Every October, thousands of North Carolinians gather at the N.C. State Fair to eat local food, ride the Ferris wheel and visit vendors from across the state.
In lieu of the annual festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic, the N.C. State Fair Division is holding an 11-day fair food event with a collection of local food vendors from Oct. 15 to 25.
The event will take place at gate nine of the N.C. State Fairgrounds every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This event is an attempt to assist vendors during hard times, Sarah Ray, public information officer for the N.C. State Fair, said in an email.
“The live events industry were some of the first to completely close, and will be some of the last that will be able to fully open,” she said in the email. “In an effort to assist these vendors, we decided to move forward with a limited fair food option provided by N.C. vendors.”
The event will be cash-only, outside and take-out only to avoid large gatherings. Attendees will be required to wear face masks.
Ray said the N.C. State Fair Division has limited the number of vendors to 22 to allow for social distancing, and has increased cleaning procedures for bathrooms and trash removal. Ray said the division believes attendees will follow safety guidelines.
“We know they care about each other and want to come out for a bit of normalcy to pick up their favorite fair foods while not putting each other at risk,” she said in the email. “We will have public safety officers on the grounds who will assist, but as this is a take-home event, we seek to eliminate any gathering while still providing a pick-me-up for our community.”
Food vendors include Angela's Seafood, Chester's Gators & Taters, Fat Boys BBQ and more.