From the midway and horticulture exhibits, to new rides and food, the North Carolina State Fair kicked off this week with usual fanfare.
The 11-day celebration includes old favorites, as well as the premiere of its first permanent ride this year: the State Fair Flyer, a ski lift-like ride that transports fairgoers across the midway and offers an aerial view of the grounds.
The fair will also hold a Hunger Relief Day on Thursday, October 20, one of the largest canned-food drives in the state to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Fair-goers who bring five cans of Food Lion brand food get free admission to the fair.
Last year, more than 1 million people attended the fair.
Note: This photo gallery is part of an occasional installment in collaboration with students and faculty at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.