Tickets for the fair went on sale Wednesday.
This year, the fair will run from October 11 through the 21.
New this year: organizers are selling a "Dizzy Pass" package for $31, which includes one FastTrack Gate Admission and one Unlimited Ride wristband.
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FastTrack skips the ticketing line at the fair gates.
This year, Senior Citizens Day will be Tuesday, October 16; Military Appreciation Day is Wednesday, October 17; and Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is Thursday, October 18.
Last year's North Carolina State Fair brought in a total of 1,091,887 patrons, with a record first-day attendance of 57,083.