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Flying elephants among new State Fair rides

October 1, 2018

NC State Fair 2017

Get ready to soar above the fairgrounds on a flying elephant. The North Carolina State Fair announced Monday that it has added four new rides, including the Dumbo Elephants, to this year’s lineup.

In addition to the flying elephants, thrill seekers can also check out the Kraken, mini trooper (a smaller version of the paratrooper ride) and Downdraft, which swings riders high above the Midway.

Get a full list of rides at the N.C. State Fair

In addition to the rides, there will also be new entertainment at the fair. The Canine Stars, a dog stunt show, will be performing daily at the Rand Grandstand. The Dream City Ladybugs, which can be found roaming around at the Flower and Garden Show, are life-sized bugs ready for photo ops. A Fire Safety Show that includes puppets and clowns will be held daily at Kiddieland. Steve Trash’s Green Street Magic Show will feature eco-illusions, magic tricks and comedy daily on the North Dorton Lawn.

Kachunga and the Alligator Show, which will be performing near Gate 1, will include a man wrestling an alligator, while the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show at the N.C. Forest Services Area will include real-life lumberjacks throwing axes, chainsaw carving and log rolling.

The State Fair is Oct. 11-21. Tickets are currently on sale. Those purchasing tickets online will have the option to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as they continue to offer relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

There are a few new advance ticket package options, including the Dizzy Pass. At $31, the pass includes one FastTrack admission ticket and one unlimited ride wristband. Casey’s Family 4-Pack, for $50, includes four FastTrack admission tickets, 36 ride tickets and one Casey Cardinal plush doll.

The Kegs and Corks Pass ($15) includes one FastTrack admission ticket and one Our State Public House admission ticket with a choice of two beer or wine samples.

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