Got To Be NC Tent to offer Carolina Kettle snacks, among other N.C. products

In addition to the plethora of food options available at the N.C. State Fair, fairgoers can also sample and discover food products from across North Carolina at the Got to Be NC Agriculture exhibit. Located outside the Kerr Scott Building, the tent will offer a variety of products representing the state’s diverse agricultural diversity. There will also be a NC Soybean Producers Association coloring wall that fairgoers can color in and use to learn more about products they can buy locally. Food will be available to taste and purchase from 25 North Carolina vendors throughout the fair, with some showing…

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Deep South’s OC7 Next Generation Series is this Sunday

Deep South Entertainment, the company behind booking the 117 concerts that are a part of the N.C. State Fair’s Homegrown Music Fest, is promising fairgoers a diverse lineup of Carolina-bred musical acts. Featuring the likes of long-established artists such as Maceo Parker, the fest will also feature newcomers from Deep South’s OC7 Next Generation roster, comprised of artists ages 13-19 years old. On Sunday, Oct. 16 fairgoers can check out three of these young artists at 10 a.m. on the Kitchencraft Waterfall Stage.  Morgan Williams A country pop singer/songwriter from Sanford, NC, Morgan Williams started performing at the age of…

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2016 N.C. State Fair Bucket List

‘Tis N.C. State Fair season and nothing could be finer. And whether you’re a State Fair veteran or a rookie, you know there is something magical about the state fair that is calling your name. Between the cool autumn nights kept well-lit by the carnival midway, the deep-fried delicacies, and the engaging exhibits and entertainment, what’s not to like? To make sure you’re taking full advantage of your time at the fair, we’ve listed some things that you must do at this year’s event, Oct. 13-23. See a concert on every stage. As a part of this year’s Homegrown Music…

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10 fun STEM activities for kids at the State Fair

Learn about the important role bees and pollinators play in producing our food. The Bee Exhibit in the Expo Building features beekeepers and an active beehive on display.

Shhhh… don’t tell the kids! The State Fair is more than fun, it’s also educational. Check out out Top 10 activities to participate in science, technology, engineering and math-oriented (STEM) activities at the fair, Oct. 13-23. 1. The brink floater mussel is the Wildlife Resources Commission’s featured species of the year, and fairgoers can see these freshwater mussels up close to learn more about these invertebrates and their importance to freshwater ecosystems. The exhibit is located near the Village of Yesteryear and the Children’s Barnyard. 2. Stop by the tobacco barn in Heritage Circle to see how tobacco leaves were…

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Captain Neill’s Carolina Crab Dip wins Best New Food as voted by the media

Today we hosted members of the media for a sneak peek of the N.C. State Fair at our annual media lunch. For the first time, this included the Best New Food at the Fair competition. Members of the media were invited to sample 10 new foods and vote on their favorite. The theme this year among the new foods is seafood. And one of those dishes, Carolina Crab Dip by Captain Neill’s Seafood of Columbia, was chosen as the winner. Captain Neill’s has been a vendor at the fair since 2004. The family operates a seafood processing plant in Columbia…

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The birds are coming back to town!

The birds are back! The backside of the Graham Building was awfully quiet last year, when the crows and quacks of the poultry competition were silenced by the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The highly contagious disease found in the Midwest last spring was thought to be spread by wild birds, causing concern over the spread of the disease to North Carolina. State Veterinarian Doug Meckes banned all poultry displays and sales, including all poultry competitions at fairs. Any congregation of birds could spread the disease throughout our state and cause widespread damage to the $3 billion poultry industry, not to…

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Casey’s Clubhouse, big slide plus six other fun things for young children

Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal is back and he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. Read below to find out how to make the most out of the N.C. State Fair if you are a parent with young children in tow. Stroller-drivers, we see you. We know that families love to come to the fair together. And that many of these families have children in the preschool and elementary-age range. If you fit this description then this advice is for you. Here are seven tips for enjoying the fair with young children. Last year I missed out on meeting a…

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Raleigh metal band Demon Eye wins online contest to open for Corrosion of Conformity

Dorton will be rocking out on Friday, Oct. 21, as Raleigh band Corrosion of Conformity comes to the fair with local band Demon Eye opening for the classic metal band. “Corrosion of Conformity is definitely a big one that made it from the 90’s from this area,” said John Booker of Deep South Entertainment. “Their popularity extended nationally and even internationally. It was fun to have a contest among the local metal bands and their fans to find the perfect fit for an opening act. “Eight different local heavy metal bands competed to be the opening act for COC,” Booker…

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Like to Ride? Check out Casey’s tips to save on Fair rides

Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal is back and he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. Read below to find out how to make the most out of the N.C. State Fair if you come to get your fix of whirling, twirling and spinning on more than 100 rides. Tip 1: Come on a wristband day Fairgoers have asked, and now the fair has delivered. This year’s fair will feature FOUR wristband days. Wristbands offer riders unlimited rides on the following days: Thursday, Oct. 13 Friday, Oct. 14 Monday, Oct. 17 Tuesday, Oct. 18 Wristbands are $28 each on Thursday, Oct….

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Dinosaurs, unicorns and pirates oh my! New, free acts invade the Fair

One of the things that makes the N.C. State Fair so special for many fairgoers is the blending of the traditional with the promise of something new. Each year, it’s a pretty good bet that you will find many of your fair favorites along with some new must-try foods or must-visit entertainment. And this year, fairgoers will find plenty of new grounds acts to entertain them, including dinosaurs, unicorns and pirates. Here’s a quick guide to the new acts at the 2016 N.C. State Fair: Roving Acts Dream City Unicorns – Flower & Garden Show area: Fantasy becomes reality as…

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