Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

Peachy keen

With the State Fair premium book now up online, North Carolinians are one step closer to getting one of those coveted blue ribbons. If you’re thinking about entering a peach dish, July 24th’s Peach Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh would be a great time to stock up on fresh, local peaches–after all, the prime time for getting N.C. peaches is right now. You could even take it one step further and use the Farmers Market’s peach dessert contest as a test run for your favorite peach dessert. Judging begins at 10…

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Barnyard Animals: A Preview of the Fair

“Were you raised in a barn, child?” If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times growing up from my grandmother. She was getting on to me for racing out of the house to play without closing the door, but today at the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh I think she would have meant it as a compliment. More than a dozen children competed in a “Farm Animal Sounds” contest at the Market Festival, as well as in Corn Shucking and Corn Eating contests. There was quite a turnout of people there to cheer on the brave (and…

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“The Queen of Quilts”

The N.C. State Fair is saddened at the death of one of its biggest supporters, Mrs. Charlotte Wyatt. Besides being the proud mom of State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt, Mrs. Wyatt served as supervisor of the quilts and clothing division for more than 30 years. She retired her post at the end of the 2007 State Fair, expecting to spend her coming Octobers in the mountains or on other personal pursuits. The News & Observer did a wonderful story last year about this great lady and her accomplishments right before her retirement. You can find the article here: Wesley, you…

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100 days until the Fair

Can you believe it? 265 days down, and only 100 to go until the 2008 State Fair. To celebrate, here’s a look at some of the other numbers associated with the state’s biggest gathering of food, rides, animals and N.C. agriculture. . . 9 – Gate number where you’ll find the racing pigs 11 days (as of this year!) long 25 cents – The admission to the Fair in 1853 60 – Years of the Folk Festival 120 decibels – The noise level of screaming fans during Dorton Arena concerts 155 – years since the first Fair $70 billion –…

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Deep fried blog!

Squealing, speed-racing pigs. Giant blue ribbon pumpkins. Old-fashioned ferris wheel rides. And, of course, deep fried food on a stick. Admit it, you’ve been counting down the days until the 2008 N.C. State Fair–and we have too. That’s why the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has started its first State Fair blog dedicated to bringing you the inside scoop on what makes the State Fair come together every year. We’ll be your go-to guide during the Fair as well, bringing you the tastiest foods, flashiest rides, newest exhibitions and coolest State Fair characters. I’m CottonCandy, and I’ll be…

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