Fairgrounds events add culture, variety to the first weekend of spring.

By all accounts, spring will begin with a weekend full of beautiful weather. What better time for a family outing at the N.C. State Fairgrounds? With hundreds of events each year, the fairgrounds offers a variety of activities to choose from, and some of the more popular shows have a decidedly cultural flair. The India Fest Cultural Arts Showcase will take place in Dorton Arena Friday through Sunday. This festival has grown in popularity and size since its first year at the fairgrounds in 2004, expanding to a three-day event, and will kick off tonight with a live dance and music show featuring Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal….

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Behind the scenes with…Letrice Vines, commercial space administrator

The N.C. State Fair kicks off in a few months, but there’s a ton of preparation already in motion. We’ll bring you behind-the-scenes interviews with fairgrounds employees working to bring you “A Whole Lotta Happy” when the gates open Thursday, Oct. 15. Food is the No. 1 reason people come to the State Fair, a fact Letrice Vines knows well. As commercial space administrator, Letrice chooses and coordinates each and every vendor for the Fair, including the folks behind your favorite crazy-creative deep-fried creations. After the exhibitor application deadline on July 1, Letrice is tasked with combing through each application…

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