N.C. State Fair officials have chosen a Sanford company to build a sky ride on the State Fairgrounds.
American Sky Lifts was one of three companies that made proposals to build the ride before the State Fair opens in October. Fair officials have asked the Council of State to approve a 10-year ground lease with the company when the council meets Tuesday.
The ride will carry people along overhead cables that run about 1,400 feet from near Gate 8 and the Village of Yesteryear to a point just east of Restaurant Row. The aim, fair officials say, is to give people a nice view of the fair, as well as carry them over the crowds as they go from one end of the midway to the other.
American Sky Lifts will give the state 32 percent of gross ticket revenue from the ride. Fair officials say that was the most generous offer of the three it received when it sought proposals to build the ride.