Discounted State Fair Tickets on Sale Through October 12

— September 2017

Fair adds daily one-price, ride-all-day wristband option

The N.C. State Fair has heard the requests of ride lovers, and in cooperation with the midway provider, will offer one-price, ride-all-day wristbands every day of the fair. The cost is $25 if purchased in advance, or $35 at the fair. The wristband does not include the State Fair Flyer, is good for one day’s use only and will only be available online.

“We think the State Fair is a great bargain every day, but for anyone who rides lots of rides, this is an extra-good deal,” said Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt.

2017 NC State Fair logoDiscount admission, ride tickets and special combination packages for the 2017 N.C. State Fair are available online at Advance tickets will be available through October 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Fairgoers also can purchase discount advance admission and ride tickets for the N.C. State Fair at their local Food Lion stores. Tickets will be available from cashiers during normal business hours at Food Lion stores statewide until store closing on October 12.

Advance admission tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children, a savings of $2 per ticket during the fair. Advance adult admission tickets for groups of 40 or more are $6. The children’s group ticket rate is $2.

Children 5 and under and adults 65 and over get in free. Members of the military with proper ID can purchase tickets at the gate for $6, but not in advance.

An 18-ticket ride sheet is $10 in advance, saving fairgoers $8 off the regular price.

In addition to these savings, fairgoers who attend multiple days of the fair, and families and students may want to take advantage of one of the following special packages, available online only during the advance sales period:

Mega Fan Mini Pass

The Mega Fan Mini Pass allows the bearer of the pass one scanned entry per day for up to five days. Each Mini Pass is $30. This price reflects a savings of $10 off the purchase of five individual advance sales tickets.

State Fair Flyer package

This package includes two State Fair adult admission tickets and two round-trip tickets for the State Fair Flyer, the only permanent ride on the fairgrounds. The package costs $26, a $10 savings if purchased during the fair.

Family 4-Pack

The Family 4-Pack special includes four admission tickets and two ride sheets (36 ride tickets). Each pack is $44. This price reflects a savings of $8 off the purchase of four advance sales admission tickets and two advance sales ride sheets.

Friday Frenzy

The popular Friday Frenzy student deal returns on Friday, October 13. Students who present a valid school ID or recent (2016/2017) report card at the ticket booth can buy an admission ticket for $5 on October 13 only. One-price wristbands and individual ride tickets and ride sheets purchased in advance can still be used on this day.

Admission tickets and ride sheets also will be available at Gate 9 of the State Fairgrounds, the State Farmers Market, N.C. Museum of History and Triangle Town Center from September 28 through Octobe 12.

The 2017 N.C. State Fair runs October 12-22. Go to for more information.