Weekend update: May 29-31

May 28, 2015 By: Category: Uncategorized

Come see the N.C. Junior Beef Roundup Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building.

It may be getting hotter as we officially head toward summer, but for those who might be weary of the rising temperatures, much of the activity this weekend at the fairgrounds will be indoors. A few of the highlights include weightlifting, cattle, toy trains and more:
NC Strongest Man & Woman USA-Powerlifting State Championships
Visitors can see more than 200 athletes compete in strongman lifting and powerlifting competitions Saturday. The competition, hosted by Train Strongman LLC and USA Powerlifting, will take place in Dorton Arena from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ReefSMART
Want to learn how to make your own rocks? Then attend this vendor exposition sponsored by Sustainable Reef, a nonprofit organization that promotes commercial entities who produce captive-grown corals and other reef species. In addition to offering free swag and raffles from numerous vendors, the expo will present coral frag making demonstrations. The exhibition will take place in the Holshouser Building on Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m., with $20 admission between 11 a.m. and noon. Free general admission from noon to 6 p.m.

The North Carolina Junior Beef Roundup
This youth livestock show will take place Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building with event competition starting at 7:30 a.m. each day. Come see the state’s youth compete in skill and showmanship competitions. The “roundup” events will offer family-friendly activities. Admission is free to spectators.

Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
Over 100 vendors will be set up in the Scott Building Saturday and Sunday featuring products including toy trains, train accessories, tracks, switches and other hard-to-find parts. Presenting one of the largest O gauge train layouts ever set up in Raleigh, this event will also feature over 30 child-friendly interactive modules. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 13 who are accompanied by an adult.

Capital Dressage Classic
This official qualifying competition for the 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will also include a vendor fair featuring businesses such as Elite Vet Products and Custom Saddlery. The event is free to spectators and will be housed in the Hunt Horse Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

And if you are interested in spending the day outdoors, the Raleigh Flea Market is still open every Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend Update: May 22-24

May 20, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Wall-to-wall sunshine this weekend at the Raleigh Flea Market

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer and things are moving at a little slower pace at the fairgrounds. Holiday weekends usually means fewer events, making it a great weekend for a leisurely stroll through the flea market. The Raleigh Flea Market is open every Saturday and Sunday. The Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Have stuff to sell? You can rent a booth at the market for $30 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday or $50 for the whole weekend.

Other events this weekend:

Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show runs through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is a world-class event with more than 200 Morgans from across the United States traveling to compete in divisions ranging from Hunt and Classic Pleasure to English and Park classes, both under saddle and in harness. There are also dressage trail and carriage classes as well as vendors displaying a variety of unique equine gifts. Spectator admission is free. The main arena is open daily 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Outside open ring hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for dressage; and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon for carriage driving.

The Raleigh Durham Caged Bird Society’s 27th Annual Pet Bird Fair is Saturday in the Scott Building. This show features exotic birds from around the world, a large selection of vendors selling bird-related items, and a huge raffle to benefit avian research and conservation. Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update: May 15-17

May 14, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events, Got to Be NC Festival

Foods, rides and tractors of all types at this weekend's Got to Be NC Festival. Tractor parades will take place daily at 1 p.m.

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the eighth annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include:

  • Homegrown Fare, sponsored by Lowes Foods, will be in the Exposition Center. More than 80 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Outside the Exposition Center is the Lowes Foods tent featuring the Great Carolina Food Bizarre. Check out a blog post from earlier this week on food at the Got to Be NC Festival.
  • 8th annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from 40 Masonic Lodges. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 7-11, and free for ages 6 and under. Barbecue sales start at 11 a.m.
  • Grandstand events include canine and equine shows Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Tractor pulls will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Dorton Arena entertainment includes FFA Gator Wars on Friday and Raleigh Trans Jam BMX Contest on Saturday and Sunday.
  • More than 30 rides along with food and games of chance will be on the midway. On Friday and Sunday, thrill seekers can take advantage of unlimited-ride wristbands for $20. Ride tickets are $1 each, and rides will take 3-5 tickets per ride. Purchase 14 tickets for $12 or 30 tickets for $20.
  • Additional free entertainment includes fireworks, auto and truck shows, lumberjacks, bluegrass band competition, rabbit and cavy shows and racing pigs. The popular tractor parade will also be held daily at 1 p.m.

