Preview: NC State Fair accessABILITY Day

Less light and sound to provide a sensory-friendly experience
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“Worth the Wait!” That’s The NC State Fair‘s motto this year after having to cancel last year due to Covid-19.  The event will bring back the usual sights, smells, and tastes that fairgoers have come to love year after year. At the same time big changes are coming on Sunday, Oct. 17th for the first ever NC State Fair accessABILITY Day presented by Bandwidth. Enjoy the fair that you remembered with a sensory-friendly focus.

What’s the plan for Sunday, Oct. 17th? From 8am-12pm, four major changes will take effect. First, when the rides and games start operations at 9am they will do so without any lights or music. Second, vendors will also conduct business without lights and music. Third, live music sets like Elle Stephens and The Nomads and Friends will only play acoustic sets with light amplification. Lastly, the PA system will only be used in times of emergency like for lost visitors.

In addition to these four adjustments, there will be all-day modifications too. Spontaneous specially-designed inclusive competitions will be happening throughout the fairgrounds during the event. If a break from the fair is needed head to the “Bandwidth Chill Out Zone” in the Graham Building. Tables, chairs, low lighting, and soft music will be present to foster a calm environment. While you are there you can check-out a pair of noise cancelling headphones or use one of the upgraded family restrooms, now with an adult changing station. Guidebooks will be available to download or pick-up from guest services highlighting all the progressions.

The NC State Fair is happening Oct. 14-24. Buy your tickets for the fair here! Additional details about NC State Fair accessABILITY Day will be released sometime in September on the fair’s website.

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