Moving into the final weekend.

Today is Day 9 of the N.C. State Fair and we’ve already broken five attendance records. Yesterday alone, we shattered last year’s record attendance by more than 16,000 fairgoers. The amazing thing is that 59,088 people brought four or more cans for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair, which earned them free admission yesterday. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina also reports the 246,779 pounds of food was collected, breaking yet another record. Fairgoers really answered the call to “Stuff the Warehouse.” Thank you for helping! The weather is going to be fantastic for the…

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King Action Sports turns it pink

With more than 10 years of Fair experience, Keith King works hard to change and enhance the King Action Sports stunt show each year. Whether adding a new ramp to the stage or partnering with a charity organization, King believes that these changes keep fans and fairgoers coming back each year. This year, King decided to partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to promote breast cancer research and awareness. Both King and his wife, Dani Swords, have friends and family who have been diagnosed with the disease and hope that the show will raise awareness of and support…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Who Knew?

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair. I Had No Idea! I can’t even begin to guess how many premiums there are… I just know the book is really big. I’m sure you’ve seen the giant pumpkins, the sheep, the photos, the quilts, and the pickles… but have you ever seen these exhibits?? Masonry (Apprentice Tent – Near the Poultry Tent) Fine Dining (Education/Commercial Building) Aprons (Education/Commercial Building) 4-H Entomology (Bug collection!) (Education/Commercial Building) Handspinning (Education/Commercial Building) Dried Herbs…

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Take a world tour at the fairgrounds

The fall is a busy time for all of us who work at the State Fair. While others get to take time off and go enjoy the autumn leaf season in the mountains, we typically don’t get a chance to take time off and get out of town. I’m not complaining because I really do love my job. However, by the end of October, I am ready for a vacation. I admit that I have spent considerable time daydreaming about what I’m going to do with with my time off. I spend most of that time dreaming about far-off, exotic…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Growin’ up in a barn

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair. Growin’ up in a Barn After visiting the “History of the NC State Fair” house in Heritage Circle I learned that the fair was originally designed to help farmers improve their agricultural techniques. More specifically, they wanted to share scientific methods of farming. 143 fairs later we still get to Celebrate What’s Great in the agricultural world of North Carolina! NC’s the 8th largest producer of apples in the US I’ll take…

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New food: Joe’s Big Dogs

There are hot dogs, and then there’s Joe’s Big Dogs. The silver diner car located between the Jim Graham Building and Dorton Arena has been a surprising sight for many people walking into the Fair from Gate 2. That’s because Joe Bushfan, owner of Joe’s Big Dogs, is selling some really big hot dogs.  You can get Joe’s all-beef hot dog in three sizes: quarter pound, half pound and yes, even a 1-pound hot dog. Blue Ribbon, Firecracker and I decided it was best to tackle the massive 1-pound hot dog together. We spent some time talking to Joe about…

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Fan-selected press office challenge: Milk a cow

Last week, we asked our social media friends to suggest Fair topics they would like to see covered on the blog. We picked winners over the weekend, and will be posting our responses to their challenges this week. I took up Jessica’s challenge to milk a cow at the N.C. State animal science club booth in the Expo Center. I’ve never milked a cow at the Fair before, so I was a little nervous going into the booth, but the N.C. State students on duty offered me some tips. Here’s how it went: Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing…

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Photos from the Fair: Great Fair-A-Thon Challenge

Over the past several weeks, contestants have been competing in a virtual scavenger hunt as part of Subway’s Great Fair-A-Thon Challenge. They searched for clues on our blog, social media sites and Subway locations for a chance to make it to the semi-final and final rounds of competition at the Fair. After racing around the fairgrounds in a real-life scavenger hunt,  two teams were selected to compete in a final trivia round with Jared Fogle. Randy and Catherine Edwards of Raleigh won the competition, and will get a free trip to New York City to see Jared compete in the…

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