10/23/2017 4:08:00 PM NC State Fair Had Over 1 Million Visitors This Year
Bill Ward poses at a spot that overlooks the fairgrounds.
(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Did you have a chance to visit the 150th North Carolina State Fair “Nothing Could Be Finer” that was held Oct. 12-22. This 11-day event this year attracted 1,013,478 visitors.
Bill Ward of Stanley, N.C. and his family attended the fair and Bill sent us a few pictures that showcased their trip.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds consists of 344 acres of land and more than 400,000 total square feet of building space. The fairgrounds are located off of Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, N.C.
The mission of the State Fair is to showcase and promote the state's agriculture, agribusiness, arts, crafts and culture through the annual agricultural fair. It also offers the agricultural community a venue to showcase its crops, livestock and new technology and an opportunity for the state's ever-increasing urban population to learn about agriculture through educational and competitive exhibits in the areas of livestock, horticulture, cooking, folk art and much more. The Fair hosts many diverse musical acts, numerous food vendors, games booths and carnival rides, commercial and agricultural exhibitors. The Fair is managed and produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and is consistently ranked among the top 25 fairs in North America.
In 1853, the State Agricultural Society held the first State Fair; it was four days long and the largest attendance day had 4,000 fairgoers. Though the first N.C. State Fair took place 164 years ago, the 2017 Fair will actually only be the 150th staging of the event. Over the past 164 years, the State Fair has endured a few hiatuses because of the Civil War, World War II and changes in operators.
Today, the State Fair has become a traditional fall-time event that aims to educate all North Carolinians about the importance of agriculture to our heritage and our economy.
Part of the fair each year is many cooking competitions. This year’s winners included Mama’s Chili Sliders, Spam Funeral Sandwiches, Papi’s Pecan Pie Pancakes, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and Maple Dough Balls; an Egg Salad recipe, Baked Apple French Toast and more! For links to information about these contests and recipes CLICK HERE.