On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

Ready. Set. Bring your entries!

Entries started going into place today for several competitive-exhibit departments at the fair. Potential prize-winners dropped off their artwork, woodwork, prized quilts and other entries that will be judged before the fair’s opening on Thursday, Oct. 17. Entries are up 43 percent this year, with the largest increase in the flower and garden department, followed by the 4-H and beer departments.    

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Artist Spotlight: Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

Dust off your moon-walking shoes and glide on in to Dorton Arena on Thursday, Oct. 24, for Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Who’s Bad is the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one to predate Jackson’s untimely passing in 2009. Although I might date myself to admit this, as a child I had a white glove keychain and listened to the new Michael Jackson “Thriller” album over and over on my pink cassette player. I liked the catchy lyrics and awesome beat. Even as a child, I knew Michael Jackson was a legend. I think…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 16-18

Cowboys, boat enthusiasts and parents looking for a great deal on items for their children will fill the Fairgrounds this weekend under cooler skies which will also be perfect for visiting the flea market. The Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Hunt Horse Complex. This show features riders dressed in period and contemporary western costumes. Riders will shoot balloons from their galloping horses in the main arena with six guns, rifles and shotguns using safety blanks. This thrilling competition combines shooting skills with horsemanship against the…

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Blue ribbon by proxy: youth competitions at the fair

Every year, I look at the ribbon winners at the fair with a mix of admiration and envy. With thousands of categories, including flower arranging, painting, vegetable growing, sewing, canning and cake decorating, you would think I could be a prize winner in one. But, sadly, I don’t bake, can or sew. I attempted to grow a watermelon once and ended up with just a long vine, not even close to what I needed to win as the fair’s largest. As much as I love the State Fair, blue ribbons don’t seem like a reasonable goal for me. My children…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 10-11

Brides-to-be and bargain hunters will find plenty as the Fairgrounds hosts the Southern Bridal Show and Expo and its usual weekend flea market. The Southern Bridal Show and Expo will be held in the Jim Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You will meet 150 Triangle wedding experts and enjoy wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in wedding wear.  This show promises to be the ultimate wedding one-stop shopping with fun, food and fashion previews every hour.  Admission is $10 per person, and children age 12 and under are admitted free. The Raleigh Flea…

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The August Early Bird gets the deal

State Fair tickets go on sale tomorrow and for those of you who buy early, you’ll have the best chance for good seats to a concert and get the added bonus of scoring free tickets to the fair. The August Early Bird Special runs only for the month of August and it allows ticket buyers to earn up to three free adult admission tickets based on the total purchase amount in a single order before convenience fees. Planning to spend between $60 and $120? You earn one free ticket. Purchases between $120.01 and $220 earn two free tickets, and purchases…

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