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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Casey’s guide to being a N.C. State Fair Super Fan

There’s a new bird in town – fair mascot Casey the Cardinal.  And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. This week Casey’s giving his top five tips to being an N.C. State Fair Super fan. Casey knows the N.C. State Fair has a lot of fans out there and he can’t wait to meet them all. To help discover if you are a fan of the N.C. State Fair consider the following: You might be a fan of the fair if the word “October” automatically brings to mind those 11-days when the fairgrounds are transformed into a cacophony of…

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Tips for first-time fairgoers

We hope everyone has been to the State Fair at least once, but with so many newcomers to the state we figure there are some people who may have never been. Coming to the fair for the first time can be a little overwhelming, and as our fair veterans know, there is a way to do it right. We asked our Facebook fans to help newcomers out by suggesting their favorite parts of the fair. Top 10 Fair Musts, as offered by State Fair fans: “Get some Al’s fries! They are the best!” “Buy your ride tickets NOW while they…

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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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No Pain, No Gain

It’s been a long, dusty summer at the State Fairgrounds while a large parking lot underwent a transformation, but I must say that the result is worth it. The area between the Grandstand, Dorton Arena and the Expo Center (A.K.A. “the Dorton Triangle”) was demolished and rebuilt this summer. The result is a level, safe parking area that will be home to lots of food concessionaires during the fair. The nice part is there are two areas carved out for the express purpose of creating seating for fair patrons. The retaining walls will create a lot of seating on their…

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