Blue Ribbon

Natalie Alford blogged for the 2009-2011 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: I work at the Fairgrounds year-round, so I'm always in the middle of the fun! During the Fair, I work with the press office team to organize events and exhibits, and log a lot of miles on my pedometer. I'm also the County Agricultural Fairs Coordinator, which means I license, promote and visit North Carolina's agricultural fairs and enjoy thousands of blue ribbon entries every year. I hope to see you at the Fair!

Happy Valentine’s/Ferris Wheel Day!

Not only is today Valentine’s Day, one of the most romantic days of the year, but it’s also a day to celebrate one of the most popular rides at the Fair: the Ferris wheel! On this day in 1859, American engineer and inventor George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. was born. Ferris is famous for creating the original Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. What better way to celebrate a day of love and carnival rides than a deep-fried photo contest? Show us your love of Ferris wheels by submitting a Ferris wheel photo to the N.C. State Fair’s fan page, tagging your…

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‘Black Friday’ at the Fairgrounds

The State Fairgrounds will offer several events on “Black Friday” to accommodate holiday shoppers, and you won’t even have to wake up too early! The Raleigh Flea Market will open a day early, and operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, for shoppers looking to buy locally made, unique and antique items. Do you have a left-handed friend on your gift list this year? Then check out one of the newest market vendors, That’s Not Right, located in the Commercial Building, for unusual and fun gifts just for lefties. The Raleigh Flea Market offers everything from gourmet spices to golf…

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Deep Fried Review: Fried Frito Pie

My mouth has been watering in anticipation of tasting the Fried Frito Pie since I first heard it was going to be at the N.C. State Fair. I simply couldn’t resist this recipe description: Texas chili mixed with mild cheddar cheese, wrapped in Frito corn chips, then battered and fried. The dish comes with a side of salsa and sour cream. Steph’s Strawberries, located near the Village of Yesteryear in front of the Rabbit Barn, serves up a large portion of the deep-fried treat. Check out this deep fried review: Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser. Check back during the Fair…

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Subway Great Fair-A-Thon Challenge Clue #1

In 2008, the N.C. State Fair helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jared the Subway guy’s tremendous weight loss, and his former size 60 pants, with the Pants Dance Revolution. This year, Jared is taking his message of health and fitness all the way to New York to compete in the NYC Marathon, and he wants you to come cheer him on. All you have to do is help us “Celebrate What’s Great” about the State Fair by competing in the Great Fair-A-Thon Challenge, and you may be on your way to the Big Apple! Great Fair-A-Thon Challenge participants will first compete…

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Free fireworks at the fairgrounds on the Fourth

Where can you watch a free, spectacular fireworks show; enjoy free activities like a water-ballon toss, sack races and Wii gaming; hear local bands for free and eat free N.C. watermelon, all in one day? It’s all at the State Fairgrounds this Sunday for the 2010 July 4th Celebration, presented by the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and the N.C. State Fair. Gates open at 5 p.m. and activities will run until 8:30 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center. The fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m. There will be kid-friendly sports challenges, craft activities such as constructing…

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Harley-Davidson motorcycles have arrived!

About 50 bikers participated in the annual ride from Ray Price Harley-Davidson on South Saunders Street to the Got to Be NC Festival. They arrived at noon, and will be on display near the Grandstand throughout the day. Come out and vote for your favorite bike. The winner will receive the “People’s Choice” award. Note: If the video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser.

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Fairgrounds events add culture, variety to the first weekend of spring.

By all accounts, spring will begin with a weekend full of beautiful weather. What better time for a family outing at the N.C. State Fairgrounds? With hundreds of events each year, the fairgrounds offers a variety of activities to choose from, and some of the more popular shows have a decidedly cultural flair. The India Fest Cultural Arts Showcase will take place in Dorton Arena Friday through Sunday. This festival has grown in popularity and size since its first year at the fairgrounds in 2004, expanding to a three-day event, and will kick off tonight with a live dance and music show featuring Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal….

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Blue ribbon winners from 2009 photography competition part of state-wide tour

When Candace Green’s son Walton had enough fun with the family for one day, he decided going home should mean getting to drive. The image to the left shows Walton saying one of his first words, “TRUUUCK!” Green’s photograph, Walton Green Likes Trucks is one of eight blue ribbon winners from the 2009 N.C. State Fair photography competition that will be part of a year-long tour across the state. The “Celebrate North Carolina: Faces and Places“ Photography Exhibit is an initiative of the Office of First Gentleman Bob Eaves in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The exhibit of 30 images from…

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Vendor space applications now available

One of my favorite things to do at the N.C. State Fair is peruse the products for sample and sale from the wide variety of vendors exhibiting around the fairgrounds. I also enjoy comparing the food concessionaire menus to find that perfect tasty treat. With more than 850,000 attendees just as curious (and hungry) as me, the  Fair offers an excellent opportunity to bolster your business or brand. Think you might have a Deep Fried bestseller? Visit the vendors section of our Web site to download an application and information. But don’t wait — applications are due by July 1. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available, with a minimum of 8…

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North and South Carolina fairs convene in Raleigh

Fair managers and organizers from across North and South Carolina took over the Sheraton Imperial Hotel last week for the annual Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention. The convention, which highlighted economical ways to improve the fair experience, began Wednesday night with an auction and reverse raffle. Proceeds from this event supported the N.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs’ educational scholarships. On Thursday, attendees heard from Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and Sen. Bob Atwater.  In the trade show, attendees met with many family-friendly entertainers; managers often book new acts and finalize carnival contracts during this part of the convention. Friday was packed with…

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