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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The ScrumdiddlYUMtious

Willy Wonka would be proud. Granny Smith apple, dipped in caramel, rolled in toffee candy bits, dipped again in white chocolate, rolled in crushed Butterfinger candy, dipped AGAIN in rich, dark chocolate, rolled in semi-sweet chips, dipped again in chocolate, rolled in an array of nuts, topped with more chocolate and a specialty candy. This comes from Miss Debbies’ Specialty Apples in the Commercial Building, just inside the atrium. Her booth is a candy apple lover’s dream, with more flavors than you can dream. We are big fans of Miss Debbie’s apples. This year, we’ve sampled the Reese’s After Dark…

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Challenge accepted: Turning clay at the Village of Yesteryear

A few days ago, Bearded Lady, Firecracker and Flying Bob took on the deep-fried brownie for the first installment in our series of fan-selected press office challenges. On Sunday, I took on another press office challenge. Jessica, one of our fans, asked us to try to throw clay in the Village of Yesteryear and I decided to be the guinea pig. As many of you probably know, there are several wonderful potters in the Village. Jim Weber of Milner, Ga., one of those potters, agreed to help me out. Check out the video below to see how I did. I…

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Highway Patrol reminds us to slow down

Our offices are located in the Scott Building, overlooking the Highway Patrol display. Not only does this  mean we have to be on our best behavior in front of N.C.’s finest, it also means that we pass by their wrecked vehicle every time we head up to our office. Each year, the Highway Patrol brings a vehicle that has been preserved as a memorial to lives lost in motor vehicle accidents. Usually, a young life. This year’s vehicle is a reminder that we need to pay heed to the yellow “Slippery When Wet” signs. Wet roads can be treacherous for…

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Find your fit at Cultivate a Career

Over the summer, we gave you a preview of the new Cultivate a Career exhibit at this year’s fair. Sunday, Baby Goat and I took a tour to discover all the great activities the exhibit offers visitors. Check out the video below of our experience: Upon entering the exhibit, head for one of the laptop stations and take an interest test. This test is designed to help you get a better idea of the types of jobs you would enjoy most. After finishing, the computer gives you a personality score you can use to guide yourself through the rest of…

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Decorated-cakes winners demonstrate contest’s diversity

The decorated cakes contest has become famous among fairgoers for the diverse entries it attracts each year. You can read more about the work that goes into the cakes here. This year’s winners have proven to be no exception to that rule. Elizabeth Prioli of Chapel Hill took the top prize in the professional category for her Native American-themed cake complete with a drum, feathers and a moccasin, while the best-in-show winner in the non-professional category was a more traditional four-tiered white cake by Carol L. Deely of Cary. Mary Moseley of Whitakers rounded out the best-in-show winners, taking the…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Day 1, Deep Fried Review: Falafel & Reese’s Cups

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair. Day 1, N.C. State Fair Deep-Fried Review: Falafel and Reese’s Cups (with video) Gentle Readers, it is way too late to be blogging, but sometimes, the good news must be shared. This evening I ate my dinner standing up, cruising the midway of the N.C. State Fair 2011, with a most excellent group of people from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. More on this great cause later in the…

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Tips for shooting the fireworks in their new location

Many people like to end their day at the State Fair watching the fireworks over the midway. Some even bring cameras to capture the moment. Photographers who want to capture fireworks at night will want to know that the fireworks are being shot from a new location this year. Instead of being shot from the small island on the pond, the fireworks are now going off on property on Trinity Road. For perspective on the new site, if you pretend you were looking at a clock in the direction of the old location of the fireworks and the time was…

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Take the Deep Fried Bus Ride!

If you’ve ever driven to the State Fair, then you know that traffic can become congested the closer you get to the fairgrounds. While there are parking lots available at Carter-Finley Stadium and surrounding privately-owned locations, you’ll likely wait in line to get into a parking lot, and then spend more time searching for a spot to park. Sounds like a hassle, doesn’t it? Well, we’ve got the solution for you: take the Deep Fried Bus Ride! By riding the bus, you can leave your car in one the conveniently located park-and-ride lots around the Triangle, take a relaxing ride to the fair and get dropped off right at the…

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