The State Fair Bacon Trail is going on a Goosechase

The Bacon Trail was a big hit at the N.C. State Fair last year, with fairgoers checking out more than 40 vendors with bacon on the menu. The Fair’s tastiest trail is becoming more exciting this year with the chance to compete in scavenger hunt-style missions to gain points for the daily chance to win a month’s worth of bacon from one of several North Carolina pork companies. Points are earned through purchasing food with bacon or interacting with pig-related exhibits throughout the fair. Earning 2,000 points is enough to be entered into the daily competition for free bacon. The…

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State Fair Adventurer Scavenger Hunts helps make the fair an educational experience

Calling all elementary, middle and high school students – the fair makes it easy to turn your field trip to the fair into an educational one. The State Fair Adventurer Scavenger Hunts allow students and their teachers or parents to learn a little about the state while at the fair. Once completed, students can turn in their answers and receive a State Fair Adventurer Ribbon. “Each year we try to include new booths and questions on the annual hunt,” said Kent Yelverton, fair manager. “Locations like the Flower Show, N.C. Forest Service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commision are always excited…

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Casey’s Clubhouse, Fire Safety Show and other ways to enjoy the Fair with young children

Coming to the Fair with young ones in tow? A little advanced planning can help you make the most of your day.  Here are some tips and not-to-be-missed activities for the elementary-aged and younger at the fair. Buy your tickets before the fair starts. Tickets can be purchased at Food Lion, online, the N.C. Museum of History, State Farmers Market and at Gate 9 at the Fairgrounds. It’s no fun to stand in line and purchasing in advance means designated fast-track admission at the entrance gate. Kids under six years old get into the fair free. However, with an Kiddieland…

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Take the Selfie Challenge!

Pics or it didn’t happen! The Selfie Challenge is part scavenger hunt and part photo contest. Can you find all 14 items? Participation is easy: Visit the N.C. State Fair Snap a selfie with each listed item Upload your selfies to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include  #ncstatefair  in the caption Some items will be harder than others. You’ll have to check the daily schedule for Casey’s appearances at Casey’s Clubhouse. The stilt walkers are a roving act, so keep an eye out around the Flower and Garden Show. Be prepared to stay up late to snap the last item, as fireworks…

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Be a State Fair Adventurer: Earn a ribbon by completing the scavenger hunt

The Fair makes it easy to have fun and learn something – and anyone can be a State Fair adventurer. Each year the Fair offers two scavenger hunts. One scavenger hunt features questions that relate to exhibits and locations on the fairgrounds. The other is STEM-based and requires some math skills.  Print out a copy from our website or stop by the Expo Center to pick one up, and then set off on your quest for answers. Both scavenger hunts take you through many of the educational exhibits on the grounds, where you will learn more about our soil, our forests, plants,…

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It’s a State Fair Adventure

When it comes to maximizing your N.C. State Fair experience, look no further than our State Fair Scavenger Hunts. This morning Wildflower and I took on both of this year’s scavenger activities – one being a general hunt and the other a STEM-based excursion – and discovered that the thrill of the hunt is truly alive on the fairgrounds. Whether you’re looking for an educational activity or need help figuring out what to see and do, these scavenger hunts are sure to ensure that you’re making the most of your time. As a long-time fair attendee, I know how easy…

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Be a State Fair Adventurer

I just got tricked into learning while doing all of my favorite things at the fair! The N.C. State Fair Scavenger Hunts guide kids (and eager interns) as they scour the fairgrounds for clues. With every question they answer, kids learn more about North Carolina’s history and agriculture. You can join in on the scavenger hunt fun by clicking here. You can choose between two themes, “Science at the State Fair” and “Be a State Fair Adventurer.” Watch for the signs at each stop to help you with answers, and remember to turn in completed scavenger hunt sheets at the Expo Center for…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 9-10

Brides-to-be will find the fairgrounds the place to be on Saturday and Sunday as the Southern Bridal Show and Expo sets up in the Graham Building. Meet more than 150 Triangle-area wedding experts. Also enjoy wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Pre-register and purchase tickets online to receive a $2 discount. Other events this weekend: The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend, the Commercial and…

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Deep Fried Countdown: 10 days

We’re just 10 days out from the start of the 2012 N.C. State Fair. That’s right, just 10 days until the jaw-dropping rides, deep-fried delicacies and amazing agricultural exhibits. If you’re starting to plan your trip, we’ve got the following 10 tips to get you ready for the fair. Buy tickets in advance Buying tickets in advance not only saves you money, but also saves time standing in line when you get to the fair. You can purchase your tickets online at www.ncstatefair.org or at nine area retail locations. If you like rides, make sure to buy your ride sheets…

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Deep Fried TweetUPdate – SCVNGR edition

Do you have what it takes to compete with #TeamAwesome, the Fierce Fashionistas or any of the other teams that have signed up for the SCVNGR hunt at the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup this Thursday? If so, go ahead and get your tickets for the event, then send us a tweet with your team name and team members. Once you form a team, join in on the #DFSmackTalk on Twitter. If you’re still working on your team, here are a few things you should know about the hunt: Teams can have between 3 and 5 people. You don’t have to…

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