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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Harley-Davidson motorcycles have arrived!

About 50 bikers participated in the annual ride from Ray Price Harley-Davidson on South Saunders Street to the Got to Be NC Festival. They arrived at noon, and will be on display near the Grandstand throughout the day. Come out and vote for your favorite bike. The winner will receive the “People’s Choice” award. Note: If the video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser.

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Tractors rolling in to the Got to Be NC Festival

If you love old tractors, the State Fairgrounds is your place to be this weekend. More than 1,000 tractors and pieces of antique farm equipment will be on display at the Got to Be NC Festival. A quick look around the grounds revealed tractors in nearly every color — orange, green, red, blue, pink and grey. One especially impressive tractor spotted is a big orange 1964 Allis Chalmers D-21 with tires that are more than 5 and half feet tall.  It is owned by Curtis Mabe of Parkton. It’s neighbor is an equally impressive 1928 Twin City Minneapolis 27-44 with steel…

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Retro “The Dating Game” photo featured on In the Field blog

Deep Fried Blog’s sister blog, In the Field, has a regular feature called “Photos from the Field” that spotlights photos from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ archives. The NCDA&CS has managed the N.C. State Fair since 1937, when Governor W. Kerr Scott returned control to the agency from a commercial organization. (Learn more about the Fair’s history here.) This week, a photo from the 1972 N.C. State Fair featuring The Dating Game Couple was posted, which we wanted to share here.

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Animals from Farm Animal Frenzy have new homes

Five fiberglass animals that competed in the N.C. State Fair’s Farm Animal Frenzy have new homes. All five pieces were sold to North Carolina buyers in an auction that ended yesterday. The items add a total of $1,521.58 to state coffers. “We had quite a bit of bidding for these pieces so it was fun to finally get to open the bids and see who bought them,” said State Surplus Property Officer Robert Riddle. “We hope everyone enjoys them … .” Riddle said the three 6½-foot-tall chickens and a life-size cow and horse each averaged about 50 bids, ranging from…

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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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