Overall, North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is pleased with this year's North Carolina State Fair. While every fair has it's own, unique personality, Troxler explains that they got a lot of compliments on this one in particular. While there were many triumphs, a couple of disappointments were the attendance below the one-million that Troxler had hoped for in the outset, as well as the amount of food collected in Thursday's hunger relief challange. Troxler believes that Thursday's miss was due to the weather…severe storms were forcast and threatened that day.
“It’s hard to believe that the fair has come and gone but looking at the trees, it really is late October and we have fall color even in the Piedmont. We fell a little short of a million people this year, but it was a really good fair. We judge the fair by several criteria, mainly that people enjoy themselves. We had heard over and over again that it was the best fair folks had been to, that it was clean. We had one rain out day and another that was threatening.
Hunger relief day was one of the disappointments, it was one of the days they were calling for severe weather. We had 217,000 pounds but I wanted to get above the 247,000 pounds that we collected in 2010. We will continue to work with the food bank.
We were very happy to have two home grown artists performing three shows at the fair. Both acts were well attended and very enjoyable.
Our entries in our livestock shows were up this year. We know that if the youth are out there learning to take care of these animals the livestock industry in North Carolina will remain strong. Entries in horticulture were up as well as in the flower show.
The Field of Dreams is a great exhibit. It is designed to teach about the crops we grow in NC and where food comes from. I think they really do enjoy it. I can’t thank that crew enough for the things that they were able to accomplish.”