Strongman John Beatty is a real life super hero

The N.C. State Fair has it’s own version of Superman. Strongman John Beatty can bend steel, flip over cars and lift motorcycles. When he’s not performing at fair, he also helps save lives as a registered nurse at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. As a nurse, he’s been able to bend plates and turn screws implanted in patients. His strength is also useful for moving larger patients in need of care. “We have had several bariatric patients that weight up 500-600 pounds that are difficult for most people to move,” Beatty said. Beatty’s fair shows range from tearing a…

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Take Advantage of Advance Deals

Get in on the advance price on the state fair tickets while you still can. You can save up to $2 per adult ticket if you make your purchase by Oct. 12, which is opening day. If you like to find deals on things, you could appreciate this. Be sure to set the alert on your phone so you’ll be reminded to act on it. Children’s advance tickets are $3. After the 12th, they are $5 at the gate and $4 online. All children under 6 attend the fair for free. Regular prices for tickets are $10 at the gate…

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900 miles of toilet paper and other numbers

150. That’s how many times the N.C. State Fair has been held since 1853. Which means there has been 150 opening days, 150 times there’s been blue-ribbon winners and 150 times that folks have gathered from all over the state in Raleigh to celebrate agriculture and North Carolina. While we were thinking about the significance of 150. We began to think of some other numbers (some of them a little weird) that define the N.C. State Fair.   2,400: Supersized rolls of toilet paper (or 900 miles) 100: Carnival rides 34: Number of year’s Big Smokey has been at the…

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What’s New at the Village of Yesteryear

  Last year the Village of Yesteryear celebrated it’s 65th birthday at the N.C. State Fair.  And, like many of us, the Village of Yesteryear just gets better with age. It’s a great place to shop for unique, one-of-kind gifts for yourself, or Christmas presents, and to learn a little about heritage crafts and their importance. More than 100 working artists will demonstrate their crafts in the Holshouser Building near Heritage Circle. Crafters include potters, quilters, bowl makers, painters and more.  This year the village welcomes five new craftsmen including a wood turner who makes beautiful hollow Christmas ornaments, a…

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NC State Fair special cooking contests coordinator offers advice to blue-ribbon hopefuls

For those of you home cooks who are blue-ribbon hopefuls, the State Fair is more than a chance to experience the attractions, tour the events and sample all things deep-fried. This is the time of year you get to show off your skills and, with a little luck, take home the grand prize. If you happen to be a wizard in the kitchen, and you plan to place your culinary creations on the State Fair’s gingham altar, chances are you will meet Lisa Prince. Prince has been the superintendent of the special cooking contests for 14 years, but she started…

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150 Reasons to Love the N.C. State Fair

Crisp fall nights, apple cider, sparkling midway lights, people watching. Let’s face it, the fair is a special place. Earlier this year we asked people on social media and those that volunteer or work at the fair just what they think makes the annual event special. Check out the responses below. Did your reason to love the fair make the list? Poster prints of the 150 Reasons to love the North Carolina State Fair will be available at The Nest in the Exposition Center lobby. Get your own 8×10 for $6 or 16×20 for $8.

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Celebrate the 150th State Fair with food, fun and prizes

There are only 12 days left until the doors open on the 150th N.C. State Fair. The fair opens Thursday, Oct. 12, and we plan to kick off the celebration with a special admission price, commemorative buttons, food specials and prizes! Here are the deals and prizes to watch for on opening day: Admission on kickoff day is $1.50! Gates open at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12. The admission price is good for one day only, so don’t miss the opportunity to have bragging rights on getting the lowest price of the season. The first 15,000 people through the gates…

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Carolina Bluegrass Battle winners The Hey Brothers will play the NC State Fair

The Hey Brothers’ trip to the N.C. State Fair started this spring. The Pittsboro-based group was the winner of the the Carolina Bluegrass Battle at the annual Got to Be N.C. Festival. The band earned $500 and spots at the N.C. State Fair and PreddyFest. John Dudley (banjo), Allen Ray (guitar), Keith Sikes (bass), Tim Lee (mandolin) and Brian English (fiddle) formed the group in 2007. The band’s name came from old advertisements that Lee found online. Band members saw the ad and the name just stuck. The group plays mostly local and regional events, including festivals and private functions. “Everyone…

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Weekend Update: Preparations underway for N.C. State fair

The calendar turns to October this weekend which means the 2017 N.C. State Fair is just days away. To ensure the safety of workers and others on the grounds in the busy final days of preparation, access to the fairgrounds will be restricted from Friday night, Sept. 29, until 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, when the fair opens. Access to the grounds will be limited to those with special-access passes issued by the State Fair. Employees, vendors, exhibitors and members of the news media are among those who will be allowed with proper credentials. “In recent years, we have seen…

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N.C. State Fair now serving Deep Fried B.I.N.G.O.

There’s always plenty to do at the N.C. State Fair. This year, why not add a little competition to the mix? Teams are invited to try their hand at Deep Fried Bingo. Grab a group of friends, set a time limit and head on out on the fairgrounds for some friendly competition. “For years we’ve had businesses call about bringing their office to the fair for team building,” said Sarah Ray, public information officer. “We have offered scavenger hunts for school groups, but never a good challenge for college kids or adults coming to the fair as a group.” For…

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