Tag: Raleigh

Reminiscing: The NC State Fair During the 40s and 50s


Ever wonder what the North Carolina State Fair was like in the 1940s and 1950s? Check out this archived video and vintage photos from the State Archives of North Carolina.

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Richard Petty and North Carolina’s Last NASCAR Dirt Track Race


The State Fairgrounds Speedway, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was a half-mile oval dirt racetrack that sponsored auto races for NASCAR’s top series in 1955, 1969 and 1970.  Now known as “The King” of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Richard Petty won the last Grand National race on the dirt track.  Although the track is no longer used as a motor speedway, the grandstand, now called the Sam G. Rand Grandstand, still remains and is used today for events held at the North Carolina State Fair.

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