Sweet Corn gives a bittersweet “see ya later”

When I think about dairy cows, deep-fried foods, bright lights and spinning rides, my heart skips a beat. Therefore, when presented with the opportunity to intern for the N.C. State Fair, I could have been mistaken for a 4-year-old riding the spinning tea cups. Yup, I was that happy.

During my 10-week internship with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services I have interviewed blue-ribbon chefs, selected our first deep-fried photographer, promoted Blueberry Day and starred in a video or two.

However, my most extensive project involved creating a 12-page newspaper supplement for children in the local area. While working on this project, I was able to interview folks who had years and years of Fair experience, as well as folks who are just learning the wonders and joys of the N.C. State Fair.

Whether volunteering at Fair exhibits, selling goods in Fair stands or competing in Fair competitions, each person I interviewed was absolutely inspiring. Each person reminded me that the N.C. State Fair is an agricultural tradition worthy of celebration. When Fair season rolls around, I hope you will check out The News & Observer’s News in Education supplement for yourself. I hope it will remind you how important the Fair is to our state’s culture and heritage.

The N.C. State Fair NIE supplement will be published on Tuesday, Oct. 5. With feature articles, a word search and a fairgrounds scavenger hunt, you won't want to miss out!

So after working with Flying Bob, Merrie Go Round, Firecracker, Bearded Lady and Blue Ribbon, I leave even happier than I came. Luckily, I’ll be back later this fall to celebrate my first Fair from behind the scenes! Stay tuned!

About SweetCorn

Katie Ray interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2010. This is her bio from that year: Normally, I’m known as Katie Ray. However, from now on, I’ve decided to be referred to as Sweet Corn—after all, who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after a vegetable that tastes like candy? Growing up on a small dairy farm, I have always held the N.C. State Fair close to my heart. From the livestock and rabbits to the deep-fried food and rides, I truly do love every aspect of the Fair. Through this blog I hope to spread my enthusiasm for and keep y’all informed about 2010 Fair happenings!

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