Details behind the Tweetup: Swag and sponsors edition

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers. We wouldn’t want to let our tweeps down when it comes to cool (free!) stuff. At the N.C. State Fair, we have many awesome sponsors, agriculture commodity groups, entertainers and friends who have donated their time and swag to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, and we want to highlight them here. In addition to the other artists…

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: A whole lotta loony

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. With a title like Deep-Fried Ambassador, I figure it’s my duty to be a little adventurous at the State Fair. Eat something weird. Do stuff I’ve never tried before. Satisfy some long-held curiosity. So I enlisted an accomplice (Deputy Deep-Fried), got some very official badges made and thought up a list. How did an evening that started like this … … end like this? Stay tuned!

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$5 Footlong Song Challenge showdown, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Be there!

Five local lyricists and all of their fans will meet at the Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. for the $5 Footlong Song Challenge showdown! Come on out to cheer for your favorite performance. Here are the finalists: Kris Thomas, 27, a school and office furniture salesman from Greenville, will sing to country music. Austin Moss, a 17-year-old N.C. State University student from Raleigh, singing to rock music. Nicole Griffin, 20, and Lindsey Barfield, 24. The duo will sing to bluegrass music. Both women are from Raleigh, Griffin is an assistant producer on the TLC…

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Details behind the Tweetup: #deepfriedhunt edition

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers. The Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup is upon us, and we are busy getting all of the final details in place. We have lots of fun stuff planned for the Folk Festival tent (including artists and entertainers who will be there, the awesome food you’ll be able to sample and the deep-fried Tweetup Badges we’ll have for the…

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Subway coupon offers a whole lotta savings.

Did you wait too late and miss the advance sale discount on State Fair admission? Or perhaps you’ve already attended the Fair and want to come back, but don’t want to pay full price for an admission ticket. Subway has you covered. By simply stopping into any Raleigh-area Subway restaurant, you can pick up a coupon good for $2 off the $7 adult admission price. No purchase is necessary, and the coupons are valid Monday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 22, only. Hey, don’t thank us; we just like to pass on good news.

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I’ve never done that before – Sunday edition

I’ve issued the challenge to the Press Office staff to each experience something we’ve never done before. Merrie Go Round blogged earlier today about stringing tobacco on opening day, something she’s never attempted before. This morning, I did something that I’ve never done in the 26 Sundays I’ve experienced at the Fair, and that was to attend a church service in the historic chapel in Heritage Village. I think I picked the coldest Sunday morning in Fair history to go to a church service. I believe it was 44 degrees when I walked down there.  The one-room structure was built…

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Accepting the Press Office Challenge: Tobacco tying 101

OK, so I took Firecracker up on her challenge to do something at the Fair that I had never done. As we were talking through this idea, it came to our attention that there were plenty of things to choose from, which seemed crazy since this is the 14th year for both of us. So on Friday after the official tobacco-tying contest was finished, I decided on the spur of the moment to try my hand at stringing tobacco. And I knew exactly who I was going to get to teach me to string tobacco – Sandy Jones of Maple Hill,…

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Wanna be a rock star?

Let’s face it: At some point in our lives, we have all wanted to be big rock stars. We can’t promise you will be able to join the lineup at Dorton Arena, but you can earn “rock star status” during IGX’s Guitar Hero World Tour Video Game Tournament. Four preliminary rounds will be held during the Fair, and the top two contestants from those competitions will receive free Fair admission to compete Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Grand Champion Round. The winner walks away with a $100 video game gift card. Second-place and third-place winners will receive…

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See Jamey Johnson ‘In Color’ Monday, Oct. 19

I’ll admit: I’m a bit of a fan girl for Jamey Johnson. I don’t know if it’s the outlaw country vibe, his honest lyrics or that intense beard. (Okay, I know it’s not the beard. The beard is a little scary.) What I do know is his brand of country music is a unique mix of honky-tonk, outlaw and a little bit of the blues. If you’re on a first-name basis with Waylon, Willie, Merle and George, you’ll want to check him out. I’ve seen him in concert twice — first at the 2008 Got to Be NC Ag Jam…

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Don’t throw ’em away, recycle!

If you’re out at the Fair, enjoying a refreshing drink in a plastic bottle or aluminum can, be sure to dispose of those drink containers in a recycling bin. You can find these reycling bins scattered throughout the fairgrounds, and because of their bright green and yellow design, they are pretty easy to spot. Did you know 100 plastic bottles are thrown away every second in North Carolina? On Oct. 1, a new law went into effect banning plastic bottles from landfills, and the folks at  the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance want you to know…

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