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By CATHY McHUCH
Candy apples. Cows. Cotton candy. The Enterprise.
Salt-water taffy. The Pirate. The Smallest Horse in
the World. Fudge. Bumper cars. Gorilla-woman. Fried
dough. Ferris wheels. Funnel cakes. Fireworks. Foot
long hot dogs.
The sights, the sounds the smells and it all begins
in less than 24 hours. With the theme, "Goodness
Grows in North Carolina " the 121st annual North
Carolina State Fair kicks off tomorrow in Raleigh.
Fairs are truly wonderful creations for college
students because they enable us to practice some
Children of ail ages attend the State Fair every year.
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of our finest skills (excluding beer drinking) like
wasting money trying to win a tacky stuffed animal;
eating (pretty much everything in sight from a
variety of the 150 consession stands); and pushing
the boundaries of common sense (and our stomach
linings) to the limit on rides that take us backwards
and forwards, turn us upside down and spin us round
And we pay for it. At 35 cents a ticket, most rides
cost between about $1.50 and $2 each. But they're
fun, and youH only be young enough to handle them
without turning green (or at least not caring) for
a few more years. Try to curb your craving for that
corn dog until after you've hit the rides - "natural
disasters" are not one of the fair's prettier sights.
On the midway youH find 75 different adult and
children's E. James Strates' rides and dozens of games
where you can try your luck at winning anything
from a stuffed animal or banana to a heavy-metal
mirror. Your sweetie will be so thrilled if you manage
to squirt enough water into that clown's mouth
to pop the balloon over its head and win that ugly
little dog. This is where that wasting money talent
really comes in handy. It's only money, right?
For those of you who are perhaps a little more
thrifty, here's a partial list of events and times in
case you might want to stretch yourself and actually
go to an exhibit. I realize it's a long shot, but if you
find you've completely stuffed yourself eating all
that junk food, spent most of your money without
winning anything and your stomach cant handle
riding on the Roundup lust one more time, you dont
have to call it a day yet.
There are almost 22,000 more exhibits and events
left to see beyond the midway. And, here's that
favorite word of college students nationwide: most
of it is FREE.
Dorton Arena Shows:
All shows begin at 7 p.m. each night; doors open
at 6 p.m. and seats are free on a first-come, first
Friday - The Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday - The Spinners
Sunday Jerry Clower, The Tennessee River Boys
Monday - Ricky Van Shelton
Tuesday - Juice Newton
Wednesday - T.G. Sheppard
Thursday - Loretta Lynn
Friday, Oct. 21 - Ronnie McDowell
Saturday, Oct. 22 - Kathy Mattea
Sunday, Oct 23 - Singing Americans, Florida Boys
But, wait, there's more:
Tractor Pulling Contest: Yee-Haw! Youll have
to go to the grandstand and pay $5 for to see this,
but isnt it worth it to see the raw power of tractors
and trucks and the spirit of competition between
the contestants? Sure, it is. This is the last contest
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for the North Carolina Tractor Pullers Association,
and these guys are going for the big bucks - $20,000
in premiums for seven events. A must see, I'm sure.
Auto Thrill Show and Demo Derby: Well, this
one will cost you $4, but no where else will you
see the Flaming Man and Happy the Clown as well
as other participants in these spine-tingling, death
defying feats. Destruction is always fun to watch.
For the auto thrill shows the schedule is Oct. 14,
and 18 through 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Oct. 15 at
2, 5 and 8 p.m.: Oct. 22 at 1, 4 and 8 p.m.; and Oct.
23 at 8 p.m. The demolition derbies are on Oct. 19
and Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. If for no other reason, go to
see why the Flaming Man burns and just what makes
Happy the Clown so happy.
Scheer's Lumberjack Show: This you've gotta
see. See the skill, the comedy, the wonder of it all
as these guys and their sister Tina speed-climb 50
foot poles and chop through two-foot logs in
seconds or throw an ax into a bullseye 30 feet away.
