Monday, September 19, 2011

Fairs, Fairs, & More Fairs

 It's that time of year. Nip of coolness in the air. Socks on the feet. Chicken & dumpling or chili on the stove. Green leaves burst into a rainbow of golds, reds, and oranges.

FALL! I'm all about the changing of seasons. It's one of the things in life that I choose to embrace. Instead of looking back on the warm days of summer and pining after them, I look forward to the unique autumnal blessings.

This link below is a great place to start in our trek through one of autumn's best offerings: a town, county or state fair. Warning: You will be hungry after viewing.

Top Ten Fair Foods (according to Huffington Post)

Below are some of my Facebook friends' favorite FAIR FOODS:

Elephant Ears
A good recipe HERE

Funnel Cake

A You Tube video about how to make a funnel cake HERE

Turkey Legs
You might not know that an average turkey leg is pegged well over 1000 calories! Read about more fair foods and how they fare...healthwise HERE. Or maybe just skip this link & be oblivious?

Bloomin' Onion
Outback Steakhouse isn't the only place to find this fried fantasy of taste, but I have to admit that I never even thought of them being offered as a fair food. Go figure. To me, a bloomin' onion shrouded with a tangy sauce can get no better! HERE are some sauce recipes.

Gyros Sandwiches
Interested in learning more about the Gyro - besides how to pronounce it properly? Read HERE

Fried Snicker Bars
There is something very carnal about this treat. Snickers are already loaded with delicious wickedness, but to add oil to the mix? Certainly "Thou shall not eat Fried Snicker Bars" is found in the Bible somewhere? Seriously, I've never tried one, but just might have to indulge one of these days. A how-to-fry-a-Snickers HERE

Candied Apples 
A staple of fall. One of the scrumptious fall treats that are as beautiful as they are delish! Read HERE for some fascinating ways that fair vendors are kicking up the notch - so to speak! From fried Koolaid to deep fried bubble gum? I literally could go on and on........

North Carolina Festivals & Fairs (or click here to go to site)

September 23 -September 24, 2011     Mint Hill Madness
Mint Hill, North Carolina -
Family Festival with games and rides, food vendors and games for all age levels Free Parking Friday and Saturday event
Estimated attendees-18000    704-573-8282
September 23 -September 25, 2011     Craven Arts Festival
New Bern, North Carolina -
All media juried arts exhibit, workshops for artists, community stage, children's crafts, art-making demonstrations,
Estimated attendees-5000    252-638-2577

September 24 -September 25, 2011     International Folk Festival
Fayetteville, North Carolina -
Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Café, arts and crafts, & children's area
Estimated attendees-70000    910-323-1776

September 24, 2011     French Broad Fall Fest
Hot Springs, North Carolina -
Craft Brewery Music Festival, beer tasting & music featuring The Lee Boys, Yarn, and more!
Estimated attendees-1000    828-230-4054

September 24, 2011     Historic West End Artsfest
Winston-Salem, North Carolina -
Juried Fine art & crafts artists, Art awards, Live music, Fine eats, Art door prizes & t-shirts, art activities for the young
Estimated attendees-3000    336-748-0260

September 28 -October 01, 2011     Fall Festival
Denver, North Carolina -
Festival combines rides, entertainment, arts & crafts, food and business vendor booths
Estimated attendees-15000    555-555-5555

September 30 -October 01, 2011     Peanut Festival
Enfield, North Carolina -
All day BBQ cook-off, arts and crafts, food vendors, big nationally known bands
Estimated attendees-5000    252-445-3146

September 30 -October 02, 2011     International Festival
Raleigh , North Carolina -
3 days of international food, dance, music, culture and fun
Estimated attendees-6000    919-782-0552

October 01, 2011     Family Fest
Durham, North Carolina -
3rd Annual Festival featuring Live Entertainment, Duck Race, Facepainting, Field Games Free, open to the public. 12-5pm
Estimated attendees-7500    919-595-5163

October 01, 2011     County Harvest Day
Halifax, North Carolina -
20th annual, Family Fun! Barbecue Cook-off, Tri-County Horse Show, Music, Children's Activities, food & craft vendors, more!
Estimated attendees-2500    252-583-5161

