WRAL.com at the State Fair

Hey, It's State Fair Time Again!

Posted July 28, 2007

As you've seen from the stories here on WRAL, the North Carolina State Fair is rolling around again from October 12-21. The Web site, as always, is http://www.ncstatefair.org/2007/; this year's theme is "Seriously Twisted Fun" (I'll hold off speculating on that until I find out what this year's weird Fair food is.)

There's a few other bits of other news out on the Fair as well. The Dorton Arena entertainers have been announced -- they included celebrity cook Paula Deen, Josh Turner, and, on the last day of the Fair, Trace Adkins (isn't that twice in three years he's performed?) Details and the full list at http://www.ncstatefair.org/2007a/Entertainment/dorton.htm .

There's a little bit more information on entertainment available -- apparently the Circle C Racing Pigs are sponsored by Harley-Davidson this year (HUH?), the Keith King Bike Show will be back, and Sharon Hutto will be storytellin' at Heritage Circle.

Military families, you'll be happy to know that Military Appreciation Day will be repeated this year on Wednesday, October 17. National Guard, active duty, or reserve service members or spouse (with a valid military ID) will be admitted free with up to four guests. There will be entertainment again this year, though I see the "Waterfall Stage" is being mentioned now instead of the perpetually-in-danger-of-being-rain-soaked Grandstand. The full details are at http://www.ncstatefair.org/2007a/Newsroom/7-07militaryday.htm .

Finally, all the premium books, with the exception of the Horse Show Premium Book and the Hunter/Jumper Premium Book are now available at http://www.ncstatefair.org/2007a/Competitions/prebooks.htm . Note that these files are in PDF, not HTML, so you'll need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to check out the contents. The announcement about the premium books notes that the deadlines for most departments are earlier this year, so pick up your premium book now!

Stay tuned for more information as it untwists! Less than three months to the Fair.


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  • curiousgeorgia Jul 30, 2007

    I had fun last year at the village of yesteryear and the garden displays. Loved the arabians and draft horses, too! There is so much to see that it would take a couple of days, I suppose!

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 30, 2007

    I heard that Meg Scott Phipps was in town to give a lecture.

  • blindjustice07 Jul 30, 2007

    The fair used to be fun, and it used to be worth it. Its not anymore. You can't see the animals anymore, its all sectioned off ever since that vendor came through with the goat-petting attraction and let people just roam freely among the goats in the fence. This caused people to get sick, so now you can't get anywhere near an animal at all. Its also very poorly organized now. The evidence, the traffic flow (meaning foot traffic inside the fairgrounds) is awful. You can't get out at the end of the day because they set the attractions up in such a way as to create horrible bottle-neck situations. Last year, it took us 2 hours just to make the last 100 yards to get out of the exit gates. People were about to start fighting. Now, I can see this happening once, but three years in a row? That means the administration simply doesn't care. Its all about money. The food has went downhill too. The only thing good now is the corn. We're not going this year.

  • DontBelieveTheHype Jul 30, 2007

    Yah the fair is always about the food! Rides? No thank you.

  • YippieKayYayMF Jul 30, 2007

    I like fairs for the music, food, and people watching. You sure do run into some strange people...

  • gopanthers Jul 29, 2007

    The only thing I like about fairs is the music - food and people watching. I could care less about the rides and games. But boy do I love the FOOD the best!!!

  • crzyncmama Jul 28, 2007

    A real good line up of performers