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Despite Higher Costs, Fair Admission Remains the Same

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STATE FAIRGROUNDS — Getting into theN.C. State Faircosts just $6 for adults and $1 for children ages six and older. Seniors 65 and older and children under six can enter for free. Those ticket prices have remained the same for the last ten years despite rising costs.

After paying for tickets, advertising and entertainment, fair officials say it costs about $2.5 million just to open the gates.

In recent years, more attractions have been added, causing the price of the fair to swell into the millions. The cost has not been passed on to taxpayers, because the fair is a self-supporting state agency.

Still, putting on a 10-day event like the State Fair is a multi-million dollar undertaking.
  • In 1999, the cost of operating the fair is $4 million.
  • In 1998, the cost was $3.5 million.
  • In 1997, the fair cost $3.2 million to run.
  • Officials say the cost of putting on the fair is rising because they are offering more attractions, like this year's tiger show.

    While operating costs are going up, ticket prices have remained the same. That is because concession vendors are paying more to rent space, and more people are coming out to the fair. Attendance has almost doubled in the past 20 years.

    Fair officials also say your money is being well-spent on the grounds. Every dollar they earn this year will go into making the 2000 State Fair even better.

    Fair profits are also increasing. Last year, the fair made $3.3 million. A lot of that money goes into maintaining nine buildings, and the fairgrounds. The money also helped build the new waterfall.