Natalie Alford blogged for the 2009-2011 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: I work at the Fairgrounds year-round, so I'm always in the middle of the fun! During the Fair, I work with the press office team to organize events and exhibits, and log a lot of miles on my pedometer. I'm also the County Agricultural Fairs Coordinator, which means I license, promote and visit North Carolina's agricultural fairs and enjoy thousands of blue ribbon entries every year. I hope to see you at the Fair!

Keep it clean

What’s more fun that spray painting a storm drain? Spray painting about 200 storm drains! Thanks to a few tireless community volunteers, educational outreach folks from the Division of Water Quality, a little ‘ole me, Green Thing (I’m the one taking the picture), the State Fair is now “tagged” with a very important message – don’t toss litter down a storm drain because it pollutes our rivers and streams! In fact, stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in North Carolina and the nation, according to the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources. We met this…

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On the road again to a county fair

Did you know that North Carolina has 44 Agricultural Fairs across the state? You may know them as “county fairs,” and part of my job (when I’m not planning the new Green NC exhibit at the State Fair) is to visit each fair, with the help of my colleague Nikki Berryman, during the busiest of seasons – Fair season! Now, there are a lot of festivals and carnivals that take place throughout the year, but North Carolina’s Agricultural Fairs are different. Each fair is licensed to operate by the Commissioner of Agriculture, and is dedicated to improving the awareness of…

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A green thing or two.

When you visit the State Fair this year, keep an eye out for some green things. For one, you may notice that there are more places to sit and relax in a natural environment. What was once the parking lot between Dorton Arena, the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center is now under construction to become the Dorton Triangle, complete with two, large grass and flower-filled havens, seating and eventually trees for shade. But the greenest thing about the Dorton Triangle construction project, other than the new green places to sit, is that the old asphalt and underlying stone will…

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