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Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Abody Moazeb
Abody Moazeb
Staff Writer

Abody Moazeb is a sophomore here at Athens Drive. This is Abody's first year writing for the Oracle. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends.

Rowan Bissett
Rowan Bissett
Assistant Sports Editor

Rowan is a Sophomore at Athens, and when she is not writing for the Oracle, she's playing volleyball, volunteering, or being apart of Athens clubs. She's excited to be in her second semester of the Oracle...

Rose Luck
Rose Luck
Copy Editor

Rose Luck is a Junior at Athens Drive. She enjoys making jewelry and listening to music. This is Rose's second year, and third semester writing for the Athens Oracle. She finds journalism fun and as it...

North Carolina state fair expects big turn out

Photos by Emma Grace Lehmann
The view of the state fair 2018 state fair flyer.

Over a million people gather together every year to experience 11 magical days of pig races, roller coasters and deep fried food. The North Carolina (NC) State Fair is 344 acres of southern charm and is ranked the 9th best state fair in the nation according to Insider Travel.

The NC State Fair is held by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society and has been a tradition for North Carolinians since 1853. It is held in Raleigh every year during the month of October.

Admission to the fair can cost up to ten dollars depending on the age of the person and when the ticket is bought. Ride tickets cost a dollar per ticket which can be used to ride any of the 100+ attractions at the fair; most rides cost 5-6 tickets. Another option is paying 35 dollars up front for a ride wristband which allows one to go on an unlimited amount of rides, no tickets required.

All ages are welcomed at the State Fair. Teenagers though, make up many of the visitors every year. Lauren Evancho, a sophomore at Athens Drive High School, is one of the many teengagers that look foward to this event all year long.

“I’ve been going to the fair for nine years, I started going when I was six. My absolute favorite ride is the Gravitron, the one that spins you so fast and makes the gravity go away,” said Evancho.

Not all of the rides are as intense as the Gravitron and there are attractions for everyone no matter what experience one is looking for. Each year, a selection of rides are brought to the fair for the first time. The new rides making an appearance this year are called The Downdraft, The Kraken and the Mini Trooper.

Aside from the fun attractions and games, a big part of the fair is showcasing the finest of NC including its art, livestock shows, horse shows, or special cooking competitions.

In the buildings surrounding the fairgrounds one can find an array of agriculture and art displays that participants of all ages have spent all year long preparing.

“One year they had paintings that students from the area had made and it was really cool. I also love going to see the biggest pumpkin, I am always in awe that people are talented enough to put time and effort into growing a pumpkin of that size,” says Evancho.

A lot of people enter into the fair competitions, but only a select number get to display their creations every year. Students are also encouraged to enter. Heidi Segars is a freshman at Ravenscroft and is a participant in these events.

“I have been entering projects into the fair since 2011, so 7 years, I enter different craft projects into the fair that I work on with my grandmother. For example, I have sewn decorative pillows and doll dresses, knitted hats, and done felted projects,” said Segars.

Segars is a veteran participant at the state fair and has won blue ribbons every year she has entered.

“I work really hard the months leading up to the fair and I am always so happy and surprised when I win first place and get the blue ribbons,” said Segars.

Whether one is looking to enjoy amusement park rides, eat fair food, play games, or observe art and agriculture, the NC State Fair has it all.

“The fair overall is an amazing experience for people of all backgrounds, incomes, and races. It is a perfect embodiment of diversity,” said Evancho.


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