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'Can' You Go to Fair Today for Good Cause?

Posted October 18, 2007 5:54 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2007 12:33 p.m. EDT

— Thursday could be one of the biggest days attendance-wise at the N.C. State Fair. Fairgoers who bring in four cans of food will be admitted for free.

The canned food drive, part of Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, is held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The organization provides food for people at risk of hunger in a 34-county area.

Food Bank volunteers will join employees of Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture to exchange cans for fair tickets.

Last year, organizers said fairgoers brought in 217,000 pounds of canned goods. In 12 years, fairgoers have donated more than 2 million pounds of food.