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Advance tickets go on sale Aug. 1

July 31, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

The wait is almost over. Advance tickets for the 2012 N.C. State Fair go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Buying early is the best way to save if you want to stretch your dollar as far as you can on admission, concerts, grandstand events, rides and more. And, if you’re looking for a front-row seat to one of the Dorton Arena concerts, you’re definitely going to want to be in front of a computer when tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m.

We want your ticket-buying experience to be as smooth as possible, so here are some tips to have a stress-free experience:

  • BE PATIENT! Things may run a little slow, but your order won’t time-out.
  • You’ll see  “Buy Now” buttons when it’s time to go on sale. Note: It doesn’t matter what time it is on your computer. The tickets go on sale when the Etix server says it is 10 a.m., so it may be a few minutes earlier or a few minutes later than 10, based on your computer clock. But keep in mind that if you refresh too often, your computer may cache the page and not actually refresh. Check your browser settings to clear the cache if you don’t see the “Buy Now” buttons.
  • You’ll want to choose your concert tickets FIRST. Then go back and buy your admission and ride books.  (Admission is NOT included in the price of concert tickets.) And don’t forget about the Early Bird Special: if you buy at least $40 in purchases before convenience fees, you’ll earn a free admission ticket. (More information on the Early Bird Special program here.)
  • If you are purchasing tickets for the Varsity Vocal Showcase, remember to identify which school you want to support with your ticket purchase. Select “DUKE” at checkout if you are buying a ticket to support Rhythm & Blue. Select “NCSU” if you want to support Grains of Time or Ladies in Red. Select “UNC” if you want to support The UNC Loreleis or UNC Clef Hangers.
  • If you aren’t happy with the seat selection, you can try to check back a little later as better seats MAY be released. This is because a seat selection is held for at least 5 minutes. If a purchase isn’t completed, or if a credit card transaction is not approved, those seats will be re-released into the general pool of tickets available for purchase. WARNING: You are not guaranteed better seats if you wait because it depends on whether or not people go through with their transactions or not, so try this tactic at your own risk!
  • Have your credit card ready- we can only accept MasterCard and Visa. Don’t type spaces or dashes as part of your credit card number. Also, you’ll need to know your credit card’s security code, so go ahead and identify that ahead of time.
  • There is no limit on the number of concert tickets you can purchase, except for the Scott McCreery concert. You will only be able to purchase six tickets for the Scotty show. If you are buying more than 99 concert tickets for any other show, please contact us directly.
  • Lastly, everything is processed through our great ticket partner, Etix. So if you have problems, they are going to need to help you out. Here’s a link to their support page.

Weekend Update: July 27-29

July 27, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Horse shows and more this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds

If you’ve never visited the Hunt Horse Complex, this is the weekend to do it. The complex will be the site of a hunter show and two dressage shows with free spectator admission for all events. The fairgrounds also will host a sports card and memorabilia show in the Scott Building and the Raleigh Flea Market in and around the Commercial and Education buildings. Read on for more details.

NCHJA Summer Indoors Horse Show
The N.C. Hunter Jumper Association Summer Indoors ‘C’ Horse Show will start Friday at the Hunt Horse Complex. The competition, organized by Triangle Farms, will feature hunter shows Friday to Sunday beginning daily at 8 a.m. Admission is free for spectators.

Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II Show
The other horse show is actually two shows in one. The Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II Show will feature dressage contests and dressage sport horse breeding classes. Dressage I classes will be held Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dressage II classes are Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for spectators both days.

Sportscard and Memorabilia Show
More than 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading sports cards and memorabilia in the Scott Building Friday to Sunday. The show is open Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for a daily pass, or $7 for a weekend pass. Admission is free for children under 16.

The N.C. State Fair is less than 80 days away. Don’t forget to save money on gate, ride and concert tickets by buying early. Advance tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at




Artist Spotlight: Scotty McCreery

July 26, 2012 By: Honey Bee Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

Scotty McCreery plays Dorton Arena Oct. 15-16. Tickets are $25.

I’ve never been a fan of “American Idol.” I don’t dislike the show; I’ve just never really had a chance to get hooked. But on May 25, 2011, like many others from this area, I was glued to my TV screen for the “American Idol” Season 10 finale for the tight competition between Lauren Alaina and Garner native Scotty McCreery. Alaina and McCreery are both incredibly talented country singers (one of my favorite genres), but everything in me wanted McCreery to win.

