Today’s Topic: 2016 NC State Fair finishes with second-highest attendance on record

by | Oct 25, 2016


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The 2016 N.C. State Fair closed Sunday night and finished with attendance of 1,028,364. That’s the second-best on record, trailing only 2010’s 1,091,887.

Sunday’s attendance of more 116,000 set a record for that day.

The fair opened Oct. 13 in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Commissioner Troxler said attendees told him the fair came at a good time and provided a little bit of joy to people who had been through the storm’s devastation.

Good attendance was just one of the highlights of the 2016 State Fair:

  • The Junior Livestock Sale of Champions brought in $166,500 for the top steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys. The money raised by the sale will go a long way toward college educations, scholarships and educational outreach.
  • The State Fair’s first permanent ride, the sky ride known as the State Fair Flyer, made its debut.
  • And the fair honored North Carolina’s Century Farm families with a reunion Oct. 18 in Dorton Arena. Commissioner Troxler said it’s always good to get these folks together to celebrate farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about the 2016 N.C. State Fair.

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