I hear a train a comin’

Fairgoers and train enthusiasts won’t want to miss the working model train display that will be a new addition to the Flower and Garden Show at this year’s State Fair. The display is the creation of the N.C. Garden Railroad Society, which has turned a roughly 10-foot-by-40-foot plot of land into a miniature village setting complete with a church, a train depot, a barn, a trestle bridge and other buildings.  The plan is to run two trains during the Fair around the roughly 75 feet of train tracks. A variety of plants are incorporated into the scene to give the appearance of trees and a natural landscape….

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Weekly contest winners

Congrats to Melissa Ray and Jean Odom, two proud new owners of the 2007 tie-dye State Fair T-shirt. Melissa and Jean won their shirts through our weekly social media contests on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us or friend us  on Twitter (@NCStateFair), Facebook, YouTube and MySpace us to get in on the fun, and be on the lookout for our trivia questions and surveys to win “vintage” T-shirts and ’09 “A Whole Lotta Happy” bumper stickers.

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Unlimited ride wristband is a great deal on the Midway

The Midway is hoppin’ today, thanks in part to the unlimited ride wristband festival visitors can buy for $20. The deal started today at 3 p.m., and is good until the Midway closes tonight at 10 p.m. You can also purchase tickets individually. Each tickets is $1, or you can buy sheets of 14 tickets for $10 and 30 tickets for $20. Check out the wide variety of carnival rides and let us know which one was your favorite.

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Countdown to racing lawn mowers

The lawn mower races will start soon and a quick look around shows the drivers seem more than ready to get racing. Some of the modified mowers are still being unloaded and they are attracting a fair amount of attention. One festival goer inquired, “Who in the world ever thought about racing lawn mowers?” The inside skinny according to one of the drivers for Zero Tolerance Racing is that the idea to race lawn mowers got its start in Britain — in a pub. That explanation drew a few chuckles. The mowers are truly lawn mowers, just souped up to…

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Hogs spotted at the fairgrounds

Hogs roared across the fairgrounds this morning as a huge group of Harley-Davidsons entered the Dorton Arena for the motorcycle show at the Got to Be NC Festival. I stopped by the arena to check out the show featuring close to 100 motorcycles. There were big bikes and small bikes, but what caught my eye was a personalized license plate that said MYHONOR. I took some time to inspect the other plates. Here are some of my favorites: CDEUCER GO2JAIL BLKBUTY QUIK CHILIN’ 1 CHILIN’ 2 Let us hear from you. What personalized license tags have you seen? What are…

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Foodie find at the Got to Be NC Festival: Deep fried pizza

While checking out all of the action at the Got to Be NC Festival, we discovered a new favorite treat that we hope will also be at the State Fair — deep fried pizza from Blue Diner Grille! This tasty treat is dipped and battered in Italian breading, fried to perfection and served with some spicy ranch sauce. It has a very satisfyingly warm and cheesy center with bits of pepperoni throughout. Check out this video as Firecracker, Flying Bob and Green Thing taste test our first deep fried pizza. A big thanks to the folks at the Blue Diner…

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