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

I mentioned a few posts ago that the corn on the cob cupcakes (which won a blue ribbon, by the way!) had me craving roasted corn. Well, here at the Mtn. State Fair they have deep fried corn on the cob, making our Deep Fried blog very proud. I vote to bring this to the State Fair! The theme of “Best of the West” was used here in one of the 4-H club displays in Davis Arena. I couldn’t resist putting up NCSU’s Mr. Wuf decked out in chaps and holsters. These four vegetables are “fraternal quadruplets,” meaning they all…

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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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