WRAL.com at the State Fair

Hey, It's State Fair Time Again!

Posted July 28, 2007 3:08 p.m. EDT

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.