NC State Fair 2010: Part 1
This week’s Shutter Love Tuesday theme at Trendy Treehouse is a “Story in Pictures.” So, I thought I’d start (notice…this is Part 1) telling my State Fair story. The following is a few favorites from Saturday and Monday’s fair experiences. As I edit more…I’ll share more later in the week.

When we arrived at the fair on Saturday…it was crazy busy. We actually parked a mile or so away and walked to the fairgrounds. Everyone else was stuck in traffic, so it appeared to be a time saver (and money saver as it was free that far away). I had three objectives this year at the fair: 
  1. Eat good (nasty, greasy, fattening) fair food.
  2. See the livestock.
  3. Ride the Ferris Wheel!
So, we ate and then decided to head over to the livestock area. Man…did it stink! I think I may use one of my photos from the livestock area for this week’s Scavenger Hunt item: 5 Senses (for those of you having trouble with this item, I’m likely going to describe the 5 senses as I was taking the photo, but feel free to be creative). Most of the sheep looked sad. Their big furry coats were being shaven off and many of them were crammed into small spaces. I’m sure they’re use to these conditions but they still looked sad. These two looked like they were having quite the conversation.
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This next photo was taken on Monday evening at the Petting Zoo. I met up with Sarah from Loving My Life since her family was in town and had never been to a state fair. I thought it was a great excuse to hang out and bring my camera. This particular shot is SOOC (well as SOOC as I can get by shooting raw). I was particularly happy with the lighting and focus – I think I’m falling back in love with my 50 mm f/1.8 lens.
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While at the Petting Zoo, we saw a couple of camels wandering around. For some reason, I am fascinated with camels…especially their eyes. I wonder what type of story they would tell?
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Going back to my Saturday fair visit…we saw these adorable piglets taking a rest close to their mother. The lighting is so sweet here. Unfortunately, the harsh reality for any of the animals in the livestock area is that one day…these animals will be on our plate.
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On a much more pleasant note…after seeing the livestock, we decided we wanted to eat something “deep fried.” Yes, southerners love some fried food and at the fair, it doesn’t stop at chicken and dough. This year’s fair offered Krispy Kreme Donut Hamburgers and deep fried butter amongst many other options. In case you’re wondering…I did not have one of those hamburgers or eat the deep fried butter…gross! I did try a deep fried Reese Peanut Butter Cup and it was delicious!
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Obviously, after you eat anything deep fried, you want to ride a few fair rides…so, we walked over to the Ferris Wheel. As you might imagine, the Ferris Wheel is pretty popular, so we had to wait in line for a little while. No worries…I had my camera so I was snapping away.
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I think I’ll share this photo to represent my fair experience. For more “stories in pictures,” go to:

While we were waiting, I noticed the guy below. Out of nowhere, he just started dancing. As you can see, some people stopped to watch, while others kept on moving. He was quite entertaining.
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We finally reach the front of the line and are told to head to the top of the platform for our seats. I was pretty excited until the next part of four was also told to wait at the top of the platform for their seats. I think they misunderstood and before we knew it, our party of two became six! Nonetheless, we made the most of it and I made sure to take a few photos of the entire fair. I wasn’t lying when I said it was packed!
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We rode one more ride and then started walking back to the car. I don’t know about you…but three hours at the state fair is about all I can stand.
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So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Oh…and this photo makes me happy.

I hope everyone has a great day! If you’re hosting a photo challenge and I didn’t link up with you (and one of my photos would apply), please let me know. I can’t always keep track of everything that’s going on.

    O my gosh. I love all of these pictures. The animals… and ferris wheel.. and whole view.. awesome!!

    Dear Ashley, beautiful photos!!!

    I want to go to that fair!! I love that pile of piggys, I smiled so big when I saw that pic! And I have actually made deep fried twinkie’s before, I could eat about one bite of it and that was enough for me. Ha ha.
    Beautiful photos, Ashley!

    ah deep fried oreos are delicious as well, great photos!

    You go girl! That last one made me want to hop into the picture. So much fun, and you’re right, it was very crowded! I’m glad you all had a great time.

    I really love the pig photo!

    The dancing man makes me giggle.

    These pics are AWESOME!!! Yes, that last pic makes me happy too!!!! Great job!!!

