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Free Admission At NC Mountain State Fair

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Updated September 9
The North Carolina Mountain State Fair will have free Admission on Wednesday, September 11th. Fairgoers can help the community and get in free on Ingles Day. Just donate five cans of Laura Lynn brand food from Ingles at the gate. The food will go to support MANNA Food Bank. Last year more than 15,000 pounds of food were collected during Ingles Day.

Safety at the N.C. Mountain State Fair is the number one priority, local and state officials announced Thursday during a press conference.

"We have a system that we can bring everybody together using one channel," says Skyland Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Presley.

This is the first year, emergency personnel will be using the new radio technology, which Presley believes will improve response times in and outside of the fairgrounds.

"We will have a lot of officers on the ground walking the midway," said Maj. Frank Stout with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

There will be law enforcement on patrol 24-7 during the next 10 days from several different agencies.

Stout who is head of security says officers will be monitoring the area from up high and down below.

"We will be checking bags and backpacks to ensure that fairgoers are safe while they are here."

Inspectors with the Department of Labor cleared all the rides Thursday.

"That means each ride is inspected to 100 percent of the manufacturers' specifications to operate," according to state Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry.

Ride operators also have to pass a drug test and background check.

When it comes to safety, organizers want to remind visitors to follow the rules even if taking the risk seems tempting.

The fair opens to the public at 9 a.m. Friday, with midway rides opening at 10 a.m.

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