Tips for shooting the fireworks in their new location

Many people like to end their day at the State Fair watching the fireworks over the midway. Some even bring cameras to capture the moment.

Photographers who want to capture fireworks at night will want to know that the fireworks are being shot from a new location this year. Instead of being shot from the small island on the pond, the fireworks are now going off on property on Trinity Road.

For perspective on the new site, if you pretend you were looking at a clock in the direction of the old location of the fireworks and the time was noon, the new location would be at about 12:15.

We checked out a couple of locations on Thursday night to try to offer suggestions on great places to take photos. Here are some spots to consider.

In the midway area behind the Scott Building. The gondola wheel that is set up parallel to Trinity Road provides nice height and also allows photographers to capture what is recognized as one of the iconic symbols of the fair. If the gondola wheel is moving, it also creates a nice swirl of colors.

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The midway area behind the Scott Building offers this opportunity for firework shots.

Fireworks explode over the gondola wheel on the midway behind the Scott Building.

Another potential site is the Dorton-side entrance to the new midway. Near the bottom of the hill, the swings and the drop tower ride provide bright points of reference.

Fireworks over the new midway.

As we discover more good sites for setting up for fireworks photos we will share those with you. If you have found a good spot on the fairgrounds to take photos of the fireworks, please share.

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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