A fair competition where “Almost Anything Goes”

Blue ribbons and bragging rights are what thousands of fair exhibitors are hoping for each year when they enter their prized items into the N.C. State Fair for competition. This year, in the fair’s newest competitive-exhibits category, fairgoers will decide which exhibitors earns the rainbow-colored rosette. “We came up with the idea from our exhibitors,” said Denise Walker, competitive exhibits director. “Every year we hear I can’t believe you don’t have a category for fill-in-the-blank. But sometimes there is not a miscellaneous category that applies, and this competition gives these exhibitors a chance to showcase talents that haven’t previously been…

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Horse Show Activities

City dwellers unacquainted with North Carolina’s 300,000 horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and burros will get a chance to witness the growing industry at the 2015 N.C. State Fair Oct. 15-25. Last year the State Fair and the N.C. Horse Council partnered to celebrate the “Year of the Horse,” offering numerous equine events to complement the traditional horse shows. This year the fair and horse council present “Nothing Could Be Finer than a Horse in Carolina,” adding more educational and entertaining equine activities for fairgoers. The popular, free five-minute horseback riding lessons will make a return to the fair, showcasing what…

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100 years of ham biscuits

A couple biscuits can go a long way. At least that’s what the bus loads of tired volunteers keep in mind as they return from a busy day at the Cary First United Methodist Church’s booth at the N.C. State Fair. These volunteers are willing to put in the extra effort to produce homemade ham biscuits, all in an effort to raise funds for the church’s missions. This year, as the church’s busses roll out to the fairgrounds for the 2015 State Fair, the booth celebrates its 100th year serving North Carolinians. And despite the fair’s evolution over the course…

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Read to Win expands statewide

Students in grades 6 through 12 across the state may want to take the month of September to pick up a good book. The Fair is giving out more than 3,000 gate admission tickets across the state to students winners of the Read to Win Competition. “Each public library will receive two prize packs of four of gate admission passes to give as prizes to the winning students chosen who complete their reading goals,” said Lori Special, youth service consultant with the  State Library of N.C.  “The goal of the program is to encourage young people to read for pleasure,…

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Be “in-the-know” with new Facebook option

Facebook recently launched a new feature called “See First” that will allow you to keep the N.C. State Fair at the top of your news feed, ensuring that you don’t miss out on a single announcement or contest. It’s a simple thing to do. Head to our Facebook page and click the “Liked” tab on the cover photo. In the drop down menu, choose “See First” from the options. Now you’ll be sure to always be in the know about this year’s State Fair. Nothing Could be Finer than to be the first to know what’s new!

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Super Shot is signing off

Here we are, at the end of my journey with the N.C. State Fair through North Carolina’s State Government Internship Program. For the past 10 weeks I have had the opportunity to work with the Public Affairs Division of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to promote the state’s biggest event. When I first found out that I was offered an internship, I had no idea what was ahead of me. I knew that I loved journalism and I loved the State Fair, but I wasn’t 100 percent certain on how the two would come together. Fast forward to…

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Nothing could be Finer!

Longtime fairgoers may remember this year’s theme. The year was 1997. The main educational exhibit at the fair for the third year in a row was CyberSpace, an exhibit that focused on the newest technology, including a thing called the World Wide Web. The department sponsored an agricultural exhibit called Harvest Time that showcased baby farm animals and crops. The NBA Jam Playground was featured free entertainment and the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show promised to pack out the grandstand. The previous year, we made it through one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit North Carolina, Hurricane Fran, and still…

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Drumroll, please…introducing Super Shot!

A little over a month ago I was finishing my sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill and preparing to spend another summer counseling campers and guarding lives at my neighborhood swim club. I didn’t mind; however, as I’d think about the long days outside in the scorching heat, I longed for a little AC just like I longed for the crispness of fall and all the great things I associated with it. Many of my associations were pretty basic, ranging from all foods pumpkin-spiced to the changing color of the leaves. Yet, the No. 1 thing that came to my mind…

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