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.

Weekend Update: April 3-5

April 02, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Hop on over to the fairgrounds for one-of-a-kind finds.

If you have out-of-town guests for Easter or time to kill between egg hunts, then come on out to the fairgrounds. This weekend features a variety of events, including an all-Arabian horse show, Hamfest,  sports-card and memorabilia show, the flea market and more. Event information is below:

  • The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.
  • The 43nd Annual Raleigh Hamfest will be Saturday in the Graham Building. This is a huge electronic flea market for new & used amateur radio and electronic equipment. Amateur Radio License examinations start at 9 a.m. Other events include forums, construction projects and a youth lounge. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
  •  The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show is Saturday in the Scott Building. Nearly 75 exhibitors will be selling sports cards and collectibles on 160 tables. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and children ages 15 and under are admitted free.
  • Calvary Chapel Cary will hold an Easter Services Sunday in Dorton Arena. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and the worship service begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free. Childcare is available for ages 1-4. The service will be signed for the deaf and interpreted in Spanish.
  • The Expectant Parents & Kids Easter Expo is Saturday in the Martin Building. Show features vendors offering a variety of products and services for children, expectant parents and grandparents. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
  • The Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience returns to the Blue Ridge and Trinity Lot on Saturday and Sunday. The Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides instruction on driving an exotic super car. Participants can drive three laps around the autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and have the opportunity to meet fellow super-car enthusiasts. Student driver registration required. Free admission for spectators.
  • The 39th annual Region 12 & 15 All-Arabian Horse Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This Arabian and half-Arabian competition includes halter, sport horse, dressage, hunter jumper and carriage driving. Admission is free. Show starts at 8 a.m. each day.

Weekend Update: March 27-29

March 27, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Look for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for spring at the N.C. State Fairgrounds

Spring has sprung and that means Easter, Mother’s Day and graduations are right around the corner. Head out to the fairgrounds this weekend for unique gift ideas for moms, grads and the Easter Basket.

The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers and craftsmen in indoor and outdoor exhibit space.

The Precious Gem and Mineral Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Scott Building. This show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers and features demonstration areas and lectures. Grab bags with mineral specimens, some with a facet gem, will also be available. Other features include a geode raffle, door prizes and rock candy. The on-going silent auction will have new items every hour. Dealers will provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale. Hours are Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Spring Carousel Gift Market will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. Show features art, crafts, foods, clothing and more. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by adult.

NCHJA “C” Indoors Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex.  Show begins at 8 a.m. both days. Admission is free.

The Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience returns to the fairgrounds. The Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic super car, drive three laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission

Capital City Gun Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. Guns, knives, hunting supplies and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Champion Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion is Saturday in Dorton Arena. More than 100 color guards and percussion units from North Carolina and Virginia will compete. Preliminaries are Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Finals are Saturday, 1 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults.

Weekend Update: March 20-22

March 19, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Take a spin in your dream car at the Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience this weekend

It’s a busy weekend at the fairgrounds featuring dogs, cats, horses, VW bugs, luxury cars, robots and an 80s band thrown in for good measure. Check out the complete schedule of events below and come on out for the seasonable temps and plenty of free parking.

Events this weekend:

  • The Children’s Spring Clothing and Baby Equipment Sale will be Saturday in the Scott Building. Gently used and affordable infant, children’s and maternity clothing, toys, books, games, videos, bikes, bedding, shoes, strollers, swings, cribs, highchairs, car seats and more will be available. This event is sponsored by Triangle Mothers of Twins & Triplets. Sale runs Saturday from 7:30  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Cash only except for credit card purchases of $50 or more.
  • The Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit will be at the Hunt Horse Complex through Saturday. Show features classes for American Saddlebred horses, Roadster horses and ponies, Hackney ponies, Southeast riders and a full Morgan Division. The show also offers a full division for beginning riders who participate in the academy starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Free spectator admission.
  • Kennel Club Dog Show will be through Sunday in the Graham Building. AKC-registered dogs will compete each day in dog shows, obedience and rally trials. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 7 to 12 and senior citizens. Children under 7 admitted free. A different kennel club hosts competitions each day: Wednesday – Cary Kennel Club; Thursday – Alamance Kennel Club; Friday – Durham Kennel Club; Saturday – Raleigh Kennel Club; and Sunday – Fayetteville Kennel Club.
  • The VolksFest will be held Saturday in the Exposition Center. This is an all Volkswagen car show & swap meet. VW enthusiasts are encouraged to come buy and sell vintage VW parts, sell or show off their vehicle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
  •  The Coastal Paws Cat Club presents the Rally in Raleigh Cat Show, a CFA all-breed cat show including household-pet class judging and feline agility competition. Learn about the many feline breeds in the educational breed ring. Shop for cat toys, grooming products, pet supplies and more. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3.
  • On Sunday at 6:30 p.m. the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association presents Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, with special guest Briana Dean, in Dorton Arena. This is the association’s annual fundraiser. General admission is $26 and doors open at 5:30. Concert begins at 6:30.
  • The Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience returns to the fairgrounds. The Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic super car, drive 3 laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission.
  • 2014 FIRST Robotics Regional Tournament will be Friday and Saturday in Dorton Arena. This is a high school varsity robotics competition featuring 54 teams from across the United States. More than 20,000 students, families and friends are expected.  Seeding matches are Friday and Saturday. Elimination matches and finals begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Spectators are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
  • 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: March 13-14

March 12, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

Stop by the fairgrounds for the Raleigh Flea Market and other family-friendly events.

