Free grounds entertainment abounds (Part 2)

Last week, we brought you the first installment of our very busy entertainment lineup. Today, we finish it up with part deux. The racing pigs and the King BMX show are two of the most popular acts on the ground. We’re excited to bring back the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band to offer topnotch entertainment on the Bluegrass Stage. And we’ve got new acts on the Waterfall Stage, including Jeanne Jolly, who has a dedicated local following. We’re supplementing both of those stages with additional acts on the weekend to keep the fun going. So without further ado, here’s part…

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Roaming acts are up, down and all around

You never know where you will find one of the many free roaming acts at the Fair. These world-class entertainers can be found high among the trees, scooting along the grounds and everywhere in between. For starters, look up to the sky. You might see our resident stilt walker, Carrie McQueen, juggling through the crowd on her extended legs. She’s back this year with all of her eccentric costumes. Rock-It the Robot, towering at 9 feet tall, won’t be hard to find either. If you have trouble, listen for the music  and the crowd dancing to the beat around him. There are plenty…

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100 days, 100 Ways to Celebrate What’s Great (Part 2)

This morning, we posted the first half of our top 100 must-do list for the N.C. State Fair. The list includes the rides, entertainment, exhibits and food that we enjoy each year. Below is the second half of our list. With 11 days of activities, we couldn’t cover everything in the top 100. What did we miss? What makes the N.C. State Fair great for you? Winning a stuffed animal on the Midway Chocolate fudge Cotton candy Screaming as loud as possible while riding the Zipper. The rush of air every time the cars roll by on the giant roller…

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Free fireworks at the fairgrounds on the Fourth

Where can you watch a free, spectacular fireworks show; enjoy free activities like a water-ballon toss, sack races and Wii gaming; hear local bands for free and eat free N.C. watermelon, all in one day? It’s all at the State Fairgrounds this Sunday for the 2010 July 4th Celebration, presented by the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and the N.C. State Fair. Gates open at 5 p.m. and activities will run until 8:30 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center. The fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m. There will be kid-friendly sports challenges, craft activities such as constructing…

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Feeling hot, hot, hot

  For some, the first day of summer conjures relaxing images of swimming pools, backyard barbecues and family vacations. For us, the first day of summer is a “friendly” reminder that we have less than four months (115 days) to tell you about the great things happening at the 2010 N.C. State Fair. The sweat on our brows is from the summer heat, we promise. Speaking of heat, the Deep Fried blog will be sizzling this summer with more behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, entertainment updates, ticket information and contests. So sit back, relax and celebrate what’s great at the N.C. State Fair.

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N.C. State Fair is cooking up some fantastic contests for 2010

The North Carolina State Fair is many things to many people, but an underlying theme is a celebration of tradition. The fair’s annual cooking contests, featuring a mix of friendly competition, local agricultural products and grandma’s time-tested recipes with some new twists, exemplify that.  The 2010 N.C. State Fair will feature 12 sponsored cooking contests focusing on everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. The contests are open to pretty much anyone—young and old, male and female and experienced and inexperienced cooks.  With a smidgen of this, a pinch of that and a dash of something else, winning recipes come from a diverse group…

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New kid on the blog

As a rising senior, and hopeful public relations practitioner, I have had my fair share of internship experiences. Each experience has initially been marked by that “first-day-of-kindergarten,” anxious feeling. My first day working with the N.C. State Fair was no different. However, unlike my past experiences, my first day of work took place at the Got to Be NC Festival. My nerves were immediately calmed when my first work assignment involved strolling around the Carolina Fiberfest exhibit, watching an antique tractor parade, feeding alpacas and photographing lawn mower races. Yup, my thoughts exactly—I have the best summer internship by far….

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Fairgrounds events add culture, variety to the first weekend of spring.

By all accounts, spring will begin with a weekend full of beautiful weather. What better time for a family outing at the N.C. State Fairgrounds? With hundreds of events each year, the fairgrounds offers a variety of activities to choose from, and some of the more popular shows have a decidedly cultural flair. The India Fest Cultural Arts Showcase will take place in Dorton Arena Friday through Sunday. This festival has grown in popularity and size since its first year at the fairgrounds in 2004, expanding to a three-day event, and will kick off tonight with a live dance and music show featuring Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal….

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Blue ribbon winners from 2009 photography competition part of state-wide tour

When Candace Green’s son Walton had enough fun with the family for one day, he decided going home should mean getting to drive. The image to the left shows Walton saying one of his first words, “TRUUUCK!” Green’s photograph, Walton Green Likes Trucks is one of eight blue ribbon winners from the 2009 N.C. State Fair photography competition that will be part of a year-long tour across the state. The “Celebrate North Carolina: Faces and Places“ Photography Exhibit is an initiative of the Office of First Gentleman Bob Eaves in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The exhibit of 30 images from…

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Vendor space applications now available

One of my favorite things to do at the N.C. State Fair is peruse the products for sample and sale from the wide variety of vendors exhibiting around the fairgrounds. I also enjoy comparing the food concessionaire menus to find that perfect tasty treat. With more than 850,000 attendees just as curious (and hungry) as me, the  Fair offers an excellent opportunity to bolster your business or brand. Think you might have a Deep Fried bestseller? Visit the vendors section of our Web site to download an application and information. But don’t wait — applications are due by July 1. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available, with a minimum of 8…

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