State Fair ticket sales begin

Posted August 1, 2008 2:57 p.m. EDT

— Tickets to the 2008 N.C. State Fair went on sale earlier than ever through the fair Web site Friday.

State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt hopes the effort will allow families on tight budgets to plan their trip to the fair.

Admission, ride, grandstand and Dorton Arena entertainment tickets are available for online purchase.

"While we feel the State Fair provides one of the best entertainment values in the state, we understand that wallets are stretched a little more than usual now. By offering early ticket sales, families can make plans and purchases throughout the next three months if necessary," Wyatt said.

Online purchasers will get a discount of $2 per adult admission ticket and $8 per ride sheet.

Tickets go on sale at the N.C. State Fairgrounds box office and other area locations on Oct. 2. The fair runs Oct. 16-26.