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A look inside the tobacco barn at the State Fair.

A look inside the tobacco barn at the State Fair.

Late last week, teams of three squared off in what has become an annual State Fair tradition—Duke Homestead’s Tobacco Looping Contest.

The contest highlights what was once a common chore on farms across North Carolina: farmers tied tobacco onto sticks and loaded them into barns, where the crop was cured.  The practice largely fell by the wayside in the mid-20th century as technology improved and tobacco began to be cured in a bulk barn in large containers.

Things to See and Do This Year

The contest also kicks off a host of activities that we’re proud to present at the fair to help you explore our state’s history and heritage. Here are three things to be sure you see on your visit to the fair this year:

  • Explore a working tobacco barn in the Heritage Circle area, managed by Duke Homestead and the N.C. Tobacco Growers Association. You can take a peek at the curing process if you visit during the week, or see the finished product if you stop by on the weekend.
A visitor learns about historic military uniforms after our 2014 revue.

A visitor learns about historic military uniforms after our 2014 revue.

  • Discover the Tar Heel State’s connections to World War I at an exhibit we’ve created in the north lobby of Dorton Arena. You’ll see how the fairgrounds were used a training center and learn more about the how the Great War impacted North Carolina.
  • See interpreters portraying soldiers from throughout American history during the Military Appreciation Parade and our 2nd annual historical uniform revue at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, Wednesday.
  • Experience a mock tobacco auction in the Heritage Circle area Friday at 2 p.m. Though now largely replaced by contracts between tobacco companies and farmers, tobacco auctions were once the center of the economic and social life of many rural North Carolina communities.

A horticultural exhibit at the 1910 State Fair featuring apples
and other fruit. Image from the State Library.

Explore State Fair History from the Comfort of Your Home

Even if you’re not a regular to the N.C. State Fair, you can’t argue that the annual event is part of our state’ rich culture and that it has a deep history. To commemorate those deep roots and help you explore them, the State Archives and State Library offer several great resources:

  • Blue Ribbon Memories: Your History of the N.C. State Fair, is an online exhibit that showcases photographs, premium lists, newspapers clippings and other materials available on our State Fair Ephemera Digital Collection and allows fairgoers to share memories of their own State Fair experiences.
  • Two videos from the State Archives, posted here and here, show the fair as visitors saw it in the 1940s and 1960s, respectively.

Happy exploring! We hope to see you out there at this great North Carolina tradition.

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A new exhibition of the work of M. C. Escher in Raleigh, a look at the benefits of bats in Asheboro and fall festivals across the state are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 things on our agenda this weekend:

 

1. Explore the intersection of art, science and imagination at the N.C. Museum of Art’s The Worlds of M. C. Escher exhibition, opening Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Attend a fall festival. You’ll find one focused on the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, a second with tractors, trains and old-time games at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer and a third with pumpkin carving and storytelling at Pettigrew State Park in Creswell.

 

 

3. Take an after-dark walking tour of Historic Bath focused on the town’s famous residents Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Enjoy music, food, cooking demonstrations and a variety of crafts and games at Horne Creek Farm’s Annual Cornshucking Frolic Saturday in Pinnacle.

 

 

5. Hang out with the bats at N.C. Zoo and learn why they’re so important with games and activities Saturday in Asheboro.

 

 

6. Celebrate International Archaeology Day Saturday with hands on activities and games at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, and then come back in the evening for an astronomy program where you’ll see the Crescent Moon, Saturn and the constellation Cygnus.

 

 

7. Go on a free boat ride Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s Fall In-The-Water Meet Saturday.

 

 

8. Hear music from movies like Harry Potter, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean as performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts in Fayetteville and Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Get a taste of what’s it like to work at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Saturday with a behind-the-scenes tour and hands on activities in Kure Beach.

 

 

10. Encounter Halloween customs and traditions from the past during night tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Friday and Saturday.

 

11. Discover the techniques shipbuilders used during the Civil War Saturday with historical demonstrations, lectures and crafts for kids at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

 

 

12. See a live performance of Verdi’s opera Otello broadcast to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Help Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk maintain its trails during a volunteer work day Saturday.

 

 

14. Bring your home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for inspection and discussion, or stop by and watch the movies others bring in Saturday in celebration of Home Movie Day.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A Mexican-American War militia muster in Pineville, a howling celebration of Halloween in Asheboro and the best of bluegrass music in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 things on our weekend agenda:

1. See the Mexican-American War come alive Saturday at the President James K. Polk Memorial in Pineville.
2. Have a howling good time at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro Saturday with games, face painting and hands-on activities while learning about North Carolina Red Wolves.
3. Enjoy a weekend out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
4. Hear bluegrass music’s brightest stars during this weekend’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh.
5. Explore the work of some of North Carolina’s most promising artists at the new Point and Counterpoint: N.C. Arts Council Fellows, 2014-2015 exhibit opening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday.
6. Celebrate Thomas Wolfe’s birthday Saturday in Asheville with free tours of the Old Kentucky Home, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.
7. Learn how to care for your family’s heirlooms by getting advice from the House in the Horsehoe’s staff Saturday in Sanford.
8. Take a tour of Durham‘s 21c Museum Hotel–a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museums and culture center–Thursday with the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries.
9. Hear the music of three great Russian composers as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Southern Pines and Sunday in Wilmington.
10. Join Tar Heel artist Craig Richards for a painting workshop overlooking scenic Moore’s Knob Saturday at Hanging Rock Park in Danbury.
11. Explore the New Bern Academy Museum at Tryon Palace in New Bern for free Saturday as a number of local history organization present Civil War-related programming.
Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources website.

