Advance tickets available Monday at 10 a.m.

As a first-time homeowner (and subsequently, first-time mortgage payer), I like to save a buck wherever I can. Trust me when I say the best way to save money on admission and ride tickets to the State Fair is buying your tickets early. And, if you’re looking for a front-row seat to one of the target=”_blank”>Dorton Arena concerts, you’re definitely going to want to be in front of a computer when tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Tickets to grandstand events will also be available on Monday. We want your ticket-buying experience to be as smooth as possible,…

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Getting fired up at the fairgrounds

With three-digit temperatures at the State Fairgrounds this week, you might say things are really heating up as we prepare for the 2011 N.C. State Fair. The temperatures have been sweltering in Raleigh recently, but the promise of cooler temperatures and fair-like weather is just three months away. In case you missed it, we launched our new website last week. This is your one-stop shop for all the information about this year’s fair. We’ll continue to update it with the latest information on agricultural exhibits, food, rides, entertainment and competitions as we get closer to the fair. And, speaking of…

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Sharing is caring

Last week, we announced “Love A Fair“ as the 2011 N.C. State Fair theme. It’s been great to hear from everyone who remembers the first time the theme was used back in the 70s. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. Honestly, hearing stories from fairgoers is one of the best parts of this job. Sure, we get to test the latest rides and try the newest deep-fried creation, but the best part is hearing from you. We spend so much time planning the Fair each year that we don’t get to enjoy it like everyone else. So, it’s nice…

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Announcing the 2011 N.C. State Fair theme

Each year, we are tasked with creating a theme and logo for the coming State Fair. This is done in conjunction with our advertising agency. It’s not easy to encapsulate in a few words the excitement, flavors, colors, people and traditions that are part of the Fair. It’s a process that takes several weeks, but we love this creative time and how it makes us think about the many things that make the State Fair special. We came up with a few serious contenders for this year’s theme, but decided to recycle one from about 30 years ago. We really…

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