The North Carolina State Fair covers a large area, so its best to have a map handy to help you find everything you are looking for. Maps are available to download from the official website, just print one off and start planning your day in advance.
To help avoid the queues and save money at the same time, make sure you book your tickets in advance. Tickets are available to purchase and download online, meaning you'll be fully prepared on the day of the fair.
The state fair official parking lot can be expensive, however, if you are prepared to do a little more walking, then you can find free parking not too far away from the site. Alternatively, staying in North Carolina State Fair hotels will allow you to leave your car where you are staying and head to the fair with public transport.