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2020 State Fair Word Search

Word Search Download your printable Word Search here!



Don't Miss the 2019 N.C. State Fair Special Cooking Contest Winners' Cookbook

Cooking Contest 2019 Each year, we release our Special Cooking Contest Winners' Cookbook. This year, it is available here for download and easy printing. Thanks to all our sponsors who make these contests possible! You can download your copy here.



Bacon Basket Weave S'mores Recipe for the WIN!

bacon smore

Who's planning outdoor activities this weekend? One look at this, and we're heading out to look for firewood now!

Bacon S'mores Recipe



Live Robin's Nest Webcam


Rainy day blues setting in? Take a look at this Baby Robin Cam from Seth Sinclair in Apex. It is sure to put a smile on your face!

Webcam Link




Magical Bean Pole Garden Tent DIY

Bean Pole

Time to spruce up the backyard for the kids..or you know, to hide from the kids! Let their imaginations run wild in this fun take on a traditional tent.

Instructions here!



Drive-Thru Fair Food Days Announcement

Drive Thru

Weekend One: May 22-25, 2020
Weekend Two: May 29-31, 2020
Hours: 12-8 p.m.

Join us at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh
for a kick-off to summer with some delicious fair treats.

Enter the fairgrounds parking area off Trinity Road and order from your car. To maintain social distancing, please remain in your vehicle. Servers will come to you.

Please make sure you go to the ATM prior to arriving. There will not be an ATM accessible at the Fairgrounds.

Menu (CASH ONLY) for Weekend One
(menu could change for weekend two)
Funnel Cakes: $6
Deep Fried Oreos: $5
Deep Fried Snickers: $5
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 32oz: $4
Bottled Water: $2
Candy Apple: $3
Candy Apple with Nuts: $4
Cotton Candy: $5
Tropical Delights Smoothies (strawberry, pina colada, peach)
Pineapple Cup: $10
Regular Cup: $5
Dole Whip Float: $7
Dole Whip Cup: $5



Drive-Thru Animals? Sign us up!

Giraffe Are you looking for a fun way to get outside, but still maintain social distancing this weekend? Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville is open for drive-thru animal viewing!
Please note that they are seeing a high volume of traffic and will cut off admission when the ranch reaches maximum capacity.
Link to find out more.



Jeep Owners, Time for an Easter Egg Hunt!


How about a scavenger hunt this afternoon? Hey, Jeep us your Easter Eggs!



Tips for Freezing Meat and Poultry


Since we are all eating at home more, and possibly buying in bulk, we thought it might be time to brush up with some tips on how to properly freeze and store meat products.

Check these out from EatingWell.



12 Recipes Every North Carolinian Should Know How to Make

Our State

How many can you make? Not gonna lie, a couple of these were new to us. 

Click through for the full article.




What North Carolina Bird Are You?


From the NC State College of Natural Resources, what North Carolina bird are you?

Click through to take their quiz!



Krispy Kreme Offers Free Doughnuts to Grads

KK Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme has something sweet for high school and college seniors – and their families and friends – who are unable to celebrate graduation by walking across the stage. A new 2020 Graduate Dozen will be available for purchase the week of 5/18-5/24. To sweeten the deal, on 5/19 seniors can get one 2020 Graduate Dozen FREE by wearing their cap and gown, or other Class of 2020 swag proving their senior status, to their local Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop.

Full details here.

North Carolina Zoo: Pet Detective
Zoo We all know dogs are man’s best friend. But who is your dog’s best friend? Join us in a new Zoo Science series: Pet Detectives to learn more about your dog’s preferences and how they think from the zoo’s biologists. Each episode we’ll provide a fun and simple experiment that you can try at home with your own dog. Use your dog’s sense of smell to test his/her preferences amongst your family members. Share your results in the comments – who was your dog’s best friend?



Make Mom a Sugar Scrub with Ingredients from Your Kitchen

sugar scrub For the older kids, how about making mom a homemade sugar scrub? Here are five super quick and simple recipes from Healthline.



North Carolina Zoo Welcomes Five Endangered Wolf Cubs


The North Carolina Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of 5 critically endangered American red wolves as part of our American red wolf breeding program! The new pups – three males, two females – were born Tuesday, April 21st. The pups and their mother are all healthy and doing well.

There are currently only 15-20 red wolves found in the wild, only in eastern North Carolina, making them the most endangered canid in the world.



Top 10 Chocolate Milks in North Carolina

Cheek Milk

Consider yourself a chocolate milk connoisseur? Check out's Top 10 Chocolate Milks from North Carolina. Congrats to Cheek Farmstead Creamery in Fleetwood for coming out on top!

