WRAL.com at the State Fair

Thursday roundup

Posted October 21, 2010 8:18 a.m. EDT

Attendance continues to be extremely strong, with the first six days of the Fair featuring four record-breaking attendance days. If the attendance (including yesterday) does no better than the ten year average, then the Fair will end Sunday with over 960,000 people having attended. And since yesterday was the only day in the forecast with halfway-bad weather, I think the ten-year average will be soundly beaten. In other words, I think Steve Troxler is going to get his million.

Ah, this wonderful weather. It was warm enough to enjoy ice cream and those cheesecake-on-a-stick things, but I'm looking forward to the cooler weather so I can properly appreciate some warm apple cider and hot mini-donuts. I learned about a new drink at the mini-donut booth this year-- the "Un-Arnie." It's half lemonade, half unsweet tea, and delicious.

After running around the Fair for a few days and eating food that's much different from what I eat the rest of the year, I get a little punchy. So when I see a sign on a booth that reads "Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair," I actually get confused for a minute. I'll have to see if I can find it again and get a picture...

My friend Patrick has a story in the Garner Citizen about a family which has won an amazing 500+ ribbons at the NC State Fair --- in only the last six years! You can read it here.

Speaking of winning, the Fair folks have already started putting the winning 2010 recipes up on the Web site. All the winners so far are available at  http://www.ncstatefair.org/2010/Competitions/SpecialCooking.htm. The "NC Sweet Potato Mini Whoopie Pies" should get an extra award just for that name...