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Brian Long, director
N.C. State Fair Press Office
(919) 733-4216

N.C. State Fair offers special events, discounted admission

RALEIGH — The N.C. State Fair will host several special days geared for youth, senior citizens and military personnel during the 11-day celebration at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. In addition to great exhibits, rides and food, fairgoers can take advantage of free or reduced admission during the Fair, Oct. 14-24.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, Fair organizers will open the gates at 3 p.m. for Preview Day. During the day, fairgoers can take advantage of a discounted gate admission price of $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Powers Great American Midways will offer an unlimited-ride wristband for $25, which is good for unlimited rides from 3:30 p.m. to midnight on Preview Day only. Wristbands will be available at ticket booths on the fairgrounds and cannot be purchased in advance.

Youth Day, held Monday, Oct. 18, is an ideal day for families with small children, school groups and after-school programs to visit the fairgrounds because of smaller crowds. Groups of 40 or more can take advantage of group rates and planned activities. Fairgoers can enjoy a special Youth Day educational activity in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exhibit. In addition, North Carolina members of the National FFA Organization will be honored during the day.

Senior citizens ages 65 and older can enjoy free gate admission every day of the Fair. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, as an added incentive, senior citizens can enjoy a free breakfast and entertainment at the Senior Citizens Fun Festival. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Dorton Arena. Special parking and tram services are available the day of the event.

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the N.C. State Fair will honor members of the U.S. military during Military Appreciation Day. Active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members or spouses with a valid military ID will be admitted free along with four guests. The day includes military-themed activities, special performances by military bands and an exhibition of local high school JROTC drill teams in the North Carolina JROTC Review at the N.C. State Fair. In conjunction with Military Appreciation Day, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be at Gate 8 collecting personal care products, snacks and other supplies for active military serving overseas.

On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Fair will host the largest single-day food drive in North Carolina during Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. Fairgoers who bring four cans of Food Lion brand food to the Fair will receive free gate admission during Hunger Relief Day. The event, sponsored by Food Lion, benefits the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serves 480,000 people across 34 counties. In 2009, the food drive collected 222,956 pounds of food, and Fair organizers hope to collect more in 2010.

The N.C. State Fair will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Oct. 14-24. Discount tickets are available online now through Oct. 14. Adult tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $2 in advance or $3 at the gate. Children 5 and under and seniors age 65 and older get in free. Ride sheets can also be purchased in advance for $10 for a sheet of 18 tickets. Ticket buyers also can earn up to three free adult admission tickets with the Early Bird Special, available until Sept. 29. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and showtimes, and to buy Fair tickets, go to




NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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