Your detailed guide to getting to the 2023 N.C. State Fair

Having a gameplan in mind can be an important part of visiting the N.C. State Fair, and planning ahead may be especially helpful when it comes to getting to and from the fairgrounds. It’s no secret the weekends are busier days to attend the fair, and traffic can be heavier as a result. A little strategy can help avoid surprises and cutdown on frustrations.Be aware there are concert events at PNC Arena on Oct. 13, 14 and 18 and road construction affecting the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road. There’s still hope for a smooth arrival and departure…

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Friday Frenzy, Dizzy Passes and other tips for parents of teens headed to the Fair

Getting old enough to walk around the fair without your parents is a rite of passage for many youth.  Here’s a few tips to help nervous parents navigate sending their teen out on their own. Have a meeting place. Suggestions for a good meeting place are the waterfall area, the Martin Building on the Midway or the Tobacco Pavilion. Don’t rely just on cell phones. With the rides and number of people, the fair can be a noisy place. Don’t count on your teen hearing their cell phone. Also, on busy days, cell service can be a little spotty. Purchase…

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Casey’s tips for planning a trip to the Fair

Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal is back. And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. The N.C. State Fair celebrates the biggest and the best of North Carolina – which means there’s a lot to see and do.  Here are some tips for planning a fair trip for first-timers or frequent-fliers. The fair may still be a few weeks away, but now is the time to save money and find those good walking shoes. Cause we’ve packed a lot into 11 days and you aren’t going to want to miss it. Step 1: Buy early and save money and time:…

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Riding the bus is really easy

When you get to the fairgrounds every day at 8 a.m. and leave late in the evening, it’s easy to get to the fairgrounds and find a parking spot. However, most people can’t visit the fairgrounds on that same schedule and therefore, they have to deal with the traffic and finding a place to park. A former co-worker rode the bus to the fair with her family a few years ago and has stuck to that routine ever since. Many people claim that it’s the best way to get to the fair. So I did some investigative reporting. In Raleigh,…

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