Twitter roundup: Eight enlightening State Fair exhibits

So far, we’ve brought you some of the highlights in State Fair food, rides and games. For our last social media series on the fair’s attractions, we’re bringing you some of the best exhibits that the fair has to offer (#8enlighteningexhibits). Though the carnival aspects of the fair sometimes get more attention, the exhibits preserve our state’s culture, promote North Carolina agricultural products and provide opportunities for people from across the state to connect in areas of shared passion. In this way, the exhibits are at the core of what the fair is all about.

The Antique Farm Machinery exhibit celebrates North Carolina’s agricultural heritage by displaying old farm tools, showcasing tractors that date back as to as early as the 1930s and showcase an old milk bottle display.

The Village of Yesteryear exhibit pays homage to heritage homemade crafts. Visitors can see blacksmiths, basketweavers and a variety of other artisans practicing their crafts.
Geared toward children, the miniature farm at the Field of Dreams exhibit shows visitors the connection between the farm field and the dinner table. Visitors can pick crops such as apples, strawberries and cucumbers while learning how crops become grocery-store staples.

Full of locally grown and locally produced food products with free samples, goods for purchase and plenty of prizes, the Got to Be NC Agriculture exhibit shows visitors the best that N.C. farms and food businesses have to offer. More than 20 local vendors will participate in the exhibit throughout the course of the fair.
Want advice on all topics plant-related? Then stop by the State Fair Flower and Garden Show, and while you’re there climb on the giant Adirondack chair or pose with the Barrel Monster family for a unique photo op.
Explore North Carolina history at  Heritage Circle. Listen to live music at the Bluegrass Stage, watch James Madren’s famous woodcarving demonstration, see a working tobacco barn and more!
Fairgoers can see cattle, sheep, goats and swine, and learn more about the various breeds of farm animals raised in North Carolina at the State Fair Ark. More than 60 animals will be on display.

New to the fair this year, the Cultivate a Career exhibit offers visitors the chance to learn about the wide variety of career paths in the agricultural industry. You can “test drive” a high-tech tractor, analyze specimens under a microscope and explore other ag-related job fields.

Don’t forget to send in your favorite exhibits–past and present–using #8enlighteningexhibits! Advanced tickets are also available now at Don’t forget to pick yours up!

About Tilt-A-Whirl

Jeff Miles interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2011. This is his bio from that year: People usually call me Jeff Miles but when asked what my favorite part of Fair was, rides was the first thing that came to mind--so call me Tilt-A-Whirl from here on out. I've always been a big fan of the State Fair and I'm really excited to be working here this summer. I'll be bringing you weekly updates on the goings on at the fairgrounds and hopefully much more. I can't wait to see you all in October (and hopefully before)!


  1. My planting area is kind of tiny would this be possible with less area?

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