    My daughter and I were in line at Urban Outfitters and the guy in front of us just started dancing like he was at a club. Is dancing anywhere you are a new thing? I didn’t get the memo on it! As usual your pictures are fabulous and looked like you had fun. PS…eeeewwww to deep fried butter! Denise

    Great photos – love the one with the calf. A 50 mm lens is on my wish list when I get my DSLR!

    You are such a sweetie – you make me smile everyday! :)

    I suppose it’s fitting having the NC and SC state fairs the same time! Great pics!

    Beautiful photos Ashley

    As always, your photos are incredible! Looks like you had a wonderful time at the fair. I’ve never tried any of the deep fried stuff, but Taylor loves the deep fried oreos.

    Awesome photos! I love the one of the pigs & ferris wheel!

    I just wanted to reach out and pet every one of your animal pictures. SO life like. I love fairs, though, I’m always amazed to see what new thing they want to sell fried :)

    Neat goat photo. Is that a chip you are feeding it? When the kids had a goat it would anything.

    My folks have a cow that eats snicker bars, doughnuts, and about anything you hand out to her. We call her Snickers.

    I miss the NC State Fair. we decided not to go with the kids this year because with six children paying for rides just doesn’t seem worth it for us. and you just can’t take a child to the fair and not let them ride the rides. we are going to wait til the last minute and go this sunday. I even heard there was deep fried butter. is that true, or am I being pranked? That just seems like a deep fried heart attack. hehe. thanks for sharing your photos. I am excited to go now.

    Very cool! Ours is in a week & I’m excited.

    That last picture makes me happy too! Wonderful colors and lighting in all of these. Oh, and that piglet picture is exactly the reason why I can’t eat pork products…they are too cute to eat.

    Looks like a lot of fun Ashley! Always great colors at the fair!! I just put up the phonography link if you got your phone out this week! ;)

    Okay, that pig picture about made me cry — what a sweet moment, but such a harsh reality. I love your ride pictures & the way the sky pops in the background. Great work!

    It’s so hard to pick which is my favorite photo, but the last photo makes me happy too. I think my other favorite would be the goat at the petting zoo. It brings me right back to my childhood, feeding their goats long blades of grass through the fence.

    I love that pic with the boy diggin the music! I have been absent for a lil while and found there was alot to keep up with :) as always!, great pictures!!

    love the first one of the ferris wheal! <3

    Oh – I’d love to go there, too!!

    OH GREAT!!!! That little pigs are SOOOO CUTE!

    ferris wheel image by far my fave, cause I too love ferris wheels!!! the livestock images are grand also, piggies are my fav oh & so is bacon, sorry piggies :) so happy to see that you two throughly enjoyed your time at the fair, such a marvelous first anniversary & i’ve only seen part one, can’t wait for the rest!!! happy tuesday to you!

    GREAT shots! LOVE all the bright colors. The fair is the perfect place to capture some awesome photos.

    Great shots and story! I love the photo of the sheep. It made me smile! My girls spotted your last photo and became all worked up because the ride looked so great. They would definately want to go on that and oh yes…they thought that was the best photo of them all!

    Erika B

    What a fun post! (I think I saw some of my family members amongst your pictures.)

    I love the clarity in these shots. And SOOC….very impressive!

    Happy Tuesday!

    Yay!!! You made it the fair! Looks like you had a great time. Love the pigs, the two goats chatting it up, and of course the ferris wheel! Can’t wait to see more.

    looks like you had a great time! i would love to ride that ride on your last photo! i think its cool! i miss you and your blog and photos!

    I love all those shots! Mmmm… fried things….

    fried butter? I think my artery just closed in protest :) I moved to the south from Canada and had never eaten fried food outside french fries and occasionally fried chicken… The south was a shock! Alas, the only adventureous fried foods I’ve tried since are green tomatoes and ice cream. Okay, so not very adventurous… though I think I would try a reese cup :)

    Looks like a fun weekend! I can’t believe there are so many challenges today!

    This is a fun post. There is no way I’d get up there on that ferris wheel. I detest ferris wheels. It has nothing to do with heights though. Oh and what would the camel’s story be. Love that shot… My favorite picture.

    The piggy pic!

    Great pictures! What a wonderful story.

    Super cool pictures, Ashley! I love the sheep and goat! :)

    I sent your letter today, so you should get it soon :).



    All of these little guys are just too sweet!
    Great photographs!

