This statement came as a shock to me, and I was the one making it. I’ve been in the country radio business for more than three decades all over the southeastern United States. Trust me, if there’s a community festival in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama or North Carolina, I’ve been there done that. That being said, the enormous hole in my resume was an actual STATE fair. But luckily the North Carolina State Fair and the food that comes with it, is going on now.
This is especially surprising in that my native Texas has one of the largest and longest-lasting state fairs in the country. Never went. Had many opportunities (including free tickets). Never went. The same is true of my time in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
So, this last week when I wrote about THIS, I decided I had to go.
I mean, you can’t write about gargantuan pumpkins and NOT check em out, right? Luckily, our calendar was wide open for Sunday (10/15). It was a beautiful day and my squad (fresh off a great day of country music and wine Saturday at Daveste Vineyards with Hannah Ellis) loaded up in the truck and headed for Raleigh.
Melanie (smiling brunette) proved to be an invaluable travel companion for my wife and me this weekend. As an NC State grad, she’s BEYOND familiar with the roads in and out of the fairgrounds and the fair itself. Also, she was committed to our primary cause: fair food. Yup, we did our homework in advance. The customary “elephant ear” was just not gonna cut it. Additionally, none of us felt the need to get on any rides that were going to spin us around and turn us upside down. Therefore, just about every ride was eliminated (and there was zero chance of our culinary choices coming back to haunt us). Armed with cash (most places charge 2-3 dollars extra to use a card), we set about on a dietician’s nightmare to The North Carolina State Fair to sample all the food.