What’s in a name?

This duck hen found a new home at the fairgrounds. Can you help us name it?

Most people know about the animals that live at the fairgrounds temporarily during the N.C. State Fair, but there are also a handful of animals that make the fairgrounds their home the rest of the year. One such addition has found a new home in the Flower and Garden Show.

Workers first noticed the female duck in the area a couple of weeks ago. The hen soon made a nest out of a nearby hanging basket and has been living there ever since. Veterinarians have examined the duck, and she appears to be healthy and preparing to lay eggs.

We’ve really taken to this duck. In fact, we like it so much we’ve decided it needs a name and we want your help naming it. So, if you have a good name for our duck, leave a comment below, post to our Facebook timeline or send us a tweet on Twitter with your suggestion. You can submit as many names as you want, but we’ll only accept names until Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m.

On Monday, we’ll select a winner. That person will receive a Got to Be NC Festival prize pack, which will include lots of State Fair swag, as well as free admission to the Food and Wine Expo at the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival.

Name our duck.

Hopefully, one of you can help us come up with a suitable name for our beloved duck. Now, get quacking!

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.


  1. I say to name the duck Duckie! 🙂

  2. Skeeter Sawyer

    How about naming her “Fair Leigh?” We have about a dozen mallards and three muscovy ducks that we care for at our home in Manteo. They are so pretty to watch, especially when the new crop of ducklings hatch. Congrats on your new resident and we can’t wait for the start of this yea’s State Fair run. Thank goodness for the Got To Be NC Festival that splits up the wait! Thats a LOT of fun and the food is terrific! See you in May!

  3. Christina Waltz

    Demetra Greek Goddess of the Corn, Earth, Harvest
    Diana Roman goddess of wild animals

  4. I say name her, Kelly for the Kelly Building on the grounds. You can also name her Millie from from the ole Mill on the grounds close to where she was found, and close to the pond. Hope they work for you all!

  5. Cynthia Nethercutt

    I think she should have a name representative of her state, but also fun and light-hearted to show the spirit of the fair. I propose she be named “North Quackalackey”. 😉

  6. name the duck “Ms. N C Quackers”

  7. Since she lives in the flower area why not name her Rose.

  8. Name the duck Audrey.

  9. I have a few suggestions:
    My Fair Lady
    Fairest of all
    Take your pick! Thanks!

  10. How about “Farrah”? Why you say??
    1. Farrah (pronounced Fair-ah)… hint hint 🙂 For the Fair
    2. The name means beautiful and pleasant which she and the Fair certainly are!!:)
    Good luck and hopefully I will see her in October!!:)

  11. Deborah Robertson

    Daisy Basket or Momma Basket

  12. Christy Wall

    In honor of the Jim Graham Building on site, and the former Commissioner of Agriculture, I suggest “Graham Quackers” for the fairground’s beloved duck!!

  13. Linda Bryant

    How about “Easter,”for the season?

  14. Daniel Barton

    My suggestions:

    – Sweet T

    – Lola (Her name was Lola, she was the Fair duck…)

  15. She looks like a Gweneth.

  16. Fairrah Basket.

  17. Grandstand

  18. name her Precious Lily

  19. Jerri Walls

    A few more suggestions:

    April May


    Lady Tiffany

    Fair Lady

  20. Jerri Walls

    Since she likes flower baskets…




    Buttercup Susie



    Fair Rosie

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