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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Pants Dance Hilarity

A couple Storm Squad dancers from the Carolina Hurricanes have entered our Pants Dance Revolution contest (as you should too) and this video is HILARIOUS. Make sure to watch it all the way through til the end to see how they incorporate Jared the Subway Guy’s enormous pants into the dance. (Hint: BOTH of the dancers end up in the pants!)

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EVENT: Mall Sales Kick-off, and so much more

Where can you get a sneak peak of the Farm Animal Frenzy, buy discounted admission and ride tickets, have your Pants Dance Revolution crazy dance video recorded and uploaded, and win sweet State Fair giveaways? Here’s the answer: Today (Thursday), 4 to 6 p.m. in the Center Court at Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center Mall. To kick off the first day of mall sales, we’re taking over the mall to bring you the best State Fair ticket deals and helping you have fun while you’re saving money. The coolest part to me is you’ll be able to record a video to…

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A great deal

Most Fair enthusiasts know that the best way to see the Fair (other than working there) is to get your tickets in advance. It saves you a good bit of cash and you can avoid standing in line to get your admission tickets. Adult tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $1 in advance, $2 at the gate. Ride sheets (18 tickets per sheet) are $10 in advance, $18 at the Fair. Tickets have been on sale on the Internet for two months now, and starting tomorrow and going through Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.,…

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Fair Pics: Fooood!

Today’s tagged Facebook and MySpace photos are all about one of this blog’s favorite topics…Fair food! Kelli McIlnay captures her friend Brian trying out last year’s newest concoctions: fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A Fair feast caught on camera by MySpace-er Charlie of Raleigh. Joni Milsap enjoying a big ol’ turkey leg. Photo by Facebook friend Kelli McIlnay.

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Fair Fan: Lisa Jeffries

Meet Lisa Jeffries, a Raleigh native who now works with her family business Jeffries & Sons, Inc., as well as being a marketing consultant. When not filling in the Deep Fried blog, she can be found out on the lake or at Carter-Finely cheering on the Wolfpack. (We’re assuming she would take advantage of the NCSU/Fair ticket promotion if she didn’t already have season tickets.) Enjoy her pictures from the 1987 Fair all over the fairgrounds. Thanks, Lisa! How many years have you been coming to the Fair? Let me use a lifeline for this and give mom and dad…

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