Weekend Update: May 18-20

May 18, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival, N.C. State Fairgrounds

Come out to the State Fairgrounds this weekend as we host the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival, a celebration of North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and local food industry. Our very own Flying Bob visited Valonda Calloway and Sharon Delaney on the set of  My Carolina Today to talk about the event and what visitors can expect. Check out his interview below:

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Plan your trip at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com, and be sure to follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for updates before and during the event.

The Got to Be NC Festival is just one of the events happening this weekend at the State Fairgrounds. In the Scott Building, boat lovers will enjoy the Chatlee Boat Show. The show and sale are open Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Dorton Arena will host three big events this weekend. Friday, Christian rockers Third Day will perform at 7 p.m.  Concert tickets start at $22. On Saturday, Dorton Arena will host the Carolina Rollergirls and the Got to Be NC Roller Derby Expo. The event features six games over the course of 12 hours. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under six. On Sunday, come watch the high-flying TransJam BMX competition. Riders of all skill levels will take on flatland and park-style tricks. Admission is free. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Hunt Horse Complex will host two events of its own this weekend. Saturday, visitors can enjoy watching competitors in the Wake County 4-H Horse Show. The county show is open to all youth, and admission is free for spectators. The North Central District Horse Show will take place Sunday. Spectator admission is also free for this event. Shows start at 8 a.m. daily for both events.

On top of all this, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We hope to see you this weekend at the fairgrounds!

FiberFest is a spool of fun at Got to Be NC Festival

May 17, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival

FiberFest returns to the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20.

This year’s Carolina FiberFest promises to be even bigger than last year. For those that don’t know, the FiberFest is a celebration of fiber arts and crafts. It is also part of the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There will be demonstrations, hands-on classes and fun activities for topics ranging from weaving to wool.

This year’s lineup features a daily theme: Green/Recycling fiber craft activities on Friday, sock-oriented events on Saturday including a sock fashion show, and events focusing on the community spirit of fiber crafts on Meetup Sunday. There will also be hands-on weaving demonstrations and activities for kids on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; a special Montagnard weaving demonstration Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. using a traditional wheel; contests and book readings and signings by well-known authors each day.

Also new this year is an alpaca fleece show. Judging will take place Friday, but the fleeces will be available to look at and purchase on Saturday and Sunday. More than 50 vendors will be selling fiber craft items and tools, yarn, wool and other craft accessories. In addition, eight fiber guilds will participate in the event.

FiberFest hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more on FiberFest, go to www.carolinafiberfest.org.

They’ll also be other great events at the Got to Be NC Festival, including a daily tractor parade, Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, Shriners’ Fish Fry, grandstand events, a petting zoo, carnival rides and more. Plan your trip at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com, and be sure to follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for updates before and during the event.

Shriners serve up N.C. seafood for a good cause

May 15, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival, N.C. State Fairgrounds

Amran Shriners will be serving N.C. flounder and shrimp to benefit local children at the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival.

When you come to the Got to Be NC Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend, be sure to stop by the Amran Shriners’ mobile kitchen for a plate of N.C. flounder or shrimp. That plate will not only fuel you up for a full day of fun, it will also benefit children in need of medical care in our community.

Money raised from the fish fry will help provide free transportation and medical care to area children being treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America.  The hospitals specialize in the treatment of burns, spinal injuries and orthopedic conditions.

The Amran Shriners’ Fish Fry will be set up all three days of the festival to raise funds for the Shriners Hopsitals for Children. Visitors can purchase a plate with their choice of either N.C. flounder or shrimp for $8, or enjoy both flounder and shrimp for $10. All plates include slaw, hushpuppies, fries and a drink.

The Shriners raised $4,000 during the festival last year and are hoping to raise just as much this year. We spoke to Connie Altman, chairman of the Amran Shriners’ mobile kitchen (which also makes an appearance at the N.C. State Fair), about how Shriners help children in our community. Check out his response in the video below:

The Shriners’ Fish Fry is just one way you can enjoy local food at the Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20. You also can sample and purchase the best of Got to Be NC products at the Food and Wine Expo, try a variety of N.C. barbecues at the seventh annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig and support dozens of local food vendors located throughout the fairgrounds. If you love local food, this is the festival for you. Plan your trip today at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com.

Got to Be NC Festival this weekend

May 14, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival

Daily tractor parades are just one of the activities at the Got to Be NC Festival.

This weekend, the fairgrounds will host the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival. The annual event is a celebration of North Carolina’s food and agricultural heritage, and there is plenty new in store this year. Consider the following five tips when making your plans:

1. New Festival Hours
The festival has new Friday hours this year. The gates will be open from noon to midnight on Friday. Hours for Saturday and Sunday remain 9 a.m. to midnight and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., respectively. For a full schedule of events, go to www.GotToBeNCFestival.com.

