Weekend Update: July 28-30

The Japanese Summer Festival is Saturday in the Scott Building. The event will feature traditional festival-type street food and drinks. There will also be a variety of entertainment, such as bon odori dancing, taiko drums, a Japanese choir and other musicians and Japanese martial arts demonstrations. Japanese-interest groups will host tables with games for children, arts and crafts displays and goods for sale. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up. Event hours are 1 to 8 p.m. The Raleigh Summer Dressage I and II Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will have dressage…

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Weekend Update: July 21-23

Looking for kids’ back-to-school clothes? The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is happening this weekend at the fairgrounds. Attendees can expect to find discounted clothes, toys and more. Most items will be sold at about one-third of their original price. All items will be half price on Sunday. The event will run Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Admission is free for all ages. Other events: The Sports Card, Memorabilia and Comic Con is Friday through Sunday in the Scott…

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Weekend Update: July 14-16

Calling all antique collectors! The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. The event will host over 125 exhibitors from across the country selling one-of-a-kind items. The extravaganza runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per day or $8 for a weekend pass. Other events happening at the fairgrounds: The Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association open horse show is Friday through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will feature Hatler, Western, English and Saddle seat classes…

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Dorton Arena is a field-trip destination

If you have ever attended the fair or other events at the fairgrounds, probably one of the first things you see from a distance is the odd-shaped roof of the most standout building on the grounds. J.S. Dorton Arena is certainly a symbol of the fairgrounds, but it also has an important place in architectural history. Elizabeth Grant is a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech University. Each year she takes her second-year students on a field trip to visit architecturally significant buildings. Some noted buildings in Raleigh include the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, the N.C. Museum of Art…

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Weekend Update: July 7-9

At the fairgrounds this week, you’ll find everything from survival essentials to crafting tools. Here’s what’s going on: The Gem and Jewelry Show offers up a variety of gems, including bead collections, crystals and minerals from vendors across the country. Dealers will also showcase some rare items, such as giant shark’s teeth and fossils. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scott Building Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. The Rubber Stamp and Scrapbooking Show runs Friday to Sunday in the Exposition Center. The event will feature a variety of training classes, with vendors…

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NC Junior Beef Roundup focuses on family, friends and cattle

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 the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. If you were anywhere near the N.C. State Fairgrounds during the first week of June, you probably heard the lowing of cattle. Every year, youth and their families come together with their bovine at the Junior Beef Roundup. This event is…

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How to win big at State Fair kids’ competitions

Every autumn, the N.C. State Fair hosts dozens of kids’ competitions and offers hundreds of dollars in prize money to winners. At this year’s 150th fair, kids have an opportunity to show their skills in a variety of areas and claim the ultimate bragging rights. The contests can range from arts and photography to horticulture and poultry, and everything in between. To help kids navigate the hustle and bustle of fair championships, I gathered advice from an experienced contender, Joey Moore, who has claimed first place in many contests, including livestock, art, 4-H, and handicrafts and hobbies. Along the way, he…

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Weekend Update: June 30-July 2

The NCHJA Annual HunterJumper Show starts Thursday and goes through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will begin at 8 a.m. each day and admission is free for spectators. There will be special classes held Friday and Saturday evenings. The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Attendees will find vendors from across the country showing live animals, animal supplies and other related products. There will also be live animal presentations and educational seminars throughout the weekend. General…

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Weekend Update: June 23-25

This is a big weekend for horse and car lovers at the fairgrounds. Here’s a list of upcoming events: The Classic Car Auction is Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. The event will feature four private collections offering over 250 vintage vehicles. The public has the option to preview the cars Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. before the auction begins. Adult admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Admission for ages 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a weekend pass….

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Weekend Update: June 16-18

From tiny house hunting to collectible toy shopping, this weekend at the fairgrounds has a little something for everyone. Here’s what’s going on: The Great American Tiny House Show is Friday and Saturday in the Graham Building. The expo will display different types of houses, such as container homes, modular homes and other portable structures. It will also feature exhibits with building equipment and accessories, real estate brokers, recreational items and travel destinations. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $10. The Man Expo is every man-cave owner’s dream. The event will offer the…

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