Like to Ride? Check out Casey’s tips to save on Fair rides

Fair mascot Casey the Cardinal is back and he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. Read below to find out how to make the most out of the N.C. State Fair if you come to get your fix of whirling, twirling and spinning on more than 100 rides. Tip 1: Come on a wristband day Fairgoers have asked, and now the fair has delivered. This year’s fair will feature FOUR wristband days. Wristbands offer riders unlimited rides on the following days: Thursday, Oct. 13 Friday, Oct. 14 Monday, Oct. 17 Tuesday, Oct. 18 Wristbands are $28 each on Thursday, Oct….

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Progress Photo: The countdown is on

With less than 24 hours left before the gates open on the 2012 edition of the N.C. State Fair, employees and volunteers were busy putting the finishing touches on rides, concession stands, exhibits and the grounds. Gates will open for Preview Day on Thursday at 3 p.m. On Preview Day only, ride lovers can purchase a ride wristband for $28, good for any ride between 3:30 p.m. and midnight. The wristband cannot be used on any other days. Thursday is also the last day to buy discounted gate and ride tickets. Tickets can be purchased at walk-up locations until 6…

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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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Top five blog posts of 2011

This year’s top blog posts included some expected favorites like our review of the latest deep-fried creation and a preview of the newest ride to hit the midway. But, the most surprising one to the make the list was also the most-viewed blog post of 2011. Scroll down to see if your favorite post made the list. 5. Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup: Bring your game face The Deep Fried Tweetup, a collaboration with our good friends at Triangle Tweetup, is a chance for all of our social media friends to come together for an exclusive event just for our favorite…

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Sky Diver is a whirlwind of fun

At first glance, the Sky Diver looks like a plain Ferris wheel. But when you get up close, you realize there is a lot more to this ride than meets the eye. The Sky Diver is based on a Ferris wheel design, but passengers sit in cages similar to the Zipper. The cages are mounted on an axle that allows the cars to spin like a barrel roll. The best part? There’s a wheel in the cage so you, or your co-pilot, can control how fast you spin. To see this technique in action, check out the video below. (My…

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Twitter roundup: Ten terrifying rides you won’t want to miss at this year’s State Fair

The first ride debuted at the N.C. State Fair in 1891. It was called the Switchback Railway and is similar to what we think of today as a roller coaster. Since that time, the number of rides and the importance of the midway has increased as the fair has moved away from focusing solely on agriculture to promoting and celebrating North Carolina industry and culture more generally. The fair has a diverse offering of some pretty amazing rides, we posted some tweets on rides over the past week (#10terryifyingrides) to show people all the great adventures. Like we did last…

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Tilt-A-Whirl here, signing on

Starting a new job is always nerve-racking, but I have to say that I felt welcome the moment I walked through the door here at the N.C. State Fair.  Besides all the lovely people I work with here, I think the transition was made easier by the fact I’m exactly where I wanted to be this summer.  I love the Fair, and that, combined with the passion that I have for public service, is why I chose to apply for this internship and then to work here.   I hope eventually to make a career out of public service, and I…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Deep fried ride edition

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. You Spin Me Right Round I’m a wuss.I’ll admit it. I was 8 the first time we went to Disneyland and was scared out of my mind by something as simple as the teacups. My little sister, on the other hand, was fearless and on our trip to Knott’s Berry Farm rode Montazuma’s revenge with nothing but sheer joy. Crazy. I don’t think I rode a roller coaster until I was nearly…

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Ride Report: Fighter debuts in 2010

Do you spend your days at the Fair alternating between deep-fried goodness and stomach-churning rides? Well, this may interest you: Powers Great American Midways, which brought last year’s popular Vertigo ride, recently confirmed the latest ride to grace the midway at the N.C. State Fair. It’s called Fighter. According to the manufacturer, this ride combines the rotating movements of a carousel with the pendulum motion of a swing. This results in a smooth but exciting ride with unlimited variations. You can view a video of the ride below. Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser. Getting the ride to the…

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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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