#PeaceStPerspective: The NC State Fair, Nikki Nodelman ’18

October 12, 2017
The NC State Fair is held every October

a student Blog by Nikki Nodelman ’18, Marketing major

150 Years of NC

Well its that time of year again… non-stop spinning rides, entertaining games, and all the delicious food you have been dreaming of for the past 12 months. Yup, that’s right. I’m talking about the North Carolina State Fair.

I know, I know – the State Fair comes and goes rather quickly but, this year’s fair is an especially important and you must attend. From Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 22nd will mark the 150th North Carolina State Fair!

The organizers of the State Fair recognize what an accomplishment this is and are celebrating with $1.50 admissions for all guests opening day. And, the 15,000 people who enter will receive a button honoring this commencement. At each hour (during opening day only), the State Fair staff will be handing out 150 free rides vouchers to those wearing the button. What could be better than free rides?

So, if you want the most bang for your buck October 12th (opening day) is the day to go.


While researching I found some rather interesting history on the State Fair over the past 150 years and thought sharing it would make the fair experience all the more special.

  • Although this is the 150th State Fair, the State Fair has been around for over 158 years dating back to 1853.
  • The fair was canceled from 1942 to 1946 because of World War II and had closed previously due to the Civil War.
  • During the year 1960, an adult admission ticket ran $.75 and a child’s ran for just .$35!
  • During the year 1946, the fair issued one million free tickets to school children in honor of Young North Carolinians’ Day.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt and President Gerald Ford both spoke to fairgoers during their respective years.
  • In 2016, the fair introduced it’s first permanent ride called the The State Fair Flyer which over looks the entire fairgrounds from high above.
The NC State Fair offers a wide variety of good eats
You can always expect mouthwatering treats at the State Fair
What to Expect

Mouthwatering Food

As always, you can expect mouthwatering foods such as: corn-on-cob, freshly squeezed lemonade, turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos, Snickers, and ice cream (and just about anything you can fit in a deep fryer) and my favorite funnel cake.

This year. the fair is introducing a few new food items. Some foods will rest assured be delicious and others may require a more daring set of taste buds. Bacon wrapped scallops, Cheerwine funnel cakes, deep fried bacon and cheese bites, Thanksgiving eggrolls, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn are just some of the new foods you might want to try.


And of course, what would the fair be without rides that spin you around and around until you can hardly stand up straight?

This year, the fair has added four new rides: Air Raid, F5, Fun Time Railroad, and Dodgems Chop Shop. Of these four rides Fun Time Railroad is the only one suitable for young children. The other rides consist of fast, repetitive spinning motions that would probably frighten the little ones.

But don’t worry, your old favorite rides will of course be there too.

Tips and Tricks

So, here’s a tip: make sure to buy your tickets in advance to save yourself some time waiting inline at the ticket booth. It is also important to note that buying your admission ticket and ride tickets online is cheaper than buying them in person. You can save $2 per admission ticket if you purchase before the fair opens. This can save you quite a bit of money if you are going in a large group. I.e. more funnel cakes.

Additionally, if you want avoid paying ridiculous amounts of money just to park you can check out WRAL (a fair sponsor) to learn about where to park on the cheap of even for free!

As you may already know its been a rather hot Fall season and the heat isn’t supposed to quit in time for the fair this weekend. So make sure you dress comfortably for the weather and also bring a water bottle. Outside drinks are allowed as long as they do not contain alcohol. So save yourself the $3 you would spend on a single water bottle and bring your own.

And lastly, print out a copy of fair grounds map that way you can make the most of your time and your money. I hope you have learned a thing or two about the North Carolina State Fair whether it is a old fact or a new one. See ya there!

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