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Henderson County apple growers carefully prepare their displays in the Expo Center.

A sweet potato larger than a person’s head, a watermelon weighing 282 pounds and the infamous Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper are just some of the items that will be on display in the Expo Center during the 2011 N.C. State Fair. Today, growers from across the state braved the showers to bring in their entries in various horticulture competitions. Henderson County apple growers meticulously selected apples from dozens of cases to find the blue-ribbon worthy picks for their trays.

These exhibits are some of the most fluid at the fair because they consist of natural products. For instance, today’s green tomatoes will ripen over the 11-day run into a bright red. Even the largest watermelons and pumpkins are susceptible to change, so come to the fair early and see these exhibits why you still can.

The N.C. State Fair starts in two days on Thursday, Oct. 13. Save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance. Buy your tickets at 11 area retail locations or online at

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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