Weekend Update: Feb. 27-March 1

February 26, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

The annual Dixie Deer Classic takes over the fairgrounds this weekend. (photo courtesy Dixie Deer Classic)

It’s Dixie Deer Classic time at the fairgrounds as this huge, outdoor sporting event takes over Dorton Arena, Graham Building, Exposition Center, Scott Building, Holshouser Building and part of the outside grounds. This event is a deer hunter’s dream, offering the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors.  The event also features seminars, displays, trophy scoring and an archery competition.

Special guests include the team from Dressed To Kill, Fred & Michele Eichler, Mike Stroff from Savage Outdoors, and Roger & Ayla from Antler Dog. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and older, children 12 and under are admitted free. Get your hand stamped for free return admission. Special Friday-only admission prices are $6 for youth ages 13 to 18, seniors over 65, military members and women.

The North Carolina BowHunters Association banquet will be held as part of the event on Saturday evening and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest will in conjunction on Saturday.

Other events this weekend:

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Hunt Horse Complex 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. Spectator admission is free.

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 on the outside grounds.

Coming up next weekend March 6-8:

  • Garden Brothers Circus in Dorton Arena
  • Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza in the Exposition Center
  • Discover the Dinosaurs in the Graham Building
  • Carolina Roller Derby in Dorton Arena
  • Bead Mercantile Show in the Scott Building

A complete calendar of events is online at www.ncstatefair.org/events/calendar.htm

Weekend Update: Feb. 20-22

February 18, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

The N.C. RV Dealers Association Spring RV Sale finds a parking spot this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

 

Getting a little cabin fever from all the winter weather this week? Head on out to the fairgrounds to start planning for summer vacation with a new RV or boat. There’s plenty of indoor events and plenty of free parking.

Events this weekend:

The North Carolina RV Dealers Association Spring RV Sale will take over the Graham Building, Exposition Center and grounds this weekend. The show and sale offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Buyers looking for the best deal on a 2015 RV will want to come early to check out all the deals. Hours are  Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and under. Discount tickets include a $6 ticket on Seniors Day, Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 55 and over; $5 adult ticket on Family Night, Friday and Saturday after 5 p.m.; and $5 for military and law enforcement all day on Friday.

The Chatlee Boat Show & Sale takes place in Dorton Arena, offering a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boats to choose from. Event Hours: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to  7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Free admission.

The Raleigh Indoors Winter Classic II – NCHJA “C” Indoors Show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Shows start daily at 9 a.m. with free admission for spectators.

Broughton Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be Friday night in the Martin Building. This fundraiser event includes dinner, raffles, a live band and information on the conservation of North America’s wetlands and wildlife. Doors open 5:30 pm. For tickets and more information call 252-430-1576 or email lwilkins@ducks.org.

The Body Mind Spirit Expo will be Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. This event is the largest health and wellness expo of its kind in the U.S. and includes health, wellness and metaphysical booths and lectures featuring natural and holistic health products, intuitive readings, enlightened art, crystals, massage and chiropractic. The expo includes more than 100 exhibitor booths and 70 free lectures. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and children under age 10 are admitted free. Admission covers both days of the event. Visit the website for a $1 discount coupon.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be Saturday and Sunday in the Commercial and Education Buildings and outside grounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend Update: Feb. 13-15

February 13, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Fall in love with a cowboy this weekend at the Hunt Horse Complex

Cowboys and cars make an odd couple this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Both events offer plenty to get excited about.

It’s not too late to get tickets to Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals on Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex and enjoy Valentine’s weekend in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The event features bull riding, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, pony rides and a mechanical bull. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the events starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $17 for VIP reserved seating and $12 for general admission. Children ages five and under are admitted free. Call 919-872-6898 for ticket sales and information.

The North Carolina International Auto Expo is taking over the Graham Building, Exposition Center and Dorton Arena this weekend.  With more than 160,000 square feet of new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sport utility vehicle manufacturers on display, this event is a can’t miss for all auto enthusiasts — and a perfect place to take your car-loving honey for Valentine’s Day. Classic cars will be on display in Dorton Arena. Other special attractions include sheriff’s department, highway patrol cars and race cars on display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 60;  and $4 for ages 60 and over and ages 6-12. Admission is free for under age six.

Other events this weekend:

The TET Festival (Vietnamese New Year Celebration) will be held on Saturday in the Scott Building. This cultural celebration will feature food, vendors, martial arts demonstrations and children’s dancing. Doors open at 9 a.m. and admission is $5. An evening concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. admission is $40 and includes admission to the festival.

