Jeff Miles interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2011. This is his bio from that year: People usually call me Jeff Miles but when asked what my favorite part of Fair was, rides was the first thing that came to mind--so call me Tilt-A-Whirl from here on out. I've always been a big fan of the State Fair and I'm really excited to be working here this summer. I'll be bringing you weekly updates on the goings on at the fairgrounds and hopefully much more. I can't wait to see you all in October (and hopefully before)!

Weekend Update: August 5-7

With five distinctively different events, there is truly something for everyone at the fairgrounds this weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Inkfest Live: The Urban Tattoo Expo will be held in the Exposition Center. The event will feature tattoo artists from around the world showcasing their craft. Graffiti demonstrations, live musical performances and custom car and bike displays will also be included. The popular Dixie Gun & Knife Classic will be held in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. A wide variety of vendors will have antique and modern guns, hunting, camping and recreational equipment and military surplus items…

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Twitter roundup: Five fantastically fun fair games the entire family can enjoy

Not everyone likes biting into an ultra-sugary Twinkie log or hanging upside down and being thrown around on the Claw, so what else is there to do at the fair? The answer is simple: A LOT. There is a variety of live entertainment options, numerous premium competitions and an ever-changing array of exhibits on agriculture, industry and North Carolina history just to name a few. One other family friendly option is games. Games of chance trace their history back to the beginning of the fair itself. At that time, card games were the most prevelant, but fair officials banned that…

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Tilt-A-Whirl here, signing off at least for now

Today marks my last day with the N.C. State Fair through North Carolina’s State Government Internship Program. Though it is cliche to say, I can’t believe that my time at the fair has come to a close so quickly. I feel as though it was just yesterday that I met all the wonderful people that I’ve worked with here. The good news is that I will be back to assist the Deep Fried Crew during their busiest time before, during and immediately after the fair. I know that my experience here will help me in my future career, but more…

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Weekend Update: July 29-31

This weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off today with Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show hosted by Inside Pitch Promotions. The event runs through Sunday and features nearly 100 vendors buying, selling or trading new and vintage sports items. Sportscards, memorabilia and NASCAR specialty items are just a few of the things to look forward to. Spectators will also have the chance to see two different styles of horse showing this weekend at the fairgrounds. The Raleigh Fun NCHJA “C” Indoors Horse Show will feature the Hunter/Jumper style. It is the first of a series of two shows hosted by…

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Twitter roundup: Ten terrifying rides you won’t want to miss at this year’s State Fair

The first ride debuted at the N.C. State Fair in 1891. It was called the Switchback Railway and is similar to what we think of today as a roller coaster. Since that time, the number of rides and the importance of the midway has increased as the fair has moved away from focusing solely on agriculture to promoting and celebrating North Carolina industry and culture more generally. The fair has a diverse offering of some pretty amazing rides, we posted some tweets on rides over the past week (#10terryifyingrides) to show people all the great adventures. Like we did last…

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Weekend Update: July 22-24

Anyone interested in antiques should check out two great events at the fairgrounds this weekend. The Bead Mercantile Show will be held in Scott Building on Saturday and Sunday. The events will feature vendors from all over the country selling beads and bead-related items. In addition, there will be workshops on bead-related topics and crafts. The weekly Raleigh Flea Market will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors from across the state will be selling a variety of wares and some great food. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just in the mood…

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Twitter roundup: Seven sinful State Fair foods

Food has long had a central role in shaping the way people experience the N.C. State Fair. Premiums have been awarded for the production of top notch agricultural products since the first fair in 1853, and the first booths selling food appeared on the midway around 1900. At that time, many booths sold food to raise money for churches and civic organizations, and that is still true today. What’s more, inĀ  a survey conducted a few years back, 70 percent of fairgoers chose food as one of the reasons they attended the N.C. State Fair. We wanted to highlight the…

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Weekend Update: July 15-17

The Raleigh Kids Exchange Consignment Sale begins today and continues through Sunday in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The event bills itself as “the ultimate recycle” and “the nation’s largest consignment event.” In the past few years the event has grown steadily, so expect to see a wide variety of items. Kids Exchange is designed to allow parents to come together to buy, sell and donate clothes, toys and other children’s items. Visitors who sign up to work at the Exchange get the chance to shop before everyone else. The Raleigh Coin Club & Stamp Show is the largest…

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Weekend Update: July 8-10

The State 4-H Horse Show begins today at 3 p.m. and runs through Sunday night at the Hunt Horse Complex. The show is designed to highlight the achievement of North Carolina’s youth in the areas of horseback riding and horse management. The N.C. State Fair and the State 4-H have enjoyed a long tradition of cooperation. The event will feature more than 100 equine competitions and a vendor fair. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 60th Annual Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza will be held in the Graham Building. More than 100 vendors from up-and-down the East coast will be present. All things…

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Weekend Update: July 1-4

The holiday weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off today with the start of the NCHJA Annual Hunter Jumper Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. Horses will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, and the show will feature a variety of special events open to the public. Visitors will have the chance to pet ponies, watch a blacksmith at work and browse the offerings at a silent auction. Frank Cox Productions will host its second Gem & Jewelry Show of the summer Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The diverse offerings for show and sale will include…

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