Early Bird gets the…free tickets??

earlybirdspecialbadge200We here at the Deep Fried blog love to save money. We especially love to get free things.  (Case in point, we made sure to make it to one of our favorite spots yesterday for a birthday celebration that included free cupcakes…yum!) So each year we want to make sure everyone knows that the best deal at the Fair is through the advance sales program. Admission tickets are discounted, but most importantly, you can save really big money on discounted ride sheets.

Needless to say, we are especially excited about a new promotion that can earn fairgoers free tickets if they spend at least $40. With the Early Bird Special, ticket buyers can earn up to three free adult admission tickets based on the total purchase amount before convenience fees. “Spending between $40 and $100 earns one free ticket,” said State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt. “If you spend between $100.01 and $200, you receive two free tickets. Purchases that are more than $200 will get you three free tickets.”


Admission, ride, grandstand and Dorton Arena concert tickets apply toward the purchase total. The Early Bird Special lasts until Sept. 30, and is good for online sales only.

In case you were wondering, advance tickets will save $2 per adult admission ticket and $8 per ride sheet. Advance admission tickets will cost $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12. Adult admission tickets for groups of 40 or more will cost $4.75. An 18-ticket ride sheet will cost $10 in advance. Here’s how that breaks down:


So be an early bird and catch some free tickets!

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!


  1. Uh, what? That’s a little confusing. How about a nice little bulleted list to clear things up?

  2. Vicky–we inserted some charts we have on the Web site that hopefully make it a little clearer. Thanks for your feedback!

  3. If we plan to come to more than one concert do we need to purchase separate admission tickets for the different days? Also, when we are ordering can we purchase concert tickets for different concerts at the same time or do we have to purchase them in separate orders? Thanks.

    • Hey Adrienne, yes, you will need to purchase admission tickets for each day you plan on attending the Fair. If you plan on coming to two concerts, you’ll need two admission tickets per person.

      The answer to your second question depends on when you buy your concert tickets. Due to the initial high volume of site traffic when tickets go on sale Monday morning, the “shopping cart” feature that allows you to buy multiple types of tickets will not be turned on until later in the day when traffic dies down. Later today, we’ll have a “ticket buying tips” blog post that explains all of this and more.

      We hope you have a blast at the concerts you’re planning to attend!

  4. Is there a maximum number of tickets that can be purchased in one transaction on Monday? i.e., we need 10 tickets for Eric Church. Will I be able to buy those all together? Thanks!

  5. How do you get the free tickets. I purchased over $100 in concert tickets today for my mother in law but I did not see how to get the free tickets?

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