Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup Recap

We had a great time last night hanging out with more than 100 of our social media followers at the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup. We hope everyone had fun creating origami Twitter birds, sharing their State Fair memories, learning how to yo-yo, sampling Deep Fried Kool-Aid and House-Autry Mills hushpuppies and posing on our red carpet during the event. We’d like to send a special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors who made the event such a success. Thanks to Susan Hansen from the Village of Yesteryear, Lisa Gregory with Blue Ribbon Memories, The Amazing Arthur Fratelli, Smokey Bear and…

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Take the Deep Fried Bus Ride!

If you’ve ever driven to the State Fair, then you know that traffic can become congested the closer you get to the fairgrounds. While there are parking lots available at Carter-Finley Stadium and surrounding privately-owned locations, you’ll likely wait in line to get into a parking lot, and then spend more time searching for a spot to park. Sounds like a hassle, doesn’t it? Well, we’ve got the solution for you: take the Deep Fried Bus Ride! By riding the bus, you can leave your car in one the conveniently located park-and-ride lots around the Triangle, take a relaxing ride to the fair and get dropped off right at the…

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Countdown to the State Fair

This is the third in a series of blogs about a 4-H group that meets each week at Carvel Cheves’ sheep farm in Bunn. We will be following this group of 4-H youngsters and their parents as they get ready for the N.C. State Fair livestock shows. We will tell their story on the blog, highlighting their successes and sharing what they are learning through the process. Read more posts about these youngsters here. The children you will meet along the way are Emily and Dustin Best, Joey Moore, Ted and Jacob Noe, Isabel and Sophia Nobles, Madison Pippin, Daniel Barker, and…

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Deep Fried TweetUPdate: Last minute details

Only a few more hours until the 3rd annual Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup starts. Triangle Tweetup shared a checklist with you recently and we wanted to share a few more last minute details with you. First of all, you can’t take part if you don’t have your ticket. So, if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, click here to buy your discounted ticket. This ticket not only gets you into the gate, it also RSVPs you for the event. So don’t delay! Also, gates open at 3 p.m., so feel free to come early to enjoy the fair and then…

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Deep Fried Ambassador’s guide to enjoying the N.C. State Fair

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from The Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair. Gentle Readers, as you’re reading this post, the N.C. State Fair is opening its gates on the 2011 extravaganza. Here are some practical ways to maximize your enjoyment of this festive occasion, particularly as concerns Fried. The Practical Cook’s Top 5 Fairgoing Tips: 1. Use the Buddy System. Someone needs to hold the purses, and someone needs to split the Fried in half with you. Taking  a friend will in fact double…

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Artist Spotlight: Kellie Pickler

I have to say that I’m generally not a country music person, with a few expectations. Kellie Pickler is one of those exceptions. I was so surprised at how much I liked Kellie Pickler’s music the first time I heard it, and it’s why I have already bought my ticket for her show on Oct. 23. The three-time CMT Music Award winner has a smooth country-pop fusion sound that keeps her catchy songs on constant replay in my head. Perhaps best known for her appearance on season five of American Idol, Pickler has since released two albums, one of which…

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Progress Photo: 2 days and counting

A sweet potato larger than a person’s head, a watermelon weighing 282 pounds and the infamous Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper are just some of the items that will be on display in the Expo Center during the 2011 N.C. State Fair. Today, growers from across the state braved the showers to bring in their entries in various horticulture competitions. Henderson County apple growers meticulously selected apples from dozens of cases to find the blue-ribbon worthy picks for their trays. These exhibits are some of the most fluid at the fair because they consist of natural products. For instance, today’s…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Kool-Aid & bubble gum preview

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from The Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair. Gentle Readers, good news, The Practical Cook is not under a Deep Fried Embargo: she can tell you what is frying at the 2011 N.C. State Fair! Prepare to return to the days of Saturday morning cartoons (at least for me), it’s Deep-Fried Kool-Aid and Bubble Gum, with a side of Lemon Sticks. Wow, let’s get started, shall we? Yeah, I think there are tickets available. First came the update on what’s…

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