Yeah, there’s a deep-fried app for that.

A few weeks ago we came across the Twitter account @StateFairApp. Upon further investigation, we ended up talking with Triangle resident and app creator Rob Taylor about the State Fair Apps he’s created, including one specifically for the N.C. State Fair. (We’re even the featured Fair on his Web site screenshots.) Rob was nice enough to answer some questions for us. We haven’t tried it out yet, but we’ll be giving away promo codes from our @NCStateFair Twitter account and at the Deep-Fried Triangle Tweetup on Thursday, Oct. 22, so you can take it for a test-drive. (Haven’t registered for…

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Stacking up the fun

Cotton Candy and I had a few minutes of downtime yesterday while waiting to meet someone at Gate 9. To occupy ourselves, we decided to take a look around the LEGO Experience tent that is located right inside the gate. We expected to just walk through, but soon we found ourselves  standing in front of a bin of LEGOs feebly attempting to make a corndog. Then we found out that our creation could earn us a sticker if we picked up a LEGO passport. Like kids in a candy store, we were hooked. We grabbed our passport lanyards and were…

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Details behind the Tweetup: Tweetup badges

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. So now our tweeps know about the artists and entertainers coming to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, as well as the awesome food they’ll be able to sample. But what about the all-important tweetup staple known as the tweetup badge? No sweat–we have you covered! This is actually one of the elements of the tweetup that we’re…

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New L’Oréal Paris makeover tent is ‘pretty’ fabulous

Although there’s nothing deep-fried about the new L’Oréal Paris Color Space tent — well, unless you were to come into the makeover booths with a sunburn — we wanted to check out the exhibit’s promised “insider tips and tricks on the newest and best in beauty.” The 5,000-square-foot tent is really impressive, and reminds me of the weekly L’Oréal Paris challenges on Project Runway (our Twitter friend @Raleighwood reminded us to “use the Macy’s accessories wall thoughtfully.” She’s clearly a Tim Gunn fan as well.) The staff is really knowledgeable, and Elaine, who works in the Skincare Lab, is actually a…

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: ‘Cause you’re hungry

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. Y’all, I cheated on chocolate-covered bacon today. With this: And now I’m sick with guilt. Or, it could be the deep-fried Oreo rock that’s set up residence in my stomach. I think it just crawled into its sleeping bag and turned off the night-light because I can still feel it. Like a five-ton grease-soaked reminder of my little transgression. I still love you, bacon. I had a great time at…

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Firecracker’s Press Office Challenge

The other day, I was at the warehouse picking up some supplies and I looked over and saw the N.C. Wildlife tent being set up. And then I thought to myself, “I’ve never gone to the wildlife tent before. Maybe this will be the year I finally make it over there.” Now, this is my (cough, cough) 14th Fair. I’ve seen and done a lot of things, but there’s a lot that I never got around to doing because we stay so busy with our day-to-day duties. So, I’m issuing a challenge to my Press Office colleagues:  To experience something…

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Apprentice contest offers inside look at skilled construction trade

This summer, I built three flowerboxes as a graduation gift for my girlfriend. I doubt my boxes would pass North Carolina Department of Labor standards, but they looked very nice (thanks in part to my girlfriend’s great paint job). If you would like to see craftsmen who can pass NCDOL standards, visit the tents at the Apprentice Contest Pavilion between Gates 9 and 10 next week for the best in carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing and HV/AC-R competition. The contests showcase more than 50 of about 20,000 people in North Carolina receiving apprenticeship training on the job. Everyone will enjoy watching and…

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Are some of our favorites your favorites, too?

The gates are now open and the fairgrounds is bustling with activity. As we’ve made our way around the grounds this week, we’ve been making mental notes on which of our personal favorite food items are back. Mini-donuts, yes! Roasted corn, check! Apple dumplings, absolutely! Gyros and pizza, they’re here! Fresh-cut fries, check, check! Steak sandwiches, check! Gourmet candy apples, yipee-yummo yes! Deep-fried Oreos, ooooh yeah! Strawberry shortcake, mmmm yes it’s here! Cinnamon buns, yesssssssssss! Blooming onion, absolutely! Chocolate-covered bananas, yep! When you spend 11 of the 11 days of the Fair on the fairgrounds, you get to experience a lot of…

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Sampling Miss Debbie’s specialty apples

Miss Debbie from Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples was nice enough to let us sample some of her newest creations, the Pig Candy Apple, the Honkin’ Hog Apple and the Caramel Pecan Pie. You can taste these apples for yourself in the Commercial Building near Gate 11. Here’s the details on the apples we sample in the video below: Pig Candy Apple: Granny Smith Apple covered in caramel and dipped in white chocolate and covered in bacon and topped off with brown sugar and cinnamon. Honkin’ Hog Apple: Same as the Pig Candy Apple, but with dark cholocate instead of white….

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: A teensy bit excited about the Fair. Can you tell?

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. I’ve been reading and reading and reading about the fair, and I’m glad to report that my fair knowledge now extends beyond chocolate-covered bacon. A little bit. Seriously, this is the best year EVER to be the Deep-Fried Ambassador. As you may have detected by the subtle insinuation in my writing, I have a thing for bacon. I nearly passed out when I heard about the chocolate-covered bacon at this year’s…

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