Sushi and corn at the Mountain State Fair

Sushi cupcakes…no really!

Corn on the cob cupcakes with pats of “butter”

I’m in Fletcher, N.C. this week helping out with the N.C. Mountain State Fair, one of the most beautiful fairs in the country because it’s nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (I may be a bit biased on this point, as I grew up not far down the road in Hendersonville.) The fair kicks off this Friday, Sept. 5, and it would make a great family roadtrip, especially since heading west this weekend might be a good idea.

After we helped Asheville news station WLOS get the lay of the fair land, I had the pleasure of working at the baked goods entry department, where cake after pie after cookie pored in. While it wasn’t good for my dinner-ready stomach, I loved getting to see the results of the WNC creativity and cooking-savvy. It reminded me of all of the baked goods that fill the Commercial Education Building at the State Fair.

My two favorite were the cupcakes pictured above. The Cupcake Shoppe of Raleigh, one of my favorite stops on Glenwood Avenue, should take note! Take a close look at the sushi cupcakes and you’ll see that the ginger sitting near the chopsticks is really a melted Starburst candy and the fish eggs are sugar sprinkles. Genius! The corn on the cob cupcakes are equally impressive with their jelly bean kernels. Which reminds me, I’m craving some roasted Fair corn…

Check back for more Mountain State Fair coverage!

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

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  1. I am constantly looking for something different in fair food. This shows some good imagination and its cute… something for the kids.

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