The N.C. State Fair will play host to a number of special events for youth, senior citizens, and servicemen and women during its 11-day run in October.
On Preview Day, Thursday, Oct. 15, State Fair visitors will pay a discounted admission price of $1 for children ages 6-12 and $5 for adults. In addition, Preview Day Ride Wristbands will be available for $25, and will be good for unlimited rides from 3:30 p.m. to midnight on Preview Day only. Wristbands will be on sale at ride ticket booths on the fairgrounds.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in North Carolina, and Monday, Oct. 19, will be “Youth Celebration Day” in honor of the milestone. Current members and 4-H alumni will gather for commemorative activities at Dorton Arena. The anniversary will be highlighted throughout the Fair’s 11-day run.
Senior citizens age 65 and older get in free every day of the Fair, but from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, they can also enjoy a free breakfast and entertainment at the Senior Citizens Fun Festival. The event, sponsored by Bojangles’, will take place in Dorton Arena.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the State Fair will pay tribute to members of the U.S. military. Active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members or spouses with valid military ID will be admitted free along with four guests. The day is filled with special military-themed activities at the Waterfall Stage beginning at 11:45 a.m. Performances will include the 2nd Marine Division Band and the U.S. Air Force Blue Aces rock band. Local high school ROTC drill teams also will participate in the festivities during the first State Fair JROTC Review.