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Spice up your State Fair

October 12, 2010

There’s a slight chill in the air, the leaves are just starting to turn, and we’re craving large crowds and giant turkey legs. It must be time for the North Carolina State Fair!

Everyone seems to have a standard Fair “route”.  Some relish going back each and every year to the same vendor, event, or show.  But others are a little uninspired by the same-old-same-old and feeling that Fair spirit start to waver. 

Whichever camp you’re in, here are some ideas to spice up your 2010 Fair experience (and they’re fun for kids too!).

Milk a Cow

Everyone should try this at least once, right?  Don’t worry, the NC State University Animal Science Club will show you how. Located in the Exposition Center.   

Fried Food

Try something new. Some of this year’s unique foods include: Deep Fried Bacon & Cheese Mashed Potatoes Bites (um, wow) and Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

This takes a bit of planning but you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Have a list of 10 items each team must find and photograph in one hour (ex. horse, hot dog, largest elephant ear, etc.). Team with highest “finds” or most entertaining photos, wins!  

Hogway Speedway

If you haven’t seen cute little pot bellied piggies run around a racetrack, you are seriously missing out. Located near Gate 9, shows most days every two hours starting at 1PM.

Sticker Frenzy

Visit the Education Building to see how many stickers you can collect from vendors.

World’s Largest [ _____ ]

The quintissential Fair experience. Check out a giant pig, steer, or rat (c’mon, you know you wanna.)

Kettle Corn and Fireworks

Get the BEST kettlecorn at the Pitzer Heritage Circle, then relax on the grass by the Village of Yesteryear to ooh and aah at the 9:45PM fireworks.

Find more information and activity ideas at

So what are you most excited about for this year’s State Fair?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:43 am

    I cannot wait for the fair! I’m definitely going to milk the cow AND have a bite of the Krispy Kreme Patty Melt! YAHOO!

  2. Ann Gray permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:40 pm

    I can’t wait!! Just got my tickets. Heather, you can’t eat that krispy Kreme hamburger. Too gross, even for me. 😉

  3. October 14, 2010 12:06 pm

    i can’t wait to show my 18 month old all the farm animals, he is going to LOVE them. and i just may finally pay $1 (or whatever it is) to see the world’s largest rat. i’m betting it’s a nutria, i’ll let you know…

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