Other events at the fairgrounds this weekend:

The Chatleee Boat Show and Sale will be in the Scott Building. Show features a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski and deck boards. This show boasts a boat for every budget. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Bill Plemmons RV World Open House Celebration Sale will be in the Graham Building. They have been a NC-family-owned-and-operated RV dealership since 1951 and have been awarded as one of the TOP 5 RV Dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Show features everyday low prices, parts and service on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and pop-ups. Admission is free. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale starts today and runs through Sunday in the Graham Building. Enjoy huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Hours are Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Island Spring Festival will be held in the Graham Building Sales Arena. Show features vendors offering a variety of local products and services. Admission is free. 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 Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show will be Saturday and Sunday at the Holshouser Building. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The club will offer a Canine Good Citizen certification immediately following the conclusion of the show. Owners may pre-register their dog or do so the day of the show. Free admission to public spectators.

The Wake County 4-H Horse Show will be held Saturday and the North Central District 4-H Show will be held Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is an open all-youth horse show for all youth up to 18 years old. Show features Hunter, Western and walking horse classes. Championship and Reserve-Championship for multi-age and divisions. Shows start at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.

 

 

Enjoy taste of North Carolina at the Got to Be NC Festival

May 12, 2015 By: Category: Got to Be NC Festival

Enjoy the "sweet" taste of North Carolina at the Homegrown Fare in the Expo Center.

Love North Carolina and all it has to offer? Come celebrate our great state at the Got to Be NC Festival presented by Lowe’s Foods. Visitors will be able to taste food, wine and beer made in our state at the Homegrown Fare, enjoy some odder delicacies at The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, and enjoy delicious North Carolina barbecue at the Carolina Pig Jig.

The Homegrown Fare features more than 80 North Carolina companies offering samples and selling their products. A $2 admission fee for ages 12 and up includes a coupon sheet with more than $24 in deals with the vendors.

Several new companies will be represented this year, including Zynnovations, the makers of ZYN smoothies. This Statesville company makes all-natural and gluten-free smoothies with added benefits such as energy, focus and immunity. Other vendors include the Produce Box, a community-supported agriculture program that provides home deliveries of produce direct from the farm; Bull City Ciderworks of Durham, offering samples of hard cider crafted from North Carolina apples; and Little Black Dressing Co. of High Point, offering unique salad dressings such as It Takes Three to Tango, which combines ranch and 1000 island dressings with blue cheese crumbles. With three breweries and 13 wineries, visitors can also take a wine and beer tour of the state without ever leaving the Expo Center.

A complete list of vendors is offered at the Got to Be N.C. Festival website.

Those looking for culinary adventure will want to stop by The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, located in the Lowes Foods tent in front of the Expo Center, for a chance to taste weird and unusual food pairings. Offerings include deep-fried sweet tea or Cheerwine, pimento cheese ice cream, livermush balls, chicken livers, frog legs and sour cotton candy. The bizarre will also feature fire breathers, stilt walkers, high-flying aerialists and performances by North Carolina musicians.

Hours for the Homegrown Fare and The Great Carolina Food Bizarre are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., about 40 chapters of Masons will gather for the ninth annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off. This can’t-miss event for barbecue lovers allows attendees to purchase a ticket and then sample barbecue from as many cooks as you can. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 11 and free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

The Got to Be N.C. Festival also features carnival rides, antique tractors and equipment, a daily tractor parade, fireworks, racing pigs, lumberjacks, bluegrass and more. Admission and parking are free.

Weekend Update: May 8-10

May 07, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Dorton Arena will host several area graduations this weekend

It’s graduation weekend for many area colleges and the fairgrounds will host several commencement events this weekend, including Meredith College, NCSU College of Natural Resources and the NCSU Department of Biological Sciences.

