Deep Fried Ambassador: Take Me to the Fair

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair. Welcome Ashlee! Take Me To The Fair Take me to the fair, Don’t know anywhere I would rather be. Let’s go to the fair, We’ll walk hand in hand Through tomorrow land Honey you and me I wanna see everything…do everything While we’re viewing it all I’ll buy the peanuts and popcorn We’ll have us a ball…. This is a song by 

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Not every new food item is destined for deep-frying; chocolate-covered Twinkies coming to State Fair

For her many regular customers, vendor Doris Drury is known by one of two names: “The Tea Lady” or “The Mini-donut Lady.” But the 30-year State Fair veteran isn’t content to be defined by just two products. Like most Fair vendors she keeps her eyes open for new ideas, and this year she will debut chocolate-covered Twinkies at the N.C. State Fair. Some would argue that Twinkies are a pretty-near perfect food anyway, but the chocolate and assorted dipping options add a new twist to an old favorite. We recently caught up with Doris at the N.C. Mountain State Fair, and…

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Erwin couple reports that advance ticket sales are painless

Members of the Deep Fried blogging crew visited several of the advance ticket sales locations this week to pass out T-shirts and other fun promotional items to a few lucky advance sale shoppers. Buying tickets in advance saves money and time compared to waiting to buy them at the State Fair, but don’t just take our word for it. The Harringtons of Erwin were winners of one of the special promotional prize packs and were kind enough to talk about their shopping experience. Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing browser. Be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook…

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Behind the scenes with…Betty Shaw, entry department superintendent

As of Tuesday afternoon, 18,506 online, mailed, faxed and hand-delivered applications had been received by the entry department and the number keeps growing. There is still time to enter the horticulture and Flower Show competitions (deadline is this Friday, Oct. 1), but other Fair contests stopped accepting entries last Friday. If you entered one of the contests, you may have talked with Betty Shaw, superintendent for the entry department. Since Friday, Betty and her staff have been working to verify applications and prepare entries for the Fair. We took a few minutes to talk with Betty and find out more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the competitions each year. Note: If …

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Artist Spotlight: Jeffrey Osborne

In the summer of 1982, I got my driver’s license. It wasn’t long before I was spending a lot of time in my VW Beetle, driving around, listening to the radio and enjoying my newfound independence — as long as there was gas in the tank. One of the songs I heard over and over that year was Jeffrey Osborne‘s “On the Wings of Love.” That love song was everywhere on the radio dial. Or maybe it just seemed that way to me because I didn’t want to hear love songs; I wanted to hear upbeat tunes that I could…

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Behind the scenes with…Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day continues to be one of the most popular days at the Fair. It could be because donating four cans of food gets you into the Fair free that day. It might also be the reward of being part of one of the largest single-day food drives in the state. We hope it’s a little of both. Last year, fairgoers donated 222,956 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, but on Thursday, Oct. 21, we hope to collect even more food. We recently visited the Food Bank’s Raleigh location to take a tour and see how the staff prepares…

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Announcing the 2010 Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup at the N.C. State Fair

We had so much fun getting to meet our tweeps in person during last year’s Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup at the N.C. State Fair that we decided to do it all again. This time, we’re moving the celebration to the very first day of the Fair to offer you a first glimpse at the rides, food and entertainment you can expect at the Fair. The Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, co-hosted with OurHashtag, will be held on Preview Day, Thursday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Folk Festival tent at the N.C. State Fair. We’re happy to announce that we’re also teaming up with TriOut…

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Deep FRIEDays: Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse

Craving deep-fried goodness, but can’t wait until October? We’re here to help. Each Friday in September, Bearded Lady will visit a local Best Dish in N.C. restaurant to see what chefs are frying to satisfy a Fair fanatic’s hunger. Along the way, he’ll sample deep-fried creations worthy of the N.C. State Fair. And, while you won’t find these foods at the Fair, you will find them throughout the year at our participating restaurants.   Nestled in a Durham shopping center, Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse looks simple enough. But once inside, the experience and the food are anything but simple. Papa Mojo’s serves up Cajun and Creole specialites in a restaurant that looks…

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Artist Spotlight: Justin Moore

Justin Moore will be the last artist to take to the stage in Dorton Arena this year. As matter of fact, he should be finishing up his show around the time the fireworks blast off to signal the end of the 2010 N.C. State Fair. During the show, concertgoers can expect to hear the four Top 40 hits from his self-titled debut that have propelled him into the country music limelight. Listen for “Back that Thing up,” “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods” and “How I Got to Be This Way.” Moore grew up on a farm in Arkansas surrounded by extended…

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Artist Spotlight: Easton Corbin

Looking at Easton Corbin’s cover art and listening to his first hit single, “I’m a Little More Country Than That,” you get the feeling that this Florida native has a firsthand knowledge of the slow pace of country living, rocking on the porch with your dog by your side. And sure enough, according to the biography on his website, he spent a lot of time growing up on his grandparents’ cattle farm in rural Florida. He was a member of 4-H and FFA and even showed cattle at a local fair before earning an agribusiness degree from the University of…

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