Makeover For State Fairgrounds

The North Carolina state fairgrounds are in for a makeover, and some familiar buildings could soon be history.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that organizers will ask permission Tuesday from the Council of State to tear down a number of old structures, including the popular Jaycees Turkey Shoot.

Other structures that could go are two geodesic domes, the building that houses the North Carolina State University ice cream parlor and the rabbit barn that dates from the 1930s.

Organizers say some of the buildings are in bad shape, and others hurt traffic flow during the fair.

The groups who use the buildings may be given trailers or other temporary structures so the attractions won't be lost.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    does anyone in politics have a brain Location: nc on Feb 8, 2011 at 03:11 PM, don't worry be happy! I know the state ran out of money and no raises, however, Bev cares enough to take care of Basnights family...well, they need new Mercedes since the old ones got dirty. Well, we all know those elitiest liberals never wash their cars...they just trade them when the get dirty....wasn't she representing the "working party"...I mean, you do have a Mercedes in you garage with heat and wide screen TV? And B, don't you just love those middle east decor? I know I am looking for a murderous muslim brotherhood decor for my house on Halloween...it will scare everybody. All you have to ask, is what did these people vote for? She is worried about the fairgrounds when most are worried about getting a job....republicans, we elected you, fix it now!
  • by B Location: Gville on Feb 8, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    Hey give 'ol Bev a break, she might stink as a governor, but maybe she'll do a great job as an interior decorator in the new buildings. May be she'll do it for less money like the Obama's did when they redecorated the White House...... yea right.
  • by does anyone in politics have a brain Location: nc on Feb 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    you are telling me that our state is broke and we have to cut spending. state employees worry about our jobs and haven't had a raise in 3 years,yet we have money to do stupid things like this. what is wrong with this picture. cant wait for election time. we need some new blood in office. maybe we can find someone with a brain
  • by R Location: NC on Feb 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    So we have plenty of money for remodeling the fair grounds but they are considering making state employees pay insurance premiums and not contributing to 401K anymore???? The people in charge have money to spare when it comes to thing they want but when it comes to balancing a budget they have to swipe it back from people who are really working for the state. Unbelievable! The problems is the people in charge refuse to cut their spending they just want to cut everyone else's.
  • by Huh? on Feb 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    Let's hope we can make it through this farce of a Govenor and elect someone/anyone who has the people of NC at heart. Bev, you can't leave fast enough!
  • by Anonymous Location: Hertford on Feb 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Here we ago again, we are telling state working you are going to lose your job, and now we are going to fix the fair grounds. Who's going to come to the fair grounds if we don't have jobs. Way to go Raleigh. That's the working man's way. We cut your job and you come to the fair grounds if you can. Legislators will have jobs when the fair comes how about other state workers. More waste of money when we are 3.8 billion short. Cut jobs for fair grounds. We see what's important it's not the working man is it BEV. What happen to you and education. We are going to tell our kids you education is not as important the fair grounds we had to cut teachers so we could go to the fair. Let's save jobs, not grounds that get use for other things. Yes in might create jobs for some, but most of the companies that will do the work already have workers. Fight to save our feature- our kids- not our fair that comes once a year.
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    GREAT IDEA, now if all those politicians who want this done just step up to the plate and shell out the necessary funds from there own pockets, then I have no problem with this. Otherwise, comrade bev, quit giving our hard earned tax dollars to friends and family members, aka basnight construction, for projects that benefit only them.
  • by Lubba Location: please wait on Feb 8, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    We are in bad shape(the State), and yet someone is asking for alot of money for this. Bob "useless" Elhridge or Marky "I'm gone but still asking favors" Basnight may have their hands in on this. Totally dumb time to ask for this. Voters should remember this if it allowed. SEANC use to call people out, but since Dana was silenced by Basnight many years ago, it get little to no press. Another Useless organization secretly on Basnights chain....go figure
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    Don't tell me - Some big time politician has a friend (i.e. large contributor) in the building demolition business and/or the construction business and this project will help out with our unemployment. The best thing might be for it to help to un-employ those who are suggesting this activity.
  • by Really? Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    I think they need to worry about other things right now. Those buildings will be just fine until NC has more money to fund this kind of project.
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