Check out the video here.




Salt Dough Fingerprint Flowers Craft Project for Mother's Day

SaltDough Time to pull out the paints and get in the kitchen! Our Salt Dough Fingerprint Flowers craft project for Mother's Day is brought to you by the Meaningful Mama blog! You can download the instructions here.



Operation: American Resolve Flyover


THIS THURSDAY! (5/7) Operation: American Resolve
The North Carolina Air National Guard is honoring heroes on the frontline amid the fight against the coronavirus. The 145th Airlift Wing plans to conduct a one aircraft C-17 flyover of cities, hospitals and food banks Thursday in North Carolina.

The flyover aims to show the Department of the Air Force’s continued readiness during the pandemic while also recognizing today’s heroes. NCANG stressed that the flyovers come a no additional cost to taxpayers. They coincide with regularly scheduled training.

Below is the schedule for the C-17 flyover:
10 a.m.: Takeoff from Charlotte Douglass International Airport

Asheville area – 10:50
Mission Hospital
Manna Food Bank
Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
J.F.K. Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Morganton – 11:02
Broughton Hospital
J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

Hickory NC – 11:07
Frye Regional Medical Hospital

Statesville, NC – 11:12
Iredell Memorial Hospital

Winston-Salem – 11:21
Wake Forest Baptist Hospital
Bowman Gray Campus
Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC

Greensboro/Burlington – 11:30
High Point Regional – 11:25
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital – 11:28
Lab Corp Burlington Corporate Headquarters – 11:32

Chapel Hill – 11:39
UNC Chapel Hill Hospital

Durham – 11:42
Durham VA Medical Center
Duke University Hospital

Butner – 11:46
Central Regional Hospital
Murdoch Developmental Center
R.J. Blackley Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Raleigh 11:50 – 12:00
UNC REX Hospital – 11:54
NC National Guard JFHQ – 11:54
Wake Med Hospital – 11:57
Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – 11:58
Duke/Raleigh Hospital – 11:58

Downtown Raleigh Flyover – 12:00

Goldsboro – 12:09
Cherry Hospital
O’berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center

Wilson – 12:15
Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment

Greenville – 12:21
Vidant Medical Center
Walter B. Jones Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Center
Greenville Veteran’s Health Care Center

Kinston 12:28
Caswell Development Center

Jacksonville – 12:35
Onslow Memorial Hospital

Wilmington – 12:48
New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Charlotte area – 1:25
Harris Teeter Distribution Center – 1:21
Novant Health Presbyterian Med Ctr – 1:25
Atrium Health Charlotte – 1:25
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – 1:27

1:20 p.m.: Charlotte area and end



Flamingo Love Craft for Mother's Day

Flamingo We're dreaming of warm weather and the beach! Here's craft idea #2 for your mom brought to you from the Glued to My Crafts blog. You can download the directions here.



ALLLL the Chicken Recipes

Chicken Recipes

So, if you’ve visited one of the bulk chicken sales in the last few weeks, you’re probably looking around for some new recipes to spice up supper time. Let’s crowdsource some ideas...drop us a link and/or recipe in the comments!

Here’s a quick casserole to get us started.


Head over to our Facebook page for more!



Asian Giant Hornet Facts from North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Giant Hornet Do you have concerns about media reports on asian giant hornets (nicknamed "murder hornets") reported in Washington? NCSU College Of Agriculture And Life Sciences NC State Extension Specialist Michael Waldvogel weighs in with the facts:
Mother's Day Craft Ideas - Lightning Bug Card
LIghtning Bug Card We're just going to go ahead and celebrate our moms all week by posting quick and easy crafts each day to surprise your mom with on Sunday. (hint, hint to the dads)
We'll get started today with an adorable lightning bug card from Crafty Morning. Click through for the free mason jar printable, and get those little fingers stamping!
PS: Do you say firefly or lightning bug?



Are you TikTok Famous?


If you’re spending a ton of time on TikTok while we’re under stay-at-home orders, don’t forget to check out #ncstatefair#gottobenc and #ncagriculture!



Civil Aviation Flyover

Civil Aviation Flyover

Wherever you are in the Triangle on Saturday (5/2) around midday, look up!

Local pilots are planning a hospital flyover event on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The planes will fly over hospitals in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, and Louisburg.
This event is planned to show appreciation to healthcare workers and other front line responders.
This isn’t a formation flight, but, rather, a parade of planes, each flying over the hospital, and saying thank you. The pilots are working closely with air traffic control.

