NC State Fair

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3 words: Deep Fried EVERYTHING.

Seriously, that’s what this event is known for. Deep fried Oreos, deep fried onion rings, deep fried calamari, deep fried pickles/veggies, deep fried chewing gum, deep fried whatever-you-can-think-of.

They are also known for their unique food options, such as the famous Twinx, which is essentially a Twix candy bar wrapped with bacon, inside a deep fried Twinkie, topped with powdered sugar. They also have the Krispy Kreme burger, which utilizes donuts as buns on either side of a patty, a slice of cheddar cheese, and bacon. Do these taste good? Well…….let’s just say my mind was very confused with the sweet and salty combos. There are plenty of other weird options available as well. Like “elephant ear” – what on earth is that?! I thought it might be an actual elephant’s ear, considering how crazy everything else is! But it’s more like a gigantic funnel cake I suppose. There’s also something called pulled pork sundae, which consists of pulled pork, refried beans, and coleslaw, all in one sundae cup. It’s not an actual sundae, there’s no ice cream involved.

There are also miscellaneous handcrafted items for show/sale, a petting zoo, typical overpriced carnival games and rides, tractor pulls, pig races, and TONS of people with very limited parking.

Unfortunately, the pig racing area was far too crowded to be able to see those tiny creatures, but the idea is cute. The most popular prizes were the giant Pikachu and Minions.

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The place is widely spread out, but the food and attractions are very repetitive. If there’s a long line for funnel cake at one vendor, just keep walking, and you’ll undoubtedly run into another vendor that sells the exact same thing.

It’s terrible for your health, but also great to experience at least once. As with most carnivals, it’s more fun for the kids. Plus, it runs for about 10 days and includes fireworks!

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