Fair adds new FastTrack packages to skip the ticketing line at all gates
RALEIGH – If you’re counting down the days until the State Fair, there’s no need to waste time on lines at the gate. At this year’s fair, buying in advance with FastTrack Gate Admission makes it easier than ever to bypass the crowds and grab a discounted ticket, with adult tickets priced at $8 and child tickets at $3.
“Buying in advance can save you up to 45 percent off prices once you arrive at the fair,” said Kent Yelverton, state fair manager. “It is truly the most economical way to visit – especially if you’re bringing the whole family.”
The new Dizzy Pass package includes a FastTrack gate admission ticket and the popular one-price, ride-all-day wristband for $31. If you’re traveling with kids, the Casey’s Family 4-Pack has four FastTrack tickets, two ride sheets and one Casey Cardinal plush doll for $50. Another new addition is the Kegs and Corks Pass, which includes one FastTrack ticket, one Our State Public House admission ticket and your choice of either two N.C. craft beer samples or two N.C. wines for $15.
Advance adult admission tickets for groups of 40 or more are $6. The children’s group ticket rate is $2. Children 5 and under and adults 65 and over get in free. Members of the military with proper ID can purchase tickets at the gate any day for $6. An 18-ticket ride sheet is $10 in advance, saving fairgoers $8 off the regular price and an unlimited ride wristband is just $25, saving $10 off the regular price.
“It’s an exciting time at the fairgrounds,” Yelverton said. “We hope everyone will take advantage of our FastTrack admission prices, ride discounts and bundled packages as they make plans to join us Oct. 11-21.”
In addition to these savings, fairgoers who attend multiple days of the fair, fans of the State Fair Flyer and students may want to take advantage of one of the following special packages, available online only during the advance sales period:
Mega Fan Mini Pass
The $30 Mega Fan Mini Pass allows the bearer of the pass FastTrack gate admission any five days of the fair. This price reflects a savings of $10 off the purchase of five individual advance sales tickets.
State Fair Flyer package
This package includes two FastTrack gate admission tickets and two round-trip tickets for the State Fair Flyer, the only permanent ride on the fairgrounds. The package costs $26, a $10 savings if purchased during the fair.
This popular student deal returns on Friday, Oct. 12. Students who present a valid school ID or recent (2017/2018) report card at the ticket booth can buy an admission ticket for $6 on Oct. 12 only. One-price wristbands, individual ride tickets and ride sheets purchased in advance can still be used on this day.
Food Lion Hunger Relief Day
On Thursday, Oct. 18, a donation of five cans of food can be exchanged for a free fair ticket. This promotion benefits the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state.
Fairgoers can also purchase discount advance admission tickets, ride tickets and unlimited ride wristbands for the N.C. State Fair at their local Food Lion stores starting Aug. 29. Tickets will be sold at all check-out lanes during normal store hours statewide through Oct. 11.
Admission sales including group and military tickets, ride sheets and wristbands, grandstand show tickets and State Fair Flyer tickets will be available at Gate 9 of the State Fairgrounds, the State Farmers Market and the N.C. Museum of History from Sept. 27 through Oct. 11.
Discount admission, ride tickets and special combination packages for the 2018 N.C. State Fair will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, online at www.ncstatefair.org. The fair runs Oct. 11-21.