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Weekend Update: Aug.1-3

August 01, 2014 By: Fried Oreo Category: Uncategorized

The Dixie Gun & Knife Classic show will be in the Graham Building Saturday and Sunday. This buy, sell and trade show will feature modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammunition, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children under 12.

The Bead Mercantile Show will be in the Scott Building. This event features a great selection of beads and bead-related items from vendors across the world, selling everything from handmade artisan glass beads to direct imports including beads, findings, threads/cord and other supplies to make beaded jewelry. Workshops are also available. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission of $6 is discounted to $3 with registration at door or online. Children under 16 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Bead Mercantile Show will be at the Fairgrounds this weekend!

Por Una Vida Mejor, a health and wellness fair oriented to the health issues of the Hispanic community of the Triangle, will be held in the Holshouser Building on Sunday. This event features family entertainment with booths offering health, development and professional services. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For  a complete list of events, please visit

Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark offers up a wry look at life’s ups and downs

July 31, 2014 By: Merrie Go Round Category: 2014 N.C. State Fair, Uncategorized

Starting this week and continuing weekly up to the start of the State Fair, the Deep Fried Crew will highlight one of the 2014 Dorton Arena entertainers. Tickets for all concerts and advance admission and ride tickets go on sale online starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. Get your tickets early to save time and money, and to reserve your seat for your favorite Dorton Arena performer. Check out this year’s lineup here.

We’ll kick this weekly series off with country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.

I need to be up front with readers … I love singer-songwriters. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Bruce Springsteen, Iris Dement  and Sara Bareilles are among my favorites.

To me singer-songwriters represent the complete package as performers; their songs are not the interpretations of another person, but rather are reflections of themselves, whether it’s the humor they convey, a loss they grieve or a message told through a fictional story line.

So when I heard rising country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark was going to be performing at the State Fair, I was personally excited. (Full disclosure: I do NOT book the musical acts in Dorton Arena.)

Some people may not know Clark’s name, but if you are a country music fan, specifically a Miranda Lambert or The Band Perry fan, you have no doubt heard Clark’s handiwork. Clark co-wrote “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which was a huge hit for Lambert and has earned several songwriting nominations. She also co-wrote the dark, rock-tinged No. 1 hit, “Better Dig Two,” off The Band Perry’s sophomore album.

Clark also is the opening act for Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles’ That Girl tour, which I was lucky enough to catch in Atlanta earlier this year. In addition to the exposure she is getting via the tour, Clark was recently honored as Music Row Magazine’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Dark humor seems to suit Clark just fine, as evidenced by her song “Stripes,” a catchy tune about a woman’s reaction to a cheating spouse that is on her debut album “12 Stories.”

In the chorus, Clark sings:

“I hate stripes and orange ain’t my color
And if I squeeze that trigger tonight
I’ll be wearin’ one or the other
There’s no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion
The only thing savin’ your life
Is that I don’t look good in orange and I hate stripes”

You can check out the full song in the clip above from her Grand Old Opry performance.

Clark performs Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Dorton Arena. Tickets are $5.


Introducing Wesley Wyatt, State Fair manager

July 10, 2014 By: Fried Oreo Category: Employee Profiles, Uncategorized

Like most children, young Wesley Wyatt didn’t dream of becoming the State Fair manager, but now there’s no job he’d rather have.

Wyatt was born in Greensboro, lived in Burlington until he was 13, and since then has called Raleigh home. He earned an associate’s degree in applied agriculture from N.C. State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. His career with the State Fair began in 1973, when he was still in high school. Back then, he worked in the landscape crew, helped with horse shows, set up buildings for events and cleaned up after them. In the years since, he has worked his way up to hold many positions, and was promoted to State Fair manager in 1997.

Wesley Wyatt, shown speaking at the 2011 State Fair opening ceremony, has worked at the fairgrounds since he was in high school.

