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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Picking pics for prize packs

Each year, the Deep Fried crew takes thousands of photographs during the Fair. While our collection is large, some of the best photographs come from fairgoers just like you. You do a great job of capturing the excitement of the Midway, the serenity of the Flower Show, the tasty satisfaction of deep-fried food and the joy on fairgoers’ faces. Show us what you think is great by uploading your State Fair pics from previous years to the N.C. State Fair fan page. Throughout the summer, we’ll select some of our favorites to share on the Deep Fried blog, and if we pick your pics, we’ll send you a…

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N.C. State Fair is cooking up some fantastic contests for 2010

The North Carolina State Fair is many things to many people, but an underlying theme is a celebration of tradition. The fair’s annual cooking contests, featuring a mix of friendly competition, local agricultural products and grandma’s time-tested recipes with some new twists, exemplify that.  The 2010 N.C. State Fair will feature 12 sponsored cooking contests focusing on everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. The contests are open to pretty much anyone—young and old, male and female and experienced and inexperienced cooks.  With a smidgen of this, a pinch of that and a dash of something else, winning recipes come from a diverse group…

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Apprentice contest offers inside look at skilled construction trade

This summer, I built three flowerboxes as a graduation gift for my girlfriend. I doubt my boxes would pass North Carolina Department of Labor standards, but they looked very nice (thanks in part to my girlfriend’s great paint job). If you would like to see craftsmen who can pass NCDOL standards, visit the tents at the Apprentice Contest Pavilion between Gates 9 and 10 next week for the best in carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing and HV/AC-R competition. The contests showcase more than 50 of about 20,000 people in North Carolina receiving apprenticeship training on the job. Everyone will enjoy watching and…

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