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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Superintendent of the Year Sandra Dunbar gets what the fair is all about

One of the cherished parts of the N.C. State is the thousands of competitions and the hundreds of ribbon-winners scattered amongst the grounds and exhibit halls. Each of these areas is run by their own fair superintendent that oversees the categories, judging and display of entries and ribbon winners. Each year the fair awards a superintendent that has gone above and beyond as its Superintendent of the Year. This year, Sandra Dunbar of Wake Forest , superintendent of Handicrafts and Hobbies, was awarded this honor. Commissioner Steve Troxler and Agri Supply President Barry Partlo, who sponsors this award, presented her…

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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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Feeling the heat: Behind-the-scenes with Ember Fire Arts

As a fire performer, Amber Kornegay, owner and performer for Ember Fire Arts, often walks the line between being intriguing for people and seeming intimidating. However, at the heart of it all she is a simple girl with a passion for fire. We sat down with Amber and asked her ten questions that people are often afraid to ask her, but always curious to know the answer to. Catch one of her shows at the N.C. State Fair either at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. down in Heritage Circle and keep reading to learn all about her passion, show and…

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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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Revived fairgrounds park offers fun, food and a quiet spot to sit.

Cotton Park on the fairgrounds is a special place for many visitors who consider it a destination and a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the N.C. State Fair. The miniature park, with its brick walkways and landscaped setting, is between Dorton Arena and the Education Building on the southeast side of the fairgrounds. It’s also home to Casey’s Clubhouse, bordering Kiddieland near Gate 1. “To me, it’s a little out of the way and quieter, and you can find a place to sit down,” said Cathy Water of Raleigh. Water’s husband Ken grew up in a neighborhood…

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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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A hidden gem at the N.C. State Fair: The Church in Heritage Circle

The Historic Chapel in the Heritage Village at the N.C. State Fair, is a hidden gem amongst the food, rides, games and more. Each weekend of the N.C. State Fair, the North Carolina Campers on Mission host two church services on Sunday morning(s) for staff and fairgoers alike to attend. Whether you need a breath of prayer, a word of encouragement or a touch from the Holy Spirit, the Historic Chapel in Heritage Village is the place to spend Sunday morning at the fairgrounds. In 1857, the Historic Chapel in Heritage Village was known as the home of Ephesus Church…

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