One of Charlotte Motor Speedway's giant parking lots will be transformed into a county fair-style amusement park April 7-10 as the inaugural Food Lion AutoFair Carnival offers fun for adults and children of all ages.

Located at the intersection of Speedway Blvd. and Highway 29 in the speedway's silver parking lot, the Food Lion AutoFair Carnival will feature more than a dozen rides along with a variety of games and concessions. Combining traditional country themes with contemporary entertainment, the midway will include a Ferris wheel, a tilt-a-whirl, a merry-go-round, Tubs of Fun, the Castlemania Fun House and much more.

The carnival, operated by National Events Group, Inc., will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, and noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-10. An unlimited ride ticket is $15 or individual ride tickets can be purchased separately. There is no admission charge for the carnival area.

The carnival will be held in conjunction with Food Lion AutoFair, the nation's largest automotive extravaganza. The April 7-10 event includes a car show featuring various makes and models from more than 50 clubs; thousands of vendor spaces offering a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia; and a two-day collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack. A car corral, which completely circles the 1.5-mile superspeedway, features nearly 2,000 vehicles of all makes and models that are available for sale or trade.

Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the Food Lion AutoFair is $5.

Contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704-455-3205 for additional information.