October 01, 2011     KingFest
King, North Carolina -
Free family festival with many children's activities, train rides, live music, cruise-in, food, craft and commercial vendors
Estimated attendees-5000    336-983-9308

October 07 -October 09, 2011     Riverfest
Wilmington, North Carolina -
Riverfest is located on the streets of downtown Wilm. We feature live entertainment, arts & crafts, free Kidz Zone, 8k run
Estimated attendees-150000    910-452-6862

October 08, 2011     Heritage Day Festival
Black Creek , North Carolina -
Annual event with live entertainment, arts, craft & food vendors, classic car & Tractor Show, children activities
Estimated attendees-2000    252-243-3540

October 08, 2011     Ahlara Art Fair
Mooresville, North Carolina -
Showcasing artists from all over the area from painters to potters to jewelers to photographers to woodworkers and more.
Estimated attendees-1500    704-663-6343

October 08, 2011     Old Mill Fall Festival
Whittier , North Carolina -
BBQ, music, Appalachian crafts and Cherokee Artists. Free Admission. Join us for a day of fun.
Estimated attendees-2000    828-497-6536

October 08, 2011     Chili Cook Off
Love Valley, North Carolina -
16th Annual, Karoke, Crafts, Yard Sale Items, Chili, Food and much much more. Mule Bingo and Fun for Kids. Starts at 9 am.
Estimated attendees-1000    336-250-0465

October 14 -October 16, 2011     Fall Holiday Craft Show
Statesville, North Carolina -
11th Annual -Held indoors at Signal Hill Mall
Estimated attendees-5000    828-437-5002

October 15 -October 16, 2011     Randy's Antique & Yard Sale
Lexington, North Carolina -
This bi-annual event consist of anything from fine antiques and collectibles to crafts and yard sale items.
Estimated attendees-5000    704-932-5071

October 22, 2011     Barbecue Festival
Lexington, North Carolina -
26th Annual-One of the largest one-day festivals in NC. 6 Entertainment stages, Childrens Area, Over 200 Arts & Crafts booths
Estimated attendees-150000    336-956-1880

October 22, 2011     Green River Discovery Day
Zirconia, North Carolina -
Heritage of Green River, food, music, old time demos, tractors, car show.
Estimated attendees-300    828-699-5198

October 22, 2011     Pumpkinfest
Franklin, North Carolina -
1h annual fall festival downtown Franklin, live music, crafts, world famous pumpkin roll, lots of childrens activities
Estimated attendees-4000    828-524-2516

October 22, 2011     Oktoberfest
Jacksonville, North Carolina -
Entertainment, 5K Run, Beer Garden and Grilled Bratwurst, Arts & Crafts, Vendors, Children's Games
Estimated attendees-10000    910-455-5733

October 29, 2011     Pumpkin Festival
Grover, North Carolina -
Huge Pumpkin Wall, Corn Maze, Headless Horseman Carriage Rides, Arts & Crafts, Food, Live Musi
Estimated attendees-6000    704-300-2895

November 05, 2011     Street Fair
Richlands, North Carolina -
Car show, crafts, live music, antiques, inflatable children's activites, et
Estimated attendees-4500    910-324-2879

November 25 -November 27, 2011     Craftsmen's Christmas Classic
Greensboro, North Carolina -
Handmade fine arts & crafts by hundreds o juried exhibitors for every style, taste & budget -Thanksgiving
Estimated attendees-35000    336-282-5550

December 03, 2011     Ole Time Winter Festival
Cary, North Carolina -
Arts & Craft Vendors, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Kid's Zone, Local Entertainment
Estimated attendees-6000    919-523-0567

July 21, 2012     NC Peach Festival
Candor, North Carolina -
15th Annual Peach Festival- Music, craft/food vendors, lots of peaches! Peachy Feet 5K on Friday
Estimated attendees-8000    910-974-4221

(Based on my statistics from the last five days about what state (not your name - don't worry) my readers hail from, I added some bonus links for you all!)

County fair information for Virginian friends HERE 
County fair information for South Carolinian friends HERE
County fair information for Alabama friends HERE
County fair information for Illinois friends HERE
County fair information for Georgia friends HERE
County fair information for Colorado friends HERE

HAPPY FALL, my friend!