Wake Up with the Deep Fried Crew – Thursday, Oct. 18

October 18, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

It’s Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the N.C. State Fair. Bearded Lady and Merrie Go Round break down all the events happening today, including free admission to the fair if you bring at least 4 cans of Food Lion brand food. Check out the video below and go to www.ncstatefair.org for more information.

Announcing Commissioner’s Challenge for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day

October 09, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the N.C. State Fair is just around the corner. On Thursday, Oct. 18, you can bring four cans of Food Lion-brand food with you to the fair and get free gate admission all day. All food collected during the event will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

The food bank helps more than 560,000 people annually in a 34-county area surrounding Raleigh. About 73,000 people receive emergency food assistance in any given week from the food bank. With such a great need in our community, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced a challenge to fairgoers for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day.

If visitors break the Hunger Relief Day record of 247,569 pounds of collected canned food, the fair will donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. If more than 275,000 pounds is collected, the fair will give $2,500. Finally, if collections reach 300,000 pounds, the fair will donate $5,000 to the food bank.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $10 worth of food or five meals. A $5,000 donation would be worth an additional 25,000 meals to people living in North Carolina.

Four cans gets you free admission to the fair Thursday, Oct. 18. Consider adding a can or two so we can make a greater difference for those in need.

So, what are you waiting for? Stock up on canned goods and other items from the food bank’s most needed list, and bring them Thursday, Oct. 18. You can help those less fortunate in our communities and enjoy free admission to the N.C. State Fair.

Deep Fried Countdown: 10 days

October 01, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair, Uncategorized

We’re just 10 days out from the start of the 2012 N.C. State Fair. That’s right, just 10 days until the jaw-dropping rides, deep-fried delicacies and amazing agricultural exhibits. If you’re starting to plan your trip, we’ve got the following 10 tips to get you ready for the fair.

  1. Buy tickets in advance
    Buying tickets in advance not only saves you money, but also saves time standing in line when you get to the fair. You can purchase your tickets online at www.ncstatefair.org or at nine area retail locations. If you like rides, make sure to buy your ride sheets in advance. You’ll end up saving nearly 50 percent. Also remember that you can still purchase your tickets online, even after Oct. 11. You might not save as much money after the gates open, but you can still save time by not having to stand in line.
  2. Preview the fair
    While the official opening ceremony won’t be until Oct. 12, you can come and preview the fair on Thursday, Oct. 11. Enjoy a reduced gate admission and buy an unlimited-ride wristband for $28 on Preview Day only. In addition, we’ll also be kicking off the Dorton Arena concerts with the Varsity Vocal Showcase Presented by Mattress Firm. If you like “Glee” or the “Pitch Perfect“, you’ll enjoy this concert featuring five college a cappella groups. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the performing schools.
  3. Ride the bus
    Why not avoid traffic headaches and take advantage of park and ride locations in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Raleigh and RTP? You can leave your car behind, you won’t have to deal with traffic, and our dedicated bus lanes ensure you will get front-door service to the fair.
  4. Know your entertainers
    We have more than 20 entertainers roaming and performing during the fair. From jugglers and clowns to musicians and stilt walkers. Take some time to enjoy at least one of these acts during your visit.
  5. Animal encounters
    You’ve probably heard about some improvements at the fairgrounds, particularly around the livestock exhibits. The State Fair Study Commission recommended changes aimed at keeping people and competition livestock separated as much as is practical without prohibiting people from seeing animals.You will still be able to pet animals in the petting zoo, but changes will affect the traffic patterns within and around the Kelley and Graham buildings and Expo Center. In addition, visitors will see more hand washing stations across the fairgrounds.
  6. Scavenger Hunt
    If you’re coming with a school group or just bringing your family, make sure you download a copy of the State Fair Scavenger Hunt. You can earn a ribbon just by exploring the fairgrounds and learning more about N.C. agriculture and the State Fair.
  7. Get in for free
    Join us Thursday, Oct. 18, for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair. Bring four cans of Food Lion-brand food with you and get one free gate admission to the fair that day. All of the canned goods will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serves a 34-county area near Raleigh. Because the need is so great, we are encouraging fairgoers to bring more than four cans and help fill the Food Bank shelves.
  8. Get in the spirit
    Check out the 2012 N.C. State Fair commercial. Share the video with your friends and get them in the State Fair spirit.
  9. Warm up your taste buds
    We can’t confirm all the new foods you’ll find at the State Fair this year, but we have heard about a few new treats. Some of the latest deep-fried delicacies include Deep-Fried Girl Scout Cookies (specifically Samoas or Caramel deLights), Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls, and Pig Butt on a Stick.
  10. Connect with the State Fair
    Need help finding your favorite ride or food on the fairgrounds? Stay tuned for updates on the latest version of the N.C. State Fair app. In the meantime, feel free to ask us questions on Facebook and Twitter.

