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.
Before photographer Cornell Watson could open his new photo exhibit on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus, the university asked for the removal of specific images. Later, the university canceled his exhibition "Tarred Healing" altogether – less than a week before it was set to open.