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.
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!