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!

11 months to go

It’s been about a month since the gates closed on the 2013 N.C. State Fair. And the countdown clock says we are still 327 days away from when the 2014 fair opens. So to miss the fair a little less, I found two of our favorite fan-created videos from the fair. They are both great and have equally great soundtracks to go along with them. Enjoy! A view from a Go-Pro from the Silver Feather Sudios blog:   Fairgoer David Huppert (@hupdiggs) managed to hit up most corners of the fairgrounds. Happy Friday!  

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You can do WHAT at the fair?

Everyone knows the basics of what you can do at the fair — eat a wide variety of foods, get spun in every direction on our 100-plus midway rides or watch a livestock show or two. However, the fair isn’t all fun, games and livestock. You can mark things off your to-do list while you’re here as well. Here are some things you probably didn’t know you can do while walking around with a turkey leg: 1. Get a flu shot. Kerr Drug is once again offering flu shots at two locations on the fairgrounds: next to the waterfall on…

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The verdict is YUM

We hosted the annual Media Preview lunch today in Dorton Arena where we give our media friends a sneak peek at what’s new at the fair, including the food. Our friends from the Murphy House concession stands fried us up some of the new items. Take a look at what Firecracker and Flying Bob had to say about them:   And check out the other foods that are new to the fair this year in this blog post.  

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It’s all about the food

The annual Media Preview Lunch is on Monday, which means we will announce the new deep fried foods from folks in the Grandstand concession stand (aka Deep Fried Heaven). To hold you over until then, here’s a look at a few things we’ve already announced via Facebook and Instagram: 1. Eastern-style pulled-pork BBQ with homemade coleslaw deep fried in an egg roll wrap and served with a tangy BBQ sauce. Check out Woody’s down the hill to the Midway entrance nearest Dorton Arena. 2. Brinkley’s is doing a sour candy apple…Crushed warheads on a Granny Smith apple. Find Brinkley’s across…

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Weekend Update: May 31-June 2

  The Capital Dressage Classic takes place at the Hunt Horse Complex through Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. This event is free for spectators. Youth from across the state will converge on the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday for the N.C. Junior Beef Roundup. This livestock show includes steer and breed shows, showmanship competition, skill development, leadership development and family activities involving cattle. The event is sponsored by the Purebred Breeders Council, the N.C. Cattlemen’s Association and the N.C. State University 4-H and Youth Livestock Department. Competition begins Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The Old North…

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Weekend update: May 24-27

This weekend is a holiday weekend, and as such, there will be fewer events at the fairgrounds. But don’t let that stop you from coming out and enjoying the Raleigh Flea Market and the few events that are happening: The Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale in the Holshouser Building offers the opportunity to buy and consign anything related to equestrian sport. Saddles, tack, riding clothes, boots, bits, blankets, carts, jewelry, art, helmets and more for all riding disciplines are available. The sale is open Friday thru Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m….

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Press Office Challenge: Got to be NC Festival edition

With so many fairs and festivals under our collective belts, we have to challenge ourselves to find something new or different each year. One of the big highlights each day at the Got to Be NC Festival is the tractor parade. For several years now, I’ve said that I wanted to learn to drive one. So this year, I asked Pat Short, who oversees the tractor display at the Got to Be NC Festival, to teach me. Not only did Pat teach me to drive a tractor, he offered up his 1952 John Deere MT to drive in the parade….

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Weekend Update: May 10-12

The Wake County Library’s annual Book Sale and Festival of Reading opened Thursday in the Graham Building and prices keep getting better throughout the weekend. But don’t fret if you didn’t make it there the first day. With more than 400,000 books, there are still plenty of bestsellers left on the table. The books are in good condition. Some are pulled out of circulation, and others come from donations if library locations already have duplicate copies. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted. Admission is free. Hours and prices: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – hardbound books $4;…

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