The planes will be staggered one mile apart, flying at 2500 feet above ground. There could be around 25 pilots, all flying their general aviation airplanes.

Once all the planes are in place, the flight pattern will be in a heart! So, look up and take a picture!

Here is the flyover schedule:
11:40 a.m.: Mariah Parham Franklin, Louisburg
12 p.m.: Duke Hospital and VA Hospital, Durham
12:05 p.m.: UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill
12:14 p.m.: Rex Hospital, Raleigh
12:22 p.m.: Wake Med, Cary
12:32 p.m.: Wake Med, Raleigh

Via: Triangle On the Cheap



Strike Eagle Flyover

Strike Eagle Look up! This morning, (5/1), F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC will show appreciation and support for Eastern North Carolina medical professionals and first responders during a regional flyover.
National Symbol Day
Casey It's National Symbol Day and the North Carolina State Capitol is throwing a #NCSymbolsParty. Check out Casey Cardinal, the state bird repping what we think should be the state party...the NC State Fair! Can you name any other state symbols?



Tour Biltmore House and Gardens Online!


On this dreary Thursday, take a look at these amazing virtual tours of Biltmore. You can *almost* smell the sunshine and flowers! user/BiltmoreInsider/ playlists



Choose wisely!



Three Little Piggies Craft


Another cute craft idea to beat the stay-at-home blues! 

made by --> Susan Henritzy‎



NC 4-H Summer 2020 Camp Out!

Camp Out Is your kid missing out on summer camp this year? Check out this virtual option from North Carolina 4-H to get your at home camp experience on! You don't have to be a 4-H member to sign up!



Painted Rock Flower Garden

rocks A painted rock flower garden is a great idea to keep those little hands busy...and with the beautiful weather most of next week, it could be an outdoor activity they'd love! 🌸🌺



Read with Muddy for FREE Baseball Tickets!


Read with Muddy the Mudcat and every kid whose parent's email that you completed the list will receive 2 free tickets to a Sunday game!

Click here for all the information!




What did the Hubble Space Telescope see on your birthday?


See what cosmic photos NASA's Hubble telescope took on your birthday. Just enter your birth month and day, and you can see through Hubble's lens!

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 25, 1990, and has spent the last 30 years changing our understanding of the universe. To this day, the images that the Hubble Telescope capture allow scientists to constantly learn more and more about the cosmos. This week, the iconic Hubble Telescope turns 30—and NASA is celebrating by releasing a new online tool that lets you see what the Hubble Telescope saw on your birthday.




Historic Oak View Park Puppet Show

Oak View Park

It's time to put on a show with "Historic Oak View from Home!" A puppet show, that is. Print off the four goat heads posted here showing Levi, Elliot, Leroy, and Felix.

You’ll also need brown (or white) paper lunch bags, scissors, markers or crayons, liquid glue or glue sticks or tape. Color the faces, cut them out and tape or glue them to the bottom of the paper bags.

Voila, puppets!! Put on your original show or download an Oak View version of the "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Have fun!!



Time Capsule Bonus Pages from LONG Creations

Time Capsule LONG Creations has updated the time capsule we posted in March. You can now download bonus pages! Natalie's created pages for new parents, birthdays, teachers, and she's even created a set of pages geared toward teens/adults!
Get all the updates here.



OC Fair Centennial Farm Pig Cam

OC Fair Time for a piggie break! The OC Fair may have had to close their Centennial Farm, but they've posted a live "Pig Cam" for us all to enjoy. Soueee!



Dog Paw Print Flowers

Dog Paw Prints Who says kids can have all the fun? Let's get the doggos involved too! Now, if you let your kids do this craft with the doggos...well, you're either a superhero, or need to get out of the house. 😆



Nesting Bird Egg Guide

Eggs It’s nesting season! Since we’re out taking walks more than ever, here’s a handy guide to some of the eggs you might encounter while you’re out.
Harry Potter at Home
Harry Potter For wizards in confinement: banish boredom with magical treats found at Wizarding World then read or listen to the first Harry Potter book with no wait on Overdrive.



Beef Recipe Generator

Beef Feeling the brain drain on what to cook for supper each night? Did you sign up for a produce box and have no clue what to do with a new-to-you veggie? Just put the ingredients you have on hand into this recipe generator, and you'll be able to make a delicious meal featuring beef! �



DoubleTree by Hilton Reveals Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

DT Cookie

DoubleTree by Hilton cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year! For the first time ever, DoubleTree is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe so you can get that iconic taste anytime you'd like! Official recipe here.

