RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - The North Carolina State Fair opens an 11-day run in Raleigh.
State Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler says the fair opening Thursday afternoon shows the importance of agriculture in the state.
But this year's event also includes deep-fried Sugar Daddy candy bars and a Sloppy Joe sandwich on a Krispy Kreme doughnut.
This year's fair does not have a petting zoo. Fair spokesman Brian Long says the concern over the spread of illness made it impossible for the petting zoo operator to get liability insurance.
But there will be plenty of animals to see at the fair.
One new ride this year will be the Rampage. It's a double Ferris wheel that allows both wheels to spin independently, one on top of the other.