Updated 10/21/2012 10:43 AM
NC State Fair brings in big crowds on busiest day
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RALEIGH--The North Carolina State Fair is almost over and people are taking advantage of it.
The second Saturday of the fair is usually the busiest day and this year was no exception.
Big crowds were everywhere enjoying fair food and the rides.
Since opening day, more than 726,000 people have visited the fairgrounds this year.
"If we get a good weekend which we are certainly expecting, I think that will put us above 9,000 in total attendance, if that happens it's going to rank this fair third all-time in terms of attendance, that's really good," said Brian Long with the North Carolina State Fair.
Behind the big Saturday crowds at the N.C. State Fair is a taste of the north in the south.
Mike Guerra's pizza pies may not be the typical fair food but they've made themselves a home on the midway since their first trip to the fair 35 years ago.
Guerra makes a pizza pie every minute. He can keep up the pace to make more than a hundred pies.
While he travels the country from fair to fair, he said North Carolina is one of his favorites.
“It's just an enjoyment, people are wonderful here, very kind and like to spend money,” he said.
Since the gates opened October 11, more than 726,000 people have passed through the fairgrounds.
State fair officials attribute the above average attendance to the pleasant fall weather.
On the second Saturday last year, 146,000 people attended the fair.
"We're very pleased, everybody who has come out seems to be having a good time and that's what you want, you want every body to have fun,” Long said.
Breaking through the crowds was a bit difficult for Rodney McKoy and his daughter India,
"Everyone's been pretty cordial," he said as he navigated through the fairgrounds pushing his daughter's wheelchair.
But McKoy said the extra foot traffic wasn't going to keep them home.
"Our motto is we work hard, we play hard," he said.
With the final day upon North Carolina, there's one thing Guerra is looking forward to.
“Taking a break, getting a haircut, go to the mall,” he said.
A nice ending to a state tradition that happens just once a year.
The North Carolina State Fair closes Sunday night.