Introducing Wesley Wyatt, State Fair manager

Like most children, young Wesley Wyatt didn’t dream of becoming the State Fair manager, but now there’s no job he’d rather have. Wyatt was born in Greensboro, lived in Burlington until he was 13, and since then has called Raleigh home. He earned an associate’s degree in applied agriculture from N.C. State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. His career with the State Fair began in 1973, when he was still in high school. Back then, he worked in the landscape crew, helped with horse shows, set up buildings for events and cleaned…

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State Fair employee profiles coming soon

The world is huge, there’s no question about it. But it becomes a little bit smaller when working with people from across the globe. The State Fair prides itself on its diverse workforce. In the main office there is even map displaying the birth countries of its employees. Each pin on the map images below represents where a State Fair employee is from. As you can see, these pins are located all around the world, from Montana and Mexico, to India and Iraq. Some State Fair employees traveled a long way to work for the N.C. State Fair, while others…

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A fast and fun first week

I can’t believe how quickly my first week as an intern with the State Fair has flown by! The next nine weeks will probably move just as fast, and I already know that I’m going to miss this place when the summer comes to a close. I came into this internship with a love for the fair, but without a whole lot of knowledge about its planning process or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Before now, the only exposure I’ve really had to the department was just from going to the State Fair and the Got to Be…

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Anniversary quilt at the N.C. Museum of History

As the 2013 N.C. State Fair wrapped up, a special commemorative quilt created to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the first fair moved to a temporary new home at the N.C. Museum of History. FFA and 4-H chapters from 36 counties submitted quilt squares for the project, and quilting volunteers and attendees at the N.C. State Fair this year helped sew the squares together in the Village of Yesteryear. Lisa McCarty of Clayton, Carol Ditto of Garner and Jane Pace of Archer Lodge pieced the squares together by making the top of the quilt and then putting it on the quilt…

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A new Deep Fried face

The past two weeks since I went from being just a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to an intern with the State Fair have felt less like days and more like minutes. Life with this Deep Fried Crew is a whirlwind, and I still can’t believe I get to be part of it. Last summer, while Honey Bee was in my seat, I was serving food on a beach boardwalk in California. Sounds crazy, right? It was an adventure to say the least, but it was the adventure that catapulted my love for the…

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Food Finds: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Flying Bob and Bearded Lady review one of the new food attractions at the fair, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. The egg rolls are filled with finely chopped steak and cheese and covered in a sweet chili sauce. You can also get the sauce on the side. The Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls are available at Woody’s, located near the entrance to the Midway and church food booths. You can find these great treats and other fair foods using our Food Finder app at www.ncstatefair.org. Take the food finder with you on the go. Download the North Carolina State Fair app to…

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Take a trip to the Forestry Exhibit at the N.C. State Fair

What do helicopters, Bambi and fire plows have in common? They’re all part of the revamped forestry exhibit at the N.C. State Fair. Visitors entering through Gate 8 will probably notice the bright yellow helicopter in the middle of the lake. The location, formally the site of the fireworks launchpad, is now the landing pad for a variety of forestry vehicles and equipment. Kids can see what it’s like inside the cockpit of a decommissioned helicopter, see a Bambi Bucket that can pick up nearly 240 gallons of water and get an up-close look at a giant, bulldozer-looking vehicle called…

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Announcing Commissioner’s Challenge for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the N.C. State Fair is just around the corner. On Thursday, Oct. 18, you can bring four cans of Food Lion-brand food with you to the fair and get free gate admission all day. All food collected during the event will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The food bank helps more than 560,000 people annually in a 34-county area surrounding Raleigh. About 73,000 people receive emergency food assistance in any given week from the food bank. With such a great need in our community, Agriculture Commissioner Steve…

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Progress Photo: Six Days Away

With more than 100 rides spread across the fairgrounds, it’s no wonder workers are already assembling some of your favorites. We expect to see even more rides go up this weekend. We’ll also see more entries being dropped off for the Arts and Photography, Handicrafts and Hobbies, and other competitions. We’ll be around, so look for more updates from the Deep Fried Crew on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, make sure to save time and money by purchasing your State Fair tickets in advance. You can buy your tickets online at www.ncstatefair.org or get them at nine…

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What’s in a name?

Most people know about the animals that live at the fairgrounds temporarily during the N.C. State Fair, but there are also a handful of animals that make the fairgrounds their home the rest of the year. One such addition has found a new home in the Flower and Garden Show. Workers first noticed the female duck in the area a couple of weeks ago. The hen soon made a nest out of a nearby hanging basket and has been living there ever since. Veterinarians have examined the duck, and she appears to be healthy and preparing to lay eggs. We’ve…

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