My name is Rebecca, but around here, you can call me Jane Deere. My love for the State Fair and all that it brings - John Deere tractors, the barbecue sundae and Midway lights at night - is what landed me here. After interning in 2013, I'm back with the Deep Fried crew to enjoy the fair for a few days.

Two green thumbs up

Many find the recent rain that has flooded the Triangle to be annoying, but Mike Lowe isn’t bothered. The rain hasn’t affected his prize-winning garden. The longtime gardener has been winning North Carolina State Fair ribbons for his plants for the past six years. Lowe’s love for the garden began as a child when his grandmother gave him a small potted cactus to take care of. Since then, his expertise of plant life has grown and now includes perennials, annuals and foliage shrubs. Though he’s always been a gardener, Lowe’s decision to exhibit his plants at the fair happened only…

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Weekend Update: July 19-21

Come one, come all to the fairgrounds this weekend. With antiques, coins, reptiles and horses, there’s definitely something for every member of the family. The 64th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza will be in the Graham Building. There will be more than 125 exhibitors from across the East Coast selling and trading their quality antiques and collectibles. Event hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6.50 per day or $7.50 for a weekend pass. The 37th annual coin and paper money show, hosted by the Raleigh Coin Club, will be in the Expo…

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Intern check-in

With the help of the Deep Fried crew, I’ve already checked several things off of my Internship To-Do List. In case you’re wondering if all I ever do is write Weekend Updates, I’m glad to tell you no; there are many other things I’ve worked on this summer. Blog: One of my responsibilities has been writing posts for this blog. Many of the Weekend Updates have my name signed to them, but I’m also working on a series of posts about contests and concerts at the 2013 State Fair. News Releases: A lot of the announcements that have been made…

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Weekend Update: July 12-14

July 4th kept things quiet at the fairgrounds last weekend, but now we’re back with events for horse, jewel and gem enthusiasts. The State 4-H Horse Show began Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Hours this weekend are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The show features more than 2,600 entries in 123 classes that highlight youth 4-H members. The exhibitors are demonstrating their riding and management skills with their animals to the panel of judges. Admission is free for all spectators, so don’t miss this opportunity to support 4-H. The Gem and Jewelry Show is always a popular event, and we’re…

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Happy 4th of July!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for fireworks, good food and sporting your red, white and blue. For those of you in Raleigh for the July 4th holiday, be sure to catch the fireworks shows downtown this year. The first show will be at 9:15 p.m. and best seen from Fayetteville Street. The second show will begin at 10:15 p.m. in the area around the Red Hat Amphitheater. Although the fairgrounds will not have any special events on July 4th or through the weekend, the Flea Market will operate Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m….

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Premium Preview

To all of our State Fair competitors who want to take home this year’s blue ribbons, we have good news for you: the 2013 Premium Book is almost here. The book will be available and information will be online July 1, but we have a preview of what changes you can expect in this year’s general and livestock competitions. Fair worker Billy Hamilton looks at the canning entries at the 2012 State Fair. The culinary division will add an exceptional/special needs category, which is divided into developmental age groups. Each group has entries for breads, cakes and cookies. Also new…

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Weekend Update: June 28-30

We’re starting our weekend update a little earlier this week, and we’re sure many little girls and boys will be excited to hear about the Pet A Pony Day event happening Thursday in conjunction with this week’s horse show. Join us this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex for the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association  annual show. Admission is free, and the show will run from June 26-30. Each day’s festivities begin at 8 a.m., so don’t miss an opportunity to see the horse jumping show excitement. Thursday is Pet A Pony Day, where people can pet ponies and learn…

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Weekend Update: June 21-23

This weekend, the fairgrounds will travel back in time with a classic car auction and antique toy collectibles. The Raleigh Classic is hosting a Classic Car Auction Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be four private collections with more than 250 vintage vehicles for auction. Visitors can preview the cars Friday morning from 8-10 a.m. before the bidding begins. Admission for adults is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Admission for children aged 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for both days. The auctions will take place in the…

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Weekend Update: June 14-16

This weekend packs a punch at the fairgrounds in Raleigh; whatever your interests, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy. The Tarheel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show will stretch from June 13-22, including this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex. The Maker Faire: NC show will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kerr Scott Building. This creative display of American innovation will feature all things homemade, from cookies to robots. Maker Faire: NC will be a cross between craft fair, science fair and world’s fair all mixed together for an afternoon of hands-on learning and fun. Admission…

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Weekend Update: June 7-9

If you find yourself perusing the flea market this weekend, you might also encounter some jewelers, bottle enthusiasts and horseback riders on the fairgrounds. The Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show will be held in the Scott Building. Dealers will present their finest gems and jewels, including shark teeth, rare minerals and fossils. This show is put on by Frank Cox Productions, which has been touring  the Southern U.S. this season. Admission to the show is free and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Raleigh Bottle Club will be showing its collection of antique…

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