Weekend Update: March 24-26

Come celebrate the first weekend of spring at the fairgrounds. We’ve got a variety of events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Or, if you’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth rental is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net. Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit is through Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This show features…

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Finishing touches added to blacksmith shop

Worker chinking log building

As every homeowner knows, there’s always work to be done. This is especially true when your “home” is the size and scope of the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Several historic buildings and structures are located on the nearly 300 acres. The fairgrounds also hosts hundred of events annually and, of course, puts on the largest event in the state, and one of the largest fairs in the country, every October. It’s year-round work to keep the fairgrounds maintained. This month one of the projects at the fairgrounds is chinking the walls of the new Heritage Forge blacksmith shop. The new blacksmith…

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Weekend update: March 17-19

India Fest, with more than 1,200 performers, returns to the fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday in an expanded location. Enjoy the largest Indian cultural celebration of it’s kind in the nation. Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cuisine and traditional crafts in a bazaar-style atmosphere in the Exposition Center. Event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11  a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be held throughout the event.  Admission is $6 daily. Free admission offered Saturday after 7 p.m. and Sunday after 5 p.m. Other events: Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic “A” Show…

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Weekend Update: March 10-12

Need a little variety? Head on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got something for everyone. The Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the grounds between the buildings this weekend. This event is celebrating its 31st year and will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors, indoor and outdoor car corral for buying and selling. Friday and Saturday will have car and truck shows for 1900-1989 vehicle years. On Sunday, the inaugural XTREME Car & Truck Showdown will be held in the Graham Building. Come see the baddest, coolest, tallest, most customized, wildest…

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Weekend Update: March 3-5

This weekend is for the deer hunters. The popular Dixie Deer Classic returns for its 37th annual event. Come check out the latest hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors in Dorton Arena, the Exposition Center, Graham, Scott and Holshouser buildings and outdoor exhibitors. Other activities include seminars, displays, trophy scoring, archery competition and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest. More than $50,000 in hunting gear and prizes are given away each year. Special guests include Lee and Tiffany from Crush along with Chris Brackett from Fear No Evil.  Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9…

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Judging in January hosts 141 youth from across North Carolina

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. For years, Judging in January has brought youth from across North Carolina to both compete in and learn about livestock judging. As the name implies, the event is held in January; however, there have been several years where Judging in January…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 24-26

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

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Weekend Update: Feb. 17-19

Calling all auto aficionados. The North Carolina International Auto Expo starts Thursday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center and Dorton Arena. The 30th annual expo, presented by the Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association, includes new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sports utility vehicle manufacturers on display. Fall in love with your car all over again at the Classic Car Display in Dorton Arena on Saturday and Sunday. Other special attractions include sheriff and highway patrol cars, a race car display and more. Concept and production models and event attractions are subject to change without notice….

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Weekend Update: Feb. 10 -12

This weekend promises to be a knock-out when it comes to the weather and to Dorton Arena entertainment. On Friday night, Big Time Wrestling returns with WWE Hall of Famer “The Icon” Sting.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and bell time is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 for arena seating to $75 for VIP seats. Tickets will be sold at the Dorton Arena Box Office beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Check the website to purchase advance tickets and for more details. On Saturday night,  boxing takes center stage with the main event featuring DeWayne Beamon vs Christian Esquivel. This is…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 27-29

The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival is this Saturday in Dorton Arena. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage, exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is  $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Children age 6 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at their website and at many local Asian grocery stores. Other events: Raleigh Indoors Winter I Classic ‘A’ starts Thursday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Competitions…

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