First of all, there’s that deep, resonant, Josh Turner-like voice. Then, there’s the feeling of pride that comes from having someone so talented representing your home state so well on national television. There’s also his charming smile and easy-going personality on stage. I also admired McCreery for sticking to his morals. With all these factors going for him, I couldn’t help but pull for McCreery to win.

So of course, I was thrilled when they finally announced he was the winner.  My mom and I might have even done the happy dance—but don’t tell her I told you that.

When his debut album, “Clear as Day,” was released in October, I was one of the 197,000 to purchase it within the first week. Nine months later, it’s still one of my favorite albums. It was certified platinum by mid-January.

It’s safe to say that I’m not the only Scotty McCreery fan in the state of North Carolina. The N.C. State Fair rarely schedules the same artist twice in one week. However, McCreery’s immense popularity made it an easy decision. In early December, the Monday, Oct. 15, concert at the N.C. State Fair was announced.  The concert sold out in a little more than 24 hours of tickets going on sale.

We are expecting a similar response when tickets for the Tuesday, Oct. 16, concert go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Doors will open both nights at 6:30 p.m. and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.


Weekend Update: July 20-22

July 20, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

It’s a great weekend to come out to the fairgrounds. The Kids Exchange will be holding its semi-annual consignment sale in the Graham Building and Expo Center. At the Hunt Horse Complex, cowboys will takeover the show ring for a Shoot’m Up. Plus, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open with vendors selling everything from produce to power tools. Read on for more details about this weekend’s events.

Parents are lined up for the Kids Exchange Consignment Sale. Photo credit: Nellary Branch Moody.

Kids Exchange Consignment Sale

Parents from across the Triangle are already lined up outside the Expo Center for what promises to be a weekend of deals on children’s clothing, books and toys at the semi-annual Kids Exchange Consignment Sale. Most items are sold for a third of their original value, and all items will be half off on Sunday. Admission is free. The sale is open Friday from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters July Shoot’m Up

This Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association sanctioned event will feature cowboy riders in a competition of shooting skills and horsemanship. Admission is $8 for adults, and free for kids under 10. Competitions start Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Hunt Horse Complex.


90 days away

July 12, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

A photo of the Scott Building from the 70s.

The 2012 N.C. State Fair starts 90 days from today. To get you excited about the Bumper Crop of Fun coming in October, we thought we’d share this really cool video from the 1970s. It’s part of N.C. State University’s digitization project called Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979.

The video is aerial footage of the fair circa 1973. In the video, you can see construction of the Kerr Scott Building (site of this weekend’s Raleigh Coin Club and Stamp Show), the old livestock buildings and the racetrack, which is now the site of the Midway and Martin Building.

We love sharing old memories of the fair, and look forward to making new ones Oct. 11-21. A lot has changed in 39 years. What do you notice in the video?

Weekend Update: July 6-8

July 06, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

It's a weekend full of fun for all collectors at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

If you love antiques and collectibles, this is the weekend to come to the N.C. State Fairgrounds. We’ll be hosting the 62nd Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza in the Graham Building. The show will feature more than 125 exhibitors selling quality antiques and collectibles. Doors are open Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 per day or $7.50 for a weekend pass. For more details, go to

While you’re there, check out the Raleigh Flea Market. Vendors will be set up in and around the Commercial and Education buildings Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And, in case you missed it, we’re less than 100 days from the 2012 N.C. State Fair. Sure, the State Fair might be the furthest thing from your mind with triple-digit temperatures. But, for those longing for crisp, October nights and all the fun of the State Fair, you can start planning your trip now at

Announcing the 2012 N.C. State Fair Concert Lineup

July 02, 2012 By: Honey Bee Category: 2012 N.C. State Fair

It’s hard to believe I’m already a month into my internship. Time flies when you’re having fun, and believe me, I’m having fun. Last week, we shot a video to announce our concert lineup for the N.C. State Fair. So, watch this video, get excited and buy your tickets on Aug. 1.

Ready. Set. Go!

Here’s a recap in case you missed it on the video:

Thursday, Oct. 11: Varsity Vocal Showcase, $10
Friday, Oct. 12: Matthew West and Sanctus Real, $10
Saturday, Oct. 13: Jake Owen, $10
Sunday, Oct. 14: Hot Chelle Rae, $15
Monday, Oct. 15: Scotty McCreery, $25—SOLD OUT
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Scotty McCreery, $25
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Jason Michael Carroll, $5
Thursday, Oct. 18: Brian McKnight, $15
Friday, Oct. 19: Michael W. Smith, $10
Saturday, Oct. 20: Billy Currington, $20
Sunday, Oct. 21: Corey Smith, $10

Find out more info about the 2012 State Fair online at

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