2. Cookbook Authors at the Food and Wine Expo
In addition to the best of N.C. foods and wine, the Got to Be NC Food and Wine Expo will also feature cookbook signings by local authors Friday from noon to 6 p.m. The authors are:

Visitors may bring cookbooks with them or purchase them at the event. Admission to the expo is just $2, and visitors will receive a sheet of 24 coupons with special offers on products available at the expo.

3. All-you-can-ride wristbands available Friday and Sunday
This year, there are two opportunities for ride lovers to purchase all-you-can-ride wristbands for $20. Wristbands will be sold at ride ticket booths Friday between noon and 5 p.m., and riders can use them until midnight. You also can purchase and use wristbands all day Sunday. Wristbands will be not be sold or accepted on Saturday.

4. Trans Jam BMX Contest Series

Fans of Keith King at the N.C. State Fair should enjoy the BMX bicycle stunt-riding competition joining the festival lineup Sunday in Dorton Arena. The second stop in the Trans Jam BMX Contest Series will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The competition will feature participants of all ages and skill levels contending for prizes and a $2,500 professional purse. The event also will feature bicycle-related exhibitors and vendors, a display of vintage bicycles and an art contest for children. Admission for spectators is free, but there is a fee for competitors. For information about competing, visit www.transjambmx.com.

The Got to Be NC Festival is May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds. In addition to these awesome activities, they’ll be other great events including a daily tractor parade, Carolina FiberFest, Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, Shriner’s Fish Fry, grandstand events, a petting zoo, carnival rides and more. Plan your trip at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com, and be sure to follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for updates before and during the event.

Got to Be NC Giveaway

May 11, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival

The Got to Be NC Festival is coming back to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 18-20 for a weekend full of events celebrating N.C. food and agricultural heritage. There will be tractor parades, antique farming equipment, the Got to Be NC Food and Wine Expo, Carolina FiberFest and a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

N.C. State Fair alumni Third Day also will be performing Friday night in Dorton Arena. Tickets start at $22, but you can get your tickets for free all next week. That’s because they’re giving away prize packs that include 4 tickets to the Third Day concert and 4 free ride tickets good for any day at the festival.

If you want to win, be sure to follow the Got to Be NC Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Each morning at 9, they’ll post on Facebook and Twitter to let you know when they’ll be giving away the prize packs for that day and what you’ll have to do to get them. It could be anything from telling us about your favorite N.C. product to uploading a photo of you on a tractor.

Good luck! Remember, we’ll send out the first time slots Monday at 9 a.m.

Weekend Update: May 11-13

May 10, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Visitors enjoy the Raleigh Flea Market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

It’s going to be fairly quiet this Mother’s Day weekend at the State Fairgrounds, so come on out to enjoy the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re also hosting a horse show, sports show and dog show this weekend. Read on for more details:

The N.C. Plantation Pleasure Tarheel Classic will take place Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses are a combination of bloodlines from Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Morgans and American Saddlebreds. Shows run daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free for spectators.

In the Scott Building, more than 200 tables will be set up for the Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show. Vendors will be on hand to buy, sell and trade sportscards and other sports collectibles. In addition, James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs. Show hours are Friday from 2 p.m. 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 adults and free for children under 16.

Dog lovers will enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Hound Association Dog Show in the Holshouser Building Saturday and Sunday. Come see hound breeds compete in a variety of classes daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Please note: Baby carriages, strollers and non-competing dogs will not be allowed in the building.

Congratulations to the Shaw University Class of 2012, who will receive their diplomas in Dorton Arena on Saturday at 11 a.m. We’re proud to be a part of your special day and wish you lots of luck in the future (No public admission for this event).

That’s all for this weekend. To all the mothers out there, thank you for your love, sacrifices and strength. Happy Mother’s Day!

Next weekend, the fairgrounds hosts the Got to Be NC Festival. You can win tickets to the carnival, Third Day concert and Roller Derby all next week. Connect with the festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Weekend Update: April 19-22

April 18, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds, Uncategorized

There's a lot in store this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Time to prepare for another exciting weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. This weekend, we’ll have brides and bridles, dinner and dancing, plus some amazing big-top performances. Plus, the largest flea market in Raleigh. Read on to see what’s in store this weekend.

Brides from across the Triangle will descend on the Jim Graham Building this weekend for the Southern Bridal Show and Expo. The showcase will have more than 150 local wedding experts and vendors, fashion shows, raffle drawings and more. Discounted tickets are available in advance. The show is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10.

