Artist Spotlight: George Jones

In five days, George Jones will celebrate his 80th birthday, with a big bash being thrown in his honor the next night at the Grand Ole Opry.  But Jones has made it very clear by his touring schedule and through songs such as “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair” that he isn’t ready to retire. One of those tour stops will be in Dorton Arena  on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.  Jones won’t be lacking in hits to sing, having recorded more than 150 of them over his celebrated and colorful career. Included in that number are 14 No. 1 country hits,…

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Weekend Update: August 25-27

Friday through Sunday the Triangle Farms will host a NCHJA “C” Horse Show in the Hunt Horse Complex. The event will feature Hunter/Jumper style competition On Saturday, the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Raleigh will host its annual Children’s Good News Spectacular. The event will be held in the Graham Building and will feature inflatable games and rides, popcorn, snow cones, drinks, an illusion show and several gospel presentations. Last year’s event had more than 10,000 attendees and this year’s event promises to bring more spectacular growth. The Body Mind Spirit Expo will be held in the Scott Building on…

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Tilt-A-Whirl here, signing off at least for now

Today marks my last day with the N.C. State Fair through North Carolina’s State Government Internship Program. Though it is cliche to say, I can’t believe that my time at the fair has come to a close so quickly. I feel as though it was just yesterday that I met all the wonderful people that I’ve worked with here. The good news is that I will be back to assist the Deep Fried Crew during their busiest time before, during and immediately after the fair. I know that my experience here will help me in my future career, but more…

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Tilt-A-Whirl here, signing on

Starting a new job is always nerve-racking, but I have to say that I felt welcome the moment I walked through the door here at the N.C. State Fair.  Besides all the lovely people I work with here, I think the transition was made easier by the fact I’m exactly where I wanted to be this summer.  I love the Fair, and that, combined with the passion that I have for public service, is why I chose to apply for this internship and then to work here.   I hope eventually to make a career out of public service, and I…

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County Fair time!

I took a trip to the Harnett Regional Agricultural Fair yesterday, and I am now officially excited for the 2011 Fair season! This is just the second year for the Harnett Fair located in Lillington, and it offers everything from pig races and blacksmith demonstrations to carnival rides and a demolition derby. There’s also live music and the “Harnett’s Got Talent” event on stage. Yesterday was Youth and Senior Day, and area schools let students out early so they could come to the Fair. There were many people enjoying the Tiny Tot cheerleading competitions, junior beef livestock show, and the blue-ribbon entries and exhibits on…

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Weekend Update: March 11-13

Some people just visit the North Carolina Fairgrounds in October. However, true Fair-fanatics know that if you visit the fairgrounds only once a year, you are missing out on hundreds of events that take place November through September. As we gear up for the 2011 State Fair, a brief seven months away, we’ll be highlighting some of the weekend activities at the Fair. Hopefully, they will inspire some of you to come out and enjoy the fairgrounds year round. Note: If video doesn’t play, try refreshing browser. This weekend, the fairgrounds will host the Carolina Collector Auto Fest, Woman’s Club…

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Happy Valentine’s/Ferris Wheel Day!

Not only is today Valentine’s Day, one of the most romantic days of the year, but it’s also a day to celebrate one of the most popular rides at the Fair: the Ferris wheel! On this day in 1859, American engineer and inventor George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. was born. Ferris is famous for creating the original Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. What better way to celebrate a day of love and carnival rides than a deep-fried photo contest? Show us your love of Ferris wheels by submitting a Ferris wheel photo to the N.C. State Fair’s fan page, tagging your…

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Southern Farm Show draws farmers to the Fairgrounds

Nearly every inch of the N.C. State Fairgrounds will be filled with farm equipment for the Southern Farm Show Wednesday, Feb. 2, to Friday, Feb. 4. As show producer David Zimmerman describes in the video below, the three-day event will feature hundreds of equipment manufacturers, commodity meetings, classes and special events for the farming community. Note: If video doesn’t play, try refreshing your browser. Admission and parking are free for the show, but some events require pre-registration or separate admission fees. More information is available at the Southern Farm Show’s website and on it’s Facebook page. Check out the schedule…

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Welcome, hockey fans! It’s the NHL All-Star weekend in Raleigh

Raleigh’s come a long way since the Raleigh IceCaps played “ice hockey” in Dorton Arena. This weekend the city plays host to the the NHL All-Star festivities. Our neighbor, the RBC Center, will host the games and downtown Raleigh is where all the off-ice activities will take place. We hear that our old friend, Lord Stanley’s Cup will be back in town and we hope to say hi. (Nope, we’re not afraid to name-drop!) You see, we got up-close-and-personal with Lord Stanley after the Hurricanes won the coveted trophy in 2006. On opening day in 2006, the Stanley Cup made…

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