Weekend Update: Bulls, Bells and Barrels, Classic Car Auction and the St. Nicholas Christmas Market

There’s just THREE shopping weekends left until Christmas. Come on out to the fairgrounds for the free St. Nicholas European Christmas Market. Visitors can shop Europe without leaving Raleigh. It features food and gifts from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. You’ll find unique, handmade, collectible and vintage gifts, baked goods from traditional recipes, pirogi and kielbasa and delicious Slavic foods. Entertainment includes Irish Step Dancers, old-fashioned caroling Friday evening and The Little German Band and Dancers on Saturday. Check out the children’s activities and visit St. Nicholas. Shop for nesting dolls, Polish pottery, Czech crystal,…

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10 Reasons Why I am Thankful for Showing Livestock

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. During this holiday season, we tend to reminisce about all there is to be thankful for. I decided to ask livestock folks, who are some of my favorite people, why they are thankful for livestock shows, especially those at the N.C. State Fair….

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Weekend Update: Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Holiday Horse Show and Toy Train Sale/Swap

A trip to the State Fairgrounds this weekend might put you in a festive holiday mood for the first weekend of December. There’s plenty of opportunities to shop and celebrate the season with the Raleigh Flea Market, Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Toy Train Sale and Swap and the annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show. Read more about this weekend’s events below. The Scandinavian Christmas Fair transports visitors back in time through an authentic celebration of holiday traditions found in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. This event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Adult admission is $7,…

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Weekend Update: Christmas Carousel returns to Graham, Fair deals return for Cyber Monday

Looking for a different shopping experience for Black Friday? Check out the Fairgrounds. Where you will find parking and one-of-a-kind gifts. The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission covers all three days and is $8 for adults, $7 for senior and members of the military with ID and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event features over 250 exhibitors offering crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and food.   The…

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Weekend Update: Vintage Fan Fair debuts at Holshouser Building, Auto Fest returns to Dorton Arena and Graham

If you are a fan of all things vintage, then you are going to want to spend some of your Veteran’s Day weekend at the Vintage Fan Fair. The event brings together a variety of vendors offering products, services and activities representing the many different eras of the 20th century. Styles include mid-century, farmhouse and boho chic. Highlights of the two-day event include a ‘Glamper Showcase’ featuring 25-plus vintage trailers, a “Mayberry Modernism” presentation, swing dance lessons and glam makeover and photo sessions. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8.50….

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Champions are made at the NC State Fair

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. With a point, a glance and a handshake, a dream comes true. After hours of hard work and months of preparation, it all becomes worth it when the judge points to you. The noise of the crowds and the sights of the fair…

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Weekend Update: Raleigh Flea Market returns Nov. 4

The Raleigh Flea Market reopens Saturday, Nov. 4, after a month-long break for the N.C. State Fair. The flea market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays except during October, when the annual State Fair is held. The flea market will be open regular hours on Thanksgiving weekend, but will not be open Friday, Nov. 24. The Raleigh Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in the Southeast with more than 600 vendors offering everything from antiques to handicrafts, furniture and homemade goods. Parking is free. Other events this weekend: The Captial Area…

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Craftsman and craftswoman of the year named in Village of Yesteryear

A fine-art painter and a porcelain-art maker were honored as the craftsman and craftswoman of the year in the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair. Walter Creech, a painter and water-colorist from Saxaphaw, and Gay Lord, who works with porcelain, of Orlando, received the honors. “This award is given to one man and one woman each year,” Village of Yesteryear Director Pam Earp said. “All the members of the village vote for who they view as most dedicated to their craft and the village’s mission of demonstration and education.” Creech has been a member of the Village of…

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Flying Bob exits the ride

For the past 14 years, I’ve been on one of the most thrilling public relations rides in North Carolina. As public affairs director for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, I have had the opportunity to communicate with the public about a wide variety of topics. What I’ll remember most, though, is the work I’ve done each October, when the department puts on the annual N.C. State Fair. My office is responsible for publicizing the fair and helping the news media report on it. Over the years, I’ve talked about both the good and the bad associated with the…

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The questions keep coming at the fair information booths

  “Where’s the bathrooms?” “Where’s the pig races?” “Where can I get tickets or redeem my ride wristbands?” Paul Brown, who mans an information booth near Gate 9,  ranks those as the top three questions he gets on a daily basis. This is Brown’s third year working an information booth and the first for Trish Boone, who is sharing the booth with him. Boone would also add to the list, “Where’s the gate that I came in?” The two pass out a lot of daily schedules with maps, and offer directions to the pig races, specific food booths, different gates,…

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