Fairgoers fight traffic for annual treat

Posted October 16, 2010 8:45 a.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2010 8:35 a.m. EDT

— Fairgoers fought traffic snarls to spend the weekend at the North Carolina State Fair.

Lisa Smith, of Raleigh, was among thousands who didn't let the crowds deter her from the fair's tasty treats.

"I like the fries. I like the corn," she said. "I like the tilapia fish sandwiches. 

"It wasn't too bad. We survived," she said, of the traffic.

On Saturday, the first weekend day of the fair, a speaker drew crowds to the RBC Center, creating an additional traffic jam for those traveling on Interstates 40 and 440 in west Raleigh.

The fair attracted record crowds on both Thursday afternoon – the preview day – and Friday, drawing more than 77,000 visitors that day.

Leon Reavis traveled from Durham. He called the traffic “brutal” and crowds “ridiculous.”

“I wasn't expecting it to be this bad,” said T.J. Montgomery, who came in from Gastonia.

The fairgrounds are open daily through Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to midnight.

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Ruth Young, of Wake Forest, wouldn’t have it any other way. "It keeps you young. It keeps you moving. I love it. I love people,” she said.

Sgt. Jorge Brewer of the State Highway Patrol helped to control the traffic flow.

“It was backed up,” he said, advising patience.

Brewer has worked the fair detail for years. “We do it better every time,” he said.

Get full information on transit options and parking at the N.C. State Fair.