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The 2009 State Fair theme…it makes us, well, happy!

May 11, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

Maybe it’s just the way we say it when we’re walking around the office, or maybe we’re just a little too excited about this year’s Fair, but the 2009 N.C. State Fair theme always brings smiles to our faces when we say it out loud.

“A Whole Lotta Happy.”

Yep, that’s the theme for this year’s State Fair (Oct. 15-25, in case you haven’t already marked it on your calendar). I’m not exactly sure how this one came up in our brainstorming session, but it has brought smiles to our faces for the last four months and we are happy to announce it.

We think it encapsulates the Fair. There’s always “A Whole Lotta Happy” on the fairgrounds during the Fair…from kids grinning ear-to-ear over a stuffed animal that they won, parents laughing on a mini roller coaster with their kids or a youth grinning over winning a blue ribbon in a livestock competition. Not to mention the happiness that comes over a grown-man’s face when he walks up to order an onion blossom or sausage dog. Or a kid’s grin eating a sticky, but sweet, candy apple. Yes, we see “a whole lotta happy” each and every day at the Fair.

And yes, we already know the alternatives some pundits may throw out there.  But that’s not gonna wipe the smiles from our faces whenever we think of the theme and the happiness that the Fair brings to so many people.

Fair season is coming!

May 06, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Yep, we’re getting excited in the State Fair Press Office. State Fair planning is well underway…with a great concert line-up that we can’t wait to tell you about. (Look for the concert lineup to be announced in early July.) The theme will be unveiled very soon, and we are excited to be getting started working within those parameters for our media planning.

Yesterday, I spent some time going through last year’s fair photos. All the food pics made me hungry and looking forward to this year’s Fair. I also spent some time looking through photos on Facebook where we’ve been tagged in your photos. It’s always interesting to see the Fair through someone else’s perspective and to see new angles on what can become the “same-old, same-old” for us. I can’t wait to get out on the Midway and take night photos of Powers’ Great American Midway’s Vortex ride…the LED lightshow makes for incredible night shots…I never knew!

For fair food, I don’t have to wait long. The Alamance County Fair in Burlington kicks off the 2009 fair season when it opens its gates this afternoon and runs through Sunday. I’ve been wanting a caramel apple ever since going through photos yesterday. Maybe I’ll make a trip to Burlington this weekend.


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