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Revolutionary era militia musters in Halfiax and Weaverville, an opportunity to taste the Civil War in Creswell and a bluegrass festival in Manteo are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Step back in time to the Revolutionary War-era at Historic Halifax where you’ll find special tours, presentations and Revolutionary War skirmishes Saturday and Sunday.
2. Sample foods popular during the Civil War and learn more about the role food played in the conflict Saturday at Somerset Place in CreswellUPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
3. Join the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh for concerts of the music of Leonard Bernstein and George Gerswhin featuring acclaimed pianist Jean Yves-Thibaudet.
4. Visit a one of North Carolina’s 39 state parks and natural areas with your family as part of Take a Child Outside Week.
5. Watch as archaeologists hunt for the secrets buried below the grounds of the State Capitol Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh. UPDATE: Due to the potential for inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.
6. Talk with re-enactors about life in an early 19th century militia and see camp activities including candle making, weaving and campfire cooking during Vance Birthplace’s fall militia muster Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.
7. Explore the biggest, smallest and most amazing mammals that have walked the Earth bypaying a visit to the new Extreme Mammals exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, opening Saturday.
8. Celebrate the arrival of fall at an 18th Century Fair, Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
9. Enjoy bluegrass music against the picturesque backdrop of the Roanoke Sound throughout the weekend at the Bluegrass Island Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.
10. Watch a lunar eclipse that won’t happen again for another 18 years Sunday night at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.
11. Discover what the Vietnam War was like for African American soldiers during a panel discussion Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Check out a new exhibit highlighting Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown’s role in the voting rights movement, opening Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.
13. Marvel at the handiwork of famed designer and artist Louis C. Tiffany by visiting a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, opening Saturday.
14. See what life was like aboard the Battleship North Carolina during World War II Saturday in Wilmington when period re-enactors bring the ship alive.
15. Play colonial games, see period cooking demonstrations and meet the man who has been following in early explorer John Lawson’s footsteps Saturday at Historic Bath as part of the national Museum Day Live! program.
16. Get an inside look at Tryon Palace’s Kitchen Office on the Kitchens of New Bern Tour Saturday.
Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A railroad festival in Old Fort, harvest festivals in New Bern and Durham and arts festivals in Raleigh and Charlotte are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are seven things on our weekend agenda:

1. Join the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort for a family festival focused on the history of railroads Saturday.

 

 

2. Celebrate the arrival of fall Saturday with harvest festivals at Tryon Palace in New Bern and Historic Stagville in Durham.

 

 

 

 

4. Meet artists Peter Oakley and Elizabeth Brim Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The work of these two North Carolina sculptors is featured in the museum’s new Chisel and Forge exhibition.

 

 

5. Spend your Saturday morning taking a tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focused on the characters in Thomas Wolfe’s novels and stories.

 

 

6. Discover why attracting pollinators has been key throughout history, get some gardening tips of your own and let your kids enjoy a related hands-on activity Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Sample local art, science, history and heritage at SPARKcon in Raleigh and the Cultural Free for All in Charlotte.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A World War II living history program in Kure Beach, a duel re-enactment in New Bern and the closing of an exhibit on the Tar Heel State and film are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are eight things on our weekend agenda:

1. See World War II history come alive in celebration of V-J Day Saturday and Sunday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

2. Visit the Starring North Carolina! exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Monday.

 

 

3. See historic interpreters portraying John Stanley and Richard Dobbs Spaight re-enact the legendary 1802 duel between the two men at Tryon Palace Saturday in New Bern.

 

 

4. Enjoy old-time music, dancing, and food along the banks of the Yadkin River at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention in Lenoir throughout the weekend.

 

 

5. End your summer with a bang at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual murder mystery dinner Friday.

 

 

6. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

7. Hear about one of the most dramatic rescues off the North Carolina coast during World War I at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

8. Celebrate the first Friday of September at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh with food and beer tastings and a telling of the hidden stories of some of North Carolina’s abandoned places, told by the filmmakers and photographers who document them.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A living history program centered on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in Spencer, Civil War infantry and artillery demonstrations in Four Oaks and a celebration of New Orleans food and music in Winston-Salem are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are five events this weekend we’re looking forward to:

1. See President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it pulls into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for its only stop in the Southeast.

 

 

2. Blast into the past during Bentonville Battlefield’s summer artillery program in Four Oaks Saturday.

 

 

3. Enjoy a concert by the roots-rock and county fusion band The Mavericks Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

4. Commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with News Orleans-style food, drink and music during Beth McKee’s Sugarcane Revival and Hurricane Party Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

5. Follow along with an Alamance County farmer as he fights to preserve different aspects of his way of life during a screening of “The Last Barn Dance” Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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