Among the unsung heroes at the N.C. State Fair is a team of roaming chaplains who cover the fairgrounds each day offering their services to fairgoers and fair workers alike.
Travis Williams, pastor of Treasuring Christ Church in downtown Raleigh, is the head chaplain at the fair, overseeing a group of about 50 volunteer ministers, deacons and laypersons drawn from churches all over the state.
"We're thankful to be working with the state fair to provide this ministry throughout the fair," said Williams.
The volunteer chaplains have worked at the fair for at least 30 years.
The volunteers usually walk in pairs, working four-hour shifts, and they cover a lot of ground. There are usually four to six chaplains on the fairgrounds at any given time. You can spot them from their dark green t-shirts with "State Fair Chaplain" stenciled across the back.