It’s also Mother’s Day weekend  and the Raleigh Flea Market is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift. The flea market features more than 100 vendors selling antiques, handmade, vintage and bargain items on the grounds and in the Commercial and Education buildings.

Other events this weekend:

Cinco De Mayo Celebration is Saturday in the Rand Grandstand. Activities include a Mexican rodeo and music featuring several popular Hispanic bands. Admission is $20. Children ages 12 and under and women are admitted free.

The Original Coin & Currency Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. This show offers a variety of numismatic items including rare coins, precious metals, paper money, tokens, coin collecting books and supplies. Bring your coins and currency to be appraised or bought. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Mid-Atlantic Hound Association Dog Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. This AKC-sanctioned event features competition for hound breeds, canine good citizen testing, dog show tours and a coonhound bench show. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Be sure to mark your calendars for May 15 through 17 as the annual Got to Be N.C. Festival arrives at the fairgrounds. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. Gate admission is free.

For a complete calender of events visit www.ncstatefair.org/events/calendar.htm.

 

We’re bringing Casey back – mascot returns after 40-plus-year absence

May 04, 2015 By: Category: 2015 N.C. State Fair, Got to Be NC Festival

There’s a new bird in town – and he’ll be making his debut at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 15-17.

Casey Cardinal will represent the fair at promotional events and during the annual N.C. State Fair. He will begin high-fiving children and posing for selfies this month.

Some seasoned fairgoers might remember Casey’s predecessor from the late 1960s and early 1970s. A few lucky fairgoers might even have a couple of souvenirs from the original Casey’s heyday. We have a few lying around the Agriculture Building in downtown Raleigh, including a key chain and cup featuring the mascot.

1968 version of Casey Cardinal from the Agricultural Review

Casey Cardinal was first conceived from a mascot contest for the 1968 N.C. State Fair. Gailya Hinshaw of Lexington submitted Casey Cardinal and was chosen from 2,000 entries. Hinshaw’s Casey Cardinal was described as a “pert and saucy caricature of the State bird.”

According to The Agricultural Review, Hinshaw and her husband, along with sons Jack and David, were treated as red-carpet guests at that year’s fair. The family joined Gov. Dan Moore for lunch at the Sir Walter Hotel and toured the fairgrounds with Miss North Carolina.

Where has Casey been all the years? We like to think he has been traveling the world attending fairs and festivals. But now he’s back, ready to represent the N.C. State Fair, and in his spare time, meet some of the other mascots in the area – especially his neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Wuf and Stormy from the Carolina Hurricanes. With baseball season in full swing – maybe he will even get out to visit Wool E. Bull and Muddy the Mudcat.

Casey will be in great company when it comes to fair mascots. He’ll have his gopher buddies, Fairborne and Fairchild, at the Minnesota State Fair, Thummer the Pig at the Los Angeles County Fair, pelican Seymour D. Faire representing the Louisiana State Fair and, of course, Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas.

We thought a good way to get to know the fair’s newest employee was to ask him a few important questions. Casey’s top 10 answers and questions are below:

1.    Favorite fair food? I love ALL the food at the N.C. State Fair, but my favorite would be roasted corn – with a side of Al’s French Fries.
2.    Favorite ride? Ferris wheels and the giant slide.
3.    Favorite month? October of course!
4.    Favorite color? Red (Cardinal red)
5.    N.C. State, UNC or Duke? Which one’s your favorite? This bird doesn’t get in the middle of that!
6.    Beach or mountains? I like the mountains. Especially to go visit my friends at the N.C. Mountain State Fair every September near Asheville.
7.    Can you square dance or clog? This bird’s been known to have a few moves. But I prefer to watch at the N.C. State Fair’s Folk Festival.
8.    Elvis or the Beatles? I like both, plus a lot of other great musicians, particularly the ones that call North Carolina home.
9.    Favorite song? Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at the State Fair. I know all the words.
10.  What do you like to do in your free time? Watch YouTube videos of fairs and festivals around the country. Follow me on Snapchat at CaseyCardinal1 .

