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North Carolina State Fair

Crowds at the N.C. State Fair

Oct 19, 2022

The North Carolina State Fair: Fall’s Favorite Tradition

The North Carolina State Fair celebrates a long history of showcasing and promoting the state’s agriculture, agribusiness, arts, crafts and culture. Discover the fair’s rich history and what’s new this year. 

An aerial shot of the North Carolina State Fair at night

Oct 12, 2022

The North Carolina State Fair, So Happy Together

Once again, it's time for the North Carolina State Fair. On this episode of Farms, Food and You, we’ll hear from North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner and NC State University alumnus Steve Troxler to talk all things State Fair. 

Oct 20, 2021

The Anatomy of a Giant Pumpkin

Brandon Huber, NC State alumnus, and Ricardo Hernandez, associate professor, share some of the science behind growing giant pumpkins that are displayed each year at the North Carolina State Fair. 

Plates of different varieties of hot peppers

Oct 12, 2021

The Art of Blue Ribbon Produce: Putting Your Best Plate Forward

Quality, consistency, and presentation are the three most important factors for contestants hoping to take home an award for their produce at the North Carolina State Fair’s horticulture competition. 

Student with child milking a cow

Oct 10, 2018

Only the Fair-est: Capture CALS’ Fair Spirit And Win

Capture and share CALS’ fair spirit this year, and you could win a prize. 

Nov 2, 2017

Making Hay: 4-H’ers Use Hay Bales to Spread Messages of Fun and Learning

What do fidget spinners, wise owls and gumball machines have in common? They are among the symbols young people used at the State Fair this year to spread the 4-H message. 

CALS student Rachel Brown helping a boy shear his sheep.

Oct 18, 2017

CALS Student Helps “Lil’ Aggies” Make Big Splash at State Fair

Sophomore ag education major Rachel Brown is already living her dream, teaching nine students the ins and outs of animal agriculture and showing them the ropes at the N.C. State Fair. 

Howling Cow ice cream at the N.C. State Fair

Oct 12, 2017

Caramel Apple Crisp is Back!

If you missed the chance to taste Howling Cow Ice Cream's exclusive N.C. State Fair flavor last year, you're in luck. Caramel Apple Crisp is back by popular demand. 

Crowds at the N.C. State Fair

Oct 10, 2017

Here, There and Everywhere: CALS at the N.C. State Fair

Heading to the North Carolina State Fair? Keep an eye out for CALS. You'll find us all over the fairgrounds, from the Education Building to the Flower Show -- and most everywhere in between. 

cow at N.C. State Fair

Nov 8, 2016

The Big Dance

Check out this video for a peek behind the scenes of Bandys High FFA students in action at the North Carolina State Fair, under the leadership of their beloved teacher and CALS grad Shannon Vanhoy.