Turkey Leg

Hi, I go by Turkey Leg (AKA Jessica)! I love the fair and I love turkey legs. Surprise! This is my first year attending the NC State Fair as a staff member and I'm super excited!

Weekend Update: June 14-17

Hang out at the Fairgrounds with Dad The Tar Heel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show comes to the Hunt Horse Complex this weekend. Classes are offered in Western Pleasure, Trail, Walk Jog, Horsemanship, Reining, Ranch Riding and Western Riding with a Barrel class on Saturday only. Halter, Showmanship, English Walk Trot, Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation are also included June 15-17. This American Quarter Horse Show runs through June 27, with show times starting at 8 a.m. All events are free for spectators. If you are still looking for a unique gift for dad, consider the Raleigh Flea Market, which is…

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Weekend Update: June 8-10

The Exposition Center will be home to the Raleigh Money Expo, the biggest money show in the Carolinas, this weekend, June 8-10. At Raleigh Coin Club’s 45th annual coin, currency and stamp show, you can buy, sell and trade coins, paper money, stamps, gold, silver and more. There will also be free educational seminars and exhibits on Friday and Saturday, and a special “kids zone” with games and prizes. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but food donations for Food Bank of Central and Eastern North…

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Weekend Update: June 2-3

Come Rock ‘n Ride in Raleigh Cyclists at all levels can turn their pedal power into an opportunity to give back to the community at the Rock ‘n Ride Raleigh event. This eight-hour cycling event with food, beer, live music and more, benefits the Tammy Lynn Center, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Triangle. Children on three-wheeled bikes are also invited to participate in the Kids Fun Ride. Spectator admission is free and rider registration is $25 per person ($30 on the day of the event). There is no cost…

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Weekend Update: May 24 – 27

Hanging around home this Memorial Day weekend? You can find plenty of activities at the State Fairgrounds. Come on out to the 45th Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show, a world-class event with more than 200 Morgans from across the United States. The horses compete in divisions ranging from Hunt and Classic Pleasure to English and Park, with classes both under saddle and in harness. There are also dressage trail and carriage classes and vendors displaying a variety of unique equine gifts. Spectator admission is free. The show starts at 10 a.m Wednesday, and at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Visit…

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Meet the 2017 N.C. State Fair’s finest

This year, the State Fair includes close to 200 food vendors and they are all ah-mazing. There are two that came to shine, though. Followers of  N.C. State Fair social media voted for their favorite food this year. Al’s French Fries took home the award for 2017 Best Food at the Fair. Allison Jefferson Beckwith of Apex, also known as Al, started the business in 1959. Why? No reason other than because he loved fries. Actually, the first two years of business, he sold ice cream. His family keeps his legacy alive by managing two Al’s locations: one outside the…

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Don’t just want to be NC, ‘Got to Be NC’

Locally produced cotton T-shirts, candles, muscadine juices, sweet potatoes, sauces, dry rubs. These are just a few of the products 30 vendors are showcasing in the Got to Be NC tent at the State Fair. Dozens of fairgoers gathered in the tent to sample and ultimately purchase some of North Carolina’s best. There was one that stuck out to me from all of the amazing vendors: Ms. Anne. As I’m taking photos of a woman sampling some maple butter, a smiling man approaches me and says, “That’s Anne.” I look up to see a stack of “Anne’s” products sitting neatly…

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Living the ‘Arepa Loca’

Arepa: A Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine made from maize or corn dough and filled with meat, cheese, sauce, beans, etc. On Monday, Oct. 9, during State Fair Media Day, media and guests tasted new foods from 14 vendors and voted for their favorite. Arepa Loca, a Raleigh-based family business, took home the blue ribbon for 2017 Best New Food. This is their first time as a vendor at the fair. Pedro, Nancy and Nataly Garcia began sharing their unique taste of the Colombian cuisine six years ago at an international festival. The Garcias pride themselves on serving good quality products,…

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Take Advantage of Advance Deals

Get in on the advance price on the state fair tickets while you still can. You can save up to $2 per adult ticket if you make your purchase by Oct. 12, which is opening day. If you like to find deals on things, you could appreciate this. Be sure to set the alert on your phone so you’ll be reminded to act on it. Children’s advance tickets are $3. After the 12th, they are $5 at the gate and $4 online. All children under 6 attend the fair for free. Regular prices for tickets are $10 at the gate…

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