Archive for February, 2009

Yeah! No home games during the Fair!

February 13, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: Uncategorized

If you were in Raleigh yesterday, you probably heard a collective sigh of relief coming from the State Fairgrounds, traveling in a wave all along Hillsborough Street and the N.C. State University campus, all the way downtown to the Agriculture Building when the Wolfpack football schedule was released.

Not only does the Wolfpack mark their season opener on ESPN in a Thursday night matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks, there will be NO home football games at Carter Finley Stadium during the N.C. State Fair! This makes everyone very happy.

Usually, the State Fairgrounds, Carter Finley Stadium and RBC Center are helpful neighbors, eager to share parking lots to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who come to enjoy the entertainment venues along this corridor. But when the Fair rolls into town and becomes a mini-city AND a football game is held at home and Carter Finley also becomes a mini-city, well, you end up with L.A.-type traffic jams and lots of upset customers on both sides of Trinity Road. So I think it’s safe to say that Wolfpack fans and N.C. State Fairgoers alike are happy that the ACC was able to work out a schedule that keeps Carter Finley dark for two weeks.

The Master Plan addresses the parking situation with 5,000 more parking spaces, but as of right now, we don’t have a timetable for those projects. This is the best scenario we can think of.

So from the State Fair Press Office to ACC Commissioner John Swofford, we’d like to say thank you for making our lives a little easier by not scheduling a home football game during the 2009 State Fair. (And can I go ahead and give you a heads-up on the 2010 Fair? It will be held at the State Fairgrounds on Oct. 14-24, 2010.)

Master Plan unveiled

February 04, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: Uncategorized

The State Fairgrounds Master Plan was unveiled today. There aren’t a lot of specifics yet, but Kristen Hess of HH Architects explained how they came up with a plan for the proposed 48 new projects to be completed in the next 2-3 decades to improve traffic flow, parking, space limitations and more.

I think it’s important for people to realize that the State Fair does not operate with taxpayer money. The State Fair is completely receipt-supported, so we can only make improvements when we have the money in the bank to pay for it. Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that the estimated cost of completing the entire project would be around $121 million. As of right now, they have not prioritized what needs to be done first. They are looking for feedback, so check out the schematics and let us know what you think is a priority, (keeping in mind that we have to make the money first!)

Master Plan

February 04, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: 2008 N.C. State Fair

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will unveil a long-range master plan for improvements to the N.C. State Fairgrounds at a press conference this morning. If you are interested in seeing the planned improvements, click here at 11:30 a.m. to watch the presentation live.

You like us, you really like us!

February 03, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: 2008 N.C. State Fair

Southern Living readers love their state fairs, especially the N.C. State Fair! Southern readers (from Delaware to Texas) voted the N.C. State Fair as number two in the Best Fair or Festival category in the annual reader’s choice awards, which were announced in the January issue. We did come in second behind the Texas State Fair, which is the largest fair in the country. (The saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas is true…their State Fair lasts almost a month! A feat that we have no desire to copy.)

We want to say thank you to all the fairgoers who voted for us. We are humbled and hope that we continue to improve and meet your expections for the Best Fair or Festival.

In a side note to that, we were also included on the Top 50 Fairs list, as ranked by Matt’s Carnival Warehouse, a carnival industry Web site. The State Fair came in at number 24 in the nation, based on attendance.

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