Progress photos: One day to go

Crafters in the Village of Yesteryear were busy Wednesday setting up their displays and booths. The Village, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, features nearly 100 craftsmen and women showcasing traditional crafts.

Anitra Stone sets up her crafting display

Anitra Stone sets up her tatting display in the Village of Yesteryear.

The Village was not the only place on the State Fairgrounds hopping with activity. Ticket sales at Gate 9 were steady throughout the day. You can still buy advance tickets at walk-up locations and save money on admission and ride tickets. To find a location near you, go to

Gate 9

Tickets buyers line up at Gate 9 to get their advance tickets.

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 252 days during the past 24 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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