2014 North Carolina State Fair

This year, our fall visit to North Carolina corresponded almost exactly with the dates of the State Fair: we arrived on October 17 and left on October 30 whereas the State Fair opened its door on October 16 and closed on October 26. On Sunday, October 19, we showed up bright and early (well, around 10:30 a.m.) for what was my first attendance of this event. I did not have an idea of what to expect, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. True, we missed the pig races and tractor pull events, but in spite (or possibly because) of that, we saw plenty of worthwhile things: the Village of Yesteryear (where local arts and crafts are shown by artisans in historical costumes), a wonderful flower exhibit, a collection of old farm machinery and equipment, a steam-operated saw mill, animals from waterfowl to Brahman cattle, a state-record breaking pumpkin weighing in at over 1,400 pounds (!), and much more. All in all, a great time was had by all, and it's an event I will definitely have to attend again: I still need to see those pig races...

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On Sunday morning, the fair grounds are still quiet The cleaning crews are just finishing up

On Sunday morning, the fair grounds are still quiet

The cleaning crews are just finishing up


Some move about on a small wheel... ...some on something slightly larger!

Some move about on a small wheel...

...some on something slightly larger!


We had an early lunch here Parental money extraction device

We had an early lunch here

Parental money extraction device


Food is one of then main attractions of the fair In the South, they deep fry everything!

Food is one of then main attractions of the fair

In the South, they deep fry everything!


Covered wagon Inside the wagon

Covered wagon

Inside the wagon


Corn shredder Early transporter

Corn shredder

Early transporter


The Village of Yesteryear Tin smith

The Village of Yesteryear

Tin smith


Egg painter All kinds of fabric

Egg painter

All kinds of fabric


The two anteaters Fabulous costumes

The two anteaters

Fabulous costumes


A bit tall for small kids! One-man band

A bit tall for small kids!

One-man band


By the flower exhibit Floral displays

By the flower exhibit

Floral displays


Scene with (fake) flamingos Rogues Gallery

Scene with (fake) flamingos

Rogues Gallery


Rescue helicopter Crop duster

Rescue helicopter

Crop duster


Walkway across the water Giant smokey

Walkway across the water

Giant smokey


Steam-powered saw mill Fueling the engine

Steam-powered saw mill

Fueling the engine


Full power is needed to saw logs Donkey foal

Full power is needed to saw logs

Donkey foal


The foal with its mother Mule eye

The foal with its mother

Mule eye


Near Heritage Village Church Ferris wheel

Near Heritage Village Church

Ferris wheel


During the afternoon it is getting more crowded The entrance of Exposition Hall

During the afternoon it is getting more crowded

The entrance of Exposition Hall


Prize-winning pumpkins and watermelons The champion

Prize-winning pumpkins and watermelons

The champion


Brahman cow Sheep

Brahman cow

Sheep


Waterfowl Toulouse goose

Waterfowl

Toulouse goose





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