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.

Announcing the ‘What Would You Do?’ contest winners

Last week, we asked for your suggestions on what to cover at the fair. We received a lot of great ideas from fans and followers on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. It was a difficult process, but we managed to narrow down the list to our top four. Here they are: 1. Brad O’Brien posted on Facebook: I’d like for you to lay out a “map” or step by step guide so that we can get the most “deep fried” experience possible. Last year was my first time at the fair & I feel like I could have gotten more…

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FOOD FINDS: Deep Fried Caramel DeLites vs. Deep Fried Swiss Rolls

Flying Bob, Firecracker, Honey Bee and Bearded Lady compare two new foods at the 2012 N.C. State Fair. The first one was the very popular Deep Fried Caramel DeLites from S2 Concessions. These Girl Scout cookies are battered, fried and covered in spices. We also reviewed the Deep Fried Swiss Rolls from Chef’s D’Lites. Two Little Debbie-brand Swiss Rolls are battered and deep fried on a skewer. The dish is covered in chocolate and powdered sugar. Check out these two deep-fried treats yourself at the 2012 N.C. State Fair. You can find S2 Concessions and Chef’s D’Lites using the food…

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Food Finds: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Flying Bob and Bearded Lady review one of the new food attractions at the fair, Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. The egg rolls are filled with finely chopped steak and cheese and covered in a sweet chili sauce. You can also get the sauce on the side. The Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls are available at Woody’s, located near the entrance to the Midway and church food booths. You can find these great treats and other fair foods using our Food Finder app at www.ncstatefair.org. Take the food finder with you on the go. Download the North Carolina State Fair app to…

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Take a trip to the Forestry Exhibit at the N.C. State Fair

What do helicopters, Bambi and fire plows have in common? They’re all part of the revamped forestry exhibit at the N.C. State Fair. Visitors entering through Gate 8 will probably notice the bright yellow helicopter in the middle of the lake. The location, formally the site of the fireworks launchpad, is now the landing pad for a variety of forestry vehicles and equipment. Kids can see what it’s like inside the cockpit of a decommissioned helicopter, see a Bambi Bucket that can pick up nearly 240 gallons of water and get an up-close look at a giant, bulldozer-looking vehicle called…

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