It’s Fair time again in the capital city, and despite a washout from Tropical Storm Michael on the originally slated first day, the 2018 N.C. State Fair opened in full swing on Friday, Oct. 12 and will run through Sunday, Oct. 21. From delicious delicacies and an exciting concert lineup, to talented exhibitors and midway rides and entertainment, the Fair has something for everyone this October. But do you know why their roots are in agriculture? Read on.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture began work in 1877. At the time, the State Fair was celebrating its 24th year in business. However, it wasn’t until 1928 that the Agriculture Department gained control of the Fair. After, they began to place an emphasis on livestock and farming. In fact, the J.S. Dorton Arena was originally named the “State Fair Livestock Pavilion” when it was built in 1952. When Fair themes began to pop up in 1985, agriculture was a hot topic—the first theme was “The Year of Agriculture.” Livestock scholarships were created in 2005.
Take It All In
The annual event serves as the optimal experience for exploring different animals, learning about livestock, tasting wacky foods, and meeting friendly North Carolinians! “There’s a lot that can be learned from spending a day at the Fair,” says Ashby.
There are learning opportunities for all ages; visitors are allowed to milk cows in the Graham Building and Expo Center. Opportunities like this one are imperative for understanding the pivotal role farmers play in North Carolina. You are even are able to unleash your inner beekeeper and maintain the honeybees and learn about the critters’ critical part in agriculture. For the artistic minded, grades K-12 are welcomed to indulge in arts and crafts. Some pieces are even put on display in the Kerr Scott building.
a day at the Fair.”
[Rhett and Link photo courtesy of Kristy Stevenson. All other images courtesy of the N.C. State Fair.]