Commissioner Troxler to defend his title Oct. 13 in the celebrity tobacco stringing competition

 

 

Commissioner Steve Troxler and WRAL personality Lynda Loveland face off in the 2016 celebrity tobacco stringing contest.

Commissioner Steve Troxler and WRAL anchor Lynda Loveland face off in the 2016 celebrity tobacco stringing contest.

Having grown up on a farm in the Midwest, WRAL television anchor Lynda Loveland is no stranger to farm life. But tobacco stringing was a farm task she had never tried her hand at, until 2016. Last year in front of a friendly crowd of experienced tobacco folks, Loveland took on Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in the first celebrity stringing competition.

Team WRAL, which also included producer Kelly Riner and guest hander and four-time champion stringer Sandy Jones, had a great cheering squad, but came up a little short in the competition.

Lynda Loveland, left, gets some pointers from Sandy Jones, center, a four-time tobacco stringing champion.

Lynda Loveland, left, gets some pointers from Sandy Jones, center, a four-time tobacco stringing champion.

Fairgoers will have a chance to see a rematch between Loveland and Troxler on Friday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in Heritage Circle.

“I look forward to defending my title, and I am also going to be watching to see which of my friends are cheering again for Lynda’s team,” Troxler said. “I thought a few of them might have cheered for me last year, but that was not the case.”

The celebrity stringing event is a warm up to the serious competition that begins at 2 p.m. where bragging rights and a total of $500 in prize money is up for grabs. Fairgoers interested in competing can sign up on Friday, Oct. 13, at the tent in Heritage Circle. You need to have a team of three, including a stringer and two handers.

Sign up to compete or simply check out this fun competition.

The contest is sponsored by the John Deere Ice Cream Boys.

 

 

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 219 days during the past 21 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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