Weekend Update: RV show and sale, spring-like temps for Raleigh flea market

  Come on out to the fairgrounds this weekend and check out the “original” tiny houses at the North Carolina Dealers Assocation Spring RV Sale. The show and sale runs Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena and grounds. Promoted by N.C. RV Dealers Association, this event offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;  and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older and children 12 and under are free. See the website for special…

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NC State Fair Livestock Scholarship Program Helps Fund FFA Livestock Judging Contest

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. The N.C. State Fair Livestock Scholarship Program provides more than scholarships for college students. It also provides funds for youth competing in 4-H and FFA livestock events throughout the year and across the state. The FFA livestock judging competition is one such an…

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Bullriders Finals, Kids Exchange Consignment Sale and more this weekend

Calling all cowgirls and cowboys. It’s the annual Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals this Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex  featuring American Bullriders Finals, Bullriding and Barrel Racing Finals. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $17 for reserved seating, $12 for general admission and kids 5 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, call 919-872-6898. The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center and Graham Building. Admission is free and most items will be half price on Sunday….

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Youth care for livestock projects in rain, snow, and shine

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. The beginning of the year brought snow with it to North Carolina. There were many excited kids playing in the snow and relishing the delay and cancellation of school. In many parts of the state, children were making snow cream, attempting to build…

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As January ends, a new era at the State Fair begins

After 38 years of service, Wesley Wyatt is ready to hang up the many hats he has worn over the years as manager of the N.C. State Fair. While we’re excited for him and the new adventures that lie ahead in his post-retirement journey, his presence will be missed across the fairgrounds, throughout the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and beyond. Wyatt’s career began at the fairgrounds in the summer of 1973 as a junior in high school working part-time on the landscape crew, helping with horse shows, setting up buildings for events and cleaning up after them….

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Southern Farm Show runs through Friday, Flea Market open this weekend

The annual Southern Farm Show, the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia, is underway. The event runs through Feb. 2 and features more than 400 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. While we are living in a digital age, where everything can be bought online, this event will allow attendees to get up close and personal with farm equipment, so they can kick the tires and comparison shop in one location. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., the Ag…

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog, Volksfest this weekend

Saturday’s celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dog will be held Saturday in Dorton Arena. The Chinese New Year celebration will feature many Chinese and Asian cultural performances, such as lion and dragon dances, vocal performers and traditional Chinese music, food and crafts. The event, sponsored by the  Triangle Area Chinese American Society, takes place in the Expo Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door for adults or free to children ages 6 and under. Other events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education…

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Dixie Gun and Knife Classic, Flea Market and other events this weekend

The weather is going to be positively spring-like this weekend. Perfect for melting snow and checking out the full slate of events at the State Fairgrounds. Read more about the events below. The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. Attendees can buy, sell or trade collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting equipment, fishing gear, ammo and more. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday at the Commercial…

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Weekend Update: Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo returns to Raleigh. Raleigh Flea Market is OPEN.

After a week off due to unseasonably cold weather conditions, the Raleigh Flea Market is back. Come check out hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. This market features something for everyone including military surplus, metal signs, outdoor items, antiques, collectibles, food, coins, used books, kitchenware, pet supplies, clothing boutiques and even a coffee shop. It may be too cold this weekend to be out on the water, but the 26th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo held in the Graham and Exposition buildings is offering hot deals to anglers who want to restock that…

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Weekend Update: Flea Market closed, other events will continue as planned

Due to the cold temperatures and recent winter weather, the Raleigh Flea Market will be closed this weekend. Other events will continue indoors. Weekend events: Check out the Spa Blowout is in the Exposition Center where visitors can expect big saving on hot tubs and spas. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and purchased items will be delivered. Forever Bridal holds its annual Wedding Show in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday.  Event features more than 200 of the area’s top…

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