Weekend Update: Jan. 23-25

January 22, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

Toys and bikes are among the many gently used items that are available at the Kids Exchange Consignment Sale taking place in the Graham and Expo Buildings.

Need plans this weekend? Here’s a look at the line up of events this weekend at the fairgrounds:

  • The popular Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is returning to the Graham Building and Exposition Center this weekend, featuring more than 3 acres of gently used clothes, toys, accessories, furniture, bedding, books, videos and more. The sale is open to the public on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and most items are offered for half price on Sunday. The sale will be in the Graham Building only on Sunday, Jan. 26.
  • Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet will be Saturday in the Scott Building. More than 100 vendors will offer Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Bachmann, Varney “N”, “HO”, “O”, “S”. and “G” gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard to find parts, and other toy train related items. Kid’s Club activities, hands-on layouts and train races, workshops and minor on-site repairs will also be offered. Auction begins at 1 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adult and free for children under age 13 if accompanied by paying adult.
  • DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Admission is free.
  •  The Raleigh Winter Indoor Hunter Jumper Show will be at the Hunt Horse Complex starting Thursday until Sunday. The show starts at 8 a.m. daily and spectator admission is free.
  •  The North Carolina All-School Cheer and Dance Championship and “Champions of the East” All-Star Cheer and Dance Competition will be Saturday in Dorton Arena. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m. The event features cheerleaders and dancers of all ages competing to win their age divisions and the grand champion title. Admission is $15 for ages 13 to 64  and $8 for children under 13 and seniors 65 and up.

Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend Update: Jan. 16-18

January 15, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Come on out to Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show this weekend in the Scott Building. (photo from Repticon.com)

The fairgrounds are busy this weekend, with a wide variety of events taking place. Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here’s what’s going on:

Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building and offers live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animal presentations and seminars are presented daily. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. VIP admission on Saturday at 9 a.m. is $12. General admission is $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Special two-day general admission is $15.

Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction takes place in the Exposition Center Friday and Saturday with a racing trade show and the area’s largest consignment auction of racing-related parts, tools and equipment. The racing parts auction begins at noon on Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The rolling stock auction begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Fairgrounds Racer’s Reunion Autograph Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult admission is $10 each day, ages 12 to 15 is $5 a day. Ladies and children under age 12 are admitted free. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dixie Gun and Knife Show returns to the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. This show features modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more. 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 under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit their website for a $1 discount admission coupon. Customers bringing unloaded firearms to the show for sale or trade must enter through Gate 4 at the fairgrounds.

NCHJA “C” Indoor Hunter/Jumper Show takes place in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday through Sunday. The show begins daily at 8 a.m. and is free for spectators.

Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building and features coins, postcards and stamps. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Deadline extended for summer state internships, including one for the N.C. State Fair

January 09, 2015 By: Category: Uncategorized

Come be part of our team!  Students, here is your chance to apply to be part of the State Fair press office, aka the Deep Fried Crew. Sounds awesome, right?

Tell me more, you say…

The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office has extended its deadline to Jan. 16 for students to apply for a paid summer internship. Included in the nearly 100 internship listings is one for a public relations and social media intern for the N.C. State Fair. The internships are offered through the N.C. Department of Administration and are 40 hours a week for 10 weeks this summer. The internship begins May 26 and ends July 31.

To be eligible, students must be permanent North Carolina residents with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, have graduated high school and must have completed their sophomore year of college. Community college students must complete their first year of school. Students who have previously held a paid YAIO internship are not eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed and selected by the N.C. Internship Council and then potential candidates are interviewed by the internship supervisor by phone.

Our internship is officially titled, “N.C. State Fair Public Relations Intern – Social Networking and Grassroots Marketing.”  It is internship No. 3 in the catalog (page 10), and we are looking for communication studies, communication, public relations, journalism or advertising and marketing majors.

 

State Fair intern Rebecca Todd

Sampling new foods is something the Deep Fried Crew does as a public service for blog readers. Pictured is 2013 intern Rebecca Todd, aka Jane Deere.

 

Paul and Jeff

2011 intern Jeff Miles (aka Tilt-A-Whirl), left, joins 2009 intern Paul Jones (aka Bearded Lady) in taping a video update on daily activities at the State Fair.

 

The internships are designed to give students real-world experience and exposure to state government as a potential career option. Internships cover a range of majors.

“In the current job market, it is tough for college students to find paid employment opportunities that equip them with relevant and meaningful professional experience in their field of study,” said Stephanie Nantz, executive director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.  “This program does just that, as well as assist state agencies with meeting their missions.”

The N.C. State Fair has been fortunate to have had great summer interns in the past through this program, so if you think you have what it takes, fill out your application and get it postmarked by Jan. 16 to start the process.

