While ride ticket redemption stations and ticket booths open at noon, the Midway rides won't open until 1 p.m.
As of 10:30 a.m., 101 of the fair's 104 rides had been inspected and approved by the state Department of Labor
Among this year's new rides it the 155-foot-tall SkyGazer Ferris wheel. The tallest ride ever brought to the fair, the SkyGazer features more than a half million individual LED lights and holds more than 200 people at a time. A separate ticket is required to ride the SkyGazer. Tickets are $7.
Lots of pumpkin featured in new fair foods
La Farm Bakery is offering a new Stuffed Cubano Baguette filled with pulled pork, mozzarella cheese, bread and butter pickles and a sweet ham with a spinach garlic, cilantro and lime Cubano sauce. The N.C. Pecan and Toffee S'mores are also a new addition to their fair menu.
The Department of Labor spent Tuesday and Wednesday inspecting fair rides, while health officials checked out food vendors.
There have been 140 cases of Legionnaires' disease connected to the western North Carolina fair. Officials say people who became ill may have been exposed to contaminated water droplets when they walked by the exhibit.
Ahead of the State Fair, the fairgrounds’ water distribution system has been flushed for extra precaution.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office inspected carnival games on Wednesday to determine whether they are, in fact, winnable.
Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker was joined by a group of children with the Miracle League of the Triangle to ensure that carnival games like balloon dart throw and ring toss are games of skill and not chance.
In addition to inspecting games, the Wake County Sheriff's Office is also the lead agency for security and law enforcement at the fair. There will be deputies on duty, undercover officers and members from the Drug and Vice and Special Response teams at the fairgrounds daily.
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