Read to Win expands statewide

R2W-Logo-1Students in grades 6 through 12 across the state may want to take the month of September to pick up a good book. The Fair is giving out more than 3,000 gate admission tickets across the state to students winners of the Read to Win Competition.

“Each public library will receive two prize packs of four of gate admission passes to give as prizes to the winning students chosen who complete their reading goals,” said Lori Special, youth service consultant with the  State Library of N.C.  “The goal of the program is to encourage young people to read for pleasure, whether it is books, newspapers or magazines. The more you read the better you get at it.” Students can also access ebooks and audiobooks for the program.

To participate, students can register online at and receive online badges, learn interesting facts about the fair and North Carolina, and earn entries to win gate passes by recording their reading minutes. Readers can earn up to 20 chances to win gate passes to the fair.

“Read to win started in 2012 as a collaboration between the N.C. State Fair and Wake County Public Library system. “During last year’s fair we had a lot of social media requests for the program to be statewide,” said Denise Walker, N.C. State Fair competitive exhibits director. “Coordinating with the state library system allows us to offer the program in all 388 libraries across the state.”

The Read to Win challenge runs Sept. 1-30.





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On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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