Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

Day 8: Chocolate Covered Bacon and Deep-Fried Ho-Hos

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 8. Deep-fried Ho-Hos and chocolate-covered bacon (2009) This morning we had our pre-Fair media lunch, and man, was it tasty. The Murphy House, which brought us deep-fried pecan pie and deep-fried mac’n’cheese last year,…

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Day 7: Candy Corn

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 7. Candy Corn Editor’s Note: This never became a blog post, but we couldn’t help posting this video of Firecracker sampling candy corn in 2011.

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Day 6: Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 6. Sampling Miss Debbie’s specialty apples (2009) Miss Debbie from Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples was nice enough to let us sample some of her newest creations, the Pig Candy Apple, the Honkin’ Hog Apple…

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Day 5: Deep Fried Chips Ahoy and Deep Fried Honey Buns

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 5. Deep-fried heaven on a stick (2010) Heaven is a deep-fried honey bun, or at least that’s my opinion. The press office, along with members of the media and our new Deep Fried Ambassador,…

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Day 4: Sinful Fair Foods

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 4. Twitter roundup: Seven sinful State Fair foods (2011) Food has long had a central role in shaping the way people experience the N.C. State Fair. Premiums have been awarded for the production of…

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Day 3: Deep Fried Brownies

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 3. Challenge accepted: Deep-fried brownies (2011) Last week, we asked you to submit press office challenges you would like to see covered on the Deep Fried blog during the fair. We received about a…

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Day 2: Deep Fried Cinnamon Rolls Covered in Bacon

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 2. Food Finds: Deep Fried Cinnamon Rolls Covered in Bacon and Deep Fried Cupcakes (2012) Each year, the Press Office hosts a pre-fair lunch for local media outlets. It’s a great opportunity to share…

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15 Days of Deep Fried Christmas

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 1. Krispy Kreme Burger: I can’t believe I ate the whole thing (2010) You should know that we walk a lot during the Fair. On average, around five miles a day. I know that…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 7-9

Things are starting to wind down at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, but we still have some exciting events planned for this weekend. The popular Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. With more than 100 vendors, it’s a great opportunity to take care of the stocking stuffers and other holiday shopping you still need to do. Read on to learn more about the other events planned for this weekend: Classic Car Auction If you’re hoping to surprise your loved one with a car this Christmas, you may want to attend the Classic…

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Weekend Update: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

The holiday season is under way and there are lots of opportunities at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to find a special gift for everyone on your list. Stop by the fairgrounds this weekend for antiques, toy trains, Scandinavian crafts and more. Read on for a complete list of shopping opportunities and special events happening this weekend. Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza The 63rd Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza will take place Friday to Sunday in the Graham Building. More than 125 exhibitors will be there with quality antiques and collectibles. Doors are open Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m….

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