In October 1884, a month long North Carolina Exposition was held in Raleigh, NC designed to compete with other larger cities and capture the national spotlight. The North Carolina Exposition of 1884 included exhibits from every county; exhibits from State Colleges and universities; and women’s groups. They also allowed black organizations to exhibit (although in segregated spaces). This exposition would eventually become an annual event and become known as the “State Fair.” Pitt County had an exciting booth filled with 106 varieties of wood, fruits, vegetables, jelly, farm products, honeycomb, rice, indigo, wool, marl, iron ore, brandy, wine, hops, 55 specimens of medicinal herbs, Indian artifacts, Revolutionary War money, cotton planters, ladies fancy work, a 15” x 7” oyster shell, etc. After the Exposition, 113 items from the Pitt Exhibit were taken to the World Exposition in New Orleans to be placed in the North Carolina exhibit there.