WRAL.com at the State Fair

Food, Fish mark first full fair day

Posted October 18, 2013

Thousands flocked to opening day at the North Carolina State Fair Friday for traditional treats.

Those present early in the evening got to enjoy and impromptu concert by WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and a friend.

Greg Fishel plays the tuba Fishel and friend play for fairgoers

For some, the fair is an annual tradition.

Cecil Rich first came to the fair at the age of 12. The 81-year-old has his visit planned. "I like to ride the ferris wheel, eat ice cream and look at women," he said.

Cindy Silver has made the fair every year for the past 40. "I'm here with one of my girlfriends, Germaine, and we come out at least once a year, just to eat and walk around," she said.

Many return year after year to NC State Fair Many return year after year to NC State Fair

Barbara Poole of Surf City used to bring her sons to the fair. On Friday, she was escorting her granddaughters.

"It means a lot to me," Silver said. "I enjoy coming here and have a ball doing it."

Elsewhere, it was the fried foods that drew eager eaters, among them WRAL's Ken Smith.

Ken and Renee Chou tasted a seasonal treat – pumpkin funnel cake.  

Then it was on to the deep-fried delights. The gummy bears look like a "battered blob," Renee said, but they taste like cherry pie. "Very sweet, pretty good," she said.

Finally, it was the much-lauded deep-fried Cowtales. The caramel middle makes this sticky treat on a stick, Renee said.

Renee Chou and Ken Smith taste test fair food Ken, Renee taste test Fair treats



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  • SO---- Oct 19, 2013

    Yes, I like fish. Wouldn't mind having a good fish sandwich at the fair. Article headline suckered me in. Shoulda known that when the word "fish" is mentioned on WRAL, it was in reference to the best meteorologist on Raleigh TV.

  • jackd418 Oct 19, 2013

    I get heartburn just reading about all the good stuff.I'm hungry