Progress Photos: Wednesday

Photo of Dorton Light Rig

The light rigging waits to be raised into place in Dorton Arena.

The rapidly approaching opening of the N.C. State Fair tomorrow means a lot of final preparations are taking place today.

In Dorton Arena, crews were installing lighting equipment as the building gets ready for 11 nights of concerts. The 2010 concert series kicks off tomorrow with country singer Danny Gokey. (Tickets for the show are $5.)

In the Jim Graham Building, livestock were being checked in for the Junior Livestock Shows. Across the fairgrounds, vendors were putting out their products and gussying up their booths. Inspectors with the state Labor Department were busy inspecting rides to make sure they meet North Carolina’s strict standards for amusement devices. Wake County sheriff’s deputies were inspecting games to make sure they are fair.

Photo of nursery plants in Got to Be NC tent

North Carolina's green industry will be featured alongside food products in the Got to Be NC tent.

Workers also were getting exhibits ready to go. The Highway Patrol was placing its helicopter and historical collection of patrol cars outside the Scott Building.

In the Got to Be NC tent, a lot of green is ready for display alongside great food products this year, as the exhibit showcases North Carolina’s nursery, greenhouse and landscaping industries.

About Flying Bob

Most folks know me as Brian Long, but when it comes to the State Fair blog, I'm Flying Bob. Why Flying Bob? It's one of my favorite carnival rides. Plus, once the fair kicks off, I feel like I'm flying in circles at high speed. (All that's missing is a ride attendant shouting, "Do you wanna go fasterrrrr!") Here at the State Fair Press Office, it's our job to give you as much information about this massive event as possible. That's one of the reasons I enjoy contributing to this blog. I hope you'll enjoy reading it.

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