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WILMINGTON — The Annual Cape Fear Fair and Expo is just days away. Crews began setting up Tuesday morning to get the fairgrounds ready for the hundreds of attractions, and thousands of visitors expected to attend.

The Cape Fear Fair and Expo starts on Thursday. Fair organizers say they expect more than 45,000 people and it features more than 30 rides.

Fair manager Skip Watkins said, "The rides are going up to be expected Wednesday and Thursday, so we’re ahead of schedule."

The fair will have more than 100 vendors, and exhibitors from local organizations.Booths will be judged and the winner receives a cash prize. The 4H Club from Pender County has been working on their booth for weeks. Audrey Thompson with pender county 4H In addition to rides, there will be food, games and arts and crafts.

The fair has generated millions of dollars in past years, and organizers say it’s a shot in the arm for the local economy. Advance tickets are on sale for $10 at local Scotchman, S&E food stores and First Citizens Bank locations until Wednesday. They cost a bit more at the door. The fair runs until November 3 next to the Wilmington International Airport.

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