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Picture of the Week: Cover of the 1937 North Carolina State Fair Premium List

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North Carolina State Fair premium list, cover (1937)
This idealized view of “man” is done in the style of the 19th-century European artistic movement of the same name. (See, for example, Demosthenes at the Sea Shore by A. Bernard Sykes.) In his hands, our North Carolina man holds the State seal and a paper, perhaps representing knowledge or progress.

It’s October and you know what’s it is almost time for? The State Fair of North Carolina! This week’s pic is of the cover of the 1937 North Carolina State Fair premium list. 














 To view more premium lists dating back to 1860 please go here,,262830. This year’s fair starts on October 11th and runs through the 21st of the month. To celebrate the upcoming celebration of all things fried and NC agriculture we will be highlighting State Fair images and publications from the North Carolina Digital Collections in the next few weeks.

The State Fair is a great place to create long lasting memories. Why don’t you share yours at our site, Blue Ribbon Memories? We would love for you to add your State Fair story or photo to the collection!  Add your memory here,


  1. Cool! how vintage! So excited for this year’s NC State Fair!

  2. Reference and Outreach says:

    We’re excited for the Fair too! Thanks for reading our blog and the comment. You can look at past North Carolina State Fair Premium Lists here,

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