North Carolina State Fair

For leg lovers, there's nothing like the fair

Posted October 22, 2010

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— The giant turkey legs served at the North Carolina State Fair may prompt some big questions – How many calories is one leg and just how do you grow a turkey that size?

But for those who love the legs, the questions don’t matter.

“It’s just a good piece of meat,” said Lisa Prince with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

One of the legs can add up to 1,100 calories and close to 60 grams of fat – about the total daily recommendation for an adult.

“I'll tell you, this town right here, I've never seen so many people eat turkey legs,” said vendor Shane Snedeker.

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Fairgoers described the flavor in different ways – a little salty, smoky.

Price said, “There's a special blend the farmers are working with to grow a really great turkey.”

“They taste like Thanksgiving turkeys with a twist,” said Jack Horton. “They’re very tasty and they’re not too dry.”


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