Archive for June, 2011

Weekend Update: July 1-4

June 29, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

The holiday weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off today with the start of the NCHJA Annual Hunter Jumper Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. Horses will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, and the show will feature a variety of special events open to the public. Visitors will have the chance to pet ponies, watch a blacksmith at work and browse the offerings at a silent auction.

Frank Cox Productions will host its second Gem & Jewelry Show of the summer Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The diverse offerings for show and sale will include gems, jewelry, crystals, beads, rare minerals, giant sharks teeth and fossils.

Monday, the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will commemorate America’s 235th birthday with its annual Fourth of July Celebration. The event will feature live music throughout the evening and include sports challenges, jumbo games and mini-golf among other activities. As a special treat the N.C. Watermelon Association will host the “Got to Be NC Watermelon Cutting” and give away free watermelon slices from 5 p.m. while supplies last. Other activities start at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks will grace the skies at 9:45 p.m. Admission, parking and activities are free.

The Raleigh Flea Market will also be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. With more than 600 vendors to choose from, it’s never too early to start shopping for the winter holiday season!

Weekend Update: June 23-26

June 24, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

People who enjoy all things retro have three great events at the fairgrounds to checkout this weekend. Auctions America presents the Raleigh Classic Car Auctions in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. A special preview of the cars to be auctioned was held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., and the actual auctions will be held today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A complete listing of the items up for auction is available online here.

This 1962 Austin Healey BT7 3000 is one of the many different lots up for sale at the Raleigh Classic Car Auctions this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Raleigh Classic Car Auctions)

The North State Toy and Hobby Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The event will feature a wide variety of antique to modern collectible toys from 70 vendors. Admission is $5 daily and weekend passes are available.

As usual, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. With more than600 vendors representing all kinds of merchandise and all different parts of the state, you never know what hidden treasures you’ll find.

Weekend Update: June 17-19

June 17, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

This weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off with Maker Faire: North Carolina in the Scott Building on Saturday.  The event is designed to showcase all things home-made and entrepreneurial and to celebrate the American creative spirit.  The events will feature exhibits of handcrafted goods in a variety of categories from engineering and hacking to food and health and beyond.  Maker Faire will also include activities for kids and live music throughout the day.

LEGO designs are one of the may do-it-yourself projects that you can find on display at the Maker Faire on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Maker Faire N.C.)

On Saturday and Sunday, C&E Guns Shows and Showmasters Gun Shows will present the Capital City Gun Show in the Graham Building.  The show will give visitors the opportunity to buy, sell and trade guns, knives, ammunition, hunting supplies and related merchandise.

The Raleigh Flea Market will also be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Be sure to stop by and see what you can find among the more than 600 vendors that set up shop at the fairgrounds weekly.

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June 13, 2011 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2011 N.C. State Fair

Last week, we announced Love A Fair as the 2011 N.C. State Fair theme. It’s been great to hear from everyone who remembers the first time the theme was used back in the 70s. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

Honestly, hearing stories from fairgoers is one of the best parts of this job. Sure, we get to test the latest rides and try the newest deep-fried creation, but the best part is hearing from you. We spend so much time planning the Fair each year that we don’t get to enjoy it like everyone else. So, it’s nice when we hear stories of families splitting a funnel cake, children milking their first cow, couples sharing their first kiss on the Ferris wheel and more.

The cool part about the Deep Fried blog, Facebook page and Twitter stream is how they allow us to share behind-the-scenes stories. There are just four more months until the start of the 2011 N.C. State Fair. We can’t wait to share more Fair stories with you, and hopefully you’ll share your Fair stories and pictures with us too.

Weekend Update: June 10-12

June 10, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

The 2011 Tarheel Triple Classic began yesterday and will continue through June 18 at the Hunt Horse Complex. The classic features 10 full days of horse shows and combines the N.C. Quarter Horse Association’s Show, Jamboree and Little Futurity into one event.  The event is one of largest of its kind on the East Coast, and $200,000 in prizes will be given away at the main show on Monday night. Check out the video below of Larry and Gale Little explaining some of the events mixed with some competition footage:

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On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Frank Cox Productions will present a Gem & Jewelry Show in the Scott Building.  Dealers at the show will offer a variety of gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals and beads for show and sale. Highlights include rare minerals, giant sharks teeth and fossils.  The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

For those looking for a wider selection of unique items, antiques or one-of–kind gifts or decorations, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday. You never know what you might find and with Father’s Day right around the corner, you may be able to finish your shopping early this year.

