Butterfly in the sky…

Fairgoers can interact with butterflies at the Flower and Garden Show.

Butterflies are a central theme in the Flower and Garden Show this year. You can find them everywhere in the quiet oasis near Heritage Circle. Butterfly sculptures line the roof of the flower shed and are scattered throughout the garden show. You also can see a unique butterfly cage inside the flower shed that represents the view from your kitchen window with dozens of butterflies inside the cage.

One of the neatest attractions is Suzanne the Butterfly Lady. Suzanne, a former teacher and butterfly enthusiast, will provide information on growing a butterfly garden, caring for butterflies and other information in the garden area today through Saturday. If you’ve never seen a butterfly up-close, you should stop by the demonstration and hold one in your hands. I did last weekend, and learned you actually can pick up butterflies by their wings.

The Butterfly Lady will release butterflies at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Flower and Garden Show.

Each day, Suzanne will release a flutter of butterflies at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. According to Suzanne, the butterflies should stay in the garden area after the release. So, don’t worry if you miss the release, you should be able to see other butterflies in and around the garden area.

This is the last weekend, and traditionally busiest weekend, of the fair. Remember, you can avoid lines at the ticket booths by purchasing your tickets in advance. Ticket and other State Fair information is available at www.ncstatefair.org.

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. I visited the garden area and loved the butterfly garden art made from old CDs. Do you know where I can obtain the instructions for making these? They are beautiful in the garden.

  2. I saw the cage of butterflies and so so happy that the little fragile creatures are getting their due. Thank you, Butterfly Lady, for your efforts on their behave.

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