Pumpkin

I'm Charlotte Spence, also known as Pumpkin. I'm a UNC-Chapel Hill student, Raleigh native and life long fairgoer. I'm so excited to take part in the researching, writing and planning process of one of my favorite traditions in the Tar Heel state as a summer intern!

Weekend Update: July 21-23

Looking for kids’ back-to-school clothes? The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is happening this weekend at the fairgrounds. Attendees can expect to find discounted clothes, toys and more. Most items will be sold at about one-third of their original price. All items will be half price on Sunday. The event will run Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Admission is free for all ages. Other events: The Sports Card, Memorabilia and Comic Con is Friday through Sunday in the Scott…

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Weekend Update: July 14-16

Calling all antique collectors! The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. The event will host over 125 exhibitors from across the country selling one-of-a-kind items. The extravaganza runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per day or $8 for a weekend pass. Other events happening at the fairgrounds: The Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association open horse show is Friday through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will feature Hatler, Western, English and Saddle seat classes…

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Weekend Update: July 7-9

At the fairgrounds this week, you’ll find everything from survival essentials to crafting tools. Here’s what’s going on: The Gem and Jewelry Show offers up a variety of gems, including bead collections, crystals and minerals from vendors across the country. Dealers will also showcase some rare items, such as giant shark’s teeth and fossils. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scott Building Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. The Rubber Stamp and Scrapbooking Show runs Friday to Sunday in the Exposition Center. The event will feature a variety of training classes, with vendors…

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How to win big at State Fair kids’ competitions

Every autumn, the N.C. State Fair hosts dozens of kids’ competitions and offers hundreds of dollars in prize money to winners. At this year’s 150th fair, kids have an opportunity to show their skills in a variety of areas and claim the ultimate bragging rights. The contests can range from arts and photography to horticulture and poultry, and everything in between. To help kids navigate the hustle and bustle of fair championships, I gathered advice from an experienced contender, Joey Moore, who has claimed first place in many contests, including livestock, art, 4-H, and handicrafts and hobbies. Along the way, he…

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Weekend Update: June 30-July 2

The NCHJA Annual HunterJumper Show starts Thursday and goes through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will begin at 8 a.m. each day and admission is free for spectators. There will be special classes held Friday and Saturday evenings. The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Attendees will find vendors from across the country showing live animals, animal supplies and other related products. There will also be live animal presentations and educational seminars throughout the weekend. General…

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Weekend Update: June 23-25

This is a big weekend for horse and car lovers at the fairgrounds. Here’s a list of upcoming events: The Classic Car Auction is Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. The event will feature four private collections offering over 250 vintage vehicles. The public has the option to preview the cars Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. before the auction begins. Adult admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Admission for ages 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a weekend pass….

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Weekend Update: June 16-18

From tiny house hunting to collectible toy shopping, this weekend at the fairgrounds has a little something for everyone. Here’s what’s going on: The Great American Tiny House Show is Friday and Saturday in the Graham Building. The expo will display different types of houses, such as container homes, modular homes and other portable structures. It will also feature exhibits with building equipment and accessories, real estate brokers, recreational items and travel destinations. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $10. The Man Expo is every man-cave owner’s dream. The event will offer the…

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Weekend Update: June 9-11

Between jewelry shows and the weekly flea market, this weekend’s events at the fairgrounds will give you the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to some new bling. Here’s what’s coming up: The Gem and Jewelry Show offers up a variety of gems, including bead collections, crystals and minerals from vendors across the country. Dealers will also showcase some rare items, such as giant shark’s teeth and fossils. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scott Building on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Every Saturday and Sunday, visitors will find an array of clothing,…

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Meet Pumpkin, the newest Deep Fried intern

My name is Charlotte Spence, but around here I’m more commonly known as Pumpkin. I’m a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels!) studying journalism, political science and Spanish. It was no surprise that I decided to become a Tar Heel. My dad, mom and sister all bled Carolina blue before me, and when I was a little girl wearing my cheerleading uniform at football games and shaking my pompoms, I knew I could never root for another team again. At first, I was terrified to go to a school as big as UNC. But it didn’t take me long…

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