High School Art Classes + Farm Animals = “A Whole Lotta Green”

For a couple of years, we’ve had a crazy competition for high school art classes called the Farm Animal Frenzy. In the past, each school was given a large, fiberglass farm animal to decorate, and compete to see which farm animal best fits the current State Fair theme. Over time, we inherited a large collection of eclectic farm animals because some schools couldn’t take back their creation after the Fair for one reason or another. Being the resourceful people that we are, we have found other interesting ways to use these animals, such as in certain videos, but quickly realized that we would have a…

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Dorton concert ticket sales off to good start; fans can still find good seats

Advance tickets to the State Fair and Dorton Arena concerts went on sale Monday, and fans of North Carolina native Kellie Pickler hopped online quickly to snap up tickets.  As of early Friday, the Albemarle native and BFF of country superstar Taylor Swift led all other acts with 2,130 tickets sold. She is quickly closing in on the half-way mark of ticket sales. Rounding out the top 5 in sales are Third Day with 1,391 tickets sold, Blake Shelton with 1,252 tickets sold, Eric Church with 1,121 tickets sold and Jeremy Camp and Tenth Avenue North with just under 1,000 tickets sold.  While sales…

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Master Plan unveiled

The State Fairgrounds Master Plan was unveiled today. There aren’t a lot of specifics yet, but Kristen Hess of HH Architects explained how they came up with a plan for the proposed 48 new projects to be completed in the next 2-3 decades to improve traffic flow, parking, space limitations and more. I think it’s important for people to realize that the State Fair does not operate with taxpayer money. The State Fair is completely receipt-supported, so we can only make improvements when we have the money in the bank to pay for it. Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that…

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Master Plan

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will unveil a long-range master plan for improvements to the N.C. State Fairgrounds at a press conference this morning. If you are interested in seeing the planned improvements, click here at 11:30 a.m. to watch the presentation live.

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International relations at the State Fair

Japan’s ambassador to the United States visited the N.C. State Fair Sunday, and got a ride he wasn’t expecting. Ichiro Fujisaki and his wife, Yoriko, went for a ride in the Got to Be NC Big Cart with Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The 13-foot-tall shopping cart is used to promote North Carolina agricultural products at festivals and parades around the state. Fujisaki was in North Carolina to attend the annual meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association, an organization that promotes trade and investment between Japan and the Southeastern United States. Japan is North Carolina’s largest export market, buying $750 million…

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Where to find it: Fried mac’n’cheese and pecan pie

Because of the HUGE response we’ve gotten to the deep fried pecan pie and mac’n’cheese, we tracked down Alan Rubin to tell us exactly where Fair visitors can find these tasty treats. You can find them at the Sam Rand Grandstand food exhibitor area, circled above in red, near the middle of the fairgrounds. Chef Vince Thomas’ Chef’s D’lites right across from the Grandstand restrooms will also be serving up the deep friend mac-n-cheese. Click here for a larger map, where you can use the zoom tool to get in really close…and eat away! UPDATE: We scoped out the booth…

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On Oct. 4, stencil for a good cause

If you aren’t busy on Saturday, Oct. 4, the State Fair and the N.C. Division of Water Quality have a project for you. Here are the details from a DWQ press release: RALEIGH – Dozens of volunteers will gather to stencil water protection messages and brightly colored fish on storm drains located throughout the N.C. State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event is being organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality, in partnership with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in…

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Bargain hunters paradise

The State Fair is just around the corner and that means that we’ve got to shut down the Fairgrounds to get ready. This is the last weekend for the State Fairgrounds Marketplace (a.k.a. The Flea Market) and for events that take place in the buildings — most notably this weekend is the Southern Ideal Home Show which is so large it is spread across three buildings: Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. If you like flea markets and/or bargain shopping, this is a great weekend to come to the fairgrounds because all of the vendors have to…

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