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!

Five… five dollar… $5 Footlong Song Challenge!

Are you a natural born lyricist with a love for the N.C. State Fair and Subway sandwiches? Think you can handle performing live in front a hungry State Fair crowd? Then get ready for the $5 Footlong Song Challenge! Subway and the State Fair are seeking singers with talent. Submit your song lyrics to the music style of your choice and you could be selected to audition for a chance to perform live at the Fair! Selected contestants will compete for a $500 Subway Gift Card and a chance to see North Carolina’s very own Anoop Desai perform live at the Fair. 

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High School Art Classes + Farm Animals = “A Whole Lotta Green”

For a couple of years, we’ve had a crazy competition for high school art classes called the Farm Animal Frenzy. In the past, each school was given a large, fiberglass farm animal to decorate, and compete to see which farm animal best fits the current State Fair theme. Over time, we inherited a large collection of eclectic farm animals because some schools couldn’t take back their creation after the Fair for one reason or another. Being the resourceful people that we are, we have found other interesting ways to use these animals, such as in certain videos, but quickly realized that we would have a…

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County Fair Travels: Two trips to Burke County

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Morganton to visit the Burke County Fair and this week I went back to Burke for the Drexel Community Fair in town of Drexel. Burke County is one of three North Carolina counties that hosts multiple agricultural fairs.  The Burke County Fair, which took place August 4-8, had a variety of competitive entries from 4-Hers, and there were several nice displays promoting the 100th anniversary of 4-H in NC.  The number of entries in the canning category was up, and the fruits and vegetables looked much better than they did last year, suggesting that competitiors may have had a better growing…

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County Fair Travels

While North Carolina’s Fair season technically began back in May with the Alamance County Fair, my strategically planned, plotted and mapped adventures in County Fair Travels begins now (cue Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”). On Wednesday, July 29, I took a trip to the Bethware Community Fair in Kings Mountain, N.C. This agricultural fair takes over the playground and gymnasium of Bethware Elementary School, where profits from the fair’s fundraising efforts are given to the school’s teachers for classroom needs. In previous years, the fair took place while school was in session, and students were allowed to enjoy the…

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Green NC exhibit returns

Last year, the N.C. State Fair offered a new educational exhibit call Green NC. The exhibit was a fun and interactive environment with displays on energy conservation, alternative fuels and renewable energy sources like solar power and biofuels, locally grown foods, recycling, water conservation and eco-friendly living. Green NC is returning this year, and with only 89 days until the Fair opens, we’re busy finalizing exhibitors, designing the layout and adding new hands-on components.

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Foodie find at the Got to Be NC Festival: Deep fried pizza

While checking out all of the action at the Got to Be NC Festival, we discovered a new favorite treat that we hope will also be at the State Fair — deep fried pizza from Blue Diner Grille! This tasty treat is dipped and battered in Italian breading, fried to perfection and served with some spicy ranch sauce. It has a very satisfyingly warm and cheesy center with bits of pepperoni throughout. Check out this video as Firecracker, Flying Bob and Green Thing taste test our first deep fried pizza. A big thanks to the folks at the Blue Diner…

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Something for the kiddies!

Diego, from the Nick Jr. show Go, Diego, Go! Appearing at the State Fair on Sunday, Oct. 26. Here’s a little something for the kiddies. Diego Márquez, from Go, Diego, Go! will be walking around the Fair this coming Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2-4 p.m. Diego is an 8-year-old rough-and-tumble action-adventure hero on the go. Check out the promo commercial above. Johnny Fishpatrick, mascot for stormwater runoff education. Appearing at Green NC throughout the fair. Also, if you come by Green NC throughout the Fair, you may see Johnny Fishpatrick, the mascot for the Division of Water Quality’s stormwater awareness…

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Please Recycle!

Recycling stations located at Green NC, Dorton Arena, the Midway and Heritage Circle. We’re trying something green this year. Fairgoers can take advantage of four recycling stations around the fairgrounds to dispose of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Recycling stations are located at the Green NC exhibit near Gate 11, Dorton Arena, the Midway and Heritage Circle. Look for the recycling symbol on the daily schedule map, and keep an eye out for the brightly colored green and yellow bins. We decided to offer only four recycling stations as a test project this year, and if all goes well, we…

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