Today's rainy weather forecast wasn't enough to scare off folks determined to avoid crowds at the N.C. State Fair.
Traci and Matt Townsan of Cary weren't about to let the threat of crummy weather change their minds about hitting the fair on what is typically the event's least attended day. Dreary or not, they thought it was the perfect day to bring their 5-year-old son Noah to take in the sights and ride some rides -- without waiting in lines.
"We weren't even looking at the weather," Traci said. "We looked at the crowds. We hate coming when it's crowded."
The 10-year average attendance for a Monday at the fair is 59,140. A good Saturday or Sunday can see twice that many people. 100,744 people attended the fair yesterday.
The Townsans, who each took a half-day off work for their Monday trip, arrived at the fair around 9:30. By 11, Noah, pictured here, had the Dumbo ride in KiddieLand almost all to himself.