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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1,000 Friends Contest winners!

The HUGE stack of Facebook friends in the drawing! Do you see yours? Back in the beginning of September, we announced our 1,000 Friends Contest for all of our MySpace and Facebook friends. This is the first year the Fair’s gone online…Fair 2.0! To jumpstart our pages, we wanted to offer our friends an incentive to join us and get the latest news and access to contests. We’ve also found it to be a great sounding board for new ideas and have gotten to know some of friends very well, as you’ve seen on here from guest bloggers and photographers….

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In the News

A Rolling Stone: Living-statue performer travels the country amazing folks with stillness and quiet fluidity: Michelle Harrell’s next stop after the Dixie Classic Fair will be our State Fair grounds. The W-S Journal does a great profile on the W-S native’s “Statue Viva” performance. Also check out this really, really neat audio profile the newspaper does on her get-ready routine. NC State Fair: Blogger Mertricula won a State Fair tie-dye T-shirt in a Twitter contest, and you can too if you follow us. wral_at_fair: And speaking of Twitter, WRAL will tweet live from the Fair. NC State Fair: Take Time…

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One Week from today!

As previously mentioned, today was move in day for the Press Office. This was an unusual move-in day for us for two reasons. One, it didn’t rain, which means I can go ahead and make a weather prediction: it WILL rain on Oct. 27. It ALWAYS rains on either move in or move out day. Two, the fairgrounds is a beehive of activity that is not normal for one week before the fair starts. Usually we get out here and there is a smattering of food booths and rides on the grounds, but today, Kiddieland is looking almost complete and…

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Fair Pics: Blog Edition

So this picture isn’t technically one tagged by a Facebook or MySpace friend, but I found it on local blog The Stinging Nettle and couldn’t resist. I really like the way blogger put it: “Anything that can make a kid’s face light up like this: …is worth the price of admission.” And pssst…that admission price can be discounted if you get advance tickets before next Thursday! (Photo from The Stinging Nettle.)

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Moving Day!

View Larger Map From 2 W. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. . . The main home for the Ag Department Press Office is downtown beside the N.C. History and Science Museums…but for about two and a half magical weeks, we move our entire office out to the fairgrounds to start preparing for Fair events and helping the media find its stories. Today is moving day, and despite the rainy forecast, we are busy boxing up press kits, media badges, laptop computers, phones, folders, fax machines, printers. . .and the list goes on. And there’s only five of us! So while…

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Great Idea: Silhouette Invitation

Sometimes Google Alerts are a girl’s best friend. Paperwhites Press’ Pushing the Envelope blog came through my inbox earlier today and surprised me with info about the Fair. (A hard thing to do!) The invitation and stationary design studio, based in Cary, N.C., blogged yesterday about its newest invitation design for a bride (awesome photo from its blog):With the state fair just around the corner, I thought I would post about Kyra and Robert’s awesome silhouette invitation for their upcoming wedding. At last year’s NC state fair, renowned silhouette artist, Karl Johnson – cutarts.com was cutting silhouettes. We were able…

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In the News

Apex Lions say vote for their biscuits at the fair: A HILARIOUS take on recent election ads and editorials in the Cary News from one of the food vendors for the Fair. One reason to visit their restaurant, and I quote: “Foreign affairs: How about French fries, cappuccinos and lattes?” Apply for State Fair jobs starting Monday: WRAL fills you in on all the details for part-time work during the State Fair. The North Carolina State Fair is Coming….!: This local news and entertainment blog runs down the highlights of the Fair, including the Dorton Arena line-up. Are you sad…

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Entertainment Spotlight: King of the Grill

Commemorative program When Bobby Flay steps onto the stage in Dorton Arena on Oct. 20, he’ll be stepping onto a backyard paradise – or at least as much semblance of a backyard paradise as fair workers can manage between the time Lady Antebellum and Heidi Newfield pull away from the fairgrounds on Sunday night and the time the doors open for the Bobby Flay cooking show on Monday night. It’s no surprise that the star of Grill It with Bobby Flay and Showdown with Bobby Flay would ask for a backyard setting for a cooking demonstration. But the Mesa Grill…

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