    So cool that you met Sarah! She’s gotta be super sweet in person.

    These photos are so fun and beautiful, Ashley. And, I’m glad you got to snap a camel, too! :o) They are everywhere these days.

    what i’d give to try a fried reeces!

    I love that last photo! Especially the person with their arms and legs stretched out. great capture!
    The deep fried butter sounds gross but I’m intrigued by the krispy kreme donut hamburger!

    Looks like lots of fun and a great day!

    You’re an amazing photographer! I love the ferris wheel picture! (:

    I was there Sunday. Do you live in the Raleigh area? An amazing fair..isn’t it?

    Hmmmm….I think I’ll take a fried PB&J…hahah. Love the pictures! They turned out great!

    the last photo looks great!

    i loved looking at all these! such amazing shots of all those animals! and just a fun, fun post!

    Just found your blog! Scavenger Hunt Sunday sounds like fun!!!

    Did you see any sheep wearing snuggies?!

    looks like you had a great time. i love the livestock photos. those pigs are too cute.

    Wow! Looks like you had a lot of fun! I love state fairs!! Great pictures, Ashley!(:

    Wow! Awesome photos. I love them all. Great job on the animal photos. I haven’t looked at mine yet. I had so much fun.

    Fried everything:) Only in the would never see that in CA:) hahahah. Love your pictures of the fair, wheel etc. You take fantastic pictures!

    Ashley! How much do I love that pig photo?! The light is gorgeous. Those piggies have dignity in that shot. Love.

    Wow, great pics! And I love your blog header :).

    I love your ride shots, the colors are amazing!

    Great photos! I wish our state fair was closer. My children would love it!

    Your SOOC shots look so good!

    I am always so, so sad for the sheep around here when they get shaved up in the spring too. It’s still so cold out then! And Happy Anniversary! Glad you had a great weekend.

    That last one, that is my favorite ride. I have to go on it every time I have a chance. Such a feeling of freedom.
    I love the photos.


    Wow!!! Amazing fun captures you have here!! Love them all specially the one with the babies pigs…♥
    Have a fabulous Wednesday!!!

    I loved your blog Girl. . Wonderful captures. Your a very busy lady. Have a great rest of the week.

    I take it this is in the capital city?

    GREAT fun and I love your captured moments! The piggies are SO stinkin (no pun intended) cute!!!

    I can’t wait to see more!

    GORGEOUS shots. as usual. you captured all my favorite things at the fair! The animals!! :)

    & just looking at those people super high up on the swings gives me goosebumps. i’m such a wimp when it comes to rides… haha.

    Great Goat pics!! love the ride photos as well… ;)

    These images make me smile – I haven’t been to a fair in ages.

    Love the one of the Ferris Wheel!

    Looks like you had a great time.

    The ferris wheel shot is spectacular! I had my first fried pickle and fried orea when we took my daughter to school in NC in August. Nummy!

    All of your photos are so lovely, I cannot pick a favorite! The animals are stunning & the colors of the fair are amazing!!!! I had a couple deep fried Mars bars before I discovered I had celiac…..boy would I kill for a deep fried reese cup! Ok…not kill, but I’d really love to have a big cheat day….with no consequences! Have a great day!!!

    These are awesome shots….all of them!! They also make we want to go to the fair by myself next year. Shots like that are hard to get with two natural disasters in tow! ;)

    Donut… hamburgers?? O.o That sounds odd.

    Wow, that *is* a busy fair!

    I love the piggy shot.

    Great State Fair photos! We went to the NC state fair last year on a Saturday too and it was crazy packed with people. I don’t think we’ll be able to make it this year. Sad.

    That has to be the sweetest picture of a camel that I’ve ever seen!

    These photos are so much fun. Did you indulge in any of the fried candy bars? :)

    I couldn’t get over the shot of the piggies! =)

    Awesome! :)

    Awesome pictures! I love the one of the baby pigs! I never get tired of seeing those little guys. and I am so right there with you at being done with the fair after three hours!

    Fried Resees!!!! YUM!!!!! LOL Beautiful photos!

    Amazing and simply gorgeous photos!


    I love you pics! Looks like you had fun!! I can only hang about an hour at our state fair before I start heading to the exit :)
    Happy Thursday!

    wow, all of these pictures are amazing!

    Love all the animal shots! I’m finally going tomorrow.

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