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Egg art from the 2013 N.C. State Fair

April 16, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

In communities across the state this weekend, children and adults alike will be dyeing and adorning eggs for hunting and table decorations. We wanted to take a minute to show off a few of the decorated eggs from the 2013 N.C. State Fair Egg Art Competition sponsored by the N.C. Egg Association.

Participants blow out the material inside the egg and then decorate based on a specific fair theme. For 2013, the theme was “North Carolina’s Homecoming.” Eggs become property of the N.C. Egg Association and are used in displays to promote North Carolina eggs across the state.

If you would like to enter the 2014 N.C. State Fair Egg Art Competition, the premium book will be available online mid-July with information about this year’s contest. The “eggsciting” 2014 theme  will be “The October Original.”

Here are a few links to help you get crackin’!

•    Decorating tips from the American Egg Association
•    Spring Crafts using eggs from the N.C. Egg Association
•    Tips for naturally dyed eggs from the N.C. Egg Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update: March 7-9

March 07, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

The Carolina Collector Auto Fest will feature hundreds of classic cars.

This weekend Carolina Collector Auto Fest celebrates it’s 27th year at the fairgrounds. This event is Friday through Sunday in Dorton Arena, Graham Building and on the grounds and features a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, a car corral for buying and selling, and car and truck shows. Saturday’s car show features cars from 1900 to 1973 and Sunday’s car show features all makes, models and years as well as imports and motorcycles. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, with kids under 10 admitted free. There is a $5 admission for seniors and military on Friday only.

Other events this weekend:

  • The 66th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza runs Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. Event features more than 125 exhibitors, from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and old collectibles. Event hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 per day or $7.50 for a weekend pass.
  • NCHJA “C’ Indoors Show is this Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Daily show begins at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.
  • A Bead Mercantile Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Event offers a great selection of beads and bead-related items from across the country and world including hand-made artisan glass beads and imports such as seed, pewter and semi-precious gemstone beads, findings, threads, cords and more. Workshops are also available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 and children under 16 admitted free with paying adult. Online or at the door registration are available and discounts admission to $3.
  • Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Show features U.S., foreign, ancient, gold and silver coins, postcards and stamps. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
  • The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors offering a variety of goods and services in the Commercial and Education buildings and on the outside grounds.

The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is this weekend in the Scott Building. (photo courtesy www.antextofnc.com/)

 

Weekend Update: Feb. 28-March 2

February 28, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

The 34th annual Dixie Deer Classic takes over the fairgrounds this weekend. (photo courtesy Dixie Deer Classic)

It’s Dixie Deer Classic time at the Fairgrounds as this huge event takes over Dorton Arena, Graham Building, Exposition Center, Scott Building, Holshouser Building and outside grounds. This event is a deer hunter’s dream offering the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors.  The event also features seminars, displays, trophy scoring and an archery competition.

Special guests include Lee and Tiffany, stars of the Crush television show; C.J. Winand, writer and wildlife biologist, Joe Teti, star of Discovery channel’s Dual Survival show; and Team Primos members Keven Meacham, Keith Burgess, Chris Ashley and Cody Kelley from the Outdoor Channel show Primos TRUTH About Hunting. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, children 12 and under are admitted free. Get your hand stamped for free return admission. Special Friday only admission of $5 for youth ages 13 to 18, seniors over 65, military members and women.

For more information call 919-782-5333 or visit the website www.dixiedeerclassic.org.

Other events this weekend:

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Hunt Horse Complex features riders dressed in period and contemporary western costumes. Riders on horseback shoot balloons from their galloping horses in the main arena with six guns, rifles and shotguns using safety blanks.  Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 10 are free. Admission price covers both Saturday and Sunday. Event starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. About 50 to 70 riders are expected. On Saturday night the N.C. Horse Council will host an Extreme Trail Challenge at 7 p.m. in the main arena. More information is available online or by calling 919-327-1355.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors offering a variety of goods and services in the Commercial and Education buildings and on the outside grounds.

Coming up next weekend March 7-9:

Carolina Collector Auto Fest
Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
NCHJA “C” Indoors Show
Bead Mercantile Show
Carolina Coin and Stamp Show

 

 

Weekend Update: Jan. 24-26

January 23, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

The Girls World Expo will be held Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Exposition Center (photo courtesy girlsworldexpo.com)

Need plans this weekend? Here’s a look at the fantastic line up of events at the Fairgrounds:

The popular Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is returning to the Graham Building and Exposition Center this weekend, featuring more than 3 acres of gently used clothes, toys, accessories, furniture, bedding, books, videos and more. The sale is open to the public on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and most items offered for half price on Sunday. The sale will be in the Graham Building only on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The Girls World Expo will be held Sunday in the Exposition Center. This is the first year this nationwide event has been held in Raleigh. The free expo is for girls ages 11 to 18 and features seminars, workshops, entertainment, demonstrations and a shopping marketplace. Hours are noon – 5 p.m.

