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State fair opens with roller-coaster naming contest

Posted October 16, 2008 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2008 5:26 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Fair has a new roller coaster, and a contest will decide what it's called.

Fair-goers can submit names on the opening day Thursday for what the midway managers, Powers Great American Midways, call the world's largest portable roller coaster.

It now goes by its business name of Pinfari RC-48.

The person submitting the winning name will win a package of admission tickets, T-shirts and free amusement rides.

The winning contestant's name will be displayed near the roller coaster throughout the fair, which runs through Oct. 26.

N.C. Department of Labor officials held a press conference Thursday morning to kick-off the fair.

Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry and labor staff spoke about the ride inspection process and gave other relevant information about steps to ensure the safety of all rides at the fair.

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