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NC Commissioner Troxler: N.C. State Fair Kicks Off Thursday

The N.C. State Fair opens in two days. Fairgoers still have time to buy their advance tickets and save money on admission and rides. Listeners are invited to join us Friday, Oct. 14, for the opening ceremony and for the annual tobacco stringing/looping contest.

  • We are officially two days away from the start of the N.C. State Fair when the gates open at noon on Oct. 13.

  • I’m going to give your listeners a tip about the fair. If you want to come on a less busy day, the first Thursday and Friday are historically the least attended days.

  • It’s a great time to come out and see what the N.C. State Fair is all about. Everything is set up and ready to go. Same experience, fewer people.
  • On Friday, I would invite listeners to join us for the Opening Ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. at the Tobacco Pavilion in Heritage Circle.
  • We will have a short program and then cut the ribbon to officially open the fair.

  • At 2 p.m. that afternoon, we have a tobacco stringing or looping contest that anyone can sign up for that day. You need to have a stringer and two handers to make a team. There are plenty of people watching and hanging around, so if you need a few handers, you can likely find someone to help.

  • This event is such a joy to be part of. There is a lot of nostalgia in seeing groups of people gathered around the working tobacco barn stringing, or looping, tobacco to fill the barn.

  • A lot of folks like to come early and practice. We typically have more than a dozen teams competing for the $500 in total prize money.
  • We’d love to have a big crowd for the opening ceremony and we always welcome more tobacco stringing teams. I hope some of the listeners will join us on Oct. 14 for the official opening.  
  • AND, this will be the last time I can remind fairgoers to buy their tickets in advance to save money and time from having to wait in line to buy tickets. The fair runs Oct. 13-23.
  • If you are in or near Raleigh, we have walk-up locations at Gate 9 at the State Fairgrounds, at the State Farmers Market between the farmers’ building and the retail shops, and at the N.C. Museum of History.
  • Buying tickets in advance, lets you bypass the ticket sales line, which on busy days and nights can back up.