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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Fair pics: Pumpkins

The pumpkins below should inspire you to enter the State Farmers Market’s Great Pumpkin Contest, which will give cash prizes to the largest pumpkins as well as the most creatively decorated. At the very least, drop by the market in Raleigh to see the gourds. I remember last year there was a pumpkin decorated as an owl that inspired me to do a fancy jack-o-lantern of my own (i.e. one step beyond the usual eyes and crooked grin). And be on the lookout for the enormous pumpkins competing at the Fair in the Expo Building! Facebook friend Jean Odom captured…

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Listen (or watch) and win

There are several ways to get your admission, ride and concert tickets for the 2008 State Fair. You can buy them online or at our nine walk-up locations. You can also win them. Numerous radio and TV stations are giving away State Fair prize packs consisting of admission tickets, ride sheets and T-shirts (several are throwing in concert tickets, too). There are some interesting contests, so check out the individual media outlets below for details on how to win one of these prize packs. In the Raleigh area, you can listen to G105, 93.9 Kiss-FM, The Rooster 106.1, 100.7 The…

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Jason Aldean, etc.

So I’m watching CMT this morning and I start noticing that they keep playing songs by performers coming to the N.C. State Fair this year. It started with “Lookin’ for a Good Time” by Lady Antebellum, then “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield, followed by”Relentless” by Jason Aldean. In fact, a quick search of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown for the week of Oct. 3 features four State Fair acts. Montgomery Gentry comes in at #19 with “Roll With Me,” Jason Aldean is at #18, Lady Antebellum is at #17 and Heidi Newfield is at #11. Speaks well for the lineup…

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Out and About

Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of this year’s green and purple tie-dye State Fair T-shirts around town. We gave away around 50 shirts at our Triangle Town Center Mall event Thursday, Oct. 2. Don’t worry there are still plenty left for anyone hoping to score one of these ultra-fabulous T-shirts.)While we were at the mall, we filmed more than a dozen people for the Pants Dance Revolution contest. What, you say, is the Pants Dance Revolution contest? Click on the link above and check it out. You can vote for your favorite dancer so far or record and post…

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Keep it clean

What’s more fun that spray painting a storm drain? Spray painting about 200 storm drains! Thanks to a few tireless community volunteers, educational outreach folks from the Division of Water Quality, a little ‘ole me, Green Thing (I’m the one taking the picture), the State Fair is now “tagged” with a very important message – don’t toss litter down a storm drain because it pollutes our rivers and streams! In fact, stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in North Carolina and the nation, according to the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources. We met this…

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No Pain, No Gain

It’s been a long, dusty summer at the State Fairgrounds while a large parking lot underwent a transformation, but I must say that the result is worth it. The area between the Grandstand, Dorton Arena and the Expo Center (A.K.A. “the Dorton Triangle”) was demolished and rebuilt this summer. The result is a level, safe parking area that will be home to lots of food concessionaires during the fair. The nice part is there are two areas carved out for the express purpose of creating seating for fair patrons. The retaining walls will create a lot of seating on their…

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In the News

Take Triangle Transit to the State Fair: The Independent Weekly’s blog Triangulator is happy to to focus on something other than the Stock Market…cue the Fair. Bob Geary gives you info on the Park and Ride program for the Fair, one of the best ways to save gas and avoid any hassle. State Fair Express bus: The Carrboro Citizen notes there are also buses for Chapel Hill and Durham folks to make their ways into Raleigh for the Fair. State Fair tickets on sale: Fair blogger Tara Calishain over at WRAL reminds you to stop by area malls to pick…

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