Daily Spark from North Carolina 4-H: ACT Prep
4H Spark

Does your teen need some help prepping for the ACT? North Carolina 4-H has your back! Tune in starting tomorrow for North Carolina 4-H's ASPIRE program to provide tips on the Daily Spark!

North Carolina 4-H Facebook Page

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 Explosion
Apollo 13 April 13, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of the explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft as it traveled to the moon. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, along with NASA, had to quickly turned the mission from a moon landing to a desperate effort to get the three men home safely with a crippled spacecraft. They splashed down, safe, four days later.
On the 50th anniversary of NASA's most successful failure, click through for some quick numerical facts about the mission.




Happy Easter from Casey Cardinal and the N.C. State Fair family!



Which house would you choose? Tell us here!

quarantine house


Glazed Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Are you planning to pick up a pint or 12 of fresh North Carolina strawberries when you make your produce run this weekend? We've got the recipe for you...and send us a loaf while you're at it, won't you? Recipe here.
Google 3D Animals
animalgoogle You can see an animal in your house if you Google search an animal name (on iPhone or android) and then press ‘View in 3D’. It opens your camera and soon will show you the animal moving in your room. You can walk around it and take a picture of it with people. Look for: Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, Shark, Hedgehog, Duck, Emperor penguin, Wolf, Angler fish, Goat, Rottweiler, Snakes, Eagle, Brown bear, Alligator, Horse, Shetland pony, Macaw, Pug, Turtle, Cat, Octopus, Dog.
Heirloom Recipe Card Preservation
recipe card Priceless recipe cards are handed down in families for generations, but have you thought about what happens when age finally gets ahold of them? While we're all home, it might be a good time to take a look at this article from Southern Living with ideas on how to preserve your family's history: https:// culture/ preserving-family-recipe-ca rds?fbclid=IwAR01wGQRY3Xs2 4tmieFyrem76qMTnC8uH2W-M_2 csVd4QlQ_RW-MCO4yZFs



Let's Get Outside and Make an Easter Rabbit!

Yard Bunny Let's get crafty! With Easter coming up this weekend, now's the perfect time to make a bunny out of some common plants you can pick up in your backyard or on your neighborhood walk. If you make one of these, share it here and show it off! This one only took 5 minutes for one of our folks to make. Credit: B Everett Jordan Dam & Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
North Carolina Pork Council Hosts a Pig Party on Instagram
Pig Party The North Carolina Pork Council is hosting a Pig Party with NC Farm Families! Head over to Instagram @ncpork at 12:30 p.m. (4/10) to take a tour around a farm and listen to farmers answer your questions on what it's like to do their jobs. Great opportunity for a STEM activity for kids!


Healthy Easter Treasure Hunt

Healthy Easter In partnership with North Carolina company, Benecomms, Real Food for Kids is hosting an at-home healthy foods treasure hunt for kids. It only takes about 8-minutes to arrange, and provides up to an hour of fun for the kids! $5 donation appreciated. Click here to download your hunt!
Handprint Craft
Handprint What a great keepsake!



Virtual Field Trips with Tin Can Kids

TCK Have you heard about Tin Can Kids? A partnership between two moms in Raleigh, it's a virtual one-room school house with daily field trips hosted by kids and grown-ups. Check them out here for their daily 10 a.m. sessions!
Dyeing Easter Eggs, the Natural Way

Why use natural dyes? For starters, you probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. It’s also a great way to combine a science lesson with fun.

Head over to the Whole Foods Market blog for a tutorial on how to make natural dye to create a most "eggcellent" rainbow of Easter fun!

Your Guide to Tonight's Super Pink Moon
moon Tonight might be the night to let the kiddos stay up late! A Super Pink Moon will show off starting at 10:35 p.m. It will be the closest the moon comes to Earth all year. Click through to hear from a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History as she gives you all the details on why it's super, how it's not really pink, and when to head out to the backyard.
Learn the Sid Shuffle...and walk it out like Granny!
Sid Shuffle

Let’s get moving this morning. C’mon and learn the Sid Shuffle with us!

YouTube link



Cinnamon-Sugar Breakfast Bunnies

Bunny Breakfast Need a quick and easy recipe to get in the spirit of Easter? Try out these cinnamon-sugar breakfast bunnies from Pillsbury!

How to Draw an Easter Bunny Portrait
Bunny Today we're learning how to draw an Easter Bunny portrait! Head here for a great YouTube tutorial.


Wake County Public Libraries Story Competition

Wake County The Wake County Public Libraries are hosting a writing contest! We'd love to have your K-5th grader tell the story of their favorite Fair visit! Entries accepted through 4/31.Get all the info here.