Wyatt’s responsibility as fair manager is to help direct the overall operation of the fairgrounds, both during the annual fair in October as well as the year-round operation. The variety of events held at the fairgrounds, the people that he works with, and the people that come and use the fairgrounds’ facilities are a few of the many things he loves about his job. During his years at the fairgrounds, he has seen visits from three U.S. presidents (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton) and one future president (Barack Obama) and their Secret Service details.

Wyatt’s devotion to improving the fairgrounds and making the space better for everyone who visits can be seen in the addition of two buildings — the Exposition Center and the Gov. James G. Martin Building — and the improvements that occurred in the area around Dorton Arena. New seating, electrical, water and sanitary sewer were installed, which was good for concessionaires in the area. The next big thing that he would like to see for the fair is the addition of a new expo building to add more exhibit and building space.

Like most North Carolinians, Wyatt has his favorite things about the State Fair. “I like all the agricultural exhibits, the animals, craft items, flowers, and all the things entered competitively,” he said. And, of course, he also loves the food, particularly the N.C. State ice cream and how the proceeds go to food and science department scholarships.

When he’s not working to make the fair the best it can be, the father of three loves to travel. In the U.S., his favorite places to visit are national parks, with Yellowstone and Zion National Park at the top of his list. In fact, if he wasn’t fair manager, he would enjoy working at a national park. Outside of the country, he enjoys visiting Ireland and Paris.

Wesley and his family in Ireland

Weekend Update: June 27-29

June 25, 2014 By: Fried Oreo Category: Uncategorized

The NCHJA Annual Hunter Jumper Show comes to the Hunt Horse Complex June 25-29. Shows start each day at 8 a.m., with special classes held Friday and Saturday evenings. Admission is free for spectators.

The NCHJA Hunter Jumper Show will be at the fairgrounds this weekend.

The Capital City Gun Show will be held in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. This buy, sell and trade event will feature guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies and other related merchandise. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up. For discount coupons, visit the Capital City Gun Show website.

The Raleigh Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a complete calendar of events, visit

Weekend Update: June 13-15 Father’s Day edition

June 12, 2014 By: Fried Oreo Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

The Tar Heel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show comes to the Hunt Horse Complex this weekend. This American Quarter Horse Show runs through June 22, with show times starting at 8 a.m. Fence classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and continue June 19-20. The Little Futurity will be held June 16 and 17, beginning at 8 a.m. The All Novice Show will be held on June 22. All events are free for spectators.

The Tar Heel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show will be at the fairgrounds through June 22.

The 2014 Eastern Regional Angus Show will take place in the Graham Building. This event includes the Junior Angus Show and showmanship contests. Hours are Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.

If you are still looking for a unique gift for dad, consider the Raleigh Flea Market, which is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a complete calendar of events, visit

A fast and fun first week

June 05, 2014 By: Fried Oreo Category: 2014 N.C. State Fair, Uncategorized

I can’t believe how quickly my first week as an intern with the State Fair has flown by! The next nine weeks will probably move just as fast, and I already know that I’m going to miss this place when the summer comes to a close.

I came into this internship with a love for the fair, but without a whole lot of knowledge about its planning process or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Before now, the only exposure I’ve really had to the department was just from going to the State Fair and the Got to Be NC Festival. Since I moved to North Carolina in 2005, my family has made going to the fair every year a tradition. I’m lucky enough to go several times each year: once with my parents, and a few times with my friends. I love going to the fair with different people because we all have our own fair-activity habits that we do together, like my dad and I riding the Tilt-A-Whirl every year and squeezing into a Ferris wheel gondola with my best friends. But also through those different people, and their own favorite parts of the fair, I discover something new every time. I’d never tried the apple cider slushies or frozen bananas until my friends suggested them, and now they’re both fair food favorites of mine.

Selfie with the sock monkey I won from a midway game. I was very excited!

