Artist Spotlight: Casting Crowns

I recently heard the name Casting Crowns for the first time. Obviously, there are many more people that have heard of the headlining act at Dorton Arena Friday, Oct. 15. After two weeks of advance sales, the concert for the Atlanta-based group has sold more than 1,800 tickets and is on its way to being our first sold-out show of 2010. I decided to see what all the excitement was about, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought I might hear something similar to old gospel tunes from my grandparents’ radio, but after listening to the artist’s songs on our 2010 N.C. State Fair Pandora station, I understand…

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Behind the scenes with…Carol Turner, livestock office manager

What began as a temporary gig helping a friend, has turned into 25 years of service for Carol Turner, the N.C. State Fair livestock office manager. Carol oversees a six-person staff and coordinates with superintendents for each of the animal species during the Fair. For the past several weeks, she has been camped out in the Gate 9 ticket booth preparing for this year’s show. Her staff will join her in the Graham Building after Labor Day, where they’ll remain throughout the Fair.  One of the biggest challenges for Carol this year is converting the old entry database to new software. The software, Blue Ribbon, will be used to…

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Fairgoers learn to outwit, outlive and outgrow in new exhibit

Have you ever tried growing a plant from seed? Getting the right combination of water, sunlight and nutrients can be challenging, but not impossible, even with a not-so-green thumb.  Our new exhibit, Seed Survivor, aims to teach the secrets of growing plants with displays about the water cycle, healthy soil and photosynthesis.  The exhibit, sponsored by Agrium, is a curriculum-based educational experience featuring games and interactive displays. As you enter the tent near Gate 12, grab a passport and collect stamps by completing challenges that teach you how to outwit, outlive and outgrow the competition. At the end of the exhibit, you can plant your own sunflower…

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We are go for launch…

The 2010 N.C. State Fair website is now live, and includes most of the information you will need to plan your trip to the Fair this October, but it’s still a work in progress. Bookmark the site, share the URL with your friends and check back often as we update it with even more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we have plenty of promotions to keep your deep-fried appetite under control. One promotion, 10,000 Fans of Summer, ends today at 5 p.m. If we get 10,000 Facebook fans by then, we will offer all our Facebook fans an adult admission ticket for the group…

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2010 Dorton Arena concert lineup

Firecracker, Flying Bob and Sweet Corn met to plan this year’s Dorton Arena concert-lineup announcement. Check out the video below to see who is coming to the 2010 N.C. State Fair: NOTE: If video doesn’t play, try refreshing your browser. You probably noticed that seven of our concerts are only $5. Make sure to buy your tickets early to get the best seats. Tickets go on sale Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. We’re sure you also noticed there are some artists we can’t announce for a few more weeks. Once we’re able, we will post the remaining concerts on our website, on the…

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What’s so great about the N.C. State Fair?

It’s difficult to describe 11 fun-filled days of rides, games, exhibits, concerts and deep-fried goodness with a phrase. And yet, every year we do this by creating a new theme. This year, one question kept surfacing: “What’s your favorite part of the North Carolina State Fair?” Is it the agricultural exhibits, the entertainment, the rides or how about the food? The truth is that the N.C. State Fair has something for everyone; it’s all great. Check out the video below to see this year’s theme. If you have problems viewing the video, click target=”_blank”>here. We’re looking forward to celebrating everything that makes our State Fair…

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