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Ribbon cutting kicks off first full day of the NC State Fair

Posted October 15, 2021 5:08 a.m. EDT
Updated October 15, 2021 6:20 a.m. EDT

— State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will kick off the first full day of the N.C. State Fair with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

The fair gates opened Thursday at noon for the first time since 2019. Last year's fair was canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Complete coverage: North Carolina State Fair 2021

At 11 a.m., Troxler is expected to address how much the first fair in two years means to the vendors, farmers and other fair participants.

The weather on Friday should be beautiful but hot, with sunshine and highs in the 80s in the afternoon, approaching a heat record for the day. Saturday will be another warm day, with some brief showers in the afternoon or evening ushering in a cold front for Sunday, when highs will drop into the 60s.

For many families the fair is tradition they’re looking forward to taking in again after missing out last year.

WRAL has a complete guide to the fair, including:

Masks are not required at the fair, but they are recommended.

There will be specials each day at the fair, including;

  • Friday, Oct. 15: Students can take advantage of an $8 admission ticket by presenting their school identification or recent report card
  • Sunday, Oct. 17: Sensory-friendly day for guests on the autism spectrum or with physical or mental disabilities
  • Monday, Oct. 18: Century Farm Family Reunion
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: Senior Citizens Day
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: Military Appreciation Day
  • Thursday, Oct. 21: Hunger relief day

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