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N.C. State fair goes green

Posted October 17, 2007 1:02 a.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2008 6:42 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Fair has gone green. The lights, rides and games are being powered by alternative fuel.

"Every light out here is lit by soybean, bio-diesel fuel,” Charlie Belknap of Powers Great American Midways said. "It's cleaner burning, it's better for the engine, it's better for the environment.”

Twenty percent of the fuel used is made from soy, and nearly 30,000 gallons of it comes from North Carolina farmers.

"If it's going to help the economy around here, I'm all for it," fairgoer Ralph Nicky said.

"I think that's great. I think that's really good. I think it's about time we start using different types of fuel," fairgoer Heidi Pallesen said.

Fair organizers said they tried soy bio-diesel for the first time last year. Then, the fuel only contained 5 percent soy.