Stop by and meet Casey at the Got to Be NC Festival and take advantage of a great deal on tickets for this year’s fair. During “Casey’s Big Ticket Weekend,” 2,500 adult gate admission tickets to the 2015 N.C. State Fair will be on sale at the festival for the rock-bottom price of just $5. That’s the best deal you will find on adult gate admission this year. Ticket sales will be cash only and will be sold at the Dorton Arena Waterfall. Just look for the bright yellow, red and blue ticket booth. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and are limited to six tickets per person. The ticket booth will be open Friday, May 15, from noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Once all 2,500 tickets are sold, the ticket booth will close and the sale will be over.

Advance ticket sales for the 2015 N.C. State Fair will begin Aug. 3.

Weekend Update: May 1-3

April 30, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

It's going to be a beautiful weekend to browse the Raleigh Flea Market

A few favorite events return to the fairgrounds this weekend. Come on out and enjoy free parking and beautiful weather.

Events this weekend:

The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic will be held in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. Modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, and children ages 12 and under are free with paying adult. A discount coupon is available on their website. Unloaded firearms can be brought to the show for sell or trade. No cases are allowed, and actions should be open. Patrons with firearms should enter through Gate 4.

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters is Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex and features riders dressed in period and contemporary Western costumes. Riders on horseback shoot balloons from their galloping horses in the main arena with six guns, rifles and shotguns using safety blanks. The timed event combines shooting skill with horsemanship. Shows start at 7 p.m and admission is free.

Also at the Hunt Horse Complex is the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association May Days horse show event featuring halter, Western, English and saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. Activities begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors offering a variety of goods and services in the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds.

One Tribe Fest 2015 will be Saturday in the Holshouser Building. This event showcases local artisans and businesses, crafters, natural products, jewelry, holistic healers, intuitive readers, as well as healing crystals, angelic art, sacred music, drum circle and more. Hours are 9:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission $5.  Ages 12 and under are admitted free.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Exposition Center will  host the Franchise & Business Opportunities Show, which focuses on self-employment opportunities for individuals wanting to start a full or part-time business of their own, or wishing to add on to their existing business. Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

Weekend Update: April 24-26

April 23, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Makeovers and more at the Southern Women's Show this weekend

Calling all ladies to the N.C. State Fairgrounds for the Southern Women’s Show this Friday through Sunday in the Graham and Expo buildings. This year’s show features vendors offering spa treatments and makeovers, clothes, jewelry and gifts, gourmet food and wine, travel ideas, beauty tips, health screenings, cooking classes, fashion shows and more. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door for adults or $6 for children ages 6 to 12. A $7 advance ticket is available at Walgreens. Admission is only $4 on Friday and Saturday night after 4 p.m. A $5 return ticket can be purchased at the show office and used with original ticket stub for return visit to the show.

After visiting the show, stop by the Raleigh Flea Market in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. The flea market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

Other events this weekend:

The 5th annual N.C. Persian Festival is Saturday in the Scott Building. This event is a celebration of Persian culture and cuisine and is sponsored by the Iranian Culture Society of N.C. and features Persian dance performances, live music, art, food, cultural exhibits and displays, children’s activities, handicrafts, a silent auction and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and children age six and under are admitted free.

Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Show begins daily at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.

Triangle Multicultural Health Fair is Saturday in the Holshouser Building. Free health services include eye exams, blood pressure monitoring and medical analysis. The Colgate Dental Smile Bus, in coordination with the UNC Dental School, will also be available to provide dental cleanings for children.  Admission is free and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and meet N.C. State Basketball players at the event

The Fiestal del dia del Nino takes place Sunday at the Harrill Center. This Kids Festival Outreach Event offers family information, games and inflatables for kids as well as health and other professional services. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all ages.

