America’s Largest LEGO Event Is Coming To North Carolina
If LEGO’s are your thing, you’re in store for a real treat as one of the largest LEGO festivals in the country is slated to make a stop in North Carolina this month.
Brick Fest Live is on a nationwide tour and will be in Raleigh at the NC State Fairground on December 9 and 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1. Click here for tickets. The festival’s website calls it an ‘unforgettable experience for the entire family.’
What’s At Brick Fest?
At the festival, there is more than just LEGOs. There are life-size models, interactive experiences, and plenty of opportunities for family bonding moments. Family members can check out the Giant Brick Pit that contains some 200,000 colorful thousands of ‘bricks’ or LEGOs meant for diving in. It makes for a great photo shot. And then there’s the Minecraft Zone where families can lend their hand and add to a LEGO layout. And then for the fast and furious, there are the Derby Races where attendees can build and race their own LEGO race car on a 35-foot-long track.
The history of LEGO’s go back to 1932 when it was founded by a Danish entrepreneur named Ole Kirk Christiansen. He started out making wooden toys then later would create the company’s first plastic brick in 1949. Soon after he form The LEGO company and in 1958, the LEGO brick was patented. According to the LEGO website, the name ‘LEGO’ is actually an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well.” Who knew Christiansen’s small toy workshop would turn into the world’s largest manufacturers of toys.
The LEGO brick has a pretty long shelf life. Your older LEGO pieces will still fit with newer bricks. So even if you have an older set from 50 years ago, it will still seamlessly fit with today’s bricks!