Some friends and I after a fun night of fair festivities

Although I love trying new things, there are certain things I have to do every year at the fair, like eat fried Oreos, ride some rides (OK, maybe not in that order…), meander my way through the booths and snatch up as many freebies as possible, check out all the farm animals and prize-winning produce, and visit The Village of Yesteryear. My love for The Village of Yesteryear was only strengthened last year when one of the vendors was selling corn-husk dolls of “Wizard of Oz” characters. “The Wizard of Oz” is my favorite movie of all time, so of course I had to buy the Dorothy doll! I also love the pig races, the stunt show, the fireworks … all of it! And I’m so excited to be a part of it all this year.

Here I am eating my favorite fair food, fried Oreos!

The Deep Fried team is catching me up quickly and I’m already learning so much about the State Fair, the department and what it’s like to work in public affairs. I can’t wait to see how much I’ll have learned by the end of these 10 weeks.

During the past week, I’ve started a high school advertising campaign, written two blog posts, visited the Raleigh Farmers Market for the first time and even cheered on N.C. legislators competing in a milk-chugging competition outside the N.C. General Assembly. You can read the blog post I wrote about the event and view photos of it here.

Working with the Deep Fried Crew and getting a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes into my favorite October event is making me so excited for this year’s fair! I hope the Deep Fried blog is making y’all excited, too. Keep checking this blog for more updates on The October Original, the N.C. State Fair, and the next 134 days will go by in no time!

Happy Memorial Day

May 26, 2014 By: Firecracker Category: Uncategorized


Today we stop to remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Thank you.

And to all who are actively serving or are retired, we salute you.

Photos from day 2 of the Got to Be NC Festival

May 17, 2014 By: Merrie Go Round Category: Uncategorized

Got to Be NC is happening today!

Tractors, BMX bikes, Harleys, BBQ, bluegrass music, rides, games, food, food and food!

Here’s a few of the sights and sounds.

There are tractors here for everyone!


This Got to Be NC Festival place is jumping!

There are plenty of activities for the kiddies.

Bluegrass music is on tap at the festival.

Check out the horsepower on the grounds.

A visitor checks out the hot salsa at the Got to Be NC Festival's Food, Beer and Wine Expo.

Peanuts are popular snacks.

Weekend Update: May 2-4

May 02, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

Enjoy the beautiful weekend at the fairgrounds and spend some time at the Raleigh Flea Market. It's a good weekend to shop for a Mothers' Day gift.

All things moms comes a week early to the N.C. State Fairgrounds as the All about Motherhood Expo will be held in the Holshouser Building on Saturday and Sunday. The expo will include talks by pregnancy, childbirth and parenting experts, educators and real parents as well as a maternity expo, dads panel, exhibits by local retailers and more. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Other events this weekend:

The Raleigh Flea Market in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. The flea market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

Dixie Gun and Knife Classic is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. This is a buy, sell or trade event. Modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more will be available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit their website for a coupon for $1 off admission. Show visitors who wish to bring unloaded firearms to sell or trade must enter through Gate 4.

The Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet is Saturday in the Scott Building. More than 100 vendors featuring Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, Williams, Marklin, Ives, Marx, LGB, Aristocraft, Bachmann, Varney, American Flyer, “N”, “HO”, “O”, “S” and “G” gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard-to-find parts will be available. Other activities include hands-on layouts and train races for the children. Minor on-site repairs also offered. Door prizes and a raffle drawing for a Lionel #6-11745 US Navy Diesel Freight Set. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults, free for children under age 13 accompanied by paying adult.

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters is Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex and 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. The timed event combines shooting skill with horsemanship. Shows start at 7 p.m and admission is free.

Also at the Hunt Horse Complex is the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association May Days horse show event featuring halter, Western, English and saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. Activities begin at 9 a.m. daily. Free admission.

Mark your calendars for May 16-18 for the Got to Be N.C. Festival. Events include the Carolina Pig Jig BBQ cook-off, Gator Wars, carnival rides and the Food, Wine and Beer Expo.  Gate admission is free. Expo admission is $2.



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











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