The Easter Bunny Circuit Horse Show will be held this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex. Youth and amateur riders will compete in more than 100 divisions. Admission is free for visitors. Shows begin start daily at 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit the Eastern Quarter Horse of North Carolina website.

If you’re in the mood for a circus, step under the big top at the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars. This annual event will be set up at the corner of Trinity and Blue Ridge roads Friday through Sunday. Come see this exciting two-hour performance, featuring tigers, elephants, clowns, human cannonballs, aerobatics and more. Showtimes are Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children. Additional information, including details on admission discounts and VIP seating, are available online at www.gotothecircus.com.

In the Scott Building, the Triangle Lebanese Association will host the 14th annual Lebanese Festival. Visitors can explore the food, music and cultural exhibits of Lebanon Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $3; children under 6 are admitted free. There will also be a special event Saturday evening featuring dinner and dancing to complement the day’s activities. The evening event is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

In addition, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You never know what treasures you’ll find.

On the horizon, the Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds May 18-20 with plenty of delicious food, rides, fun activities and horsepower to satisfy every attendee. Some of the highlights of the festival include, the Got to Be NC Food and Wine Expo, Carolina FiberFest, antique tractor and farm equipment displays, and barbecue competitions. You can find more information about the festival at www.GottoBeNCFestival.com.

What’s in a name?

April 04, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

This duck hen found a new home at the fairgrounds. Can you help us name it?

Most people know about the animals that live at the fairgrounds temporarily during the N.C. State Fair, but there are also a handful of animals that make the fairgrounds their home the rest of the year. One such addition has found a new home in the Flower and Garden Show.

Workers first noticed the female duck in the area a couple of weeks ago. The hen soon made a nest out of a nearby hanging basket and has been living there ever since. Veterinarians have examined the duck, and she appears to be healthy and preparing to lay eggs.

We’ve really taken to this duck. In fact, we like it so much we’ve decided it needs a name and we want your help naming it. So, if you have a good name for our duck, leave a comment below, post to our Facebook timeline or send us a tweet on Twitter with your suggestion. You can submit as many names as you want, but we’ll only accept names until Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m.

On Monday, we’ll select a winner. That person will receive a Got to Be NC Festival prize pack, which will include lots of State Fair swag, as well as free admission to the Food and Wine Expo at the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival.

Name our duck.

Hopefully, one of you can help us come up with a suitable name for our beloved duck. Now, get quacking!

Weekend Update: March 30-April 1

March 30, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

It’s hard to believe we’ve almost wrapped up the first three months of 2012. That means the State Fair will be here before you know it. Sadly, it’s not this weekend. But, there are plenty of activities going on at the fairgrounds we think you will enjoy.

The Wake County Library Book Sale started Thursday in the Graham Building with more than 450,000 items for sale. Bibliophiles and bookworms love this annual event, which benefits the Wake County Library.  Book prices range from $2-4 each. Saturday, you can snag the books for half off those prices and Sunday you can make your own box of books for $5 or fill a bag of books for $2. This event is fun for the whole family, but plan on spending at least a few hours if you go. The sale is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the Scott Building, there’s a show for people who like shiny objects. The Precious Gem & Mineral Show, sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club, will include demonstrations on faceting, cabbing, chainmaking, wirewrapping and other techniques. In addition, vendors will be on-hand selling minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones and beads. Admission is free to the show. Doors are open Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dorton Arena will be the site of flags, rifles, sabers, percussion lines and choreographed dance routines for the 2012 Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Championships. Winter guards and drum lines from across North Carolina will compete for top marks and a chance to perform during the finals on Sunday. Competition schedules and ticket information are available online at Atlantic Indoor Association.

If you’re still looking for something to do at the fairgrounds this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the Raleigh Flea Market. You can find everything from dog bowls and cat toys to patio furniture and grill accessories. The flea market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t miss these upcoming events at the N.C. State Fairgrounds:

April 5-7: 2012 FIRST NC Robotics Regional Tournament
April 13-15: Southern Ideal Home Show
April 22: Southern Bridal Show & Expo
April 27-29: Southern Women’s Show
May 18-20: Got to Be NC Festival

Wake up with the Deep Fried Crew: Festival edition

May 21, 2011 By: Bearded Lady Category: Got to Be NC Festival

Flying Bob and Firecracker give a rundown of the remaining activities at the Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Saturday’s activities includes the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, a bluegrass band competition, the Carolina Rollergirls Roller Derby, Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-in and tractor pull.

Sunday, be sure to come out for the FIRST robotics competition and border collie sheepherding demonstrations. You also can enjoy the best of N.C. agriculture in the food and wine expo, participate in a workshop at Carolina FiberFest, interact with animals in the Agri-Plaza and ride carnival rides all weekend.

To find more information and plan your visit, go to www.ncagfest.com.

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