North Carolina State Fair

Thursday's State Fair attendance lower than 2011

Posted October 12, 2012 9:52 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2012 10:45 p.m. EDT

Brian Shrader talks to visitors on the first day of the N.C. State Fair.

Attendance at Thursday's State Fair preview day was 42,854, according to Brian Long, public affairs director for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

That's down from 44,167 on the same day in 2011.

Last year, more than 1 million people attended the fair over its 11-day run.