Winston-Salem city leaders vote to have Carolina Classic Fair in-person this year

Piedmont Triad News

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — The Carolina Classic Fair is back in full effect after the Winston Salem City council voted to bring it back in person on October 1st.

City leaders have voted in a virtual meeting 5-3 to bring back the fair in person with all the food vendors, rides, and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Council members met Monday to discuss several items on their agenda, including the support of the Carolina Classic Fair after hosting it as a drive-thru event last year.

Winston Salem City Assistant Manager Ben Rowe said new safety protocols are now in place, such as mask-wearing for both the unvaccinated and vaccinated, both indoors and outdoors on all fairgrounds.

Rowe said sanitation stations will be placed throughout the fairgrounds for extra safety measures for everyone.

Rowe said the next stage before the start of the fair is to plan how to manage the capacity of potential fairgoers.

“We will certainly be monitoring the crowds. We don’t want folks to congregate at the gate to wait to get in. It’s just trying to figure out that balance of how do you monitor the capacity to ensure that its the capacity that you can facilitate social distancing without creating a wait,” said Rowe.

Indoor buildings will have a one-way flow where possible, and carnival operators will frequently sanitize rides and touchpoints.

The Carolina Classic Fair will run from October 1-10.

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