WRAL.com at the State Fair

Roundup of State Fair News

Posted October 4, 2006 2:05 a.m. EDT

THE BIG DAY is just a week from Friday! And we can tell that the Fair is gearing up by the flurry of press releases that are flying out of the Department of Agriculture. Some highlights from the last few days:

* Last year it was the grilled cheese sandwich eating championships. This year? Pickles. No kidding. If you think you have adequate pickle-consuming mojo, sign up for the World Pickle Eating Championship at http://www.ifoce.com/contests.php?action=detail&eventID=150.

* Ticket sales at North Carolina malls have opened! Get a list of places to get Fair tickets in advance at http://www.ncstatefair.org/2006/9-06mallsales.htm.

* Want an overview of family activities and new things available at the Fair this year? Check out the press release at http://www.ncstatefair.org/2006/9-06ReadyForFair.htm.