The TET Festival (Vietnamese New Year Celebration) will be held on Saturday in the Scott Building. This cultural celebration will feature food, vendors, martial arts demonstrations and children’s dancing. Hours are 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and admission is $5. An evening concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. admission is $40 and includes admission to the festival. For more information, email henryln@gmail.com.

DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Admission is free.

The Raleigh Winter Indoor Hunter Jumper Show will be at the Hunt Horse Complex starting Thursday until Sunday. The show starts at 8 a.m. daily and spectator admission is free.

The North Carolina All-School Cheer and Dance Championship and “Champions of the East” All-Star Cheer and Dance Competition will be Saturday in Dorton Arena. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m. The event features cheerleaders and dancers of all ages competing to win their age divisions and grand champion. Admission is $15 for ages four and up.

Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

 

Weekend Update: Jan. 17-19

January 16, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

The fairgrounds are busy this weekend, with a wide variety of events taking place. Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here’s what’s going on:

Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building and offers live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise.  Live animal presentations and seminars are presented daily. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Special two-day general admission is $15.

Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction takes place in the Exposition Center Friday and Saturday with a racing trade show and the area’s largest consignment auction of racing related parts, tools and equipment. The racing parts auction begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The rolling stock auction begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Fairgrounds Racer’s Reunion Autograph Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult admission is $10 each day, ages 12 to 15 is $5 a day. Ladies and children under age 12 are admitted free. Show hours are Friday, noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dixie Gun and Knife Show returns to the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. This show features modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Customers that would like to bring unloaded firearms to the show for sale or trade must enter through Gate 4 at the fairgrounds.

NCHJA “C” Indoor Hunter/Jumper Show takes place in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday through Sunday. The show begins daily at 8 a.m. and is free for spectators.

Young Champions Tri-State Cheer Showcase takes place in Dorton Arena on Saturday with cheerleading and hip-hop dance competitions for ages 4 to 14.  Cheer competitions start at 11 a.m. and hip-hop competitions start at 3:30 p.m.  Spectator admission is free.

Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building and features coins, postcards and stamps. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

 

 

Weekend Update: Jan. 3-5

January 03, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

The Forever Bridal Wedding Show will be this weekend in the Graham Building

Are you a bride-to-be, cat lover, or in search of a new hot tub? If so, the N.C. State Fairgrounds has you covered this weekend.

  • The Spa and Swim Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. According to organizers, hundred of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis will be available, and shoppers can expect discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
  •  The First in Flight Cat Club 12th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show will be held Friday through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. All cats entered into the competition will be available for viewing during show hours. Cats breeds from around the world will be represented. Vendors will be selling cat-related merchandise and rescue groups will have cats and kittens for adoption. Hours are Friday, 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m .to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $3 for ages 2 to 12.
  •  The Forever Bridal Wedding Show will be held in the Graham building on Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 wedding professionals will be available to assist brides in planning their dream wedding. Fashion shows will be held hourly. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15, ages 12 and under are admitted free.
  •  The Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Antique guns and U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia will be exhibited, bought, sold and traded. Items for sale includes relics, books, uniforms and insignias. Free appraisals will also be available. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $7 for ages 13 and up, $1 for ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.

And as usual, the popular Raleigh Flea Market will be in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. More than 600 vendors offer antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Merry Christmas from the Deep Fried crew!

December 24, 2013 By: Firecracker Category: Uncategorized

Weekend Update: Dec. 13-15

December 12, 2013 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

This weekend at the fairgrounds the popular Bulls, Bells and Barrels show will take place in the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday. This event features championship bull riding and barrel racing. Western and equestrian-themed Christmas items will also be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10, VIP admission is $15, and children ages 5 and under get in free. More information is available at www.carouselfarmsraleigh.com.

Other events this weekend:

Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Show

More than 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage and new sports cards, memorabilia, NASCAR items and more in the Scott Building. Featured autograph guests include Negro League players Pedro Sierra, Jim Robinson and Sam Allen. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a weekend pass. Free admission for ages 15 and under. Discount admission coupons are available at www.insidepitchpromotions.com.

Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina presents Drag Bingo

This event is the annual fundraiser for the AASC and will be held Saturday in the Holshouser Building. It has helped raise more than $750,000 for people in the community living with HIV and advanced HIV. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 and tickets are available at the door. More information is available at www.aas-c.org.

The Raleigh Flea Market will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 600 vendors, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing and jewelry, will be on the grounds and in the Commercial and Education buildings.

 

 

 

Blue Ribbon desserts for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013 By: Funhouse Category: 2013 N.C. State Fair, Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but there is still time to add a blue-ribbon-winning dessert to the table. “We had hundreds of entries in this year’s cooking contests at the State Fair, and the three listed here all placed first in their competitions,” said Lisa Prince, State Fair cooking contest coordinator. “If you are going to try one of these desserts for a holiday get-together this year, I recommend using fresh ingredients and follow the directions carefully.” More winning recipes can be found on the State Fair’s website under cooking competitions.

