RALEIGH — Big attendance numbers are expected at the North Carolina State Fair this weekend.
On the first day, attendance was close to record-breaking with more than 44,000 people showing up at the event. With the combination of beautiful weather this weekend and a home game for the Carolina Hurricanes, a big weekend is in store.
Last year the fair drew its biggest crowds with more than 1 million people in attendance. Organizers hope to set a new record this year. From adults to kids, the fair has plenty to offer.
Coordinators say food is often the number one reason people attend the event, with the latest deep-fried treat or over-the-top concoction. There is always the traditional funnel cakes, however this year there's also some unique items on the menu; such as fried Kool-Aid and bubble gum.
As far as Saturday night, music fans can enjoy performances by Keith Anderson and Brian McComas at Dorton Arena.
Tickets are available at the gate:
• $8 adults
• $3 kids
• $5 Military
The fair runs through Oct. 23.