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?

  1. Winning a stuffed animal on the Midway
  2. Chocolate fudge
  3. Cotton candy
  4. Screaming as loud as possible while riding the Zipper.
  5. The rush of air every time the cars roll by on the giant roller coasters
  6. Opening ceremonies
  7. Cranking a corn shucker in the Village of Yesteryear
  8. Taking advantage of the unlimited-ride wristband on Preview Day
  9. Watching the dairy cows walk by
  10. Giant watermelons in the Expo Center
  11. Riding the Ferris Wheel on the last night of the Fair.
  12. Greek salads
  13. Wandering through the Flower Show area
  14. Native American crafter Senora Lynch in the Village of Yesteryear
  15. The friendly ladies guarding the quilts in the Education Building
  16. Waiting for the tour buses to arrive outside Dorton Arena
  17. Turkey legs
  18. The cool mist from the Waterfall at Dorton Arena
  19. Hot dogs
  20. Taking pictures of people on the rides having fun
  21. Mini donuts
  22. Al’s Fries
  23. Winning a Thanksgiving turkey in October
  24. Helping collect an enormous amount of food on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day
  25. Strolling through the arts and crafts entries
  26. Sitting outside to hear the “pie guy” talk about the variety of pies
  27. Ice cream from the N.C. State Dairy Bar
  28. Small children showing large animals in the livestock ring
  29. Going on a scavenger hunt around the fairgrounds
  30. Holding a baby chicken in your hands
  31. Running or walking around the fairgrounds before the gates open
  32. Catching a show in the Folk Festival Tent
  33. Group pictures at all of the photo-op spots
  34. Gyros from John the Greek
  35. Finding all the stragglers at the Waterfall near Dorton Arena.
  36. Blue ribbons
  37. The baby animals on display in the State Fair Ark
  38. Checking out the cakes
  39. Apple cider in Heritage Circle
  40. Getting something airbrushed
  41. Browsing the amazing photography entries
  42. Sampling all the treasures in the Got to Be NC Tent
  43. Having a conversation with Smokey the Bear
  44. Finding out the weight of the giant pumpkin
  45. Winning prize money from a Premium Book competition
  46. Ms. Debbie’s gourmet apples
  47. Shouting at the top of your lungs as you go down the Drag Strip
  48. The rumble and the roar of the Tractor Pull
  49. Tobacco-tying contest on the first Friday of the Fair
  50. Riding rides with your kids

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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