100 days until the Fair

Can you believe it? 265 days down, and only 100 to go until the 2008 State Fair. To celebrate, here’s a look at some of the other numbers associated with the state’s biggest gathering of food, rides, animals and N.C. agriculture. . . 9 – Gate number where you’ll find the racing pigs 11 days (as of this year!) long 25 cents – The admission to the Fair in 1853 60 – Years of the Folk Festival 120 decibels – The noise level of screaming fans during Dorton Arena concerts 155 – years since the first Fair $70 billion –…

Continue Reading

Candy apples

A few weeks ago, we hosted the Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds and I caught up with one of the vendors that is also at the State Fair, Miss Debbies Specialty Apples. As their name implies, these are no ordinary candy apples. A new flavor that caught my eye (I don’t remember seeing it last year) is the Cafe Ola. Here’s the description: A granny smith apple covered in rich caramel, rolled in semi sweet chocolate chips, sprinkled with fresh crushed coffee beans & repeatedly drizzled with milk & white chocolate. yummmmm! I can’t wait for…

Continue Reading

Deep fried blog!

Squealing, speed-racing pigs. Giant blue ribbon pumpkins. Old-fashioned ferris wheel rides. And, of course, deep fried food on a stick. Admit it, you’ve been counting down the days until the 2008 N.C. State Fair–and we have too. That’s why the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has started its first State Fair blog dedicated to bringing you the inside scoop on what makes the State Fair come together every year. We’ll be your go-to guide during the Fair as well, bringing you the tastiest foods, flashiest rides, newest exhibitions and coolest State Fair characters. I’m CottonCandy, and I’ll be…

Continue Reading