Fair Pics: Thrill Ride Edition

Okay, so I lied. I said that every day up until the Fair we would feature one of the hundreds we’ve had posted to our MySpace and Facebook sites…well, there are so many that now we’ll be posting a couple a day! So help us, we can’t get enough. Enjoy today’s Midway-themed photos thanks to professional photog Charlie of Raleigh (find him here on MySpace) and Jean Odom, a Fair Fan who previously blogged about her Fair food diary. Keep ’em coming guys! Cover your eyes! Photo by Charlie of Raleigh. Topsy-turvy photo by Charlie of Raleigh Hair-raising photo by…

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Meet the Band: Lady Antebellum

One of the Dorton Arena concerts I’m most excited about is with Lady Antebellum on Sunday, Oct. 19. (They’ll also be performing with Heidi Newfield…keep an eye on the blog for more on her new solo career next week.) And by the way, did I mention tickets are only $8?? Although die-hard “Lady A” fans have probably already done their homework, here’s a little background on the up and coming trio. WHO: Hillary Scott (daughter of Grammy-winning country artist Linda Davis and accomplished musician Lang Scott), Charles Kelley (brother of singer-songwriter Josh Kelly, who recently tied the knot with Grey’s…

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Fair Pic: Shadows and Swings

This pic was tagged by our MySpace friend Jazzy. Gorgeous! We have some awesome friends on Facebook and MySpace–1,534 awesome friends, to be exact. One of the coolest parts of the social neworking sites is interacting with people in ways we never have before. For example, one feature allows your to take your own pictures and “tag” people in them. (Facebook/MySpace junkies are reading this thinking “Oh, really? And the sky is also blue!”) We love this because now we have 136 pictures on our profiles of fairgoers capturing their memories of the Fair. So, with only 21 days (gasp)…

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Flu shots at the Fair

Flu shots will be available in the Dome, circled above in red. For a larger map, click here. You already come to the Fair for the thrills, the atmosphere, the competitions and the yummy treats–so why not come for your health? One of our 2008 sponsors, Kerr Drug, will provide flu shots for Fair visitors everyday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dome near Dorton Arena and Hillsborough Street. Anyone 18 years and older is eligible for the shot. They’ll be accepting people on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is necessary. The shot will be $30, or…

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Good weather = good crowd

You could say those of us who work in the State Fair Press Office are obsessed with attendance. Every morning during the fair, we eagerly await word of the previous day’s crowd. We’re interested in this information for various reasons: 1) we know the news media will be asking for it, and 2) our boss, Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler, talks every year about wanting a million people to visit the fair, and we want to see how close — or far — we are to that milestone. But the real reason we want these numbers is because, every night before…

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A Howlin’ Good Time

Fans at Saturday’s NCSU/ECU match-up at Carter-Finley Stadium may have noticed a new promotion the Wolfpack announced in between touchdowns. (Or maybe not, considering the rivalry game was a nailbiter ’til the end.) From GoPack.com: This year, in celebration of the heritage between the Wolfpack and the North Carolina State Fair, the NC State ticket office is offering a special Football & the Fair package to fans that don’t already have tickets to the Oct. 16 game against Florida State at Carter-Finley Stadium. For $45, fans will get a ticket to the football game and a ticket to the fair,…

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Hyping the fair, part 2: The commercials

One of the surest signs that the 2008 State Fair is rapidly approaching is the completion of the TV commercials. As reported here in July, this year’s spots use still photography and animation to depict people having fun at the fair. They also feature an advertising technique we haven’t used in several years — a jingle. Produced by MSA, one spot focuses on a family (see it above), while the other shows co-workers heading for the fair after a day at the office. Each spot will carry “tags”at the end promoting additional fair topics, such as advance tickets, park-and-ride opportunities…

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Take Time for the Frenzy

“Sancta Bos” by Cresset Christian Academy in Durham Take a stroll around Triangle Town Center and you’ll run into some strange looking characters. “Miss Moo,” “Dali,” “Javier,” and “Merlin” are just a few of the cows, chickens and horses that have overtaken the mall as part of the N.C. State Fair Farm Animal Frenzy. “Playin’ Hooky” by Garner Magnet High School I was there Saturday morning with the judges to make sure everything was in place and had the chance to get a good look at all the animals. Last year’s entries into the first-ever Farm Animal Frenzy were going…

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Fair Fan: Stephen Evans

Stephen was one of the lucky winners of our first blog contest back in July (can you believe it’s almost October already?). You may remember his brilliant “Dn’t 4get 2 get my frYd $ & funL Kk!” text message. Well, he was handsomely rewarded for his creativity with one of our new State Fair tie-dyed T-shirts and sent us a picture to prove it! Thanks for the picture, Stephen! Now we’ll definitely be able to spot you at the Fair this year.

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