I stumbled across the N.C. State Fair Public Affairs internship by chance, but I immediately knew that was exactly where I wanted to be this summer. I retouched my resume, wrote a cover letter and filled out the application in record time. Then I waited. And waited. Finally, I got a phone call telling me I had made it to the interview stage of the North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement State Government Internship Program. I interviewed for two internships and began the waiting process again. I enjoyed both interviews, but after talking with Merrie Go Round, I knew the State Fair was the only place for me this summer. I checked my email late one evening and saw I had received one of the internships I had applied for, but I had to open an attachment to find out which one. It seemed like I waited forever for the attachment that would reveal my fate for the summer to download. When I saw that I had been placed with the N.C. State Fair, I could hardly contain my excitement.
You see, when I think of October in North Carolina, I think of the State Fair. I always have and I always will. The State Fair is an annual event for my family. Missing the fair would almost be like missing Christmas!
There’s something particularly magical about the N.C. State Fair. From the moment you enter the gates, excitement and anticipation fill the air. There’s always something fun for everyone who comes—from pigs, to paintings, to pots and pans. And don’t forget the food! That is the main reason to come to the fair, right? Where else can you get melt-in-your-mouth hushpuppies, perfectly roasted ears of sweet corn, to-die-for honey cotton candy and delicious deep fried (fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favorite-deep-fried-fair-food)? Of course, there’s also the midway—a personal favorite of mine. The fair wouldn’t be the fair without the Ferris wheel. And last, but not least, is the fireworks display. It’s the icing on the cake after a long, yet successful day. One of my favorite feelings in the world is when I walk out of the fair with tired feet, a full stomach and a smile on my face thinking, “I can’t wait until next year.”
Being such a fair fanatic, it is an incredible honor to be able to work on the other side of the fair this summer! In addition to blogging, I’ll be writing an educational newspaper insert for kids about the fair, organizing an advertising campaign with local high schools, writing press releases, running some contests on Facebook and Twitter and so much more. So, stay tuned as the rest of the Deep Fried Crew and I fill you in on what’s happening as we get ready for the N.C. State Fair.
P.S. 133 days until the N.C. State Fair opens… but who’s counting?