Also on Saturday, the N.C. Holstein Association will host its annual Parade of the Stars Show and Auction in Dorton Arena.  Last year’s event featured shows that awarded more than $25,000 in prizes and a cattle sale.  This year’s event promises to include much of the same.

Wrapping up the day on Saturday, the Carolina Rollergirls will host a double-header roller derby in Dorton Arena. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and among the afternoon’s events will be two roller derby matches, a silent auction and a bake sale.  All proceeds from the event will support the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which provides financial assistance for uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients.

Announcing the 2011 N.C. State Fair theme

June 06, 2011 By: Firecracker Category: 2011 N.C. State Fair

Each year, we are tasked with creating a theme and logo for the coming State Fair. This is done in conjunction with our advertising agency. It’s not easy to encapsulate in a few words the excitement, flavors, colors, people and traditions that are part of the Fair. It’s a process that takes several weeks, but we love this creative time and how it makes us think about the many things that make the State Fair special.

We came up with a few serious contenders for this year’s theme, but decided to recycle one from about 30 years ago. We really LOVE this theme,  and after more than 1 million people came to the Fair last year, we think a lot of you will agree. Take a look:

Are you a long-time North Carolinian? Do you remember when this theme was used before? We’d love to see anything that might have this theme on it.

Special thanks to the awesome State Employees Credit Union branch in the Agriculture Building for taking your break with us…You guys rock!

Tilt-A-Whirl here, signing on

June 03, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: Uncategorized

Starting a new job is always nerve-racking, but I have to say that I felt welcome the moment I walked through the door here at the N.C. State Fair.  Besides all the lovely people I work with here, I think the transition was made easier by the fact I’m exactly where I wanted to be this summer.  I love the Fair, and that, combined with the passion that I have for public service, is why I chose to apply for this internship and then to work here.   I hope eventually to make a career out of public service, and I hope this internship will be a stepping stone to that ultimate goal.

I honestly can’t believe it’s already been a week since I started — the time has flown by, and I know that the next nine weeks will probably go the same way.  In this first week I’ve already written several blog posts to appear both here (see Weekend Update: May 25-28) and on the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ In The Field blog, kick-started a grassroots advertising campaign aimed at high school students and begun to research and write some future press releases.

Speaking of the blog, if you haven’t yet noticed, all of us here at the N.C. State Fair have chosen a fair themed alternative name.  So why Tilt-A-Whirl?  There’s a simple answer.  Rides are my favorite part of the Fair, and the Tilt-A-Whirl is the best ride there is, despite the fact that I couldn’t find a good picture to post here.

One-and-a-half weeks out, I’ve already learned so much about the Fair, NCDA&CS and the great things that the people of North Carolina are doing to ensure that the future is a bright one for our state.  I’m excited to learn more this summer, and at this early stage I know that I’ll be sad to leave when my time is up.  Keep checking back for updates from me and the rest of the Deep Fried Crew.  We hope you’re as excited to get the news as we are to give it to you.

Weekend Update: June 3-5

June 03, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Although the 2011 N.C. State Fair is still months away, there’s still plenty to do for everyone at the Fairgrounds this weekend.  The Capital Dressage Classic runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sunday.  The horse competition also includes a vendor fair.  On Saturday the Classic will also host a special performance by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus and a Medieval jousting and tournament games exhibition.

Also running Friday through Sunday, the North Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up will include steer and breed shows, showmanship competitions and other family activities.  The event is designed to develop livestock-specific and general leadership skills in North Carolina young people.

The Raleigh Flea Market features all sorts of interesting finds each weekend at the Fairgrounds.

People interested in antiques have three different events to look forward to this weekend:

  • On Saturday the Raleigh Bottle Club will host it’s Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Martin Building.  The show will feature a variety of small antiques including signs, glassware, ephemera and much, much more.
  • Antique guns, uniforms and insignia are just a few examples of the items that will be displayed and available for sale at the Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show on Saturday and Sunday.  The show will be held in the Scott Building and feature items from a wide range of American military conflicts.
  • As usual the Raleigh Flea Market is open for business on Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss all that the more than 600 vendors have to offer.

Be sure to drop us a line and send us a picture through email or one of our social media sites  if you discover something great.  We’d love to hear about it.

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