Details behind the tweetup: All-inclusive edition

Tomorrow is the first Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, and we are pumped! We can’t wait to meet Triangle (and beyond!) tweeps and show them a little bit about what makes the N.C. State Fair the…well…N.C. State Fair. We’ll be tweeting all night, and can’t wait to put Twitter names and faces together. We also want to give everyone who is coming out a big THANKS for helping us stock the shelves of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, since tomorrow is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day.

Here are some more details we’ve posted over the last few weeks:

Also, we wanted to go over a few details to hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If you’re wondering about something we don’t cover here, leave us a comment here on the blog or tweet it on over to @NCStateFair. Still haven’t registered? Sign up at


  • Where: Folk Festival tent (circled in the top right-hand corner above)
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. (The Fair stays open until midnight, so plan on sticking around.)
  • Parking: The best option for getting to the State Fair is to take a bus or use one of three park and ride locations.  We’ll have CAT and DATA buses coming out to the fairgrounds on Thursday. Learn more about park and ride locations and bus stops and schedules here. If you drive out, free parking is available on State Fair, Carter-Finley Football Stadium and RBC Center properties. Fairgoers are encouraged to take Wade Avenue to the Edwards Mill Extension to park in these lots. Because Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is always busy, we suggest allowing yourself plenty of time to get here – after all, if you get here early there will be plenty to see and do. Ginny Skalski posted a great roundup of tips on getting to the Fair on her blog.
  • Admission: Bring four cans of food and get in free. (Bring more than four, and be our hero!) Volunteers will be at all of the main gates taking these cans. If you don’t have cans, you can purchase admission tickets online and print them out or buy them at any of the gates for $7.
  • Bring your charger: We’ll have a charging station set up in case your  juice runs low.
  • WiFi: The fairgrounds has free WiFi. You’ll be asked to complete a short online registration form, then you’ll be good to go.
  • Hashtags: We’ll use the #triangletweetup hashtag for the event to keep up with everyone’s tweets. Once you hit the road for the deep-fried scavenger hunt, you’ll be using #deepfriedhunt to submit your answers.
  • Meet your planners: Make sure to follow @NCStateFair and @triangletweetup. Also, follow organizers Wayne Sutton  (@waynesutton) and Jeff Cohen (@dgtlpapercuts), who have helped us put this event together along with their Our Hashtag partners Kipp (@kbodnar32) and Ryan Boyles (@theRab). On the N.C. State Fair side, the Press Office is also on Twitter: Follow Karlie Justus (@KarlieJ), Jen Nixon (@jennix5), Natalie Alford (@joynatalie), Andrea Ashby (@aashby), BrianLong (@brian_long66) and Paul Jones (@pmarshalljones).

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.


  1. The grounds map here is great! But it’s low-res. Why is a grounds map so hard to find? Can’t it be on the visitor information, instead of a list of businesses nearby? With two kids under 4, I like to know how to get to the petting zoo without hiking from the wrong gate. Thanks! -N

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