This year a record 858,000 people attended the North Carolina State Fair. A cross-section of North Carolina culture, the state fair has lured people from all over the state with its mixed appeal of chaotic midway pleasures and rural charms since 1853. As evidenced by the wake of cars lined up along I-40 off-ramps, the state fair experience continues to be one of our most unique and cherished pieces of Americana. As always Carolina Photojournalism students were there to capture a fraction of the chaos. Click here to view this year’s stories.
Photo by Lauren Cowart