Artist Spotlight: Brian McKnight

September 27, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

Brian McKnight plays Dorton Arena Thursday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $15.

With a career that spans more than 20 years, Brian McKnight continues to be a powerful voice in the R&B community. Dedicated fans can probably remember playing his self-titled 1992 debut album on their Walkmans, and rewinding “One Last Cry” over and over and over again. For some fans, including yours truly, Brian McKnight will always be 1999′s “Back at One” album. That album was great for slow dancing and the title track, “Back at One,” taught millions of us about a five-step process to win over our loves.

Flash forward to 2012 and Brian McKnight has a new album, a new television show and an appearance at the N.C. State Fair. His latest single, appropriately named “Fall”, is another smooth love song perfect for slow dancing with your special someone. With fall quickly approaching and the State Fair starting in three weeks, I encourage you all to fall for Brian McKnight all over again. I dare you not to sing along to the chorus of “Back at One” after watching this video:

You can see Brian McKnight perform in Dorton Arena on Thursday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $15. Thursday is also Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the fair. Four cans of Food Lion brand food get you in the gate for free that day, and all donations benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

So, come out with your canned goods and concert tickets. You’ll get to see an awesome show and help those less fortunate in our community. If you don’t have tickets yet, you can purchase them online at www.ncstatefair.org.

 

Deep Fried Ambassador: Deep Fried is Fun. Hunger is Not.

October 20, 2011 By: Firecracker Category: 2011 N.C. State Fair

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair.

Deep Fried Is Fun, Hunger Is Not: Hunger Relief Day at the N.C. State Fair (with video)

Gentle Readers, we’re going to change things up a bit today and address a problem that affects us all, hunger. The Practical Cook was raised in a farming family whose goal was to feed anyone who came through the door, and that still stands true. There’s an easy way to help on Thursday, October 20, 2011: bring 4 cans of Food Lion brand food to exchange for 1 free admission ticket to the N.C. State Fair.

Deep Fried Friends (Left to Right): @carterhcrain @yelpnctriangle @charityjen @FoodBankJenC
Deep Fried Friends (Left to Right): @carterhcrain @yelpnctriangle @charityjen @FoodBankJenC

If you’re a food fan like me, it’s one more way to enjoy the N.C. State Fair: stop and reflect on the hard work put into food production and bringing the good stuff to the table. For those reading this blog outside of N.C., I encourage you to find ways to give in your community. If you’re not going to the fair but still want to contribute, visit Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for more ways to give back.

Roll the tape:

So give a little, get a whole lot. Once you’re inside the fair, this is waiting on you:

Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese (Yeah, It's That Good)
Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese (Yeah, It’s That Good)

So thanks for listening to this Deep-Fried-with-a-Purpose Message. Hunger is a problem we can do something about.

Are you planning on coming to Hunger Relief Day at the Fair? (It’s one of the most popular, so plan ahead!) Post a comment below, or Tweet with the #ncstatefair hashtag.

