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.
Sienna Zuco, a senior at UNC, said she thinks the event is a good way to support the usual fair vendors who may be struggling as a result of the pandemic. Zuco said she would go despite COVID-19 — but she’d wear a mask, socially distance and bring hand sanitizer.
“This event can be used to support local vendors by providing a streamlined source of revenue during a time frame they normally would be making more money by working at the fair,” Zuco said.
For those who don't want to go all the way to Raleigh for fair food, Chapel Hill restaurant Mama Dip’s Kitchen is also serving fair food Oct. 16 to 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The restaurant will be serving corn dogs, fried pickles, BBQ sandwiches, funnel cakes and caramel apples, among other dishes.
Spring Council, manager at Mama Dip's Kitchen, said the restaurant wanted to bring the state fair spirit to the Chapel Hill area.
“When I go to the fair I pretty much go there to eat, and a lot of people do, so we decided to do some state fair food just to give our community a chance to get some of the food that the fair normally serves,” she said.
Ray said she is optimistic about safety at the fair food event, since food courts in malls and other similar venues are able to operate.
"We remain committed to adhering to all applicable guidance," Ray said in the email. "The safety and well-being of all of our visitors is our number one priority."
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