Fair Fan: Jean-Marie Odom

Meet Fair fan and guest blogger Jean-Marie Odom, a brave soul who documented everything she ate at last year’s State Fair. She’s sharing her tried-and-true staples along with free samples, new offerings, and tips for Fair newcomers. Welcome, Jean-Marie! For my husband and me, the N.C. State Fair is a time to enjoy the art of eating and the variety the Fair has to offer. When we go to the Fair, it’s a full-day event that leaves a lot of time to get hungry. In an effort to enjoy this experience to the fullest last year, I kept a list…

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Sights, Sounds and Smells: Mtn. State Fair, Part II

“Squilling” Earnhardt Jr., “Piggy” Gordon, “Rutter” Martin and “Hoggy” Jarrett of the Circle C Racing Pigs (a company based out of Newton, N.C.) make their laps on the Hog Speedway for their final prizes–cheese puffs! Read a great review of the race from the Times-News. And don’t forget to visit these little fellas when they travel to the State Fair in just a few weeks! The Ferris wheel at the Mtn. State Fair had incredible views of the mountains and, if you timed it just right, airplanes taking off out of the Asheville Regional Airport across the road. A curious…

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Mystery Artist = Rodney Atkins

The wait is over! We can finally announce that country-music singer Rodney Atkins is the ‘mystery artist’ and will play Dorton Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $11.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at www.ncstatefair.org.Atkins’ hits include “Watching You,” “These are My People,” “Honesty (Write Me A List)” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).”

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Sights, Sounds and Smells: Mtn. State Fair, Part I

I mentioned a few posts ago that the corn on the cob cupcakes (which won a blue ribbon, by the way!) had me craving roasted corn. Well, here at the Mtn. State Fair they have deep fried corn on the cob, making our Deep Fried blog very proud. I vote to bring this to the State Fair! The theme of “Best of the West” was used here in one of the 4-H club displays in Davis Arena. I couldn’t resist putting up NCSU’s Mr. Wuf decked out in chaps and holsters. These four vegetables are “fraternal quadruplets,” meaning they all…

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Best of the West: Mtn. State Fair

Before… …and after! (Notice the mountains in the backgrounds of both pictures.) It’s always fun to see what happens on the fairgrounds before everyone comes for their candy apples, Ferris wheel rides and the livestock shows. When I arrived on Tuesday, the Midway was pretty empty save for some of the larger thrill rides. But what a different a day-and-a-half makes! The staff up here in Fletcher and Playworld Amusements company worked their magic overnight to have the grounds fair-ready for Friday’s opening ceremonies. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, front, and Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, in the second seat,take a ride…

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It’s a revolution!

We are starting a revolution…well, Jared Fogle (the Subway guy) is at least. As part of his 10-year anniversary with Subway Restaurants, Jared is embarking on a cross-country “Tour De Pants.” Along the way, he’ll promote Subway restaurants and 10 years of maintaining a healthy weight. As part of the promotion, there are lots of activities, such as an online Pants Dance game, and the chance to make a healthy promise. In conjunction with the 2008 N.C. State Fair, Jared just launched a new competition…the Pants Dance Revolution, where you can win a year’s supply of Subway sandwiches, a Nintendo…

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Sushi and corn at the Mountain State Fair

Sushi cupcakes…no really! Corn on the cob cupcakes with pats of “butter” I’m in Fletcher, N.C. this week helping out with the N.C. Mountain State Fair, one of the most beautiful fairs in the country because it’s nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (I may be a bit biased on this point, as I grew up not far down the road in Hendersonville.) The fair kicks off this Friday, Sept. 5, and it would make a great family roadtrip, especially since heading west this weekend might be a good idea. After we helped Asheville news station WLOS…

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Your Chance to Win: 1,000 Friends Contest

As you know, this was the first year the N.C. State Fair has ventured out into the exciting worlds of Facebook and MySpace. We love adding new friends every day and hearing everything you love about the Fair. The two pages have been really successful and we’ve gotten to talk with people we may not have ever heard from otherwise. We’d love to keep both pages growing and show you our thanks as well. Enter our 1,000 Friends Contest! As of right now, we have 686 friends on Facebook, and 402 on MySpace. If either profile can reach 1,000 friends,…

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Keeping up with State Fair news

No need to play guessing games! Sign up for E-News to get all the latest State Fair info. Some of us just LOVE the N.C. State Fair and can’t get enough information about what’s new this year. A few of us are lucky enough to work here and have all sorts of behind-the-scenes information, and we’re happy to share our knowledge with you through this blog. We hope we are doing a good job in bringing you some fun information about the 2008 N.C. State Fair. If you still find yourself wanting more news about the Fair, our E-News service…

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