10 fun things you can do during your visit to the fair

Here at Deep Fried, we know a thing or two about the N.C. State Fair. Our staff has more than 50 years’ experience with this annual event, so if you’re looking for directions to help you maneuver all 200 acres of the fairgrounds or the best places to eat, we can point you in the right direction. But, before you head out to try the latest deep-fried culinary delights at the fair, here are a few things you can do to build up an appetite: Visit the State Fair Ark. This is the best place to see North Carolina’s diverse…

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NC State Fair special cooking contests coordinator offers advice to blue-ribbon hopefuls

For those of you home cooks who are blue-ribbon hopefuls, the State Fair is more than a chance to experience the attractions, tour the events and sample all things deep-fried. This is the time of year you get to show off your skills and, with a little luck, take home the grand prize. If you happen to be a wizard in the kitchen, and you plan to place your culinary creations on the State Fair’s gingham altar, chances are you will meet Lisa Prince. Prince has been the superintendent of the special cooking contests for 14 years, but she started…

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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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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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Weekend Update: June 24-26

Discover the Dinosaurs in the Expo Center

Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times via the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit on Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as a Dino Dig, face painting and Dino Mini-Golf. To purchase tickets, visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Other events this weekend include: The Raleigh Money Expo is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Exposition Center. Admission…

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Casey’s Highlights from the 2015 N.C. State Fair

The 2015 State Fair ended just over a week ago with attendance topping the 1 million mark. This week Casey Cardinal is offering a trip down memory lane to look back at his top five highlights from the fair. Friday Frenzy and record attendance days: The fair started with two record attendance days. Preview Day on Thursday brought in a record 50,327 people. Friday’s new promotion, Friday Frenzy, brought in 90,954 people, many who took advantage of the $5 admission for students and an unlimited ride wristband promotion. It was a great kickoff to 11 days of strong attendance. Opening…

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Employee Profile: New assistant fair manager James Romer brings passion for fairs

New assistant fair manager James Romer has developed many passions, from collecting rocks to horticulture and gardening. However, when it comes to his love for fairs, Romer said it just got into his blood as a child and has been there ever since. “Some of the best days of my life have been spent at fairs,” Romer said. “In fact, I met my wife at a county fair in Iowa. Fairs are always going to be special to me.” Romer’s experience with fairs began with his parents who, in 1965, began raising and showing dahlias at local county fairs and…

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The Newsboys return to Dorton Arena

With lyrics like “God’s not dead, He’s surely alive/He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion,” the Newsboys don’t try to sugar coat the fact that they are a contemporary Christian rock band. But make no mistake, they are a rock band.  The band is in the middle of the We Believe Tour, and coming off the success of the movie, “God’s Not Dead,” that features their hit song of the same title. Personally, I’ve been a Newsboys fan since seeing them at Campbell University in 1994, just before their Going Public album came out, and shortly after Jeff…

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Trace Adkins’ career has expanded beyond country music

Each week until the start of the State Fair, the Deep Fried Crew will highlight one of the 2014 Dorton Arena entertainers. Tickets for all concerts and advance admission and ride tickets are on sale online here. Get your tickets early to save time and money, and to reserve your seat for your favorite Dorton Arena performer. Check out this year’s lineup here. This week we highlight country singer Trace Adkins. With more than 10 million album sales, 30 Billboard Top 40 hits, five No. 1 singles and four Grammy nominations, Trace Adkins is a country music superstar. He blew…

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Clay Walker has parlayed his musical success into a platform for MS awareness

Each week until the start of the State Fair, the Deep Fried Crew will highlight one of the 2014 Dorton Arena entertainers. Tickets for all concerts and advance admission and ride tickets are on sale online here. Get your tickets early to save time and money, and to reserve your seat for your favorite Dorton Arena performer. Check out this year’s lineup here. This week we highlight country singer Clay Walker.   “Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.”  — Diane Sawyer Some people spend a lifetime in search of their life…

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