Top Deep Fried Blog posts of 2009

January 05, 2010 By: Cotton Candy Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

2009 was a great year here in the deep-fried N.C. State Fair offices. We broke individual and overall attendance records, had a Twitter-ific tweetup, collected more cans on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day than ever before, crowned our first Deep Fried Ambassador and, of course, taste-tested some pretty interesting deep-fried food. As we cross into another year, we thought we’d take a look back at the top five Deep Fried Blog posts of 2009.

5. Deep-fried Ho Hos and chocolate-covered bacon

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4. State Fair Press Office: Concert lineup announced

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3. LEGO Experience Tour comes to the N.C. State Fair

Raleigh is turning into a LEGO-land of sorts. First, the only LEGO store in North Carolina opened a few months back in Crabtree Valley Mall. And now, The LEGO Experience Tour will set up shop on the fairgrounds Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18. If you’re like me, you still enjoy playing with the small, interconnecting bricks known fondly as LEGOs. There is something about LEGO sets that bring out the inner-child in everyone.

LEGOs are no strangers to the Fair, considering we have a Youth LEGO competition each year. Last year, this amazing LEGO butterfly was one of our favorites. If you’re eligible to compete in the Youth category, you can see the rules for the LEGO competition here on page 314. If not, be sure to drop by and see all the entries in the Handicrafts and Hobbies building near the N.C. State Dairy bar.

2. Details behind the tweetup: Deep-fried food edition

  • Funnel cake fries from N & T Concessions. Just like the perennial Fair favorite, but with a portable twist. Who can resist a cross between powdered sugar goodness and the convenience of a french fry?
  • Chicken-fried bacon from Chef Thomas’ Chef’s D’Lites. Just like it sounds, these strips of bacon are covered in batter and deep-fried like chicken-fried steak.
  • Buffalo chicken rangoons from Raleigh’s own Woody’s City Market. These bite-sized, deep-fried dumplings (similar to the crab rangoons available in many Chinese restaurants) will be filled with some of Woody’s famous buffalo chicken.
  • Chocolate-covered bacon from The Murphy House. Bacon lovers will have to contain themselves, since we’ll have not one, but two twists on the ever-popular bacon. A mix  of savory, sweet and salty, chocolate-covered bacon got some rave reviews at our pre-Fair media lunch, but you’ll have to come decide for yourself. (Steph’s Strawberries will also have chocolate-covered bacon for sale on the fairgrounds near the Hobbies and Handicrafts Building.)

1. American Idol alum Anoop Desai rounds out Dorton Arena concert lineup

Since we announced the Dorton Arena line-up a couple weeks ago with one missing performer, our Facebook, blog and Twitter sites have been buzzing with suggestions on who should fill that spot. We heard a lot of good suggestions, but there was one particular artist campaign that stood out to us-mainly because the plea came from the artist himself. Our concerts this year have a decidedly local appeal, as N.C. natives Kellie Pickler, Eric Church and Jason Michael Carroll are all performing just a few hours (and in some cases, minutes) from where they grew up, and we’re happy to add American Idol alum and Cary native/UNC-Chapel Hill student Anoop Desai to that list.

Anoop Desai on strict N.C. State Fair training program after American Idol tour

September 30, 2009 By: Cotton Candy Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

WRAL posted a fun video this morning that features “local dude” Anoop Desai going through a rather rigorous training program of deep-fried foods, robot dance moves and some weather report push-ups.

Anoop is also warming up his vocal cords for his first solo performance post-American Idol. He’ll be in Dorton Arena during the N.C. State Fair Thursday, Oct. 22, on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. If you come by the Fair that night, you’ll end up with a pretty good deal, as four cans of food will get you in the gates for free and Anoop’s concert costs only $5.

The UNC-Chapel Hill alum still has great seats left for his show, which are available online.

For more deep-fried features on Anoop, check out these previous posts:

A ‘Whole Lotta Happy’ with our commercials

September 25, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

If you want to know what makes a bunch of communications professionals happy, start with a Friday, add in a jeans day, put fresh Krispy Kreme donuts on the snack table and then send us all to an advertising meeting where we get to see and hear the final versions of the State Fair commercials. You can say that we are an office full of happy people today.

