October 3, 2011 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated October 4, 2011 7:39 a.m. EDT

— Crews and vendors were setting up tents and booths at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh Monday, 10 days ahead of the 2011 North Carolina State Fair, and organizers say there's plenty of new food, fun and savings to look forward to this year.

Wendy Jennings and her children cashed in on advance tickets, which are on sale through Oct. 13, to get 18 ride tickets for $10, rather than the $18 regular price.

"On all the ride tickets I got, (I saved) at least $30. Of course, we're going to spend that on food," Jennings said.

State Fair spokeswoman Natalie Alford said Jennings is in luck. There are some new options on the menu this year.

"We've heard about deep fried candy apples, some interesting waffles – spinach and pizza waffles," Alford said.

Once the food has settled, Alford suggests checking out the rides on the midway. A new ride, the Sky Diver, is a vintage 1970s ride that was refurbished for the fair this year. 

There will also be a new sidewalk system that leads to a new ticket booth at gate 1. It's still under construction, but Alford said it should be finished by the time the fair starts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected at the annual event, which runs for 10 days.

For Jennings, it's all about having fun – "good family fun," she said.