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!

Weekend Update: June 24-26

Discover the Dinosaurs in the Expo Center

Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times via the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit on Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as a Dino Dig, face painting and Dino Mini-Golf. To purchase tickets, visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Other events this weekend include: The Raleigh Money Expo is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Exposition Center. Admission…

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Weekend Update: June 17-19

The State Fairgrounds will be filled with classic cars, toys and miscellaneous treasures this weekend. Upcoming events include: The Raleigh Classic Car Auction is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass; admission for children 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Over 250 vintage vehicles from four private collections will be for sale. The North State Toy and Hobby Show is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10…

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Weekend Update: June 10-12

Another fun-filled weekend is shaping up at the State Fairgrounds. Check out the following events: The Tarheel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show is Friday through Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. daily in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free to this event sponsored by the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association. The Raleigh Flea Market runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education building and surrounding grounds. Come explore hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. The Gem & Jewelry Show is Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to…

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Weekend Update: June 3-5

The fairgrounds will host a variety of events this weekend. Come find a new furry friend, examine antique bottles, or watch a youth cattle show at the following events: The Capital Dressage Classic is Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this nationally recognized equestrian competition, which will feature a vendor fair. Event is located in the Hunt Horse Complex. The N.C. Junior Beef Roundup is Saturday and Sunday with competitions beginning at 7:30 a.m. North Carolina’s youth will show off both their skills and their…

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Meet the new Deep Fried intern — Wildflower

I’m Evie Fordham, but you can call me Wildflower. Since I was able to hold a pencil, I’ve loved to write. In elementary school, I stuck handmade “neighborhood newspapers” in my neighbors’ mailboxes. In middle school, I thought I had made it big when I started writing for my church newsletter. And through high school, my desire to go to college and major in journalism never wavered. My college path led me out of state to Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C. I love the D.C. area, but I sure do miss North Carolina (and its sweet…

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Weekend Update: May 27-29

A weekend full of fun awaits visitors to the State Fairgrounds this Friday through Sunday. Check out the following events: The final two days of the Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show are Friday and Saturday, with free admission for the public. The event features over 200 Morgan horses coming from across the nation to compete. This show also offers carriage classes and vendors selling horse-themed gifts. Hours in the Main Arena are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Hours in the outside open rings are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday for dressage, and…

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