Weekend Update: April 17-19

April 15, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Cruise into the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend for the Goodguys 1st North Carolina Nationals

Calling all car lovers. The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is bring its popular event to North Carolina with the Goodguy 1st North Carolina Nationals. This show welcomes all makes and models 1972 and older and all years of American-made or powered vehicles. This event will feature more than 1,500 vehicles, Goodguys AutoCross racing competition, vendor exhibits, swap meet and AutoTrader Classics Car Corral, live music, free kids entertainment, model car show, cruisin’ and more. Stay late on Saturday night for the demolition derby. Event hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The Demolition derby starts Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 7 to 12, and free for ages 6 and under.  Events take place in the Exposition Center, Dorton Arena, Scott Building, Rand Grandstand, Martin Building and grounds.

Other events this weekend:

The North Central Open Benefit show is Saturday and Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Proceeds benefit the Equestrian Western Club at NCSU and North Central District 4-H Horse Program.

On Saturday, the N.C. State University Pre-Veterinary Medical Association will host a Rally for Boo Radley fundraiser to benefit the Boo Radley Foundation and raise money for canine brain cancer research. Event includes a micro-chip clinic, demonstrations by a local K-9 unit, flyball demonstrations, and an adopt-a-thon. DJ and luminary lighting at the end of the day, and walk for cancer survivors, and in memory of loved ones lost. Admission is free and hours are noon to 8 p.m. To attend the event enter through Gate 6 on Youth Center Road.

The Southern Bridal Show and Expo is Sunday in the Graham Building. Brides-to-be can meet more than 150 Triangle-area wedding experts and enjoy wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear and tuxedos. Pre-register and purchase tickets online to receive a discount. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person (cash only).

The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update: April 10-12

April 09, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

The Southern Ideal Home Show features hundreds of  companies providing indoor and outdoor home improvements (photo courtesy of Southern Shows).

Come on out to the fairgrounds this weekend and enjoy sunshine, shopping and the Southern Ideal Home Show – Spring Edition. This popular annual fairgrounds event takes over Graham Building and Expo Center Friday through Sunday, featuring hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. The event provides homeowners with opportunities to shop, compare and seek advice from professionals and see the latest in home improvement trends. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.  to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, free for children 15  and under with paying adult. Adults ages 55 and over get in for $7 on Friday. Hero Day is on Friday and offers free admission with an active and valid military, police, fire or EMT identification card.

Other events this weekend:

Veterans Career Fair & Diversity Expo is Thursday in the Martin Building. Several Fortune 500 G1000 companies will be represented. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is free.

The Raleigh Invitation Horse Show starts Thursday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This show features American Saddle Bred and Morgan horse and is a qualifier for the World Championship Horse Show. Spectator admission is free. Session start times are Thursday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Chatlee Boat Show & Sale kicks off on Thursday in the Scott Building, featuring a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards. The show is open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Wee Cycle Consignment Sale is this weekend in the Holshouser Building. Sale includes gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books, children’s furniture, baby equipment, maternity wear and more. Sale is open Friday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Pilot Club of Raleigh will hold a geranium sale at the L.R. Harrill Center Friday through Sunday. The money raised will go toward the club’s charity work.

India Fest will be Saturday and Sunday in Dorton Arena. Indian cultural arts, including dance, music, cultural cuisine and traditional crafts, will be featured. Hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. With  more than 1,200 performers, India Fest is the largest such production in the United States. Bollywood singer Ambili Menon will headline India Fest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Raffles and door prizes will be held throughout the event. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children after 4 p.m. on Saturday only.

 Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Heritage Circle. Activities include dog Easter egg hunt, contests and other games for dogs and people. Admission is free and donations of food and supplies will be accepted. The event will kick off with a rescue dog parade. Rescue groups and vendors will be available. Unleashed is a dog and cat store that offers natural food, treats and chews.

The Pipe and Tobacciana Expo will be Saturday in the Martin Building. The expo includes distributors, collectors and pipe clubs. A selection of smoking pipes, pipe racks, humidors and smoking accessories will be available as well as custom-blended tobaccos from around the world, pipe makers and pipe trading. Expo also features hourly raffles and door prizes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

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