New Competitions Announced for 2021 State Fair

Decorated Christmas Trees, painted rocks and stuffed sock toys! Those are just a few examples of the new competitions coming to this year’s state fair. After a year with no fair, these exciting new competitions will prove to have been worth the wait! This year’s new competitions were created in an effort to encourage competition entries as these simpler projects can be completed within weeks rather than some projects that can take a whole year. No matter your age, skill level or interests, there is bound to be a competition for you!  “Our hope is that these sorts of categories…

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Sweet Potato Swag

Still need to buy your State Fair tickets? Starting Thursday, you can take advantage of nine retail walk-up locations throughout the Triangle and surrounding areas. Buying in advance will save you time waiting in lines at the fair and put more money back in your pockets. Buying in advance also could earn you an N.C. State Fair T-shirt. Here’s how: Merrie Go Round and I will be at the State Farmers Market (one of the retail walk-up locations) Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the market’s Sweet Potato Day. Stop by and grab some free sweet potato dessert…

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Welcome, hockey fans! It’s the NHL All-Star weekend in Raleigh

Raleigh’s come a long way since the Raleigh IceCaps played “ice hockey” in Dorton Arena. This weekend the city plays host to the the NHL All-Star festivities. Our neighbor, the RBC Center, will host the games and downtown Raleigh is where all the off-ice activities will take place. We hear that our old friend, Lord Stanley’s Cup will be back in town and we hope to say hi. (Nope, we’re not afraid to name-drop!) You see, we got up-close-and-personal with Lord Stanley after the Hurricanes won the coveted trophy in 2006. On opening day in 2006, the Stanley Cup made…

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Moving into the final weekend.

Today is Day 9 of the N.C. State Fair and we’ve already broken five attendance records. Yesterday alone, we shattered last year’s record attendance by more than 16,000 fairgoers. The amazing thing is that 59,088 people brought four or more cans for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair, which earned them free admission yesterday. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina also reports the 246,779 pounds of food was collected, breaking yet another record. Fairgoers really answered the call to “Stuff the Warehouse.” Thank you for helping! The weather is going to be fantastic for the…

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Press Office Challenge: Going mano-a-mano with the Fighter

We asked for our readers’ suggestions on what you would like to see us do as a Press Office Challenge, and we had some pretty good suggestions. One of our selections was Debbie Quinn’s recommendation to try one of the new rides at the Fair this year — the Fighter. So, when a former employee stopped by the Fair to visit and mentioned that she didn’t get to ride the Fighter because none of her family wanted to ride it, I decided I’d take one for the Deep Fried crew and give it a test drive. At first blush, the ride doesn’t appear…

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Oink if you love pig races – the 2010 State Fair commercial

Red, white and blue. Those are the colors of our logo this year and were the inspiration behind our 2010 State Fair commercials. MSA, our advertising agency, created these ads with a nod towards patriotism and celebrates two things that make our country great – democracy and the political process. We think they are fun commercials and hope they will encourage you to “Say Yes to the North Carolina State Fair.” What do you think? Check out the other ads on our YouTube channel.

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100 days until the Fair!

The concerts are booked. The Web site is live. The grounds entertainment acts are practicing their racing, magic tricks and drawing skills. The application deadline for food vendors and exhibitors is closed. That can mean only one thing: The countdown is officially on, as today marks 100 days until the N.C. State Fair opens.

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Candy apples

A few weeks ago, we hosted the Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds and I caught up with one of the vendors that is also at the State Fair, Miss Debbies Specialty Apples. As their name implies, these are no ordinary candy apples. A new flavor that caught my eye (I don’t remember seeing it last year) is the Cafe Ola. Here’s the description: A granny smith apple covered in rich caramel, rolled in semi sweet chocolate chips, sprinkled with fresh crushed coffee beans & repeatedly drizzled with milk & white chocolate. yummmmm! I can’t wait for…

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