Behind the scenes with…Carol Turner, livestock office manager

What began as a temporary gig helping a friend, has turned into 25 years of service for Carol Turner, the N.C. State Fair livestock office manager. Carol oversees a six-person staff and coordinates with superintendents for each of the animal species during the Fair. For the past several weeks, she has been camped out in the Gate 9 ticket booth preparing for this year’s show. Her staff will join her in the Graham Building after Labor Day, where they’ll remain throughout the Fair. 

One of the biggest challenges for Carol this year is converting the old entry database to new software. The software, Blue Ribbon, will be used to manage all livestock entries, competitions and reports for the livestock shows, which should make it easier to enter and track winners. I visited Carol last week to see how the conversion was going and to find out more about the 2010 N.C. State Fair livestock shows.

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Livestock shows will be held in the Graham Building, Kelley Building, and in the Sheep Tent behind the Expo Center. Grand and reserve champions also will be on display in the Expo Center, along with the State Fair Ark. Fairgoers can see even more animals throughout the fairgrounds at the Rabbit Barn, Poultry Tent, Children’s Barnyard and Pig Races. 

If you would like to enter an animal in one of the livestock shows, you can access Blue Ribbon here. To find a complete schedule of livestock shows at the 2010 Fair, check out the judging schedule here.

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.


  1. You can tell the Special Awards Shows are near and dear to Carol! She absolutely lights up when she talks about those shows and the wonderful kids that participate. It’s really a great event, and I’m happy that we will have two Special Awards Shows this year.

  2. Martha Parkhurst

    Excited to hear about the second Special Award Show.! That’s fantastic!
    Carol does a super job coordinating all the livestock shows, and she does light up when it comes to the special shows. !! Thanks Carol for all of your hard work.

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