In the Know, Part I

This line at Gate 9 took me about 15 minutes to navigate this morning. Most experienced fairgoers know that buying advance sales is the smartest way to get your tickets to the N.C. State Fair. Not only do you save money, you also get to skip standing in line with your family waiting to buy tickets. But there’s a catch: if you wait too long, you’ll end up standing in line anyway. (The savings are still worth it, it just isn’t a lot of fun to stand in line.) A majority of advance sales buyers wait until the last few…

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Barnyard Scramble (And the winner is….)

First Place: Murial the Dairy Queen It was a tough choice for judges with 19 excellent animals to choose from, but there were 3 stand-outs in the herd. Murial, the Dairy Queen from Apex High School won $1,000 and first place. Second Place: Javier at the Fair Second place goes to a chicken decorated by Fuquay-Varina High School. Javier at the Fair won the school $750 for their art program. Third Place: Ms. Moo Ms. Moo, a cow decorated by Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh won third place and $500. Judges also selected “Corny Carney Carl” by Wakefield…

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Deep Fried Pecan Pie on a Stick

Get a sneak peak at the deep fried pecan pie on a stick and the Wolfpack Clogger’s Folk Festival routine Each year we hold a Media Preview Lunch to tip the media to new exhibits, programs, events, rides, and FOOD that will be at the Fair this year. It’s a great way to put some stories out there that might not otherwise make it to your news pages or channels, and to get a feel for what gets the media excited about this year’s Fair. As you can tell from this post’s title, one thing everyone–including us– was excited about…

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In the News

Twittering at the State Fair: WRAL blogger Tara Calishain is on the Twitter bandwagon along with us. WRAL’s Fair twitter account has started its tweeting activity. Childress wins top wine award: Davidson County’s The Dispatch reports the Lexington winery Childress Vineyards took home two of the State Fair’s highest wine competition honors, the Best of Show and the N.C. Winegrowers Cup. Shelton takes high honor at state competition: The Mt. Airy News also recapped local winners of the State Fair wine competition. Fair features ‘DTV Trekker’: The Durham Herald-Sun reports a massive, 20 ft. TV screen will be on the…

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Crafty idea from State Fair quilter

Saturday’s post from The Selvage Blog, a selvage quilter’s daily read, featured an idea from Elena McDowell for selvage postcards. Selvage is the uncut edge that runs down the right side of fabric. The blogger explains the simple project: If you don’t already know how to make a selvage postcard, you will in 1 minute. Apply your selvages to stiff interfacing like Pellon (the non-fusible kind). Trim to a rectangle a little larger than your postcard stock. Attach your selvage block to the postcard by sewing a nice zigzag stitch around the outer edge. See the bottom photo.Trim. All done….

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Artist Profile: Bucky Covington

For the past couple of years we’ve had plenty of home-grown talent as part of the entertainment line-up in Dorton Arena. In 2007, fans were treated to performances by North Carolina natives Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry. In 2004, Raleigh’s own Clay Aiken performed, followed by High Point’s Fantasia Barrino in 2005. This year, fellow American Idol alum and N.C. native Bucky Covington will bring his country-rock sound to the Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Covington’s performance will draw plenty of family and friends from Rockingham, according to Bucky’s dad, Gene. We caught up with Gene at the family business…

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Frenzy of a good time

One thing I love about the Farm Animal Frenzy competition is the reaction from the crowd. Whether we are at the mall or at the fairgrounds, people are drawn to these animals. All of the farm animals (19 total) were dropped off at the fairgrounds yesterday and getting them put in their proper places was number one on the list of things to do today. This is a time-consuming task that takes four or five people about four hours to complete. Before we got started, all the animals were set in one place and there was a steady stream of…

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I’m gonna find a different view

Okay, I promise this is a day 3 picture (5 days until opening day!). And despite these photos, the fairgrounds continues to morph into the State Fair. I promise tomorrow I will find a different vantage point to bring to you to show you how full the fairgrounds is becoming.

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