Challenge accepted: Turning clay at the Village of Yesteryear

A few days ago, Bearded Lady, Firecracker and Flying Bob took on the deep-fried brownie for the first installment in our series of fan-selected press office challenges. On Sunday, I took on another press office challenge. Jessica, one of our fans, asked us to try to throw clay in the Village of Yesteryear and I decided to be the guinea pig. As many of you probably know, there are several wonderful potters in the Village. Jim Weber of Milner, Ga., one of those potters, agreed to help me out. Check out the video below to see how I did. I…

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Highway Patrol reminds us to slow down

Our offices are located in the Scott Building, overlooking the Highway Patrol display. Not only does this  mean we have to be on our best behavior in front of N.C.’s finest, it also means that we pass by their wrecked vehicle every time we head up to our office. Each year, the Highway Patrol brings a vehicle that has been preserved as a memorial to lives lost in motor vehicle accidents. Usually, a young life. This year’s vehicle is a reminder that we need to pay heed to the yellow “Slippery When Wet” signs. Wet roads can be treacherous for…

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What’s the buzz?

If you’re like me, you’re a little hesitant around bees. I can’t help but picture the scene from 1991’s “My Girl” where Macaulay Culkin goes back to the woods to find a lost mood ring and gets stung by a swarm of bees. Bees are scary, or at least that’s what I thought before I visited the bee exhibit in the Expo Center. The exhibit is all about the importance of bees and beekeeping to N.C. agriculture. There’s information on starting your own hive, displays of old equipment and even honey for sale. At the heart of the exhibit is…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Low-Cost and No-Cost

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair. Low-Cost and No-Cost: The Practical Cook’s Guide to Attending the Fair on a Budget (with video) The Practical Cook is thrilled to announce that aside from a bit of sunburn (one Gentle Reader referred to TPC’s complexion by way of a popular pork slogan, ahem), yesterday’s adventure with the Juniors went swimmingly. As the Juniors were bankrolling part of their own trip, it’s the perfect time to discuss attending the fair on a…

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Food Review: Deep-fried candy and caramel apples

You may have stopped by one of McBride’s concession stands at the fair in the past. It’s particularly famous for its giant turkey legs, chicken, ribs and barbecue. This year, in addition to some of the old standbys, McBride’s also has a new twist on a State Fair classic with deep-fried candy and caramel apples. Firecracker and I tried to resist, but gave into temptation earlier this afternoon to bring you a review. Check out the video below to see what we thought:

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A 300,000 pound challenge

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, our annual benefit for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, is Thursday, Oct. 20, when fairgoers can bring four cans of Food Lion brand food to the fair in exchange for admission to the fair for that day. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler wants this year to be the largest food drive yet, and he’s willing to put some money on it. If fairgoers break last year’s record of 247,569 pounds of canned food, the fair will donate $1,000 to the food bank. If collections top 275,000 pounds, the fair will kick in…

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Find your fit at Cultivate a Career

Over the summer, we gave you a preview of the new Cultivate a Career exhibit at this year’s fair. Sunday, Baby Goat and I took a tour to discover all the great activities the exhibit offers visitors. Check out the video below of our experience: Upon entering the exhibit, head for one of the laptop stations and take an interest test. This test is designed to help you get a better idea of the types of jobs you would enjoy most. After finishing, the computer gives you a personality score you can use to guide yourself through the rest of…

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The good, the bad and the ugly

I know we focus a lot of our attention on deep-fried food, but there are actually a lot of healthy (ahem. healthier) options at the fair. To prove it, we sent NCDA&CS nutrition marketing specialist Freda Butner a list of all the foods at the fair. (You can use our food finder app to search for your favorite foods). She combed through the list and created this tip sheet, highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly at the fair. We all recognize the fair comes around once a year, so don’t feel bad for splurging every once in awhile….

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