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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Who is the mystery artist?

Who is the mystery artist? (Photo from the 2007 N.C. State Fair – not the mystery artist!) Okay, I know we were supposed to announce the mystery artist “no later than Sept. 1,” but because of circumstances beyond our control, we are still unable to make the announcement. (Sorry!) We are legally obligated to keep our mouths shut for a few more days because of our contractual agreement with the artist. I will make one guarantee…we will make the announcement sometime on Saturday (expect it to be late in the day) and we will start ticket sales for this artist…

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Married-Go-Round

Insert your family above! Searching Google news today for the N.C. State Fair turned up a very engaging hit. Raleigh photographer Ashley Stephenson of Nas Image photography posted a call to engaged couples, newlyweds and families who share her love for the Fair on her blog: My FAVORITE seasons are winter and fall. I love the colors in the fall, and feeling the cooler breeze slowly pushing out the heavy heat and humidity. My whole life I have always associated fall with the NC State Fair! We lived just a few miles from the fairgrounds- you could smell the food…

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On the road again to a county fair

Did you know that North Carolina has 44 Agricultural Fairs across the state? You may know them as “county fairs,” and part of my job (when I’m not planning the new Green NC exhibit at the State Fair) is to visit each fair, with the help of my colleague Nikki Berryman, during the busiest of seasons – Fair season! Now, there are a lot of festivals and carnivals that take place throughout the year, but North Carolina’s Agricultural Fairs are different. Each fair is licensed to operate by the Commissioner of Agriculture, and is dedicated to improving the awareness of…

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Fair Fan: Meredith Foster

On our Facebook, MySpace and Twitter pages, we’ve met some awesome people who really, really love their N.C. State Fair. So to highlight them, we’ll be interviewing our Fair Fans every week here on the Deep Fried blog. To kick it off, we talked with Meredith Foster, a Raleigh native, about her 2007 Fair marathon, her tips for making the most of your Fair experience, and the feel-good combination of funnel cakes and Diet Coke. Meredith, age 4, with Mr. McFeeley from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,at the State Fair UNC-TV booth (love the turtleneck!) Meredith today What’s in your CD player/on…

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Blog Lovin’

As it’s plain to see from this blog, we love when people get excited about the Fair even before it rolls around. If you haven’t dropped by yet, make sure you check out Tara Calishain’s State Fair blog over at WRAL.com. She may be a tech reporter for the news station, but she’s a State Fair veteran who knows her stuff! We can’t wait to see what she talks about in the coming weeks. In last year’s coverage, the Fair-saavy blogger listed her Top Ten Things Not To Miss at the State Fair. It had some great “Extra Credit” and…

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