New kid on the blog

As a rising senior, and hopeful public relations practitioner, I have had my fair share of internship experiences. Each experience has initially been marked by that “first-day-of-kindergarten,” anxious feeling. My first day working with the N.C. State Fair was no different. However, unlike my past experiences, my first day of work took place at the Got to Be NC Festival.

My nerves were immediately calmed when my first work assignment involved strolling around the Carolina Fiberfest exhibit, watching an antique tractor parade, feeding alpacas and photographing lawn mower races. Yup, my thoughts exactly—I have the best summer internship by far.

Getting some hands on experience at the Carolina Fiberfest during the Got to Be NC Festival

Getting some hands-on experience at the Carolina Fiberfest during the Got to Be NC Festival

The fun and interesting assignments haven’t stopped there. The following day, I settled into what will become my second home for the next 10 weeks—the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Public Affairs Office. After meeting departmental staff and adjusting to the office, I began advertising and public relations efforts for the 2010 N.C. State Fair. So far, I have interviewed blue-ribbon chefs, brainstormed social media tactics and assisted in the selection of the 2010 Fair logo. My first week proved to be exciting and eventful! I hope you all will check back on the blog often to get news and updates from Merrie Go Round, Flying Bob, Firecracker, Bearded Lady, Blue Ribbon (formerly Green Thing)  and me (Sweet Corn) about our favorite event of the year—the N.C. State Fair!

About SweetCorn

Katie Ray interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2010. This is her bio from that year: Normally, I’m known as Katie Ray. However, from now on, I’ve decided to be referred to as Sweet Corn—after all, who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after a vegetable that tastes like candy? Growing up on a small dairy farm, I have always held the N.C. State Fair close to my heart. From the livestock and rabbits to the deep-fried food and rides, I truly do love every aspect of the Fair. Through this blog I hope to spread my enthusiasm for and keep y’all informed about 2010 Fair happenings!

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