Progress Photo: 5 days and counting

Crews assemble the RC 48 roller coaster on the midway.

Today is a busy day at the fair, as we’re just five short days away from the start of the 2011 N.C. State Fair. Carnival workers are assembling some of the largest carnival rides, vendors are setting up food booths and cleaning off their grills, exhibitors are hanging signs, and moving furniture and superintendents are eagerly accepting jams, jellies, quilts, paintings and more.

As if there isn’t enough happening inside the fairground gates, there also are thousands of Wolfack fans outside the gates tailgating before today’s game against Central Michigan. As a reminder, tailgaters can take advantage of the Gate 9 ticket booth to purchase and save on advance tickets today until 6 p.m. Other walk-up retail locations will be open until Oct. 13.

You can find more information about the 2011 N.C. State Fair, including walk-up ticket locations at

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.


  1. It is so great to see the rides going up! I just hope that I don’t get to dizzy on the new Sky diver ride.:)

  2. I’m also curious what the Cyclone tunnel ride is? What does it look like?

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