***This blog has been changed to reflect that Mt. Olive Pickles will not be able to come to the fair this year due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.
Looking for your favorite fair booth or exhibit? Several popular competitive exhibits, as well as many favorite vendors have moved to new locations.
The entire hobbies and handicrafts department has moved to the Commercial Building. This department includes wood-working, egg art, LEGOS, scrapbooking and more. “The move gives us more space, including more hanging space, and the exhibits will be able to be displayed properly,” said Denise Walker, director of competitive exhibits. “We are excited to move the department closer to the other exhibits, like cakes, clothing and quilts, in the Education building. It helps with streamlining our exhibits, and gives fairgoers more room to view these exhibits.
“The staff in the handicrafts and hobbies department are excited about the move and have been working for months designing the floor plan and displays.”
Handicrafts and hobbies added a few new categories this year. The N.C. Egg Association features a youth division for its egg art, with this year’s theme Nothing Finer. In decorative creations, there’s a handmade book category and a category for altered books, which are books that have been turned into some other creation.
About 20 vendors that have made their home in the Commercial Building are also on the move. The MarketPlace will be just outside the Grandstand, across from the Rabbit Barn. These vendors will be housed in a 5,600-square-foot tent.
Here’s a listing of some of the vendors you’ll find inside The MarketPlace:
- All American Candies
- Wicker Discount
- Amish Fudge & Cheese
- International House, Inc.
- California Fashions
- Biz-zee Products
- M&W Services
- Pursonal Hangups
- Usborne Books
- NC Libertarian Party
- Bath Fitter
- Catie Fashion USA
- Mindful Supply Co.
- Spectrum Crafts
Ms. Debbie’s Apples and a few other vendors will remain in the Commercial Building.