North Carolina State Fair officials propose chairlift

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State Fair officials are proposing a chairlift to carry people around the fairgrounds.

The News & Observer of Raleigh ( reports that state officials are seeking proposals by June 4 from companies that could build the aerial lift to take people over crowded parts of the fairgrounds.

Kent Yelverton, construction director for the state Department of Agriculture, said officials envision the ride to have double seated chairs that move along cables as high as 40 feet in the air.

Yelverton says the chairlift would serve the dual purpose of giving people a recreational ride but also allow them to move easily over congested areas.

Officials hope eventually to have four segments that take people around the fair in a loop.

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