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A 300,000 pound challenge

October 18, 2011 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2011 N.C. State Fair

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day, our annual benefit for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, is Thursday, Oct. 20, when fairgoers can bring four cans of Food Lion brand food to the fair in exchange for admission to the fair for that day.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler wants this year to be the largest food drive yet, and he’s willing to put some money on it. If fairgoers break last year’s record of 247,569 pounds of canned food, the fair will donate $1,000 to the food bank. If collections top 275,000 pounds, the fair will kick in $2,500. And if collections reach 300,000 pounds, the fair will donate $5,000 to the food bank.

Food bank personnel say each dollar collected helps fund four meals. A donation of $5,000 would fund 20,000 meals. So, if you plan on attending Food Lion Hunger Relief Day Thursday, so please bring a few additional cans. If you didn’t plan on coming out to the fair Thursday, change your plans and help us get to 300,000 pounds.

Fairgoers donated more than 247,000 pounds of food during the 2010 Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. This year, we're hoping for 300,000.

Wake up with the Deep Fried Crew: Thursday, Oct. 21

October 21, 2010 By: Firecracker Category: 2010 N.C. State Fair

Each morning, members of our Deep Fried Crew will give you a preview of what you can expect during your visit to the 2010 N.C. State Fair.

Shop and win State Fair prizes

October 19, 2010 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2010 N.C. State Fair

Thursday, Oct. 21, is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair. The annual event, where donating four cans of food gets you free admission to the Fair, is one of the largest single-day food drives in the state. All collected goods are donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serves 34 surrounding counties. Because of the growing need in our area, the Food Bank is encouraging everyone to help stuff the warehouse this year, and we’d like to offer some encouragement.

On Wednesday, we’ll be out and about hiding State Fair prize packs at Food Lion stores near the fairgrounds. So, if you still need to pick up your canned goods, or would like to pick up a few more, stop by these participating locations tomorrow:

  • 3926 Western Blvd., Raleigh
  • 2420 Wycliff Road, Raleigh
  • 3415 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh
  • 900 N.E. Maynard Road, Cary
  • 2720 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh
  • 5861 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh

Look in the canned food aisle to find the State Fair prize packs, and don’t forget to come out to the Fair for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day on Thursday.

Behind the scenes with…Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

September 16, 2010 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2010 N.C. State Fair

Food Lion Hunger Relief Day continues to be one of the most popular days at the Fair. It could be because donating four cans of food gets you into the Fair free that day. It might also be the reward of being part of one of the largest single-day food drives in the state. We hope it’s a little of both. Last year, fairgoers donated 222,956 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, but on Thursday, Oct. 21, we hope to collect even more food.

We recently visited the Food Bank’s Raleigh location to take a tour and see how the staff prepares for Food Lion Hunger Relief Day.

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The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina provides food for 545,000 people in 34 counties across 19,000 square miles. That’s a service area larger than Switzerland. In 2009, the food bank distributed more than 41 million pounds of food – equivalent to 21,000 meals every hour. Because of the growing need in our area, the Food Bank is asking fairgoers to help “stuff the warehouse” by bringing an extra canned good with you to the Fair.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Begin stocking up on food items now by visiting your local Food Lion.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 21, bring at least four food items with you to the N.C. State Fair.
  • Volunteers and staff from the Food Bank, Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be outside the gates to exchange your donated food for tickets.
  • Canned goods, plastic jars and boxed items are welcome.
  • Please NO glass containers. Glass tends to break in the bins and can cause damage to other items.
  • “Celebrate What’s Great” at the N.C. State Fair.
  • After the Fair, consider volunteering with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

10.22.09: A double record setting day

October 23, 2009 By: Firecracker Category: 2009 N.C. State Fair

Students lined up to exchange cans for tickets

Students lined up to exchange cans for tickets

We are a happy group of people in the press office this morning. We are fresh off the fun of the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup and Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair. Just a little while ago, the attendance report came down and we had 108,929 people come through the gates yesterday, more than 48,000 of whom brought canned foods in exchange for free admission. This equals out to 237,534 pounds of food, or more than 200,000 meals, that were donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.This was a record for Thursday attendance and a record collection day.

We are blown away that people stepped up to the challenge to raise more than 200,000 pounds to help the less fortunate in our area. Thank you!

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