Canned food helping families in need and N.C. State fairgoers

Fairgoers riding the Wave Swinger at N.C. State Fair.
October 24, 2013 7:43:12 AM PDT
Fairgoers can make a big difference for local families on Thursday.

People who bring 5 cans of Food Lion brand food to the N.C. State Fair Thursday get a free admission ticket as part of Food Lion's Hunger Relief Day at the fair.

It is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state and is held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

In the 18-year history of the event, more than 2 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers.

Hunger Relief Day is expected to draw a crowd.

The State Highway Patrol says from now until next Sunday people can expect the fair's surrounding areas to be hectic and chaotic. They've brought more than 80 troopers in to help with this fair influx.

To avoid bottlenecked traffic, the Highway Patrol has some suggestions. Coming from the west, the department suggests taking Wade Avenue and then the Edwards Mills exit. From the east, drivers should use Interstate 440 and get off at Wade Avenue or Hillsborough Street.

The fair opens at 8 a.m. each day and closes each night at midnight. The fair runs through Oct. 27 at the State Fairgrounds.

Get the full schedule of events and tickets at: www.ncstatefair.org.

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