NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler shares his thoughts about the just-concluded State Fair in Raleigh:
- Two record days during this year’s fair. Second Friday: 109,396 and Second Sunday: 130,319
- Our total was 977,256, which was 27,000 above our 10-year average.
- Despite having to delay our opening by a day, we have had some bright spots at this year’s fair. We started with record entries into our competitive exhibits. Not including livestock and horse entries, we had around 26,000 entries.
- We also had a record amount raised for the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions held the first Saturday of the fair. This event brought in $190,000 for the Sale of Champions and $94,000 for truckloads. $284,000 total raised for the youth.
- I had the honor of recognizing students that benefitted directly from money raised at last year’s sale. These young people will grow up to be the next generation of agricultural leaders, both here in North Carolina and beyond our state.
- Since the inception of this scholarship program in 2015, nearly $225,000 has been awarded. I cannot thank our sponsors enough for their support of these young people.
- We also brought in 230,813 pounds in our Hunger Relief Day on Thursday. This helped us blast past the 5-million-pound mark as we have now donated more than 5 million pounds to the Food Bank since we began Hunger Relief Day in 1993.
- In our Expo Building we have a site record for largest pumpkin and largest watermelon. The pumpkin was 1,551.5 pounds and the watermelon was 327.5 pounds. I wish I could say it was grown here in North Carolina. But it was a part of the Great Watermelon and Pumpkin Weigh-Off, where exhibitors are allowed from different states.