The 30th Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop & Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Martin Building. The Raleigh Aquarium Society will offer workshops throughout the day on Saturday (registration fees are listed at their website) and an auction on Sunday with a wide variety of fish, plants and hardware items. The auction is free for members and $5 for non-members. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Auction registration will be on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m.

As usual, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of goods and services. Shoppers are also invited to come in from the cold and visit the Flea Market’s indoor vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings.

State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships available; application deadline is April 1

February 06, 2015 By: Category: Uncategorized

Dairy show participant with cow

Youth who have exhibited a livestock animal at the N.C. State Fair are eligible to apply for the Youth Livestock Scholarships.

The 2015 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship program is accepting applications. There are up to 24 scholarships available this year, and each is worth $2,000.

Youth who have exhibited a livestock animal at the N.C. State Fair are eligible to apply for this scholarship, regardless of breed, class or show placement. The scholarships can be used at universities, community colleges and technical schools. Completed applications are due at the N.C. State Fair office or postmarked by 5 p.m. April 1.

The scholarships were created under a new program aimed at supporting youth pursuing higher education. They are funded from a portion of the proceeds from the 2014 Junior Livestock Sale of Champions, and organizers hope to continue — and even grow — the scholarship program each year. The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the funds available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship must be enrolled in a minimum of nine course hours per semester. They must submit an application form, a resume of State Fair Junior Livestock show experience, a copy of their current transcript, a 500-word essay explaining what the student learned by showing livestock, a resume of extracurricular activities and honors, and two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes.

The 100-point selection criteria are made up of 60 points for N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock show experience, 10 points for academic achievement, 15 points for essay and 15 points for the general resume of extracurricular activities and honors

Applications are available on the State Fair’s website. Applications and supporting materials should be sent to the N.C. State Fair, Attn. Livestock Office, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607. For more information, contact Neil Bowman at 919-270-7094 or by email at neil.bowman@ncagr.gov.

And if you’re interested more information on how individuals and organizations can support the 2015 Junior Livestock Sale of Champions or the scholarship program, contact Wesley Wyatt, State Fair manager, at wesley.wyatt@ncagr.gov or 919-821-7400; or Angie Crone, sponsorship director, at angie.crone@ncagr.gov or 919-839-4514.

Weekend Update: Feb. 6-8

February 04, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

You still have time to check out the Southern Farm Show before the tractors leave the building.

Things will be mostly quiet this weekend at the fairgrounds while the Southern Farm Show moves out of all the building and grounds. The 39th-annual show, which features more than 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services, ends Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The grand finale of the Southern Farm Show is the Southern National Draft Horse Pull in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday night. Giant Percheron and Belgian draft horses from across the nation will compete for prize money. Pre-show entertainment includes horse-drawn equipment demonstrations, cowboy mounted shooting and a coon mule jump. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

The Heart For a Heart Valentines Vendor Show will be Saturday in the Martin Building. Shop for last minute Valentine’s gifts at a variety of small business vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Also on Saturday, The Hilltopper Indoor Tailgate Charity match, presented by the  Triangle Area Polo Club will be at the Hunt Horse Complex. The match will benefit Clark’s Promise for the homeless. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are $1,500 per table, includes 12 tickets.

And rain or shine, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of goods and services.

Weekend Update: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

January 29, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Get Ready. The Southern Farm Show will be here Feb. 4.

The fairgrounds is a bit slower this weekend as we gear up for the start of the  Southern Farm Show next week. The Farm Show is the largest event of the year at the fairgrounds, other than the N.C. State Fair, of course! It will take over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building, Expo Center, Scott Building, Hunt Horse Complex and a good portion of the outside grounds. The event is free and open to the public, so make plans to come out Feb. 4-6.

Events this weekend:

The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show will be in the Scott Building with more than 80 exhibitors who will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR and related merchandise on more than 225 tables. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Show hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 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. A discount coupon is available on the website. Free admission for ages 15 and under. A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility competition will be Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Watch as dogs of all breeds and their handlers compete for fastest times on obstacle courses with tunnels, weave poles, A-frames, see-saws and more. Admission is free.

Chinese New Year On Saturday, the Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival will take place in the Exposition Center to celebrate the Year of the Sheep. The event will feature Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage, exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance on their website or at many local Asian groceries. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Admission is free for children ages 6 and under.

And as always, 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. 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.

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