Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

A (not) deep fried review: Some like it hot

One of the hottest food items on the fairgrounds is also one of the coolest. Country Folks Creamery from Clayton introduced the Carolina Reaper Pepper Ice Cream, made from a pepper that is so high on the Scoville Scale that you have to be over 18 and sign a waiver to purchase it. But a 2.2 million Scoville heat unit rating didn’t deter the Deep Fried Crew from trying it out. Candy Apple and I both like very spicy foods. Keith, our brave co-worker, says that he like things a little spicy. Check out the video to see how we…

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North Carolinians love Krispy Kreme

North Carolinians pay homage to the Krispy Kreme doughnut in a variety of ways. The winner of the N.C. Egg Art contest is a Krispy Kreme burger with all the fixings. North Carolina’s Egg Farmers sponsor the N.C. Egg Art contest, which has to have a State Fair theme. The winning artist is Jacqueline Breckling from Cary. You can find the egg art in the Hobbies and Handicraft Building.   This Lego Krispy Kreme store depiction earned a second-place ribbon for Howard Maye of Raleigh in the North Carolina travel theme category. It can be found in the Hobbies and…

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Deep Fried Review: Twinx and Bacon Wrapped Reeses

On Monday, we hosted more than 50 members of the media at our annual Media Preview Luncheon. We gave them a sneak peek at several new things, including the Down to Earth Aerials, which will perform on the north lawn of Dorton Arena. This is definitely going to attract a crowd! We also had the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources there to talk about its new exhibit in the North Lobby of Dorton Arena, North Carolina in the Great War. The N.C. Horse Council also highlighted the activities they have scheduled for the Year of the Horse at the Hunt…

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How does a family of 4 save at least $22?

Most fair enthusiasts know that the best way to see the fair (other than working there) is to get your tickets in advance. It saves you a good bit of cash and you can avoid standing in line to get your admission tickets. But you only have a few days left to buy them. Adult tickets are $7 in advance, $9 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the gate. Ride sheets (18 tickets per sheet) are $10 in advance, $1 each at the fair. Discount tickets are available on the website and at nine retail…

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6 days to go and I’m looking forward to …

Well, the State Fair Press Office is set up, and looking out my window I can see a steady stream of vehicles pulling in to the fairgrounds. Some are hauling concessions, others bits of displays and exhibits. Our graphics folks are steadily unloading signage, and today was the first day of dropping off items to be judged in competition. A good crop of rides have already been dropped off, too. So the excitement is definitely in the air.   And even though this is my 19th(!?) fair, I’m still excited and looking forward to many parts of it. To me,…

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Artist Spotlight: Tamela Mann

A lot of people may be most familiar with Tamela Mann as the character Cora Simmons in the Tyler Perry movie and sitcom, “Meet the Browns” and other Madea movies. But this Dove Award nominee is first and foremost a gospel singer, and a strong one, at that. She got her start with the incomparable Kirk Franklin, singing on five albums, before going solo in 2009.  Her biggest hit, “Take Me to the King,” also earned her a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. On her biography, she says she loves touring and ministering to people all…

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How to be “In the know” about the 2014 NC State Fair

This summer, I was a bit taken aback when I realized that the San Diego County Fair had just ended. And I hadn’t even realized it was going on. That was a big faux pas on my part. My sister-in-law grew up at that fair, and her parents are still heavily involved there. Most importantly, I thought, I follow the fair on Facebook. But none of their posts seemed to make it into my newsfeed over its 18-day run. That’s when I realized that when the N.C. State Fair starts next month, there is a possibility that a large percentage…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 12-14

It promises to be a busy (and culturally enriching) weekend at the State Fairgrounds. The Greek Festival expands to the Jim Graham Building for the 33rd annual event, the Budweiser Clydesdales are starring in the Hunt Horse Complex and two Independence Day celebrations will be held. Plus, this is one of only three weekends of the Flea Market left before they have to move out for the N.C. State Fair, so don’t delay if you’re on the lookout for antique furniture or collectibles. The Budweiser Clydesdales are making appearances at the N.C. State Championship Horse Show through Saturday. The horse…

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The Newsboys return to Dorton Arena

With lyrics like “God’s not dead, He’s surely alive/He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion,” the Newsboys don’t try to sugar coat the fact that they are a contemporary Christian rock band. But make no mistake, they are a rock band.  The band is in the middle of the We Believe Tour, and coming off the success of the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” that features their hit song of the same title. Personally, I’ve been a Newsboys fan since seeing them at Campbell University in 1994, just before their Going Public album came out, and shortly after Jeff…

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