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Winners & Weekend

Posted October 20, 2011

A blue ribbon goes to maadkowz for winning the Best Food at the Fair Contest. His detailed and descriptive culinary roadmap had my mouth watering. A big pat on the back to outlawtaxi and mmbrannan for their excellent lists of recommendations. You certainly deserve honorable mentioned. If maadkowz will send me his address I will send him a copy of my brand new CD A Midnight Clear – Christmas in Mitford. By the way, Kelcey opted for one of those hotdogs made of candy and I grabbed the traditional cotton candy and candied apple during our Tuesday visit.


Kelcey and I will both be back at the North Carolina State Fair in the WRAL booth this Sunday from 11:00AM til 2:00PM. Please come out and see us. I will have copies of the CD with me.


Today’s question: what is the DON”T MISS thing to do at the State Fair this year? Maybe it’s a ride or exhibit. The person with the most interesting answer wins a copy of A Midnight Clear – Christmas in Mitford.


I hope to see you Sunday!  A lot of people asked about Rufus at the WRAL booth.  Maybe I'll bring him.

Tomorrow I hope to have a fall foliage musical essay for you!


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  • Oct 20, 2011

    I love the presidental exhibit from a couple of years back. I wish they would bring it back.

  • fishnett5977 Oct 20, 2011

    Dont miss ANY of it! Due to the economic situation in my household this year, I will miss ALL of it! Just enjoy, take pictures and eat, eat, eat! And Bill, when you are there Sunday, eat a red candy apple for me - they are my favorite along with the sausage with peppers and onions! And give Rufus a pat on the head for me! Hope everyone has a wonderful time at this years NC State Fair! Definitely a LOVE A FAIR!!! :)

  • pulstar40 Oct 20, 2011

    What separates the state fair from an amusement park is the exhibits showcasing the talent of those who entered their project for the chance at a blue ribbon and bragging rights. Though I may not be able to see the difference between a blue ribbon cow and one that didn't place, I love watching the kids walking around the ring. The still life exhibits created by various 4-H organizations. A colorful quilt or handcrafted wooden toy. The largest pumpkin. An amazing painting done by a 3rd grader that shows promise of a future in art. It may just look like a plate of green beans, or a jar of blueberry jelly, but I can't help think of the long hours it took a person to grow, paint, craft or groom that item so it would be ready for the fair. In an age where most toys are electronic or made of plastic, clothing comes from China and food comes in a box from the grocery store, its nice to connect to the farmers of our state and those who preserve skills from long ago.

  • piratejosh76 Oct 20, 2011

    Just sent you my info. Thanks Bill!

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