Hi everybody! I am Karsyn Westerbeek, but you can call me Wolf Tracks. I am a rising senior at North Carolina State University where I major in Communication with a minor in Business Administration. I am from Warsaw, North Carolina, and have always been a fan of the Wolfpack. I absolutely love the State Fair and its ability to bring our community together. That being said, I am so excited to be working as a public relations intern for the State Fair this summer!

A Deep Fried goodbye from Wolf Tracks

I cannot believe that it’s time to say goodbye to the Deep Fried Blog. A person’s first internship isn’t always a great experience, but I was lucky enough to work for the State Fair and the Department of Agriculture and have the best five months ever. When I first started as the Public Relations intern at the end of May, I truly did not know what to expect. Would I love it? Would I hate it? Spoiler alert – I loved it so much that I stuck around for the Fair. This experience has taught me so much. I have…

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The impact of Bright Branch Farms is felt across the country

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! We are sad that today is the last day of the 2023 N.C. State Fair, but happy to recognize Bright Branch Farms as our Farm Family of the Day for Sunday, Oct. 22nd! Owned by the Enloe Family, Bright Branch…

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Andrews Family Farm knows the hard work and risks that come along with farming

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! It’s Saturday, Oct. 21st and our Farm Family of the Day is Andrews Family Farm from Trenton! With a total of 10 chicken houses, Andrews Family Farm is focused on commercial chicken farming, but also has varying row crops depending…

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Fat Boys BBQ helps people who help them

The North Carolina State Fair is one big community. From ticket checkers to law enforcement to custodial staff, everyone works together to get the Fair up and running. What many don’t see about the Fair is the after-hour cleaning and care that goes into making the fairgrounds the best they can be.  Bobby Scott of Fat Boys BBQ does not let these important people go unnoticed. His personal mission is to help people who help him. This means making sure that everyone who does something small for him, even picking up trash from around his stand, gets something in return. A smile…

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Hidden Acres Farms raise animals with passion, love and care

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Give a warm welcome to our Farm Family of the Day for Oct. 20, Hidden Acres Farm! Located in Louisburg, the Welch family specializes in raising grass-fed and finished beef and lamb as well as pastured poultry and forested pork. Owned by…

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Gabor Farms makes food accessible, affordable and exciting.

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Gabor Farms is our Farm Family of the Day for Thursday, Oct. 19! Owned by the DuBois Family, Gabor Farms is a gourmet mushroom farm located in Rockingham. The farm sells mushrooms in all stages, from fresh to powdered and even mushroom…

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From cattle showing to pet treats, Windmill Acres Farm-East keeps agriculture as a family priority

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Introducing the Farm Family of the Day for Wednesday, Oct. 18! Windmill Acres Farm-East is a fourth-generation cattle farm raising registered and purebred Hereford beef cattle in Forsyth County. Neil and Karen Fishel also produce show cattle for their three children and…

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Lee’s Produce provides great quality produce at an affordable price

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Say hello to our Farm Family of the Day for Tuesday, Oct. 17! Located in Benson, Lees Produce is a produce farm that grows a large variety of fruits and vegetables. With locations in Dunn and Benson, the family aims to grow…

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L&S Family Farms grows quality beef right here in North Carolina

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Introducing our Farm Family of the Day for Oct. 16, L&S Family Farms! Owners Lee Sweem and Tammy Lambert are dedicated to creating quality beef right here in North Carolina. This farm family has pasture-raised, grain-finished, no antibiotics, no growth hormones and…

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The Martin Family has been dedicated to agriculture for over 140 years

The Farm Family of the Day is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and seeks to recognize and celebrate the state’s rich agricultural heritage and many farm families that are behind the state’s agriculture and agribusiness industry. One family is recognized each day of the Fair, either nominated themselves or by members of their community. Congratulations to the 2023 Farm Families! Meet today’s Farm Family of the Day, J & J Martins Farm Produce! For four generations, the Martin family has operated out of Mount Olive, and has grown and changed with each generation. The family currently owns and operates both J &…

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