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North Carolina 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. 

Two people milking dairy cow

Oct 13, 2016

CALS: Nearly Everywhere at the Fair

Turn a corner at the North Carolina State Fair, and chances are you’ll encounter State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. CALS has a long history at the Fair, providing judges for contests, manning exhibits and dishing out its famous Howling Cow ice cream. 

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

Sep 20, 2016

Get the Scoop! New Howling Cow Flavor to Debut at N.C. State Fair

Does it have chocolate? Is it fruit-based? Crunchy? Swirly? Get a sneak peek of Howling Cow's new ice cream flavor, created exclusively for the N.C. State Fair!