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Entertainment Abounds at the 2012 N.C. State Fair!

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      With your admission to the Fair, you not only get to eat Fair foods, play games, ride rides, see animals and agricultural feats, and more–but you can’t walk across the grounds any day/any hour without hearing the special entertainers of music and showmanship wowing the crowds! We Deep Fried Grits love it with a passion!
      Be sure you pick up your 2012 NC State Fair brochure as you come in the gate, or available at every information booth! That will give you a map and the schedule for all performing acts! It is so worth your while to schedule some time to enjoy these entertainers, because they are awesome!  Your young children and the older ones will all find acts they love!
      One of my favorites is the Reality Show Band, performing on the Waterfall stage, every day except Wednesday, October 17, which is Military Appreciation Day.   The waterfall stage is located just outside the north entrance to Dorton Arena, and just behind the waterfalls!
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“Reality Show Band:
Reality is a collection of members who, with their vision and talent, create the hottest new party band in the North Carolina triangle area. Reality has a membership of artists that that have been in the music industry for more than 20 years.

Whatever the occasion, Reality has the ability to keep the audience jumping and enjoying the soulful slammin sounds of music from past, present and future. Be it R&B, soul, beach, motown, etc. Reality will gracefully slide into any sound or mood that is requested.

Reality has been influenced by some of the greatest artists of all times such as the Temptations, James Brown, Embers, Wilson Pickett, Commodores, Otis Redding, Earth Wind & Fire, Chairman of the Board, and many, many more.”

For more information on this band, go to http://www.eastcoastentertainment.com/artist/reality-show-band or call us at (855)-ECE-4FUN (855-323-4386) or email us at info@eastcoastentertainment.com   

       I have very eclectic musical tastes, so it just so happens that I love bluegrass music as well! Larry Cordle, a Kentucky native, will be playing on the bluegrass stage in Heritage Circle near the gardens every day! I listened to him the last couple days, and couldn’t help but tap my toes and smile, smile, smile! Need cheering up? Go sit a spell and just enjoy the pickin’ and grinnin’. 
     Larry Cordle writes his own music and performs all over the country! You can find him on facebook, or see his website at

Website http://www.larrycordle.com     Bluegrass is great!

                                           Another one of my favorite  entertainers  at the  Fair this year is Marc Dobson, the One Man Band! Marc is an incredible performer, both musically and comically, Marc is a friendly family man. He grew up in Nova Scotia but now calls Florida home.  He travels all over the country entertaining! We have a book of ride tickets for the first person who reports all of Marc’s instruments correctly on the Deep Fried Grits facebook page! We’re waiting!  Marc has a CD for sale also, so you can enjoy his incredible sounds after the fair as well! It’s just so hard to believe one man can sing, talk, walk, and play a ton of instruments at the same time! Watch his show, be amazed, its so much fun!

      Now, let’s see, I live in Franklin County, and on the Waterfall stage October 18–21, a Franklin County native, Louisburg to be exact, Larry Frick will be performing! All right!

 Larry sings country, and is cute to boot!  Give a listen to when he was performing at a club here in Raleigh a while ago: 


     There are  even  more entertainment acts that are not musical but oh so exciting! I think I’ll save them for my next post! Hope you’re having fun at the Fair, I surely am! Aren’t the fireworks just the greatest way to cap off a night at the Fair!  Love it! Wishing you the best always, Helen

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

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