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.

Deep Fried Ambassador: You look a little tired, okay?

(This is part 3 of the “Whole Lotta Loony” series chronicling the adventures of your Deep-Fried Ambassador and Deputy Deep-Fried at the North Carolina State Fair.) Okay, so the last thing I want to find out about myself (and have blasted over a microphone to zillions of state fair-goers) is my weight. I’ve been pounding the chocolate-covered bacon lately. And candy apples. And maybe a biscuit here or there. All in the name of deep-fried duty, of course. And spread out over multiple visits. But still. So when it came time to check off another never-done-it item from my list,…

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Details behind the tweetup: Livestream edition

We hope you’re joining us for tonight’s Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, but if not we hope you’ll watch our livestream of the event. You won’t be able to smell the deep-fried food samples, but we’ll be interviewing organizers, tweeps and entertainers/artists on camera every half hour. Tune in starting at 7 p.m. by visiting our Deep-Fried Television site.

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: Spider Girl + Barrel Monster = State Fair Love

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. (This is part 2 of the “Whole Lotta Loony” series chronicling the adventures of your Deep-Fried Ambassador and Deputy Deep-Fried at the North Carolina State Fair.) How many times have you walked past one of the houses of oddities at the State Fair and been so curious to go inside?  But, for whatever reason, you avert your eyes and keep walking? Yeah, me too. Mostly because I’m so ridiculously sensitive…

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Details behind the tweetup: All-inclusive edition

Tomorrow is the first Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, and we are pumped! We can’t wait to meet Triangle (and beyond!) tweeps and show them a little bit about what makes the N.C. State Fair the…well…N.C. State Fair. We’ll be tweeting all night, and can’t wait to put Twitter names and faces together. We also want to give everyone who is coming out a big THANKS for helping us stock the shelves of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, since tomorrow is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. Here are some more details we’ve posted over the last few…

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: ‘Duputy’ and the big guns

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. (This is part 1 of the “Whole Lotta Loony” series chronicling the adventures of your Deep-Fried Ambassador and Deputy Deep-Fried at the North Carolina State Fair.) The adventure begins! After pinning on our badges, specially engraved with “Ambassador” and “Duputy” (oops) by one of the fair’s bling vendors, we took off for the Jaycees’ Turkey Shoot. I’ve always been curious about what exactly happens behind that wooden barricade. Years ago (okay,…

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$5 Footlong Song Challenge winner announced

Congratulations to Kris Thomas from Greenville, whose country song won top prize in the $5 Footlong Song Challenge today at the Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage. Thomas beat out four other acts to win $500 Subway gift card and tickets to see Anoop Desai in concert at Dorton Arena on Thursday, Oct. 22. Nicole Griffin and Lindsey Barfield, both of Raleigh, who sang a bluegrass duet on the wonders of Subway and the N.C. State Fair, came in second place. They’ll share a $250 Subway gift card. Check out all of the contestants’ performances – including Austin Moss, Paulette Hernandez and…

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Details behind the Tweetup: Swag and sponsors edition

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers. We wouldn’t want to let our tweeps down when it comes to cool (free!) stuff. At the N.C. State Fair, we have many awesome sponsors, agriculture commodity groups, entertainers and friends who have donated their time and swag to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, and we want to highlight them here. In addition to the other artists…

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: A whole lotta loony

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. With a title like Deep-Fried Ambassador, I figure it’s my duty to be a little adventurous at the State Fair. Eat something weird. Do stuff I’ve never tried before. Satisfy some long-held curiosity. So I enlisted an accomplice (Deputy Deep-Fried), got some very official badges made and thought up a list. How did an evening that started like this … … end like this? Stay tuned!

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: Cold, rainy, happy

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. Going to the fair today could have been a really bad idea. It was cold and drizzly. Small Fry was grouchy from cutting her latest tooth. And I wasn’t feeling very motivated this morning. But the fair makes everything better. We arrived at around 9:30 a.m., along with every other person in North Carolina who owns a stroller. Clearly we’d all received the same top secret, for-parents-of-young-children memo. Go to…

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Details behind the Tweetup: #deepfriedhunt edition

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers. The Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup is upon us, and we are busy getting all of the final details in place. We have lots of fun stuff planned for the Folk Festival tent (including artists and entertainers who will be there, the awesome food you’ll be able to sample and the deep-fried Tweetup Badges we’ll have for the…

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