We love how the look and feel of our logo and posters were translated into the television commercials; the radio commercials make us a whole lotta happy, too!

The TV and radio spots will begin running on Monday, Sept. 28.

Let us know what you think.

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The deep-fried re-re-remix

September 24, 2009 By: Cotton Candy Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

footlongsongchallenge_logo1If you haven’t heard, the N.C. State Fair is hosting the first $5 Footlong Song Challenge with Subway this year. (I know you’re mentally singing the “5…5 dollar…5 dollar footloooong” jingle in your head right now. Yeah, me too.)

You can check out the rules for the contest on the challenge’s Web site, but basically you choose a style of music (rock, country, hip-hop, bluegrass or island, which are provided on the Web site) and submit original lyrics focusing on SUBWAY Restaurants’ “$5 Footlongs” and the N.C. State Fair’s theme “Whole Lotta Happy.”

We’ve had some really creative submissions. Todd Prichard, who has helped put the contest together, put together some especially hilarious/awesome lyrics as an example. Click the audio file below to hear his hip-hop ode to subs and the Fair.

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Don’t worry, he’s not eligible to win, but you are. Contestants with the best lyrics will be invited to perform their songs live at the Fair for a pretty sweet prize: $500 Subway gift card (that’s 100 $5 footlong subs) and two VIP tickets to see American Idol contestant Anoop Desai perform his first solo concert in Dorton Arena Thursday, Oct. 22.

Get started here by choosing your band. We hope to see you on stage!

Five… five dollar… $5 Footlong Song Challenge!

September 09, 2009 By: Blue Ribbon Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

Submit your lyrics for the $5 Footlong Song Challenge by Wednesday, October 5!

Submit your lyrics for the $5 Footlong Song Challenge by Wednesday, October 5!

Are you a natural born lyricist with a love for the N.C. State Fair and Subway sandwiches? Think you can handle performing live in front a hungry State Fair crowd?

Then get ready for the $5 Footlong Song Challenge!

Subway and the State Fair are seeking singers with talent. Submit your song lyrics to the music style of your choice and you could be selected to audition for a chance to perform live at the Fair!

Selected contestants will compete for a $500 Subway Gift Card and a chance to see North Carolina’s very own Anoop Desai perform live at the Fair.  (more…)

Dorton Arena concerts poster

August 27, 2009 By: Cotton Candy Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

We really love the look and feel of our design pieces this year, and this fabulous Dorton Arena poster is no different. Speaking of Dorton Arena concerts, do you have your concert tickets yet? Most of the shows will cost you less than a poster. Find the $5, $10 and $15 tickets for all of the artists listed below on our tickets page of the Web site.

Dorton Arena concert poster.

A fabulous concert poster by our graphic designer Amanda Meares.

American Idol alum Anoop Desai rounds out Dorton Arena concert line-up

July 31, 2009 By: Cotton Candy Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

anoop_desai_Since we announced the Dorton Arena line-up a couple weeks ago with one missing performer, our Facebook, blog and Twitter sites have been buzzing with suggestions on who should fill that spot. We heard a lot of good suggestions, but there was one particular artist campaign that stood out to us–mainly because the plea came from the artist himself.

Our concerts this year have a decidedly local appeal, as N.C. natives Kellie Pickler, Eric Church and Jason Michael Carroll are all performing just a few hours (and in some cases, minutes) from where they grew up, and we’re happy to add American Idol alum and Cary native/UNC-Chapel Hill student Anoop Desai to that list. He’ll bring his unique blend of hip-hop, R&B and pop to the stage on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, Thursday, Oct. 22. You’ll remember that Firecracker even blogged that Anoop was not a possibility because he was performing on the American Idol tour. However, we were able to work it out and we’re excited to be Anoop’s first solo act.

Tickets for the show will be $5, and go on sale with all of the advance online ticket sales Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. on the the N.C. State Fair Web site.

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