Click here to find out more about all the YAIO internships being offered.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update: Jan. 9-11

January 09, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

It may be too cold this weekend to be out on the water,but the 25th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo held in the Graham and Exposition buildings is offering hot deals to anglers who want to restock that tackle box. This event, touted as the “Fishing Event of the Year” by organizers, features fresh water, saltwater, kayaking, offshore and inshore fishing items. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and up, $5 for ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are admitted free. Visit their website for advance tickets and more information.

Other events this weekend:

Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility:
There is more than $1,500 in prize money up for grabs at the Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility trials in the Hunt Horse Arena, with three full days of competition. Watch as dogs of every skill level and size tackle obstacles such as the A-frame, weave poles, jumps and plank.  The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free.

North State Hobby Show:
In the Scott Building, the 89th North State Toy & Hobby Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, featuring antique and modern collectible toys. Diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of the Rings, sci-fi toys, Western toys and other collectibles will be available from more than 70 exhibitors buying, selling and trading. The event is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily, or $7 for a weekend pass. Children under 16 years are admitted free.

Young Champions State Karate Championship

State Karate Championships for ages 4 to 14 will be held from noon  to 7 p.m. on Saturday in Dorton Arena. Spectator admission is free.

And don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

Weekend Update: Jan. 2-4

December 31, 2014 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

A Wedding Show will be held in the Graham Building Saturday and Sunday.

The first weekend of 2015 is here and so is a full line up of events at the State Fairgrounds. If you are a bride-to-be, cat lover, antique collector or looking for a new hot tub then we’ve got you covered. Check out the full line up of events below:

  • The Spa and Swim Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. According to organizers, hundred of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis will be available, and shoppers can expect discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail. 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. Admission is free.
  • The First in Flight Cat Club 13th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show will be held Friday through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. More than 250 cats of various breeds from around the world will be represented. Vendors will be selling cat-related merchandise and rescue groups will have cats and kittens for adoption. Hours are Friday, 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $3 for ages 2 to 12.
  •  The Forever Bridal Wedding Show will be held in the Graham building on Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 wedding professionals will be available to assist brides in planning their dream wedding. Fashion shows will be held hourly. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15, ages 12 and under are admitted free. Brides can save on admission by pre-registering online at foreverbridal.net.
  • The Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Antique guns and U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia will be exhibited, bought, sold and traded. Items for sale includes relics, books, uniforms and insignias. Free appraisals will also be available. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up, $1 for ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.
  • The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition will be Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Competitions start daily at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

And as usual, the popular Raleigh Flea Market will be in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. More than 600 vendors offer antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate the new year with the fair’s top sparkling N.C. wines

December 30, 2014 By: Category: 2014 N.C. State Fair

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at the sparkling wine category at this year’s year’s State Fair Wine Competition. After all, if you’re planning to ring in the new year with a little bubbly, it should be with a gold-medal-winning North Carolina wine, right?

This year, the top spot went to Biltmore Estate for their Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Brut. The judges said the wine had a “light floral aroma, light fruity taste that’s slightly sweet, [with a] pleasant aftertaste.” Another judge called it “well balanced,” with “bright, fresh flavors.”

But while that was the category top winner, the Biltmore Pas de Deux Sparkling Moscato, and Raffaldini VineyardsLa Dolce Vita also received gold medals. Of the Pas de Deux, a judge noted that it is a “nice, light sparkling muscat.” And another judge noted that the La Dolce Vita was “very nice, very good balance of sweetness and acidity. Clean and bright.”

Biltmore has taken the top spot in the sparkling category four out of the last five years with different varieties of the Blanc de Blancs. According to Wine Enthusiast, Blanc de Blancs are the name for Champagne made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. Of course, the term “Champagne” is reserved for sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France. Blanc De Blanc literally translates as white of white (white wine from white grapes).

Top sparkling wines in the N.C. State Fair Wine Competition:

  • 2014: Biltmore Estate Wine Co., Asheville, Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Brut
  • 2013: Biltmore Estate,  Château Reserve Blanc de Blanc
  • 2012: Biltmore Estate, Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Brut
  • 2011: Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, Blanc de Blanc
  • 2010: Biltmore Winery, Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs

As always, if you’re going to drink, please drink responsibly. We wish all of our fans a safe and happy new year!

Weekend Update: Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 26-28

December 18, 2014 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Find sweet deals on last minute gifts at the fairgrounds this weekend.

There’s one last weekend of shopping before Christmas is here. We think it’s a great time to head out to the Fairgrounds to find unique one-of-a-kind gifts and plenty of parking.

On Saturday, Dec. 20 the Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo will be in the Holshouser Building. Find just what you are looking for among 70 vendors offering clothing, jewelry, candles, kitchen goods, art and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

The Raleigh Flea Market features more than 100 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more on Saturday and Sunday in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds.

