Fair Fan: Lisa Jeffries

Meet Lisa Jeffries, a Raleigh native who now works with her family business Jeffries & Sons, Inc., as well as being a marketing consultant. When not filling in the Deep Fried blog, she can be found out on the lake or at Carter-Finely cheering on the Wolfpack. (We’re assuming she would take advantage of the NCSU/Fair ticket promotion if she didn’t already have season tickets.) Enjoy her pictures from the 1987 Fair all over the fairgrounds. Thanks, Lisa!

How many years have you been coming to the Fair? Let me use a lifeline for this and give mom and dad a quick call… Mom said my first trip to the fair was actually at about 10 months old – she and grandma took me in 1985. My grandma is a wonderful artist who always has work on display in the Kerr Scott building – check out Nellie Macon’s art on display! You won’t be disappointed.

What’s your Fair uniform? Now that I’m a “grown up”, and I use that term loosely, it’s almost always my favorite blue jeans, super broke-in cowboy boots, and a casual shirt paired with a layer of a long-sleeve shirt or jacket… our N.C. fall weather is amazing, but goes from sunny and hot to dusk and chilly in just a matter of minutes once the sun heads down for the evening.

Favorite Dorton Arena performance? Mmmm… tough call: all of the country acts have been AWESOME! Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Lonestar, you name it! However, I have a really good feeling about sitting in the second row for Rodney Atkins and in the 8th row for Lady A this year… those just might take the cake! I haven’t stopped listening to Lady A’s debut album since I purchased it from iTunes the day it came out.

Wackiest Fair story? My boyfriend and I have been together for over five years now and each and every year we have had a caricature done together… it’s our own little tradition and it’s REALLY entertaining to go back and look at them from time to time to see the different artists take on our “cartoon” selves!

Favorite Fair food? For a little girl, I can put down a serious amount of food. It usually starts with Al’s French Fries, followed by a delicious bowl of peach cobbler, hush puppies from the mill, pickles from the Mt. Olive folks, apple cider, foot long hot dog with chili and mustard (the pink hot dogs, too please), a country ham biscuit, and usually a plain red candy apple for the ride home.

Favorite ride? The giant slides – HANDS DOWN.

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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  1. Hey! I know that girl!


    Thanks for the profile y’all!

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