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Cool weather doesn't deter fairgoers

Temperatures for the opening weekend of the North Carolina State Fair are about 25 degrees lower than last year. But attendance is up more than 20 percent.

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Sunday will be cloudy and chilly for the State Fair.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolinians are braving unseasonably cool weather to keep the gates at the State Fair clicking this weekend.

A bit of frost lay on the ground in some places around central North Carolina Sunday morning, and such cool weather has been the norm since the fair opened Thursday.

Highs in the mid to upper 50s have been a far cry from the opening weekend of last year's State Fair, when the mercury rose to the 80s and broke records.

That hasn't kept people from the Fair, though. In fact, attendance is up 23 percent, compared to the first three days of the fair last year.

More than 200,000 people have gone to the fair this year, including 105,885 on Saturday.

And the weather will soon start looking better for fairgoers.

After another frosty night Sunday, the temperatures will get up into the 60s Monday, then zoom up into the 70s Tuesday. The sun, too, will return with the start of the work week.

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Anne Johnson, Web Editor

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