Quilt competition spreads Christmas joy

This is the first year Anthony Baker, 34, of Zebulon entered a quilt into the N.C. State Fair. It may not have been a blue ribbon winner, but that didn’t mean it isn’t the best in show to one person in his life. Baker, who learned embroidery from a neighbor over the summer, created a Christmas quilt for his mother and surprised her with it at the fair. “My mom’s mom passed away a few year’s ago and I used fabric that belonged to her to put this one together,” he said. “She cried when she saw it and wanted…

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A fair competition where “Almost Anything Goes”

Blue ribbons and bragging rights are what thousands of fair exhibitors are hoping for each year when they enter their prized items into the N.C. State Fair for competition. This year, in the fair’s newest competitive-exhibits category, fairgoers will decide which exhibitors earns the rainbow-colored rosette. “We came up with the idea from our exhibitors,” said Denise Walker, competitive exhibits director. “Every year we hear I can’t believe you don’t have a category for fill-in-the-blank. But sometimes there is not a miscellaneous category that applies, and this competition gives these exhibitors a chance to showcase talents that haven’t previously been…

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Read to Win expands statewide

Students in grades 6 through 12 across the state may want to take the month of September to pick up a good book. The Fair is giving out more than 3,000 gate admission tickets across the state to students winners of the Read to Win Competition. “Each public library will receive two prize packs of four of gate admission passes to give as prizes to the winning students chosen who complete their reading goals,” said Lori Special, youth service consultant with the  State Library of N.C.  “The goal of the program is to encourage young people to read for pleasure,…

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Weekend Update: June 12-14

Quarter horses are taking over the Hunt Horse Complex for the 2015 Tarheel Triple Classic. Come see riders from across North Carolina compete in Western pleasure, trail and other categories. The classic, which will continue through June 20, combines three shows into one 10-day long event — the NCQYA Show, NCQHA Jamboree and Little Futurity. Competitions start daily at 8 a.m. and all shows are free to spectators. Other events this weekend: Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show; June 12-14 Calling all jewelry lovers in search of a little more bling. Frank Cox Productions presents the 2015 Gem, Jewelry & Bead…

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It’s the Giant Pumpkin!

Earlier this morning the giant pumpkin arrived at the Exposition Center for its 11-day reign over the  N.C. State Fair horticultural exhibits. This 799.6-pound pumpkin belongs to  Jack and  Pat Bacheler of Clayton.  Jack planted the pumpkin in June and spent about and hour and a half a day six days a week training the vines to form the root system needed to support a pumpkin of this size. The pumpkin was certified two weeks ago at the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival in Elkin.  If no other larger pumpkins come in, the Bacheler’s will take home the $300 prize money…

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Decorated-cakes winners demonstrate contest’s diversity

The decorated cakes contest has become famous among fairgoers for the diverse entries it attracts each year. You can read more about the work that goes into the cakes here. This year’s winners have proven to be no exception to that rule. Elizabeth Prioli of Chapel Hill took the top prize in the professional category for her Native American-themed cake complete with a drum, feathers and a moccasin, while the best-in-show winner in the non-professional category was a more traditional four-tiered white cake by Carol L. Deely of Cary. Mary Moseley of Whitakers rounded out the best-in-show winners, taking the…

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Deep Fried Ambassador: Who Knew?

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair. I Had No Idea! I can’t even begin to guess how many premiums there are… I just know the book is really big. I’m sure you’ve seen the giant pumpkins, the sheep, the photos, the quilts, and the pickles… but have you ever seen these exhibits?? Masonry (Apprentice Tent – Near the Poultry Tent) Fine Dining (Education/Commercial Building) Aprons (Education/Commercial Building) 4-H Entomology (Bug collection!) (Education/Commercial Building) Handspinning (Education/Commercial Building) Dried Herbs…

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Behind the scenes with…Betty Shaw, entry department superintendent

As of Tuesday afternoon, 18,506 online, mailed, faxed and hand-delivered applications had been received by the entry department and the number keeps growing. There is still time to enter the horticulture and Flower Show competitions (deadline is this Friday, Oct. 1), but other Fair contests stopped accepting entries last Friday. If you entered one of the contests, you may have talked with Betty Shaw, superintendent for the entry department. Since Friday, Betty and her staff have been working to verify applications and prepare entries for the Fair. We took a few minutes to talk with Betty and find out more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the competitions each year. Note: If …

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Super secret Subway surprise

We don’t like to keep secrets around here. Sure there’s an occassional concert lineup that we can’t talk about, but it’s painful not to reveal cool stuff about the Fair. Unfortunately, there are times we have to keep our mouths shut. For instance, we want to tell you about a sweet new promotion we are doing with Subway this year, and how it’s even more fun than the $5 Footlong Song Challenge or the Pants Dance Revolution. We want to tell you how much fun your friends and family will have participating in the contest, and how it’s going to tie in all the great things…

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Top 10 reasons to enter the Flower and Garden Show

Do you have a green thumb? Then you should consider entering one, two or all three flower shows during this year’s State Fair. There are competitions for adults and children, professionals and amateurs. You can enter competitions for annuals, perennials, bonsai, flower arrangements, hanging baskets, gourds or pumpkins – just to name a few. The flower and garden competitions also have the highest premiums. While most prizes are in the single digits, some garden winners can take home up to $750. In the Premium Book, you’ll find 31 pages with all the classes, groups and sections for the Flower and Garden Show. Did we mention it’s free to enter,…

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