They make it look easy, but watch out if they ask
you to walk a slick log floating on the lake. If you
can do it, there may be big bucks in store for you
- if not, well, maybe October hasnt been too cold
Village of Yesteryear: Be careful, this one wants
to teach you something - about N.C craftsmen.
Thrity-eight years ago, 14 craftsmen displayed their
works in a small building. Today it's one of the largest
and most popular attractions at the fair with 100
craftsmen, all from North Carolina, who will exhibit
such works as banjos, guitars, stone carvings, tin
crafts, canvas-backed ducks, and hand-painted
Great American High Dive Team: Each day of
the fair this . internationally-acclaimed team will
perform at 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. near the industrial
Building. They combine physical prowess and diving
expertise with comedy antics for thier aqua-mania
segment. Then, one of the divers performs "the
incredible high dive" from an 80-foot platform.
Commerfcrd's Petting Zoo is open to all ages.
Go ahead and talk to the animals here. And feed
them. And, of course, pet them. YouH find a unique
menagerie of animals from all over the world
including the Indian zebu, dromedary camel,
Barbados sheep, Sicilian donkeys, Pygmy goat kids,
and black Karakul lambs. If you're brave enough, you
may even want to ride an elephant or camel or pony.
They might not smell great, but they'll show you
a good time.
Robinson's Racing Pigs: Just aint nothing like
watching a bunch of swine run like hell. Head for
the outdoor stage near Gate 11 at noon, 2, 4, 6, 8
and 9 p.m. to catch the action as these porcine
"steeds" race down the 100-foot track vying to be
the first to cross the wire and receive a cookie. The
piggies are dressed in orange and blue silks and a
fan In each section picks a pig to win. The fan who
picks the winner gets an "I Picked the Winning Pig"
ribbon of his very own. it's free, but go early because
the crowd builds faster than you can fry bacon.
NCSU 4-H Collegiate Canoe Rides: On the lake
at the northwestern corner of the fairgrounds you
can take a break and head out for a leisurely canoe
ride. Rides are available weekdays from 10 am to
6 p.m. and weekends from 9 am. to 6 p.m. and they
cost $1.50 per person. Each canoe holds three people
and there is no limit to the number of rides. The
rides are sponsored by 4-H Club members, all of whom
are fully trained in canoe safety.
Fireworks Shows: Every night at 9:45, look up
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Board "The Pirate," If you dare, for the ride of your
to the skies for a dazzling display of fireworks.
Displays will include multi-color star shells, Oriental
chrysanthemums, and traditional multi-break shells.
TheyH light up your life no matter where you are
on the fairgrounds.
Since this event often draws a slight crowd, Fair
officials provide the following services to help cut
down on problems.-
Lost Kiddie Colony is located in the Red Cross
Lounge building. Children are watched by volunteers
while their parents are being notified on the public
b Wake County Red Cross First Aid Station, in the
same building provides professional assistance in
handling minor first-aid problems.
Emergency Medical Service is made up of rescue
units from across the state to handle transportation
for any medical emergencies.
b Police, Fire and Sheriffs Departments are on-site
to offer their assistance with any number of
b information Booths are located throughout the
Fairgrounds and manned by helpful folks who will
give directions, event times and other general
b Towing Service is available at no cost for those
unable to get their cars out of the parking lots due
to bad weather, minor mechanical problems (dead
battery, flat tire) or keys locked inside the car.
To get to the fairgrounds, take take 1-40 East and
exit onto Wade Avenue. Troopers will be there to
direct you to fairgrounds parking Admission is $4
for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12, and children under
six and adults over 65 are admitted free. The fair
runs from Oct. 14 to Oct. 23. Gates open at 9 am.
weekdays, noon on Sundays and close at midnight.
Exhibits close at 9:45 p.m.
No one should miss the fair. Even if you dont get
into rides and exhibits, you can pretend you're a
State student and hang out with the cows. No one
will ever know. Last year about 705,000 people
attended the fair - some of them must have had
a good time, right?
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life. The midway offers 75 adult and children's rides.
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What a lucky duck! This Infant Is already getting hooked on
the midway's games of chance.
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