The fairgrounds will also host the following events:

Capital City Gun Show:
Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21, in the Graham Building. Guns, knives, hunting supplies and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Admission is $10 for both days and free for children 12 and under.  Discount coupons are available on their website. Anyone bringing firearms to the show must enter at Gate 4. All firearms must be uncased, unloaded with the actions opened when walking to the building. Follow the signs to the gun check area.

Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition will be Thursday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Hunt Horse Complex. Call 910-973-6976 for more information.

Winter Jam 2014, presented by K97.5 the Triangle’s Hip-Hop and R&B station, is Saturday, Dec. 20 in Dorton Arena. Bands include Cash Out, Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor, Dej Loaf and Snootie Wild. Doors open at 2 p.m.  and show starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $25.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at K97.5WinterJamEVENTBRITE.

Fiesta Navideña is Sunday, Dec. 21 in the Holshouser Building. This is a community outreach event offering family information, children’s toys, and health and other professional services. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic: Dec. 28-31 at the Hunt Horse Complex. Daily shows will begin at 8 a.m. and admission is free.

 

 

Weekend Update: Dec. 13-15

December 10, 2014 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

This weekend at the fairgrounds the popular Bulls, Bells and Barrels show returns to the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday. This event features championship bull riding and barrel racing. Western and equestrian-themed Christmas items will also be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $12, VIP admission is $17, and children ages 5 and under get in free. More information is available at www.carouselfarmsraleigh.com.

Other events this weekend:

Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Show: More than 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage and new sports cards, memorabilia, NASCAR items and more in the Scott Building. Featured autograph guests include Negro League players Pedro Sierra, Jim Robinson and Sam Allen. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Featured autograph guest Denny Mclain, former major league baseball world champion, will be signing autographs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Huggins & Scott Auction House will be in attendance taking consignments for future auctions.  Hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a weekend pass. Free admission for ages 15 and under. Discount admission coupons are available at www.insidepitchpromotions.com.

Wake County Library Book Sale: Wake County Library’s annual book sale is Thursday through Saturday in the Graham Building. The books are in good condition. Some are pulled out of circulation, and others come from donations if library locations already have duplicate copies. Plenty of bestsellers are up for grabs, as well as cookbooks, textbooks and books on history and religion. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted. Admission is free. Hours and prices are below.

  • Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $5; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $4; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $2; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Bag of books $2; box of books $5. (Customers can bring wagons/carts)

The Raleigh Flea Market will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 100 vendors, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing and jewelry, will be on the grounds and in the Commercial and Education buildings.

Merry Christmas from the Deep Fried Crew!

December 09, 2014 By: Category: 2014 N.C. State Fair

The Deep Fried Crew and the rest of the workers at the State Fair wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Weekend Update: Dec. 5-7

December 03, 2014 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Cruise into the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend for the Classic Car Auction in the Graham Building and Exposition Center

Events this weekend at the Fairgrounds include the Classic Car Auction, Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet, An Hispanic Holiday Celebration and the Scandinavian Christmas Fair.

Raleigh Classic Car Auction
– More than 250 vintage vehicles from four private collections will be on display and up for auction in the Graham and Expo buildings. Auctions start Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m and runs until 6 p.m.. A public preview will take place Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $15 for a two-day pass. Admission for children under 12 is $5 per day or $7 for both days. Free admission for registered bidders.

Scandinavian Christmas Fair - This event Saturday in the Holshouser Building features Scandinavian favorites such as homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. The event is sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, and children under 13 are admitted free.

Posada Navideña 2014Dorton Arena will host an Hispanic holiday celebration on Sunday. The event will feature international bands performing and booths offering professional health services as well as traditional Christmas items. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet – More than 100 vendors will be selling trains, accessories, track switches, hard-to-find parts and other toy train-related items from brands such as Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Bachmann and more in the Scott Building. Workshops and minor on-site repair will also be offered. Kids Club activities will include train races. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. An auction will be held at 1 p.m. and special raffle at 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults and free for children under age 13 who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Unique and one-of-a-kind gifts at the Raleigh Flea Market this weekend

The Hunt Horse complex will also host the 6th Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show this weekend. This is a statewide open horse show for youth and adult exhibitors in Western, hunter and saddleseat divisions. Show benefits the NCSU Intercollegiate Western Riding Team and the North Central District 4-H Horse Program. Free spectator admission. Hours are  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Also, those wanting to skip the hustle and bustle at the mall and look for unique holiday gift offerings will find the Raleigh Flea Market open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The News & Observer in Raleigh recommends the flea market as a great place to shop for holiday gifts!)

 

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