COVID-19 Family Time Capsule - FREE Download

Time Capsule We are living through a historic time in the world. What better way to document this moment in time than with a time capsule? Natalie from Long Creations has developed an 11-page time capsule that is available for FREE DOWNLOAD here!
Shel Silverstein FREE Downladables from Harper Collins
Silverstein Here's another great one! Harper Collins has released read-along videos, worksheets, bookmarks and projects adapted for their Shel Silverstein range of books to download for FREE here!


Bilingual Storytime from Wake County Public Libraries

Bilingual Bilingual story time is an amazing resource for kids who are learning either English or Spanish! Check out the Wake County Libraries Facebook page for the full schedule.




NASA is bringing the universe straight to your living room. The space agency is offering educational resources to families cooped up at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NASA’s website includes dozens of tutorials on different STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for kids and adults alike. Many of the materials needed, like tape and paper clips, are likely already in your possession.

Click through here for all the fun!


Goodnight with Dolly

Goodnight with Dolly

Dolly Parton reads "The Little Engine That Could" in the first video of her new read-aloud series, "Goodnight with Dolly." In this series, Dolly reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Click here for schedule.


Zoom Meeting Backgrounds

Want to spice up your Zoom Meeting? Download one of our backgrounds. Linked here are instructions to upload the photo and add some fun to your next team meeting!

Zoom Ferris Wheel Download Here
Zoom Fireball Download Here
Zoome Stilt Walker Download Here
Zoom Wave Swinger Download Here
Zoom Aerial Download Here


Shadow Animals

Dinosaurs Don't have a printer at home to print coloring pages and activities for the kids? This is a great way to spend some time outdoors getting that much needed Vitamin D AND create some fun for when you head back inside.


We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt


Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type: Cow Paper Plate Mask Craft

Click Clack Download instructions here


2020 N.C. State Fair Handicrafts & Hobbies Competition - NOW OPEN!


Surprise! You can now download our FULL Handicrafts & Hobbies Competition rules and entry form. Let's get started toward that blue ribbon!


Download Here


Homemade Deep Fried Oreos


We know you bought some snacky-snacks to tide you over, why not try this homemade deep fried oreo recipe for a treat!

Download recipe here.



Thumbprint Ferris Wheel Craft w/Free Printable

Ferris Wheel

Missing the State Fair SkyGazer? Today's craft project is from Glued to My Crafts Blog. Click through to take advantage of the free printable!



North Carolina 4-H Daily Spark

4H Spark





North Carolina 4-H's Daily Spark activities have all your kids' STEM needs covered! We're especially excited for the daily Chick Check-In!

Click through to the North Carolina 4-H Facebook page.


North Carolina 4-H Cooking in the Kitchen

Kitchen Join Extension Agents Jackie Helton and Greg Huneycutt for Cooking in the Kitchen tomorrow morning (3/23) at 10:30 a.m. They'll be teaching you and your kids how to prepare omelettes and ice cream muffins on the North Carolina 4-H Facebook page. To collect your ingredients before you tune in, head to the Harnett County Cooperative Extension website.


Virtual Farm Tours While You're Stuck at Home


The American Dairy Association North East has made their classroom virtual farm tour videos available via YouTube. They have three different tours, targeted to specific age groups.

Click through to enjoy some time on the farm!


N.C. State Fair Coloring Competition Opens NOW!


Get started now for the 2020 State Fair! Our coloring competition is ready to go!


Download the coloring pages and application here.


NC State Fair themed coloring book pages. Any age, any skill level can participate. This competition is limited to only the pages provided by the state fair. You can enter as many pages as you wish but you can only win once. Display space is limited. There is no guarantee that every entry will be displayed. Entry form is the last page of the above file.



Lot 2 – Adult (18 and older)

Lot 3 – Teen (13 - 17)

Lot 4 – Child (6 -12)

Lot 5 – Special Needs (any age)

Lot 6 – Group Home


Cotton Candy Kids' Craft Using DIY Puffy Paint

It’s the perfect time to make this cool cotton candy craft using homemade puffy paint. Kids always love the texture of it! Note it is NOT edible though :)

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy Kids' Craft Using DIY Puffy Paint
Download Here


Staff Recommendations for Movies Featuring Agriculture or Fairs

Field of Dreams State Fair
If You Build It Farmland
Charlotte's Web The Biggest Little Farm
Babe The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Temple Grandin The Last Barn Dance
A Thousand Acres October Sky


Activity book

2020 N.C. State Fair Activity Book

Dowload Here

Children's Books about Agriculture



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