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State Fair frenzy begins

State Fair promises to dazzle yet again

The North Carolina State Fair starts today and will run through October 25. DTH/Phong Dinh
Buy Photos The North Carolina State Fair starts today and will run through October 25. DTH/Phong Dinh

The N.C. State Fair is here and it’s as wacky as ever. The fair starts today and is open through Oct. 25.

The State Fair, known for its bizarre foods, wild rides and freaky sideshows, is growing — officials expect to exceed last year’s 765,067 attendees.

It brings contests and exhibits that are likely to dazzle even the most seasoned fairgoers. UNC alumnus and American Idol star Anoop Desai performs Oct. 22.

The fair opens with a preview day today featuring discounted ticket prices.

Quick numbers on this year's fair

Almost $1.2 million worth of advance ticket sales (including rides and admission tickets).

More than 100 rides and 6,000 livestock competing in competitions.

A new ride, the Veritgo, swings riders 86 feet above the ground. It’s the only one in North America.

New foods at the State Fair this year: Chocolate-covered bacon, chicken-fried bacon, deep-fried Ho-Hos, pecan pie candy apples.

Workers at the state fair: several thousand

Expected attendees: 61,200 on weekdays; 97,500 on Saturday and Sunday

Midway games: Between 150 and 200. It’s not true that the games are unbeatable. They are inspected by the Wake County Sheriff’s Department.

Ticket information

Advance admission ticket (until 6 p.m. at University Mall, online until midnight tonight): $5

Regular admission ticket (at gates and online after tonight): $7

Advance ride tickets: $10 for 18

Regular ride tickets: $1 per ticket

Preview day ticket: $25, including admission and rides

*All info for ages 13 to 64.

Contact the State & National Editor at stntdesk@unc.edu.

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