Wildflower

I'm Wildflower (a.k.a Evie Fordham), and when the middle of October rolls around every year, you'll most likely find me strolling through the gardens, admiring the blue ribbon flowers, and sipping on lemonade at the State Fair. I'm having fun as a summer intern writing and researching about this North Carolina tradition!

N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition showcases growing industry

North Carolina’s growing cheese industry has gotten a welcome boost from the annual N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition. “We started the competition in 2011 to help small dairy farmers and give consumers exposure to what great cheeses we have,” said Steve Lathrop, head of dairy marketing for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. There are nearly 40 creameries producing cheese across the state, and many of them enter the fair’s cheese competition, Lathrop said. Entries are judged according to their class, or type, and the winners in each class contend for Best of Show. After the competition, the…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 16-18

Supporting North Carolina’s firefighters and paramedics can be as simple as buying a concert ticket. The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of N.C. Presents Neal McCoy in Concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Dorton Arena. General admission is $28, and doors open at 7 p.m. Buy tickets at www.pffpnc.net or at Dorton Arena Box Office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the concert. Other events this weekend include: The 59th Annual N.C. State Championship Horse Show is Thursday through Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free to morning sessions. Whiplash will perform each night…

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State Fair Flyer Q&A

Note: This post has been updated to reflect a change in the number of carriers on the ride. The N.C. State Fairgrounds will premiere its first permanent ride at the 2016 fair. The State Fair Flyer will transport fairgoers across the Midway, giving visitors a beautiful aerial view of the grounds. We talked to American Sky Lifts, who will own and operate the lift. Q: What is the State Fair Flyer? A: The State Fair Flyer is similar to a ski lift. Its endpoints are the “Orville Terminus” at the west end of the Scott Building and the “Wilbur Terminus” near Gate…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 9-11

Opa! The 35th Annual Greek Festival is Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday  from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building. Adult admission is $3, but you can find a coupon for free on their website. Admission for children ages 13 to 19 and seniors is $2, while children ages 12 and under are admitted free. This event offers authentic Greek food, live music and traditional Greek dance groups. Part of event proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Go to http://raleighgreekfestival.com/ for more. Other events this weekend include: Meredith College…

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Wildflower must “leaf”

I hope I don’t offend any of my fellow state government interns by saying that I definitely had the best internship this summer. The N.C. State Government Internship Program places around 100 interns in different state government departments, and I’m sure I hit the jackpot with my internship in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ State Fair Division. I interviewed world-class acrobats, learned about the history of the 163-year-old fair and wrote a story on ice cream (taste test included!) during my time as an intern. I also honed my skills as a writer thanks to Merrie Go…

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Weekend Update: July 29-31

Check out the horses at the Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II Show Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Barn E Ring of the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. Also coming up: The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show is Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Admission is $5 per day and $7 for a weekend pass; admission for ages 15 and under is free. The event features over 80…

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Weekend Update: July 22-24

  Parents seeking to outfit their ever-growing children are in luck because the popular Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is this weekend in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. Sale hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and most of the clothes, toys and other items are a third of their original price. Register to sell items at www.kidsexchange.net. All items are marked half-price on Sunday. Other events include: The Artisan and Craftsman Benefit Expo is Saturday from 10 a.m….

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Weekend Update: July 15-17

You can catch a horse show in the morning, antiques in the afternoon and a circus at night this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Not to be forgotten is the free Children’s Good News Spectacular on Saturday. Upcoming events include: The Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association Open Horse Show is Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. daily in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. The event will feature Halter, Western, English and Saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m….

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Weekend Update: July 8-10

  The State Fairgrounds will be home to everything from gemstones and scrapbooking supplies to horses and survival gear this weekend. Check out the variety of upcoming events: The State 4-H Horse Show is Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this event located in the Hunt Horse Complex. 4-H members from ages 5 to 18 will compete in speed, dressage and Western. The Gem & Jewelry Show will be held Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in…

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Weekend Update: July 1-3

  Slithering, scaly pets will fill the Scott Building for the Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Two-day passes are $15. Snakes, iguanas, lizards and all the items needed to care for them will be on sale. Live animal presentations and seminars will be offered hourly. Other events this weekend include: The Capital City Gun Show is Saturday from 9…

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