Deep Fried Ambassador update: A whole lotta happy. And bacon.

It was such a pleasure to meet our Deep Fried Ambassador in person today. She was a pro at tweeting out the information we announced this afternoon at the pre-Fair media lunch. Luckily for us, she’ll be returning to the Fair a few times between now and Sunday, Oct. 25 on “official duty.” We’re excited she’ll be a part of our blogging staff.

Below is her first post. Be sure to visit her blog Pretty*Swell to keep up with her Fair adventures, and we’ll also repost all of her updates here.


The theme for this year’s North Carolina State Fair is “A Whole Lotta Happy,” and nothing describes better how I feel right this instant, fresh from the fair’s media lunch.

M and I were treated like deep-fried royalty. We had such a good time.

And I only embarrassed myself once.

Got a little too gushy with Lynda Loveland. I admire her as a working mom, and I think she’s doing a great job at her new gig as morning-radio host on WRAL-FM. So when I had the opportunity to talk to her, I blabbered. Did you know she’s like seven feet tall?  At 5′ 10″ I never feel short. But standing next to her, I sure did.

The state fair staffers are as friendly in person as they are online, and I’m so glad to finally have met them. They’re using social media to promote the fair, and they’re killing it. They have 5,000 Facebook friends and 2,000 Twitter followers. Including moi.

This year’s state fair is going to rock. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Chocolate covered bacon and deep-fried ho-hos (also known as heaven-on-a-stick).
  • Seven new rides, including a gigantic slide and 100-foot-tall swing ride. Yikes.
  • Get your picture made with the Barrel Monster! I heart the Barrel Monster.
  • More entries than ever in the competitions. Commissioner Troxler said they’ve received something like 1,000 more entries in the agricultural competitions than they did last year. Going to be some neat stuff to see.

My head is still spinning from today’s event. Or maybe it’s all the bacon I ate.

More later, including photos of the lunch and the fairgrounds coming to life.

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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