Casey’s tips for planning a trip to the Fair

Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal is back. And he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. The N.C. State Fair celebrates the biggest and the best of North Carolina – which means there’s a lot to see and do.  Here are some tips for planning a fair trip for first-timers or frequent-fliers. The fair may still be a few weeks away, but now is the time to save money and find those good walking shoes. Cause we’ve packed a lot into 11 days and you aren’t going to want to miss it. Step 1: Buy early and save money and time:…

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Five-and-a-half questions for Deep South Entertainment

11 days. 3 stages. 117 concerts. All free. All North Carolina artists. It’s quite a task to be the company behind the booking of musical acts for the Homegrown Music Fest at the N.C. State Fair. For the second year, Deep South Entertainment has been up for that challenge. We recently caught up with Amy Cox, managing partner for Deep South Entertainment, about showcasing talent at the fair. Amy also gives us a few hints for what acts to watch at this year’s fair. Last year was Deep South’s first doing the NC State Fair. What lessons did you learn? “Tame…

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N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition showcases growing industry

North Carolina’s growing cheese industry has gotten a welcome boost from the annual N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition. “We started the competition in 2011 to help small dairy farmers and give consumers exposure to what great cheeses we have,” said Steve Lathrop, head of dairy marketing for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. There are nearly 40 creameries producing cheese across the state, and many of them enter the fair’s cheese competition, Lathrop said. Entries are judged according to their class, or type, and the winners in each class contend for Best of Show. After the competition, the…

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State Fair Flyer Q&A

Note: This post has been updated to reflect a change in the number of carriers on the ride. The N.C. State Fairgrounds will premiere its first permanent ride at the 2016 fair. The State Fair Flyer will transport fairgoers across the Midway, giving visitors a beautiful aerial view of the grounds. We talked to American Sky Lifts, who will own and operate the lift. Q: What is the State Fair Flyer? A: The State Fair Flyer is similar to a ski lift. Its endpoints are the “Orville Terminus” at the west end of the Scott Building and the “Wilbur Terminus” near Gate…

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Meet the new Deep Fried intern — Wildflower

I’m Evie Fordham, but you can call me Wildflower. Since I was able to hold a pencil, I’ve loved to write. In elementary school, I stuck handmade “neighborhood newspapers” in my neighbors’ mailboxes. In middle school, I thought I had made it big when I started writing for my church newsletter. And through high school, my desire to go to college and major in journalism never wavered. My college path led me out of state to Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C. I love the D.C. area, but I sure do miss North Carolina (and its sweet…

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Our own ice cream flavor? Madness!

On any given day of the N.C. State Fair, at any given hour, you’re likely to find a line at the Howling Cow booth, formerly known as the N.C. State Dairy Bar. They got a new name and logo a few years ago, but the delicious, heaping serving of ice cream (and their rabid fan base) didn’t change at all. Last year, we gave the N.C. State Food Science Club the opportunity to debut its newest flavor at our media lunch and the reviews were great. Plus, the Lemon Wafer flavor was a big hit with fairgoers. Which got us thinking…

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