Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

Yeah! No home games during the Fair!

If you were in Raleigh yesterday, you probably heard a collective sigh of relief coming from the State Fairgrounds, traveling in a wave all along Hillsborough Street and the N.C. State University campus, all the way downtown to the Agriculture Building when the Wolfpack football schedule was released. Not only does the Wolfpack mark their season opener on ESPN in a Thursday night matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks, there will be NO home football games at Carter Finley Stadium during the N.C. State Fair! This makes everyone very happy. Usually, the State Fairgrounds, Carter Finley Stadium and RBC Center…

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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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You like us, you really like us!

Southern Living readers love their state fairs, especially the N.C. State Fair! Southern readers (from Delaware to Texas) voted the N.C. State Fair as number two in the Best Fair or Festival category in the annual reader’s choice awards, which were announced in the January issue. We did come in second behind the Texas State Fair, which is the largest fair in the country. (The saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas is true…their State Fair lasts almost a month! A feat that we have no desire to copy.) We want to say thank you to all the fairgoers who voted for…

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The countdown is on!

According to my countdown, it looks like we are 265 days away from the 2009 N.C. State Fair! Which means the clock is ticking for the Fairgrounds staff to pull together another stellar entertainment lineup and to get everything ready for another great event. The past few months were spent wrapping up the 2008 N.C. State Fair and attending fair conventions. A few highlights: In December, the State Fair signed a contract with Powers Great American Midways to provide the Midway for the 2009 N.C. State Fair. We are excited to work with Corky, Charlie and their very professional crew…

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A different measure of success

Well, the Fair is over and the Fairgrounds is slowly transforming from a bustling mini-city to empty buildings and parking lots. The press office has moved from our cramped quarters in the Kerr Scott Building to our individual offices in downtown Raleigh, ready to settle in for a long winter’s nap (we wish!). There are plenty of boxes left to unpack and we need a day or two to decompress before we start documenting the good and the not-so-good about the 2008 N.C. State Fair and start looking ahead to Oct. 15-25, 2009. Despite what some media outlets might have…

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Chef’s delight

Gail Fuller of Raleigh took home four first place finishesin the State Fair cooking contests One of the (many) jobs in the press office is to announce the daily winners of the specialty cooking contests through writing press releases and posting recipes and photos to the State Fair’s Web site. Usually, the winning names look familiar, though the names and faces come and go through the years. I would imagine it takes an awful lot of trial-and-error to come up with new recipes each year for these contests, not to mention the time it takes to come to the fairgrounds…

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That’s hardcore

Just two days after breaking a leg, and about 36 hours after having surgery to repair it, Craig Roberts was at the King Action Sports Stunt Show cheering his fellow riders on. He says he’s doing just fine. His fellow FMX rider, Travis Willis, told me this isn’t Robert’s first broken bone — he has broken his back a couple of times, so a broken leg is pretty non-exciting. (Of course, this is coming from a guy who injured his arm and didn’t even realize it for a couple of hours a few years back. His first reaction was “take…

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BMX legend to perform at Fair today!

You can catch the most decorated BMX biker of all time at the King Action Stunt Sports Show today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. That would be Greenville resident Dave Mirra, who has won the most gold medals in X Games history and is one of the most popular extreme sports athletes in the world. Mirra’s bike company, MirraCo is the official bike of the King BMX Stunt Show. The King Action Sports Stunt show features top ramp riders as well as flatland riders, and as you can tell from the above photo, they’ve added two motorcross riders for…

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Fairgoers in the Know: Part II

Historically speaking, the last four days of the Fair are the busiest. As such, these are the heaviest traffic days as well. Experienced fairgoers have found that the easiest way to get to the fairgrounds on any day is to ride the bus. On Thursday, you can catch a bus in Raleigh, Cary and Durham. On Saturday and Sunday, service expands to Garner and RTP. Go to the Ride the Bus page on our Web site to find out more about times, prices and locations to catch the bus. On the weekends, this is definitely the best option as the…

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