Blog Lovin’

As it’s plain to see from this blog, we love when people get excited about the Fair even before it rolls around. If you haven’t dropped by yet, make sure you check out Tara Calishain’s State Fair blog over at She may be a tech reporter for the news station, but she’s a State Fair veteran who knows her stuff! We can’t wait to see what she talks about in the coming weeks.

In last year’s coverage, the Fair-saavy blogger listed her Top Ten Things Not To Miss at the State Fair. It had some great “Extra Credit” and “Fair Fanatic Hints” that help take you beyond your usual Fair routine, like number three on her list:

3. SEE THE REALLY OLD SCHOOL — Heading up the hill after leaving the Flower and Garden show, you’ll see the Holshouser building, a round building which holds the Village of Yesteryear. Here you’ll find dozens of craftspeople doing everything from beadwork to silversmithing to pottery to origami to soapmaking. You can while away an hour here just watching the work, or you can get an early start on your holiday shopping!

Extra Credit: There’s a fascinating old farm equipment exhibition right across from the Holshouser building.

Fair Fanatic Hint: Weekday mornings are a great time to visit the VoY, weekends are hugely busy. There are bathrooms in the Holshouser building but in my experience there’s a better option just a short walk away (see thing-to-do #5.)

Be sure to add her blog along with Deep Fried to your RSS feed to stay up to date. And keep the suggestions coming, Tara!

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

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