Mild temperatures make it the perfect weekend for browsing the Raleigh Flea Market.  The 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.  Or make this the perfect weekend for you to de-clutter by renting a temporary space to sell your unwanted items at the flea market.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 28th Carolina Collector Auto Fest. This three-day event will be held in Dorton Arena, Graham Building and portions of the outside grounds. The event includes a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling, and car/truck shows. Saturday’s show is for pre-1979 vehicles; Sunday is an open car show including all makes, models, years, imports and rat rods. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 on Friday for ages 11 and up and no coupons or discounts will be accepted. Saturday and Sunday admission is $10, under 10 free; visit the website for a $2 discount coupon.

Also this weekend:

N.C. State University is hosting the 39th annual PLANET Student Career Day and National Collegiate Landscape Competition. More than 850 students from the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs will compete in more than 28 team and individual competitions. The students will compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the landscape industry and attend a career fair to meet prospective industry employers and discuss employment opportunities. Events will be held in the Exposition Center, Scott Building, Holshouser Building, Martin Building and outside grounds. Spectators are welcome.

Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic  “A” Show is Thursday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This hunter-jumper horse show is a USEF A-rated show sponsored by Triangle Farms. Shows begin daily at 8 a.m. Spectator admission is free.

 

 

Weekend Update: March 6-8

March 06, 2015 By: Category: Fairgrounds Events

It's circus time in Dorton Arena this Friday.

It looks like warmer weather is finally on tap for the Triangle area this weekend, so why not enjoy it at the fairgrounds? Circus performers, dinosaurs, rollergirls and brides-to-be will make up the eclectic mix of visitors. 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.

Weekend events kick off Friday with the Garden Bros Circus in Dorton Arena. Show features high flying daredevils, BMX extreme stunt team, flash mob dancers, pink poodles, clowns, human cannonball, princesses, heroes and penguins.  Show times are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for children and $20 for adults. VIP ringside seats are $16 for children and $28 for adults. Special ticket deals available online. Credit cards are accepted online, but cash only at the door.

Discover the Dinosaurs is returning to the fairgrounds and moving into the Graham Building, which will allow for more exhibit space. This interactive exhibit takes adventurers through life-sized recreations of dinosaurs, plus the Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Gem & Fossil Panning, Dino Mini-Golf, face painting, rides and inflatables. New this year is Discover the Ice Age, which  shows a world transformed by snow and ice, and where gigantic creatures reigned after the dinosaurs disappeared. Experience these massive moving, breathing, animatronic mammals of the Ice Age in their natural environment. This event is ticketed separately. The event is open Friday, noon until 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $18 for adults, $22 for children ages 2-12 and $16 for seniors 65 and older. See the website for combo ticket prices. Tickets are available online or at the Graham building ticket booths 30 minutes before event opens.

Other events this weekend:

The 66th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is in the Exposition Center Friday through Sunday. The show includes more than 125 exhibitors, from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and collectibles. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 per day or $7.50 for a weekend pass.

The Carolina Rollergirls bring back the fierce competition of flat-track roller derby with a double-header event to open the 2015 season. The North Dorton Box Office opens at 11 a.m. and doors open at 2 p.m. Game 1 starts at 3 p.m. and game 2 begins at 5 p.m.  All seats are general admission. Bout day admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors 65+, and military with ID; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Up to two children 5 and under are admitted free per paying adult. Advance admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children. A group rate is available for advance purchases for groups of 15 or more.

The Triangle Farms NCHJA “C” Indoors Show will be held Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. The show begins at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.

The Bead Mercantile Show will be in the Scott Building. This event features a great selection of beads and bead-related items from vendors across the world, selling everything from handmade artisan glass beads to direct imports including beads, findings, threads/cord and other supplies to make beaded jewelry. Workshops are also available. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission of $6 is discounted to $3 with registration at door or online. Children under 16 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

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

The March of Brides Bridal Show is Sunday in the Martin Building. This is a specialty show for Southern brides. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Oaks Beach Blast Cheer & Dance Competition is Sunday in Dorton Arena. North Carolina high school cheer and dance competition. Doors open at noon. Competition begins at 1 p.m. and features cheerleaders and dancers competing to win their age divisions and the grand championship.

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.

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