Clog Heaven

In an unassuming white tent behind the Kerr Scott Building, you’ll find one of the most rocking events at the Fair. The Folk Festival has been entertaining visitors and preserving traditional N.C. music and dance for 60 years, getting many a hand clapping and many a toe tapping.

The video is introduced by Annette Pulley, a Folk Festival veteran who is the superintendent over all the two-steppers and tunesmiths. It was first established in 1948 to promote and preserve traditional music and dance of our state and the talented people who perform. Twice a day, amateur hopefuls perform for judges in hopes of being crowned.

I stopped in on some of the junior cloggers, backed by a traditional band and fiddlers and pickers. The tent often feels like more like a family reunion or revival, as you can tell by the yells and clapping.

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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