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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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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