Press Office Challenge: Going mano-a-mano with the Fighter

We asked for our readers’ suggestions on what you would like to see us do as a Press Office Challenge, and we had some pretty good suggestions. One of our selections was Debbie Quinn’s recommendation to try one of the new rides at the Fair this year — the Fighter. So, when a former employee stopped by the Fair to visit and mentioned that she didn’t get to ride the Fighter because none of her family wanted to ride it, I decided I’d take one for the Deep Fried crew and give it a test drive. At first blush, the ride doesn’t appear…

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Ford Drive One Tour drives into the Fair

On the south side of Dorton Arena, near Gate 2, you can get everything from pottery to hot tubs. You can also see, interact and enter to win a new Ford vehicle, worth up to $30,000. The Ford Drive One Tour is a huge exhibit featuring the latest Ford cars, trucks and SUVs. You can see the new Ford Fiesta, Flex, Escape Hybrid and others while you play interactive games and check out the cool demos available. And, a quick registration allows you to check in at three pit stops in the exhibit for a chance to win Ford swag…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Beverage edition

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’ll Drink to That! Eating all that fabulous fried food can leave one feeling pretty parched. Finding something wet to quench the thirst is as easy as finding something fried… but you have to know your options… at least beyond lemonade. There’s always Pappy’s Old Fashioned Soda. If you break the bank the first go round, you can get refills for only $2. And bring your mug back next year! It’s still…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Fried Food Edition

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. Fried Food Update So tasty… so good… I love fair food! But you know what?? I’ve been kind of taking it easy… I’ve only had (and that’s often with sharing) a turkey leg & corn dog an ostrich burger deep fried cookie dough deep fried pickles & deep fried tomatoes an apple (really who does that?) deep fried pumpkin pie French Fried Friend with the Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie before we dig…

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Shop and win State Fair prizes

Thursday, Oct. 21, is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair. The annual event, where donating four cans of food gets you free admission to the Fair, is one of the largest single-day food drives in the state. All collected goods are donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serves 34 surrounding counties. Because of the growing need in our area, the Food Bank is encouraging everyone to help stuff the warehouse this year, and we’d like to offer some encouragement. On Wednesday, we’ll be out and about hiding State Fair prize packs…

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Animal health technicians help protect state’s livestock industry

Fair season is a busy time of year for the department’s Veterinary Division. Veterinarians and the animal health technicians who work with livestock stay busy checking animals into fairs to ensure they are healthy. All animals competing or being displayed at fairs must be checked before entering the show ring or exhibition halls.  As animals are checked in, AHTs look them over for signs of sickness or other diseases that could be easily spread. Year-round, the AHTs also check the health of livestock at sales across the state, with the overall goal of protecting the health of the state’s multi-billion…

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