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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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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