What’s your favorite fair food?

In surveys taken at the Fair, people say again and again and again food is the top reason they come. And they certainly have plenty of options to choose from. Nearly 350 vendors have signed up for 2008 and a few more may be added before gates open Oct. 16. Now mind you, not every vendor is a food vendor, but there are hundreds of food booths to choose from. What the Fair’s most famous for is good old Southern deep-fried fare, the inspiration behind this blog. Seriously, is there any kind of ho-ho or chocolate candy bar that hasn’t…

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Everyone’s talking about…

…the N.C. State Fair! Just to make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up some great articles and blog posts on our favorite topic. The links will take you to the original sites: Does a banana suit count as pants?: Our favorite WRAL blogger must be checking out our Pants Dance Revolution YouTube channel. She’s rounded up a week’s worth of blog posts on her Fair blog. Photography competition: On the Peter and Sofia blog, we get a sneak peek into one of the photography department’s “Faces of NC” competition entries. N.C. State Fair engagements photo shoot: We mentioned a…

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I’m thinking sherbet

Yesterday, we got our new “uniform” for the 2008 State Fair – our polo shirts. It’s a geeky thing, but we always get excited to get a new shirt and start wearing it around town. It’s a great conversation starter, usually beginning with the question, “Do you know when the State Fair is this year?” Or “do you know who’s playing in Dorton Arena?” So, you’ve got to be on your game and know the answers if you wear a Fair shirt in public this time of year. But, it’s fun and it definitely gets people talking, even if they’re…

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Remebering Sept. 11 and saluting the Men and Women in the armed forces

Surely, all of us who were born before 1990 remember that beautiful September morning in 2001 when the world seemed to stop. In Raleigh, it was a gorgeous day and we were busy with getting ready for the upcoming fair when a co-worker (Merri-Go-Round) came into the office and said that a plane had struck a building in New York. My first thought was nothing like the horrrible reality that it was. For the rest of the day, we kept up with the news on a small, 6-inch, black and white television, and watched out our windows as workers scurried…

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‘Moos Ireland’: Cow Beauty Pageant

I just came across the Bailey’s Champion Cow Competition held every year in Ireland. Bailey’s, the maker of Irish cream, holds the contest in which 30 cows compete for the countrywide title. (Get it? “Moos Ireland?” As in, watch out Miss Ireland, Bessie is on your tail? Sorry, you can blame that pun on Ireland’s RTE News.) The ladies are judged on how shapely their legs are, the curves of the backs and the shape of their udders. I couldn’t find a pictures of this year’s winner Lumville Danois 2, but I have to say that the 2006 winner above…

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Your Chance to Win: 1,000 Friends Contest Update

Keep it up, Friends! Our 1,000 Friends Contest has been in swing for almost a week now and you’re really impressing us! Facebook now has 772 friends and MySpace is up to 460. Close your eyes, picture you and a friend on the top of the Ferris wheel wearing State Fair tie-dye shirts, and think about how fat your wallet is with the money you’ve saved from winning your State Fair Prize Pack for Two! Now add those friends!

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Fair Fan: Jean-Marie Odom

Meet Fair fan and guest blogger Jean-Marie Odom, a brave soul who documented everything she ate at last year’s State Fair. She’s sharing her tried-and-true staples along with free samples, new offerings, and tips for Fair newcomers. Welcome, Jean-Marie! For my husband and me, the N.C. State Fair is a time to enjoy the art of eating and the variety the Fair has to offer. When we go to the Fair, it’s a full-day event that leaves a lot of time to get hungry. In an effort to enjoy this experience to the fullest last year, I kept a list…

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Sights, Sounds and Smells: Mtn. State Fair, Part II

“Squilling” Earnhardt Jr., “Piggy” Gordon, “Rutter” Martin and “Hoggy” Jarrett of the Circle C Racing Pigs (a company based out of Newton, N.C.) make their laps on the Hog Speedway for their final prizes–cheese puffs! Read a great review of the race from the Times-News. And don’t forget to visit these little fellas when they travel to the State Fair in just a few weeks! The Ferris wheel at the Mtn. State Fair had incredible views of the mountains and, if you timed it just right, airplanes taking off out of the Asheville Regional Airport across the road. A curious…

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Mystery Artist = Rodney Atkins

The wait is over! We can finally announce that country-music singer Rodney Atkins is the ‘mystery artist’ and will play Dorton Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $11.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at www.ncstatefair.org.Atkins’ hits include “Watching You,” “These are My People,” “Honesty (Write Me A List)” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).”

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