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State Fair fun: Check out these not-to-miss events

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent


The State Fair SkyGazer is new to this year's fair and is $7 per person. [N.C. State Fair

   RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Fair may conjure up images of fried food and roller coasters, but what about milking a cow and growing bonsai trees?
Here is a list of not-to-miss, not-so-mainstream things to do at the fair:
The Flower and Garden Show — See beautiful gardens grown by local organizations, a mum tower, vote on your favorite bonsai tree or study the many funny and elaborate scarecrows. Head inside to view various different kinds of flowers, natural crafts, terrariums, potted plants, herbs and much more. Over the course of the fair, more than 30 demonstrations are held at the Flower and Garden Show, such as growing your own bonsai, how to care for roses, or live fruit carving.
After eating an ear of pumpkin spice corn, or a stick of deep-fried butter, visit Neomonde for some more conventional options, such as homemade pastries and wood-fired pizzas. They also offer cooking demonstrations where visitors can watch bread or different kinds of treats being made.
For another traditional fair food alternative, head over to the Scott Building and pick up a bag of spun honey. This treat mimics cotton candy’s texture, but is made entirely out of honey.
Next is the Grist Mill — Overlooking the water, you can enjoy free hush puppy samples and pick up some mix to make at home while you tour the mill.
If you want a more in-depth tour of the fair, on the website you can print out a scavenger hunt that will takes you to many places off the beaten path.
Head over to the Expo Center for a change of entertainment — Milking a cow with help from the N.C. State University Animal Science Club. Because, where else would you milk a cow besides the fair? Included in the $5 fee to milk the cow, you get a carton of chocolate milk, too.
While you’re still in the Expo Center, also check out the largest pumpkin and watermelon in North Carolina. This year’s largest pumpkin read more…

‘Frightening’ full-time job: ‘Woods of Terror’ owner discusses the show

By Corinna Workman
Times-News correspondent 


Woods Of Terror is located at 5601 N. Church St., Greensboro, now through Nov. 2. [Photo submitted

   Eddie “Bone Daddy” McLaurin is the owner and operator of Woods of Terror, a popular haunted theme park in Greensboro.
He has almost 30 years of experience running haunted houses, having premiered his first show only one year after graduating high school.
In his first year, he made $2,180, just enough to break even with $80 profit.
This year, Woods of Terror is expecting to draw in as many as 36,000 people.
“For me, it’s all about my actors. We train them for 26 to 32 hours and I bring in a guy from Texas, probably the best haunted house teacher in the world,” McLaurin said.
Woods of Terror is equipped with a staff of 11 makeup artists.
“We start training for makeup in January because at the end of October and November, it’s just as cold, and you’ve got to know how the paint is going to work in the cold weather and be used to working with it,” he said.
The artists are prepared in their training to work under stressful and unpredictable circumstances.
“They only have 6 to 7 minutes per actor to get a hundred actors ready and you really need to do it in an hour,” he said.
McLaurin often participates in the show, dressing up as “Bone Daddy,” to perform the nightly rendition of Madison Rising’s version of the National Anthem during the nightly parade.
The character features skeleton makeup on exactly half his face, rendering his right side nearly unrecognizable from his left.
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Woods of Terror offers ‘plenty of scares’

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO — The scares begin as soon as you walk through Woods of Terror’s gates.
Visitors wait in the Monster Midway for a chance to walk through The Haunt. While there, visitors can enjoy games, food and pose for photos with characters.
Woods of Terror has 12 themed sections for visitors to walk through and it is the largest haunted attraction in the state.
Some of the themes include Industrial Nightmare, Arachnophobia and Miner’s Massacre. You will see characters you recognize, such as Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. Camp Crystal Lake also is a scene that visitors can navigate, complete with a campfire, cabins and cicadas. Some of the attractions include small tunnels that visitors squeeze through to get to the next part of The Haunt.
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