I'm Tyson, but here you can call me Sweet Corn. Growing up I remember visiting the N.C. State Fair every year with my family, now I get to enjoy it 365 days a year! I joined the N.C. State Fair staff in 2015 as the Marketing & Promotions Assistant for the fairgrounds. When I'm not checking in on our mascot, Casey Cardinal, or re-stocking our store, The Nest, with all the latest merchandise, you can find me down in Heritage Circle with a cob of roasted sweet corn in one hand and a frozen apple cider in the other.

You’ve Got to Be at the Got to Be NC Festival This Weekend!

With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and free kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival is an event you don’t want to miss at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace are two of the unique highlights of the festival,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We have one of the largest antique tractor displays in the Southeast, and the marketplace features around 80 North Carolina companies offering the opportunity to sample the…

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There’s a New Boss at the Fairgrounds

It’s been a little more than a month since Kent Yelverton was named manager of the N.C. State Fair and we think that’s just the right amount of time to get acclimated to the fairgrounds frenzy.  While the State Fair is just 11 days of the year, the fairgrounds is a year-round operation, renting buildings and space for events 364 days a year. It’s a busy place. Read below to find out how Kent is transitioning into his new role and learn a little bit about the new boss at the fairgrounds. Kent was born and raised in Wayne County…

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As January ends, a new era at the State Fair begins

After 38 years of service, Wesley Wyatt is ready to hang up the many hats he has worn over the years as manager of the N.C. State Fair. While we’re excited for him and the new adventures that lie ahead in his post-retirement journey, his presence will be missed across the fairgrounds, throughout the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and beyond. Wyatt’s career began at the fairgrounds in the summer of 1973 as a junior in high school working part-time on the landscape crew, helping with horse shows, setting up buildings for events and cleaning up after them….

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