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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

State Fair Memories

Posted October 12, 2007 7:58 a.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2007 11:48 a.m. EDT

What are your favorite childhood memories of the State Fair?

And who is your favorite craftsman in the Village of Yesteryear?

I would love to hear your comments.

I wish I had some childhood midway memories. But I grew up in the foothills and never made it to Raleigh for the big autumn show. The best I could do was the Burke County Fair which was a lot of fun. I think my favorite ride back then was the Scrambler. I became an early fancier of funnel cake and cotton candy. I remember quarters flying out of my blue jeans while zipping around on the roller coaster.

As for crafts people I have met many of the exhibitors in my travels around the state as a reporter in the 80's and 90's. I still use my beautiful dough bowl crafted by Ed Briggs who has been a regular at the State Fair Village of Yesteryear since 1988. Please say "hey" to Ed and all of the other fine crafts people.

Okay, what are your memories and who are your craft favorites.

By the way, I'll be vacationing away from the computer next week. Carolina Conversations will return in a week or so. I have just secured that coveted grits and grouper recipe from Charleston. I will share that when I get back and also the ultimate recipe for pumpkin bread.