Be a State Fair Adventurer: Earn a ribbon by completing the scavenger hunt

The Fair makes it easy to have fun and learn something – and anyone can be a State Fair adventurer. Each year the Fair offers two scavenger hunts. One scavenger hunt features questions that relate to exhibits and locations on the fairgrounds. The other is STEM-based and requires some math skills.  Print out a copy from our website or stop by the Expo Center to pick one up, and then set off on your quest for answers. Both scavenger hunts take you through many of the educational exhibits on the grounds, where you will learn more about our soil, our forests, plants,…

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Growing up in the Village of Yesteryear

Instead of having visions of sugar plums, Emily Fleenor and Sara Gatilogo dreamed of making corn shuck dolls and painting eggshells throughout their childhood. Fleenor and Gatilogo are the granddaughters of Jim Trantham, an instrument maker in the Village of Yesteryear who served as director for many years. At a young age, the kids and their father, Doug, formed a family band using Trantham’s handmade banjos, guitars and ancient instruments such as dulcimers. Their booth in the Village featured these items for sale, along with CDs they had made of their music. When the girls were seven or eight years…

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Conservators are ‘hooked’ on Blackbeard’s pirate ship

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s shipwreck and beheading at sea, but conservators at the Queen Anne’s Revenge lab in Greenville are still uncovering preserved artifacts like it was just yesterday. This weekend, the N.C. Museum of History hosts City of Oaks Pirate Fest. Read below about our pirate exhibit at last year’s fair. And check out the Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean near Gate 11 at the Fair this year! At the 150th State Fair in 2017, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources used the upcoming anniversary to create a traveling exhibit…

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The bear, the myth, the legend: An interview with Smokey Bear

Smokey, how did you become an icon for wildfire prevention? The idea for wildfire prevention started in the spring of 1942 during World War II. People were afraid they would start wildfires, and with so many off fighting the war, there were only a few folks left to battle the fires at home. The idea was to prevent as many wildfires as possible, so the Forest Service started the campaign with posters that read, “Forest Fires Aid the Enemy” and “Our Carelessness, Their Secret Weapon.’’ In 1944, Disney gave them permission to use characters from the film “Bambi” for one…

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Taste of the Fair

We’ve got a delicious way to help you get ready for the N.C. State Fair! The first-ever ‘Taste of the State Fair’ events will be held at four locations across the region. Attendees will be able to sample fair-food favorites for free with any advance purchase of N.C. State Fair tickets. Food truck vendors will be serving tasty crowd favorites such as deep-fried Oreos, chicken and waffle tacos and Krispy Kreme burgers. Menu items will vary by location. Attendees will also be able to purchase food separately. “This is a great way to raise awareness for the N.C. State Fair…

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The Fair has ticket packages for every type of Fan

  Football, pumpkin spice and the traditional school year have all returned – which must mean that the N.C. State Fair is right around the corner. Save time in line, money and plan a fabulous fair trip with these packages. The are designed for every type of fairgoer: The Fair Mega Fan: Ok. You may be our favorite type of fairgoer. You are  the one that looks forward to opening day, pours over the daily schedule checking out this year’s cool new stuff and would never ever make other plans because, well, the fair’s in town. The Mega Fan Mini…

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Beef Tour helps youth network and learn valuable knowledge in cattle industry

One goal for youth livestock is to go beyond the basics. It is important that youth learn aspects about the industry, network with others, and be able to advocate for their industry. The Youth Beef Industry Tour does just that for youth interested and involved in the beef industry. Over the course of three days, 17 youth traveled all over the state to deepen their learning about the beef industry as well as the cattle industry as a whole. They learned how to be better cattleman, and women, and learned about opportunities in the future. The first stop of the…

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So you want to be a beekeeper?

Eighteen-year-old Molly Carlson makes it look easy. Carlson, a Cary native, started keeping bees in 2012 when she found her passion through a 4-H youth program. Ever since, she has been working hard to maintain as many as 20 hives at once and educate others about the importance of bees – all while juggling classes and homework. “It takes a lot of commitment,” she said. “You can’t just go in once a year and check on your hives – you have to constantly be on top of everything.” As she spent more time with the little insects, Carlson decided bees…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 17 – 19

Sail to the Carolina Boat Show Boat lovers will want to be at the Fairgrounds this weekend. The Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale features 12 marine dealers and more than 200 boats on display. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and military members. Admission is free for children younger than 12. Tickets are available online. Also, be sure to check out the Original Coin & Currency Show. This event features a…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 9 – 12

Learn about wellness at the Fairgrounds If you or your children are intolerant to gluten and other food allergens, the Raleigh Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event may be the place for you this weekend. The event will feature presentations from experts in allergic living, free lectures, cooking demonstrations and product samples. A Kid’s Corner will be provided by Parents of Allergic Kids. Adult admission is $10, and admission for students, seniors and military members is $8. Admission is free for children younger than 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in the Scott Building. Be sure to…

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