What’s in your CD player/on your iPod now?
Sugarland’s newest CD, Love on the Inside Favorite movie?
Gone With the Wind When you’re not at the Fair, what do you like to do?
Start a countdown for how many days are left until the Fair comes again, ha! Seriously, just spend time with my friends and family; shopping; baseball; trips to the mountains and beach; movies; lots of random things – I just like to have a good, relaxing time.
How many years have you been coming to the Fair?
I asked my Mother this question the other day. This will be my 25th year in a row of coming to the Fair. I was born in November so she did not come the year I was born, but my first “official” Fair was October 1983 when I wasn’t even one year old, and I have not missed one since! (Wow, I feel old now, ha!)
Why do you love the Fair?
Wow, where do I begin? Honestly, the “smell” of the Fair is probably one of the reasons I love it the most. Getting out of the car and smelling the variety of foods (and yes, even the animals) just opens your senses to “the Fair.” I love the food, the rides, the exhibits – basically the entire atmosphere.
What’s your favorite memory of the Fair?
I set a goal for myself to attend the Fair, if possible, every day. I acheived that goal last year and even surpassed it by going the day before and afterwards. I had dreamed of doing that since I was a child! Other memories that stand out are always attending the opening days with my parents–which included, yes, skipping school on occasion.
Any must-see or must-do Fair traditions?
Our must-do tradition is obviously NOT missing opening day, which in prior years has always been the first Friday – that is the main tradition. Other must-dos include eating some of Al’s French Fries; sampling the free foods (fudge, hushpuppies, cotton candy, peanuts – the list is endless); and playing Whack-a-Mole or that Bingo/I Got it game (addictive!).
Must-see traditions vary per day that you go. Definitely must go see the Pig Races at least once during the week; visit the Noah’s Ark exhibit and see all the baby animals, especially the baby pigs; but most importantly check out the giant pumpkins and watermelons. I have a friend who comes every year from Charlotte JUST to see the Pumpkin.
Favorite Fair food?
Wow, can I say everything? Last year my favorite thing was the Deep Fried Reese Peanut Butter Cups. But I always have to get a Homemade Country Ham Biscuit at some point during the day or a good ‘ole North Carolina “RED” Hot Dog, and wind down the day with a Funnel Cake and Diet Coke–yes, what an ironic mixture that is. And I always take home some cotton candy and candy or caramel apples.
Easy to answer – last year it was called the Freak Out and in years past it has also been called the Fire Ball. It’s basically a swinging pendulum and has to be the best ride ever! Other highlights include the Orbiter, the Rainbow (which changes names), the Kamikaze, and the Enterprise.