Deal days for the 2017 N.C. Mountain State Fair!

FILE - On Ingles Day at the N.C. Mountain State Fair, visitors can exchange five cans of Laura Lynn brand food for free admission to the fair. (Photo credit: N.C. Mountain State Fair)

The 2017 N.C. Mountain State Fair will offer several promotions to help visitors save money during the fair, which runs Sept. 8-17.

“The best way to save on admission and ride tickets is to purchase them in advance at the WNC Ag Center, WNC Famers Market or area Ingles stores,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “There are also special promotions nearly every day of the fair to offer visitors the chance to have some fun while saving money.”

Friday Night Frenzy, a favorite with high school students, will be offered Sept. 8 and 15. For $25, visitors will receive gate admission and unlimited rides from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The two-part ticket will include an admission ticket that can be used all day and a ride ticket that can be exchanged for an unlimited-ride hand stamp after 9 p.m. at designated areas on the midway. Tickets will be available at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center each Friday during the fair.

There are also two other Friday promotions. On Sept. 8, students in grades K-12 will receive free gate admission until 6 p.m. On Sept. 15, seniors ages 65 and older will receive free gate admission all day.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the fair will celebrate WLOS Family Day, a special promotion geared for families with small children. For $20, children ages 12 and under can enjoy unlimited rides all day.

Two additional unlimited-ride days will be offered: On Monday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 14, visitors of all ages can purchase unlimited-ride tickets for $20 and ride all day.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the fair will host its annual Ingles Day, offering free gate admission to visitors who bring five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods to the fair. All the food collected will benefit the MANNA Food Bank, which serves 16 counties in Western North Carolina. Last year, fairgoers donated 21,000 pounds of food.

The fair’s annual N.C. Education Lottery Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 16. Visitors 18 and older can receive a free scratch-and-win ticket for each adult admission ticket purchased at the gate. Winning tickets can be exchanged for prizes from the N.C. Education Lottery.

The fair runs Sept. 8-17 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Advance admission and ride tickets are available at participating Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center and the WNC Farmers Market. More details are available at

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