One Man Band performer Marc Dobson is the ultimate multi-tasker

If you are at the fair, you are likely to hear Marc Dobson long before you see him. Dobson is a walking, singing, guitar-strumming, harmonica-playing, drum-beating band of one.  He has been entertaining crowds at the fair as the One Man Band for several years, with thousands enjoying his daily shows. Dobson performs a variety of music from the 50’s thru the 90’s and no two shows are alike. With backpack drums hooked to his feet and a guitar in hand, Dobson uses his whole body to make music. It takes coordination and a level of multi-tasking that is quite…

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Casey’s top 5 fun things to do for free at the Fair

There’s a new bird in town – Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal. And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers.  This week we are looking at a few of Casey’s favorite things to do for free. Discover new North Carolina music. We’ve got the Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series. More than 80 bands are playing at this year’s fair on three separate stages. Casey can’t wait to find a new favorite group to practice his swanky dance moves. Pick a racer on the Hogway Speedway The Circle “C” racing pigs and the Hogway Speedway have moved to a new location…

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Local Christian music takes center stage in Dorton Arena

Two nights of spirit-filled worship music are included in this year’s Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series.  On Friday, Oct. 16, Summit Church will feature contemporary Christian artists and church members Kaimy Masse and Hank Murphy, and a performance by the Summit Choir. On Thursday, Oct. 23, the gospel sounds of Wake Chapel Choir, Instrument of Praise Gospel Concert Chorale and Watts Chapel Gospel Choir will have fairgoers clapping their hands and singing along to familiar gospel songs. We spoke with Hank Murphy with Summit Church and Angela Coley of Instrument of Praise Concert Chorale to help get us pumped up…

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Indie-group The Love Language brings lo-fi energy and bleeding-heart pop to Dorton Arena

The indie-rock group The Love Language is no strangers to the Triangle-music scene. Since 2008, the group has played to crowds at favorite hot spots such as Cat’s Cradle, Local 506, Kings, Red Hat Amphitheater, Lincoln Theater and the Haw River Ballroom. After Friday, Oct. 23, the group can add Dorton Arena to that group of venues. The group started as a solo project by frontman Stuart McLamb. The first album, The Love Language, drew the attention of another local band, The Rosebuds.  So impressed by the album, the Rosebuds asked that The Love Language be its opening act. And,…

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Casey’s guide to new foods

There’s a new bird in town – Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal. And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers.  This week is all about food – as Casey dishes on a few new foods he can’t wait to try. If you are like Casey, you’ve probably already got a list of foods – and it probably includes old favorites such Howling Cow ice cream, Al’s French fries or a warm Cary United Methodist ham biscuit. Leave a little room for something new. Deep Fried Pimento Cheese Pimento cheese must be one of the “it” foods for 2015 because we…

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Rabbit Hopping Competition jumps into action at the State Fair

Move over horses and K-9s in Flight – there will be some slightly smaller and fluffier creatures also wowing crowds with their agility skills and jumping abilities at the 2015 N.C. State Fair. This year, the Rabbit Show will hold its first official rabbit hopping competition. The sport involves a course of jumps and other obstacles such as bridges. A rabbit is led through the course by its trainer while attached to a harness. Rabbit Show Superintendent Kristen Bruce has kept rabbits for many years, but first got involved with rabbit hopping three years ago after hearing about the sport…

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Employee Profile: New art and photography superintendent Dottie Cole seeks to broaden exhibition

When the sun rises over the fairgrounds Thursday, Oct. 15, Dottie Bryan Cole, the art and photography department superintendent, will be walking through the Kerr Scott Building, ensuring all the art exhibition displays are ready for the N.C. State Fair’s opening. “That’s my favorite part of the job,” Cole said. “Walking through in the morning before opening, seeing the final project, going through and taking it all in. All of the hard work is done.” As the art and photography superintendent, Cole is responsible for processing entries, setting competition rules and regulations, hiring and managing department employees, selecting judges, organizing…

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Casey’s guide to being a N.C. State Fair Super Fan

There’s a new bird in town – fair mascot Casey the Cardinal.  And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. This week Casey’s giving his top five tips to being an N.C. State Fair Super fan. Casey knows the N.C. State Fair has a lot of fans out there and he can’t wait to meet them all. To help discover if you are a fan of the N.C. State Fair consider the following: You might be a fan of the fair if the word “October” automatically brings to mind those 11-days when the fairgrounds are transformed into a cacophony of…

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Orquesta GarDel brings Latin fire to Dorton Arena Sunday, Oct. 18

Dorton Arena will fill with the dynamic Latin sounds and performance of Orquesta GarDel Sunday, Oct. 18, giving Latin music fans exactly “lo que tú querías” or “what you want.” Lo Que Tú Querías is also the name of the group’s latest release. This modern salsa band with a bold multinational sound has its roots firmly in North Carolina. The group formed just down the road from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and consists of 13 members, including horn players, percussionists and coro singers. Coro singers perform the chorus, or most recognizable part, of the song. “One…

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