Thursday is your day to get into the N.C. State Fair for free.
October 18 is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, so four cans of Food Lion brand canned goods is all you need to get you through the gate.
The food drive, one of the largest in the state each year, benefits the Food Bank and Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Commissioner Steve Troxler said last week that if fairgoers break 2010's record of 247,569 pounds of food collected, the fair will donate $1,00 to the food bank. If collections top 275,000 pounds, the food bank gets $2,500. And if collections reach 300,000 pounds, the fair donates $5,000 to the food bank.
The food bank will also have a "social media ambassador" stationed at Gate 8 from Noon to 6 p.m., offering chances to win state fair items. Use the Twitter hashtag #HungerReliefDay to follow along.