Powers Great American Midways will return in 2010

If you’ve grown accustomed to the rides and games at the N.C. State Fair, you’ll be happy to know that the company operating the midway will return again next year. State Fair organizers have signed a contract with Powers Great American Midways to operate the carnival rides and games at the 2010 State Fair. Under the contract, Powers will pay the State Fair a fee based on the number of people who buy admission tickets to the Fair. That financial arrangement has been good for the State Fair, which does not receive any taxpayer dollars to cover operations. Powers paid…

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Social media presentation

We had a great time at last week’s Triangle Social Media Club meeting. Special thanks to Wayne Sutton and the Our Hashtag team for inviting us to speak, Twine Interactive for hosting and to Jason Peck, our fellow speaker. In case you missed it, here is the presentation we gave to the group. We saw many familiar faces and were excited to meet a few new people as well. Keep up with the Triangle Social Media Club through its Facebook page – the December meeting should be announced soon. Also, stay tuned for updates from our own Green Thing, who…

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LEGO versions of Dorton Arena, Rod Brind’Amour in Hobbies and Crafts Building

If you came out to the Fair during the first weekend, hopefully you were able to stop by the LEGO Experience Tour. (If not, check out our attempt at building a LEGO corndog.) The Fair has another LEGO exhibit that takes up residence each year in the Hobbies and Crafts Building. Talented youth compete for blue ribbons by building one-of-a-kind LEGO creations, and this year we saw some impressive entries. Check out the video for LEGO versions of a lighthouse, hand, Dorton Arena and even the Carolina Hurricane’s Rod Brind’Amour hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup.

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: Cold, rainy, happy

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. Going to the fair today could have been a really bad idea. It was cold and drizzly. Small Fry was grouchy from cutting her latest tooth. And I wasn’t feeling very motivated this morning. But the fair makes everything better. We arrived at around 9:30 a.m., along with every other person in North Carolina who owns a stroller. Clearly we’d all received the same top secret, for-parents-of-young-children memo. Go to…

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Deep Fried Ambassador update: How ’bout them apples?

Our Deep Fried Ambassador is busy blogging about all things N.C. State Fair related. We’ll re-post all of her Fair entries, but be sure to check out her Pretty*Swell blog. How do I begin to describe Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples? Colossal. Decadent. Scrumptious. With names like “The Ultimate Apple Super Extreme” and “Cashew Turtle Super Monster,” these apples are incredible. My husband, a candy-apple connoisseur, says that Miss Debbie’s apples are the best he’s ever tasted. We shared a pecan pie apple this week (fresh Granny Smith coated in homemade caramel, dipped in a homemade pecan praline confection and rolled…

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New look for ticket voucher exchange tents

Many people have taken advantage of online advance ticket and ride sheet sales this year. Now that you have printed your voucher sheets for rides, you just have to bring them to the State Fair and turn them in for your tickets. For the past two years, we have directed people to look for the red and white balloons flying high in the air.  Heavy winds often made it difficult to keep the balloon in the air and out of the way of buildings and other things on the grounds, so this year the ticket redemption booths have undergone a transformation. Now fairgoers just…

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Details behind the tweetup: Deep-fried food sample edition

As we get closer and closer to the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, we wanted to give you a little more information on what you can expect at the event beyond lots of tweeting, lots of friends and lots of N.C. State Fair lovers. Last week we told you about some of the fun artists and entertainers we’ll have out at the first Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup. (Who is joining me in getting a Fail Whale painted on their face?) If you haven’t joined in on the fun yet, be sure to register for the event here, and come out to…

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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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