Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fun at the North Carolina State Fair

This past October, I visited the North Carolina State Fair for the first time in over a decade.  You would think that with living in Raleigh since 2003 (with the exception of two years in Upstate New York) I would have been to the State Fair numerous times, but I hadn't.

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For the entire set on Flickr, head here.

The North Carolina State Fair is a ten day festival that celebrates the state's rich agricultural heritage.  But it is also, a giant carnival, complete with rides, a long midway, games, and pretty much every type of food imaginable.  And it's usually deep fried too.

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Bananas for Bob Marley

It was a gorgeous day to be at the fairgrounds! And even though it was the last day of the fair, there were plenty of people around.

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Of course, the award winning produce always seems to be a very popular spot at any fair.  The winners for the pumpkins were very impressive.

Plenty of Pumpkins!

A 522 lb pumpkin won the competition.  How did they get it from Goldsboro to Raleigh let alone pick that thing!!!

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You can make a lot of pumpkin pie with that big ol' pumpkin!

What I didn't know was that they pretty much have competitions for everything.  From stitching, to canning, to desserts, and even more!

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I want to know how you become a judge for the chocolate chip cookies!

Of course, there are the rides.  And on a cloud-free October Sunday, it was just perfect.

Vibrant Blues

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I didn't have any of the deep fried Oreos, Kool-Aid, and who know what else.  It just doesn't appeal to me.  But there were plenty of folks in line for those "goodies".

I really enjoyed my first trip to the fair in 12 years.  I went in 2000 when I first moved to North Carolina and surprisingly never went again.  A lot of people in the Raleigh area take off work so they can take their kids, and enjoy the day as a family.  I guarantee you that in the upcoming year's, my wife and I will be doing the same with our new family.






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