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I've lived out of state now for almost 30 years, but every year in Oct, I think of the NC State Fair from the 1970's... My memories consist of....leather snap-on bracelets with your name hand stamped into them....Hearing "Do you wanna go faster!!"and…

I abhor all of those shows that glamorize tiny tot beauty pageants. But, when caught up in the fun of the State Fair, even I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get my daughter's picture taken with the (cardboard) reigning Miss North Carolina. Tiara…

The NC State Fair is notorious for its deep-fried foods. This year's grossest deep-fried entry (to me) was the deep-fried cinnamon roll with bacon bits. Ew.

I missed trying the deep-fried cheesecake last year, so that was my one and only goal at the Fair this year. Found it. Ate it. Yum.

I'll never forget my first NC State Fair. My boyfriend was so excited to introduce the fair to my 12 year old daughter and me. Unfortunately we started with some rides that made me REALLY queasy. Walking seemed to help. As we walked, we noticed a…

Wow.. I can remember being a kid and going the shows at the Dorton Arena at night with my family after a day at the fair ( they were free then ) . I saw many performers such as THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, THE STATLER BROTHERS, FREDDY FENDER, JIM STAFFORD…

I loved the helicopter rides at the North Carolina State Fair and I knew the fair was coming to town when a helicopter landed on the lawn of the Ranch Motel on the Raleigh-Durham Highway. In the fifties and early sixties my parents managed the motel…

I guess I was one of the lucky ones when I was a kid. My Grandfather, George McConnell, always took his ponies ponies to the NC State Fair and I always got to ride for free. As he got older, and I got older, I went from riding the ponies to actually…

Fairs always signify the end of summer. There’s an Americana sense to it all .. that feeling of summer coming to an end, that the warm days in the sun, of poking toes into the sand – are all ending. Replacing it now is the lights and…