The fall leaves are turning, and that means one thing for a lot of North Carolinians: It’s time for the State Fair!

NC State Fair

The fair is in full swing this week after opening day last Thursday, and will run through Sunday, October 27.  Nancy and I have already been to the fair; it’s a tradition for us to go and get our favorite food.  It’s always a fun experience.  It’s something we’ve both done since we were little kids with our families.

Apple Dumpling

Nothing at the fair is cheap, so I thought a quick post about saving money at the state fair would be helpful!  Hopefully you can keep these things in mind if you head out there this week.

Here’s what I’ve found about saving money at the state fair:


You can’t.

That’s just the reality of it.  It’s not cheap!  We had spent almost $30 just for the privilege of walking around in a mob of people and getting heckled by the game workers!  That’s a mini-nightmare for a nerdy tightwad like myself – we spent $60 in the span of 90 minutes there.  Thankfully I’m married to a sweet free spirit that helped me keep in mind the “fun experience of it all.”

Maybe you can save a few bucks here and there splitting things, buying tickets ahead of time, not playing games, not eating food, etc.  But if you really try to do the fair on the cheap, it takes away a lot of the fun.

Here’s what you can do:  Budget for it.  Put it into your plan.  The fair is always in October.  Don’t go drop $100-150 without thinking and just pray it works out!  Plan for it if you’re gonna go, and go have fun!

Enjoy the fair, y’all!

What ways have you found that you can actually save a few bucks at the fair?  Is it possible?