A little rain didn’t extinguish our SPARK

When it comes to promoting the fair, we like to start from the ground up – literally. That’s why Blue Ribbon, Merrie Go Round and I joined about 280 other teams sprawled out in the middle of Fayetteville Street for a day of street chalking during artSPARK in downtown Raleigh. Together, with some very talented students from Garner Magnet High School, we created a unique kind of billboard for the fair. We’d like to thank the students from GMHS for their wonderful design and help Friday and Saturday.

We chalked four squares during the event. Three were dedicated to the rides, agriculture and entertainment at the fair, and the final one included our awesome logo this year. At first, we weren’t sure what kind of reaction to expect from the crowd. As more of our design was revealed, people stopped to tell us about their own “Love A Fair” with the fair. They shared their family traditions, favorite exhibits and must-have treats. Overall, it was a great event and even a few scattered showers couldn’t dampen the weekend.

The fair is less than a month away, so be on the lookout for other promotions as we gear up for the 2011 N.C. State Fair. And, don’t forget to take advantage of the Early Bird Special and other discounted ticket prices while you still can.

Did you go to artSPARK? What were some of your favorite pieces?

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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