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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fair tops magic number
A record crowd packs the midway during the final day of the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Attendance for the fair topped one million on Sunday.RAY BLACK III - newsobserver.com
BY J. ANDREW CURLISS - Staff writer
Good-bye, Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers.
So long, deep-fried Honey Buns.
Farewell, fair.
Sunday was The End for a record-breaking N.C. State Fair, with attendance eclipsing the 1 million mark for the first time thanks mainly to 11 days of mostly glorious weather.
For some of the people who help stage the fair, it was also the end of a grueling schedule that had kept them on the road for months: North Carolina's fair is one of the last major events in the fair industry's year.
That means magician Brad Matchett is headed home to Virginia for the first time since June 9 after crisscrossing a swath of the U.S. to perform at fairs in Florida, Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and then North Carolina. He blew out five tires along the way.

Vicki Ketcham tries to lure players to her racing game.
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Usually, my voice is gone by now," said Matchett, whose raspy throat held up Sunday for a packed crowd at his Agricadabra Magic Show.
Michelle Harrell and her team of performing poodles were headed home to Pensacola, Fla., after Sunday. On her current road trip, she has been to fairs in Georgia, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Mexico, Indiana, Connecticut and North Carolina.
Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/10/25/759073/fair-tops-magic-number.html?tab=gallery&gallery=/2010/10/24/759240/fairs-finale-102410.html&gid_index=1#ixzz13Mlk2NFO

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