For the first time in its history, the North Carolina State Fair, which runs Oct. 12 through 22, will begin selling beer and wine on the state fairgrounds.
Forty breweries and 40 wineries will showcase their products in the brand new Our State Public House venue at the state fairgrounds sponsored by Our State magazine.
Brian Long, spokesperson for the N.C. State Fair, said the fair would be the perfect venue to highlight the state's craft beer and wine industries. He said people will have the opportunity to purchase a flight of North Carolina-based beer or wine to sample.
“Really, it is designed to showcase two major and growing sectors of North Carolina agriculture," he said. "The craft beer industry has an economic impact estimated at $1.2 billion, and the latest figures on the wine and grape industry in the state estimates their economic impact at $1.9 billion.”
Margo Knight Metzger, marketing director of Our State magazine, said each event ticket will cost $10 per person and can be used for either beer or wine.