Not only is today Valentine’s Day, one of the most romantic days of the year, but it’s also a day to celebrate one of the most popular rides at the Fair: the Ferris wheel! On this day in 1859, American engineer and inventor George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. was born. Ferris is famous for creating the original Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.
What better way to celebrate a day of love and carnival rides than a deep-fried photo contest? Show us your love of Ferris wheels by submitting a Ferris wheel photo to the N.C. State Fair’s fan page, tagging your Flickr photos with “ncstatefair”or sending us a link on Twitter. Submit your photo by 5 p.m. today, Feb. 14, and we’ll pick a winner to receive two N.C. State Fair T-shirts — one for you and one to share. How romantic!