Two Jersey Cows Help Teach the Importance of Milk in the Southwest-Southland Dairy Mobile Classroom

Whether you are 5 or 95, everyone loves meeting Blanche or Maple, two Jersey cows, in the Mobile Dairy classroom presented by Southwest-Southland Dairy Farmers at the N.C. State Fair.  Blanche, who is two, around 800 pounds, and stares at you with the sweetest brown eyes, was the star attraction for the 10 a.m. presentation near the Graham Building when Judah, 7, and Levi, 6, attended the presentation with their grandparents, Mark and Kim Shelly, of Greensboro.  “Wow, Blanche eats and drinks a lot every day,” stated Judah as he stared at Blanche and reflected on what he had learned….

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Unique Candies by Hearn Pecan Farm

The Farm Family of the Day program recognizes 11 farm families – one for every day of the N.C. State Fair – who work hard every day to impact our state’s agriculture industry. Families either nominated themselves or were nominated by members of the community. Thanks to Tractor Supply Company for sponsoring the program, which will run from Oct. 13-23. Hearn Pecan Farm in Albemarle has more than 90 pecan trees at their farm, which has been in the Hearn family for four years. There are two generations of Hearns working the farm, with a third coming in February 2022….

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Our Favorite Holidays Provided by Smith’s Family Fun Farm

The Farm Family of the Day program recognizes 11 farm families – one for every day of the N.C. State Fair – who work hard every day to impact our state’s agriculture industry. Families either nominated themselves or were nominated by members of the community. Thanks to Tractor Supply Company for sponsoring the program, which will run from Oct. 13-23. Smith’s Family Fun Farm is a small operation located in Hillsborough. They grow pumpkins and Christmas trees, but they have recently expanded to include a pavilion and a coal-fired pizza oven. Smith’s Family Fun Farm was started in 1947 by…

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Historic church continues to provide a place for worship and service at the State Fair

Located just outside Heritage Circle and near the Village of Yesteryear sits a historic chapel that N.C. Campers on a Mission uses each year to minister to traveling fair workers and provide basic supplies. The chapel was originally used as the sanctuary of the Ephesus Baptist Church. The one-room wooden structure served Ephesus from 1857 to 1927, then transferred to Lincolnville, A.M.E. congregation and relocated to Nowell Road in Raleigh. The building served the congregation until 1982, when Lincolnville constructed a new building. In August of 1983, the chapel and original pews were purchased and moved to the fairgrounds to…

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N.C. Forest Service Conservation Forest – Newly expanded and fun for all ages

The N.C. Forest Service Conservation Forest at the State Fair is one of the lesser known, but most magical areas of the fairgrounds – a hidden gem, if you will. With the new entrance at Gate 7, where shuttle riders from the Cardinal lot will be dropped off, we wanted to introduce fairgoers to what you can see and do in the area. Fairgoers can access the free Cardinal parking lot off Highway 54. Once parked, hop on the free shuttle that will take you to Gate 7. Once inside the gate, you can follow the paved path up the…

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A Century with R.E. Miller, Jr. & Sons, Inc.

The Farm Family of the Day program recognizes 11 farm families – one for every day of the N.C. State Fair – who work hard every day to impact our state’s agriculture industry. Families either nominated themselves or were nominated by members of the community. Thanks to Tractor Supply Company for sponsoring the program, which will run from Oct. 13-23. R.E. Miller, Jr. & Sons, Inc. – aka Miller Farms – is in Gates County. Miller Farms is a recognized Century Farm. Currently, the sixth and seventh generations are operating Miller Farms. With 6,300 acres of farmland, Miller Farms grows…

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Brian Sobaski brings straw to life in front of your eyes

Brian Sobaski is bringing some unique art to the N.C. State Fair in 2022 – something you’ve probably never seen. He’s creating straw sculptures of animals, and you can watch him at work three times a day during the fair. You’ll find him beside the breezeway outside the Agri Supply Expo Center. This is the first time Sobaski has ever created his works of art while an audience is watching. He usually creates straw sculptures before an event and leaves them to be viewed after he’s gone. While he’s a bit shy naturally, he’ll happily answer questions as he works…

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A helping hand, free admission and a bacon bus combine for Smithfield Foods Hunger Relief Day

The N.C. State Fair and Smithfield Foods will once again offer free admission to people who bring six cans of nonperishable canned food to the fair. Smithfield Foods Hunger Relief Day is Thursday, Oct. 20. The day is one of the fair’s most well-known modern-day traditions. “We are so excited to join the North Carolina State Fair for the second year now as the sponsor of the Smithfield Foods Hunger Relief Day,” said Jonathan Toms, Smithfield’s senior community development manager. “The North Carolina State Fair is such an exciting time to come in and celebrate agriculture and just being together…

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Lighting up Heritage Circle| Ember Fire Arts

Playing with fire started as a hobby for Cove City native, Amber Babb. Today, she’s turned her fascination with fire into an opportunity to be one of the hottest acts in eastern North Carolina. From a young age, Amber was interested in fire and never really afraid of it–she had an interest in fire that made her mom nervous, but today her mom is one of her biggest supporters. Growing up in a small town, there wasn’t much of a chance to be exposed to unique hobbies, but after attending a show in Raleigh with LED flow artists she was…

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Bacon Trail aims to find most bacon-tastic food at the fair

Bacon makes everything better, especially fair food! The North Carolina State Fair Bacon Trail is a partnership between the N.C. State Fair and N.C. Pork Council to highlight vendors serving bacon and supporting the state’s pork industry. North Carolina is the third-largest pork producing state in the country and home to the world’s largest bacon plant. Bacon is a “pig” deal in North Carolina, so what better place to showcase all the ways to enjoy it than at the State Fair? “October is pork month and we wanted to partner with the State Fair to celebrate North Carolina’s pork industry and…

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