Peanut Butter Cake

Lisa Page of Durham won $200 and first place in the N.C. Peanut Growers Peanut Dessert Contest.

¾ cup butter
½ cup creamy peanut butter
4 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup water

Cake:

Let butter, peanut butter, eggs and buttermilk warm to room temperature for easy mixing. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan or a 10-inch tube pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine room-temperature ingredients with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Beat at a slow speed with electric mixer for 30 seconds, then at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping side of bowl. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, then lower heat to 325 degrees and bake for 20 minutes longer, or until top springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out, cool completely before frosting.

Topping:

¼ cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup 10x confectioners sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons buttermilk

Combine in small bowl until smooth. Spoon over cake.
12-16 servings.

Maya Thompson, 8, of Raleigh won $75 and first place in the youth category for the King Arthur Flour Baking Contest

Maya’s Maraschino Cherry-Walnut Bars

Filling:

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup King Arthur unbleached flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 (10 ounce) jar Maraschino cherries, drained, chopped, reserving liquid
½ cup chopped walnuts

Crust:

2 cups King Arthur unbleached flour
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup margarine or butter, softened

Frosting:

2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons reserved cherry liquid

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine all crust ingredients; use blender at low speed or use pastry cutter to blend until crumbly. Press mixture firmly in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

In large bowl, combine all filling ingredients; mix well. Spread evenly over partially baked crust. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

In small bowl, combine margarine, powdered sugar and cherry liquid, adding enough cherry liquid until frosting is of desired consistency; beat until smooth.
Spread over cooled bars. Cut into rectangles or squares.

Samantha Nadeau of Clayton won $200 in the North Carolina Apple Association's Apple Recipe Contest.

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes   

Cupcakes:

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) butter
2½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1½ cups apple sauce
2 cups sour cream

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another mixing bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add apple sauce, butter and sour cream; beat until blended. Stir into flour mixture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour into cupcake pan and bake for 18–20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool, then use the cone method to remove center of cupcake to allow for filling.

Apple Pie Filling:

2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
4 cups of honey crisp apples
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add apples, sugars, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook until apples are tender and release their juices, about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Add to apples and stir, cooking until thickened. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Once cooled, spoon filling into the cooled cupcakes.

Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing:

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons water (for thinning)

In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and shortening. Add powdered sugar and the caramel sauce alternately. Add salt. Add water slowly for thinning. Pipe icing onto cooled and filled cupcakes.

 

 

The interns take on fair freebies

October 27, 2013 By: Jane Deere Category: 2013 N.C. State Fair, Uncategorized

Throughout the week, our Facebook fans have submitted suggestions of challenges Cowbelle and I, Jane Deere, could complete at the fair. Ideas ranged from eating fried frog legs and learning from Wacky Wheeler to playing the Fool the Guesser game and milking cows. The final idea, given by the Deep Fried Crew, was to take to the fairgrounds looking for every freebie we could find.

Fair Freebie Challenge rules were as follows:

  1. We had to leave and return to the Press Office within one hour exactly.
  2. No golf carts or other transportation could be used to manevuer the grounds.
  3. Interns had to stay together.
  4. Photo documentation had to be provided for the freebie to count toward the final score.

Scoring:

  • Stickers and food samples were worth 1 point
  • Other items were worth 2 points
  • Items that involved action (signing up for things, completing quizzes) were worth 5 points

Cowbelle and I started off in the Kerr Scott Building, sampling muscadine slushies, peanuts and Neese’s livermush. From there, we walked through the Commercial building to weigh ourselves for free, get more stickers and a free back scratcher.

We headed quickly to the South side of Dorton arena to sign up in the Ford Drive One tent for a free koozie. We also got motorcycle helmet stress balls from the Bike Safe N.C. tent. We were also able to pick up tree seedlings from the Forestry exhibit and buttons from the N.C. Wildlife exhibit.

Jane Deere sampled some maple butter from Lilly's Gourmet Maple Butter in the Kerr Scott Building.

 

Cowbelle signed up in the Ford Drive One tent and won a free koozie.

 

Hills Science Diet gave Cowbelle free samples of dog food.

 

When all was said and done, Cowbelle and I racked up 72 points. We sampled 16 different foods, found 14 stickers and got 13 giveaway items from exhibits and tents on the fairgrounds.  My favorite giveaway was getting my official weight at the NCDA&CS Standards Division booth in the Commercial and Education Building. Cowbelle’s favorite was the peanut butter Amish fudge found in the Hobbies and Crafts building and the variety of buttons at the N.C. Language and Life Project booth in the Kerr Scott Building.

Rushing around the fairgrounds on a busy Sunday afternoon added to the challenge.  We made it back to the press office with no time to spare and really full from our fudge and other food samples. Challenge complete! 

Jane Deere and Cowbelle return to the office with their freebies.

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