Celebrate the 150th State Fair with food, fun and prizes

There are only 12 days left until the doors open on the 150th N.C. State Fair. The fair opens Thursday, Oct. 12, and we plan to kick off the celebration with a special admission price, commemorative buttons, food specials and prizes! Here are the deals and prizes to watch for on opening day: Admission on kickoff day is $1.50! Gates open at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12. The admission price is good for one day only, so don’t miss the opportunity to have bragging rights on getting the lowest price of the season. The first 15,000 people through the gates…

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A Day in the Life at the State Fair: Vendor edition

When you consider attendance numbers, on any given day the N.C. State Fair is a lot like a small town. And just like a small town, there are many people working hard every day to keep things running, keep people fed and keep folks entertained and informed. The Deep Fried blog is doing A Day in the Life at the State Fair series to give fair-goers a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make the fair happen. Today’s focus is on food vendor Chris Wrenn of Ragin’ Cajun. Food seems a logical place to start for this series since surveys show…

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Carolina Bluegrass Battle winners The Hey Brothers will play the NC State Fair

The Hey Brothers’ trip to the N.C. State Fair started this spring. The Pittsboro-based group was the winner of the the Carolina Bluegrass Battle at the annual Got to Be N.C. Festival. The band earned $500 and spots at the N.C. State Fair and PreddyFest. John Dudley (banjo), Allen Ray (guitar), Keith Sikes (bass), Tim Lee (mandolin) and Brian English (fiddle) formed the group in 2007. The band’s name came from old advertisements that Lee found online. Band members saw the ad and the name just stuck. The group plays mostly local and regional events, including festivals and private functions. “Everyone…

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Weekend Update: Preparations underway for N.C. State fair

The calendar turns to October this weekend which means the 2017 N.C. State Fair is just days away. To ensure the safety of workers and others on the grounds in the busy final days of preparation, access to the fairgrounds will be restricted from Friday night, Sept. 29, until 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, when the fair opens. Access to the grounds will be limited to those with special-access passes issued by the State Fair. Employees, vendors, exhibitors and members of the news media are among those who will be allowed with proper credentials. “In recent years, we have seen…

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N.C. State Fair now serving Deep Fried B.I.N.G.O.

There’s always plenty to do at the N.C. State Fair. This year, why not add a little competition to the mix? Teams are invited to try their hand at Deep Fried Bingo. Grab a group of friends, set a time limit and head on out on the fairgrounds for some friendly competition. “For years we’ve had businesses call about bringing their office to the fair for team building,” said Sarah Ray, public information officer. “We have offered scavenger hunts for school groups, but never a good challenge for college kids or adults coming to the fair as a group.” For…

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The road to the N.C. State Fair

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. The countdown to the N.C. State Fair is dwindling. All of a sudden, we are in double digits, and September is almost gone. While many of us are anxiously awaiting the time when we can sink our teeth into all manner…

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Country rocks Dorton Arena with Parmalee and OSMR

Parmalee is a country rock band, composed of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, their cousin Barry Knox and friend Josh McSwain, that originated in Parmele in Martin County. The group was formed in 2001 when the members began practicing every Tuesday and Thursday night in a barn they dubbed “Studio B.” Since then, Parmalee has gone on to produce five albums and has been featured on Billboard, AOL.com and Clear Channel. It wasn’t long before the band members realized they needed to broaden their horizons outside of the barn in Parmele if they wanted to jump-start their music career. After…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 22-24

There are plenty of events happening at the fairgrounds this weekend, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Mark your calendars: The Southern Ideal Home Show is Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The show will feature hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. Homeowners can shop and seek expert advice from housing professionals. Hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Children under age 15…

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10 educational ideas for teachers

The N.C. State Fair isn’t just about food and rides, although those are often reasons people cite for coming to the annual event. The fair offers plenty of opportunities to learn, too, through exhibits, displays and scavenger hunts. Here’s a Top 10 list of educational ideas for teachers and parents, too. Did you know we offer two scavenger hunts – a general one and a science-themed one? Print out a copy from our website or stop by the Expo Center to pick one up, and then set off on your quest for answers. Both scavenger hunts take you through many…

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Heat doesn’t stop youth from competing in livestock contests

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. It was hot. The kind of hot that North Carolina summers are known for, where the humidity envelops you like clothes. It’s the kind of hot day where air conditioning is preferred. However, more than 100 youth gave up a few…

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