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.

Behind the scenes with…Dale Barnett, Hunt Horse Complex manager

The N.C. State Fair kicks off in a few months, but there’s a ton of preparation already in motion. We’ll bring you behind-the-scenes interviews with fairgrounds employees working to bring you “A Whole Lotta Happy” when the gates open Thursday, Oct. 15. Every year during the N.C. State Fair, the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex is full of activity as it hosts the N.C. State Fair Horse Show. The two-part event includes the N.C. State Fair Hunter Jumper Show, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, and the N.C. State Fair Horse Show, Oct. 12-25. The show is one of 90 horse…

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Abracadabra! Steve Trash is here

The fair is going to be a whole lotta green this year with the help of one man – Steve Trash, Rockin’ Eco Hero and Kid Comedian. After performing all over the world, Steve will bring his green magic show to the N.C. State Fair for the first time this October. The show is filled with eco-illusions, magic tricks and comedy that provide children with tips on being green. Steve will make his N.C. State Fair debut on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m., in the Kiddieland Fun Park. He will perform daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. starting Friday,…

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Hogs spotted at the fairgrounds

Hogs roared across the fairgrounds this morning as a huge group of Harley-Davidsons entered the Dorton Arena for the motorcycle show at the Got to Be NC Festival. I stopped by the arena to check out the show featuring close to 100 motorcycles. There were big bikes and small bikes, but what caught my eye was a personalized license plate that said MYHONOR. I took some time to inspect the other plates. Here are some of my favorites: CDEUCER GO2JAIL BLKBUTY QUIK CHILIN’ 1 CHILIN’ 2 Let us hear from you. What personalized license tags have you seen? What are…

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First Week

This week is my first week working with the N.C. State Fair. I’m excited about the opportunity, and to be honest, a little nervous. The phrase “no pressure” has ended most sentences instead of a punctuation mark. You were selected from 714 applicants (no pressure) You are our first male intern (no pressure) Your first blog post is due at the end of this week (no pressure) I thought I would start by sharing a little bit about my home for the next 10 weeks. I imagine some of you think, as I did, that all the behind-the-scenes magic of…

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