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NC State Fair 

When: Oct. 14-24 2010
Price: $6-8
www.ncstatefair.org

Years ago, when I would go to the state fair with my grandparents, they'd always ask what I wanted to see. My list never changed: the art exhibit, the decorated cakes and the livestock, chicks and rabbits. More than 15 years later, that list is pretty much the same (just add the antique farm machinery, which failed to hold my attention as a 6-year-old). And my grandpa and I had a special ritual: We'd always get a huge Mount Olive sour pickle to eat.

Even if you didn't attend the fair growing up, it's still fun to enjoy the sights, concerts and special guests, as well as the rides, the animals and especially the food. New artery-clogging creations this year include Twinkie Logs—a frozen Twinkie dipped in chocolate with optional coconut flakes—and Krispy Kreme Burgers—a hamburger patty served between sliced Krispy Kreme halves.

The musical acts begin tonight; this year's acts are a middle-of-the-road, mostly contemporary country lineup capped by Darius Rucker and Justin Moore. Tonight's headliner is Danny Gokey, church music director turned American Idol runner-up turned country singer. But if you're coming to the state fair for the music, don't miss Sunday, Oct. 17, when the Carolina Chocolate Drops perform. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dorton Arena. The fair runs through Oct. 24. —Sarah Ewald

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