Raleigh gets a taster of upcoming fair

August 30, 2013 by  

Raleigh residents who enjoy the state fair have a long wait, since that event won’t be held until October. However, eager fair attendees got a preview, when the Fair at Saint Raphael was held last weekend.

The fair has been an annual event at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, for 40 years. This year, for the first time, food trucks were part of the celebration. Last Friday, trucks included those from Baguettaboutit, MaMa Dukes, and Red Hot & Blue, among others. Saturday’s turnout included Baton Rouge Cuisine, Humble Pig, and Tarheel Creamery, giving fair attendees a great variety of food from which to choose.

In addition to the food trucks, the fair featured games, bingo tables, and face-painting. A Ferris wheel contributed to the fun, while classic games, suitable for the whole family, were available. Friday night included a karaoke competition and a cornhole tournament, which was a lawn game in which players toss bags of corn at an elevated platform with a hole in it.

Patrons had to pay for rides at the event. However, those who planned to ride a great many times were able to buy a $25 wristband to enjoy unlimited rides and make the most of their weekend.

Fair organizers could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents, reminding them of the fun of this fair, and encouraging them to attend upcoming events at the church, as well as putting next year’s fair on their calendars.