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Get lost for a while at the Dorton Triangle

Posted October 18, 2008 9:35 a.m. EDT

I had to do a little extra walking Friday morning -- when I got down to Heritage Village to see the opening ceremonies, they had been moved to Dorton Arena (apparently I missed the memo!). Steve Troxler mentioned that was the first time in his time working with the Fair that the ceremonies had been held indoors. The Wells Family and Amanda Watson (Miss North Carolina) sang without worrying about being rained on (The Wells Family did a terrific version of The Star-Spangled Banner) and they even had a ribbon cutting in front of the stage.

While I was up at Dorton Arena I decided to take a look at the Dorton Triangle, near Dorton Arena and the Expo Center. (In the picture with this blog post you can see the Expo Center in the background.)

This area is surrounded by food booths, so it's not particularly quiet. But it's a large open space with a scattering of tables and a long low wall perfect for sitting. They could have put a lot more tables in here, but the way it is now it's perfect if you have a stroller, wheelchair, or something similar that needs a place to sit while you're having lunch. A great complement to the option of sitting in the Grandstand to eat.