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!

Happy Birthday, State Fairgrounds!

While we were all waiting patiently to cross the street the other day to get to our cars, Flying Bob looked up and noticed the date on the historical marker and realized that the Fair has a birthday this year. So, a few days later, I finally got around to doing a little digging and realized we are 80 years to the day of an important anniversary. On this day in 1928, the first State Fair was held on this site as a state-owned entity, not owned and operated by the State Agricultural Society, which had disbanded and sold the…

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Not a bad pitchman

Obviously, Bobby Flay’s ringing endorsement of the ice cream at the N.C. State University Dairy Bar in today’s News & Observer didn’t hurt sales as evidenced by the long line at about 4:30 this afternoon.

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Panheads Unite!

Any Panheads out there?! A Panhead is a fan of the Rock/Christian band, Skillet, a foursome that blends a positive, inspirational message with “classic rock riffs, swirling drums, monsterous hooks and undeniably catchy choruses,” according to their Web site. Panheads can catch their favorite band on Friday night in Dorton Arena, along with another Christian band Leeland. And best of all, the concert is only $8 and there are plenty of seats left for those of you who have procrastinated in getting tickets. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Dorton Arena box office. A visit to Skillet’s Web…

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Happy Birthday Green Thing!

Natalie (aka Green Thing), and Jen (Firecracker) at the Living Green Expo The bad thing about an October birthday when you work for the Fair is that your birthday gets set aside for a couple of weeks. Same if you’re the boss (no Boss’ Day celebrations here until November). Today is Green Thing’s birthday and we all want to wish her a happy birthday. We love you Natalie! I haven’t gotten any birthday greetings yet today, but I’ve been called Natalie several times in the last few days. It’s kinda funny because when Natalie was our intern she was often…

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The Toxic Shock

Susan Ogden of Raleigh came up with the winning name for the Pinfarri RC-48 roller coaster at the N.C. State Fair – The Toxic Shock. She beat out 187 other entries for a State Fair prize pack of t-shirts, admission tickets and ride tickets. Anyone been “shocked” yet?

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More progress

Sorry, it’s been hectic here, and I’ve fallen down on my promise. Here’s a photo from the second floor of the Scott Building from this morning – one of the Midway and one of the Scott Building commercial exhibit areas. This area is always interesting to me. Usually when we leave our offices the night before the Fair opens, this area is still mostly empty, but when we come in the next morning, it’s full of vendors. Kinda like the vendor fairy comes in overnight and fills the building. But I’m sure the vendors will take advantage of the extra…

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Diverse City

All you Toby Mac fans who have been procrastinating in getting your tickets, here’s your fair warning: you better get your tickets soon if you want to see him perform! Toby Mac, who got his start in the band dc Talk, will be at the N.C. State Fair this Saturday, Oct. 18. Tickets are still available for only $10! Go to www.ncstatefair.org to buy your tickets.

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In the Know, Part I

This line at Gate 9 took me about 15 minutes to navigate this morning. Most experienced fairgoers know that buying advance sales is the smartest way to get your tickets to the N.C. State Fair. Not only do you save money, you also get to skip standing in line with your family waiting to buy tickets. But there’s a catch: if you wait too long, you’ll end up standing in line anyway. (The savings are still worth it, it just isn’t a lot of fun to stand in line.) A majority of advance sales buyers wait until the last few…

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Barnyard Scramble (And the winner is….)

First Place: Murial the Dairy Queen It was a tough choice for judges with 19 excellent animals to choose from, but there were 3 stand-outs in the herd. Murial, the Dairy Queen from Apex High School won $1,000 and first place. Second Place: Javier at the Fair Second place goes to a chicken decorated by Fuquay-Varina High School. Javier at the Fair won the school $750 for their art program. Third Place: Ms. Moo Ms. Moo, a cow decorated by Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh won third place and $500. Judges also selected “Corny Carney Carl” by Wakefield…

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