Weekend Update: May 15-17

May 14, 2015 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Got to Be NC Festival

Foods, rides and tractors of all types at this weekend's Got to Be NC Festival. Tractor parades will take place daily at 1 p.m.

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the eighth annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include:

  • Homegrown Fare, sponsored by Lowes Foods, will be in the Exposition Center. More than 80 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Outside the Exposition Center is the Lowes Foods tent featuring the Great Carolina Food Bizarre. Check out a blog post from earlier this week on food at the Got to Be NC Festival.
  • 8th annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from 40 Masonic Lodges. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 7-11, and free for ages 6 and under. Barbecue sales start at 11 a.m.
  • Grandstand events include canine and equine shows Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Tractor pulls will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Dorton Arena entertainment includes FFA Gator Wars on Friday and Raleigh Trans Jam BMX Contest on Saturday and Sunday.
  • More than 30 rides along with food and games of chance will be on the midway. On Friday and Sunday, thrill seekers can take advantage of unlimited-ride wristbands for $20. Ride tickets are $1 each, and rides will take 3-5 tickets per ride. Purchase 14 tickets for $12 or 30 tickets for $20.
  • Additional free entertainment includes fireworks, auto and truck shows, lumberjacks, bluegrass band competition, rabbit and cavy shows and racing pigs. The popular tractor parade will also be held daily at 1 p.m.

Other events at the fairgrounds this weekend:

The Chatleee Boat Show and Sale will be in the Scott Building. Show features a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski and deck boards. This show boasts a boat for every budget. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Bill Plemmons RV World Open House Celebration Sale will be in the Graham Building. They have been a NC-family-owned-and-operated RV dealership since 1951 and have been awarded as one of the TOP 5 RV Dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Show features everyday low prices, parts and service on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and pop-ups. Admission is free. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale starts today and runs through Sunday in the Graham Building. Enjoy huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Hours are Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Island Spring Festival will be held in the Graham Building Sales Arena. Show features vendors offering a variety of local products and services. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show will be Saturday and Sunday at the Holshouser Building. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The club will offer a Canine Good Citizen certification immediately following the conclusion of the show. Owners may pre-register their dog or do so the day of the show. Free admission to public spectators.

The Wake County 4-H Horse Show will be held Saturday and the North Central District 4-H Show will be held Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is an open all-youth horse show for all youth up to 18 years old. Show features Hunter, Western and walking horse classes. Championship and Reserve-Championship for multi-age and divisions. Shows start at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.

 

 

Enjoy taste of North Carolina at the Got to Be NC Festival

May 12, 2015 By: Funhouse Category: Got to Be NC Festival

Enjoy the "sweet" taste of North Carolina at the Homegrown Fare in the Expo Center.

Love North Carolina and all it has to offer? Come celebrate our great state at the Got to Be NC Festival presented by Lowe’s Foods. Visitors will be able to taste food, wine and beer made in our state at the Homegrown Fare, enjoy some odder delicacies at The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, and enjoy delicious North Carolina barbecue at the Carolina Pig Jig.

The Homegrown Fare features more than 80 North Carolina companies offering samples and selling their products. A $2 admission fee for ages 12 and up includes a coupon sheet with more than $24 in deals with the vendors.

Several new companies will be represented this year, including Zynnovations, the makers of ZYN smoothies. This Statesville company makes all-natural and gluten-free smoothies with added benefits such as energy, focus and immunity. Other vendors include the Produce Box, a community-supported agriculture program that provides home deliveries of produce direct from the farm; Bull City Ciderworks of Durham, offering samples of hard cider crafted from North Carolina apples; and Little Black Dressing Co. of High Point, offering unique salad dressings such as It Takes Three to Tango, which combines ranch and 1000 island dressings with blue cheese crumbles. With three breweries and 13 wineries, visitors can also take a wine and beer tour of the state without ever leaving the Expo Center.

A complete list of vendors is offered at the Got to Be N.C. Festival website.

Those looking for culinary adventure will want to stop by The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, located in the Lowes Foods tent in front of the Expo Center, for a chance to taste weird and unusual food pairings. Offerings include deep-fried sweet tea or Cheerwine, pimento cheese ice cream, livermush balls, chicken livers, frog legs and sour cotton candy. The bizarre will also feature fire breathers, stilt walkers, high-flying aerialists and performances by North Carolina musicians.

Hours for the Homegrown Fare and The Great Carolina Food Bizarre are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., about 40 chapters of Masons will gather for the ninth annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off. This can’t-miss event for barbecue lovers allows attendees to purchase a ticket and then sample barbecue from as many cooks as you can. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 11 and free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

The Got to Be N.C. Festival also features carnival rides, antique tractors and equipment, a daily tractor parade, fireworks, racing pigs, lumberjacks, bluegrass and more. Admission and parking are free.

Weekend Update: May 9-11

May 08, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events

The fairgrounds will host the Shaw University Commencement Exercises on Saturday.

It’s Mothers’ Day weekend, so come out to the Raleigh Flea Market to find a one-of-a-kind treasure for your mom. Some Shaw University students will give mom an early present when they walk across the stage in Dorton Arena Saturday morning and receive their degrees. Dorton Arena will host the Shaw University commencement exercises at 11 a.m. with featured speaker Madame Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa. Tickets are not required for admittance, and seating is first-come, first-seated. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Also this weekend:

  • Mid-Atlantic Hound Association Dog show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. This AKC-sanctioned event features competition for hound breeds, canine good citizen testing, dog show tours, and a coonhound bench show. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
  • The Original Coin & Currency Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Show offers a variety of numismatic items including rare coins, precious metals, paper money, tokens, coin collecting books and supplies. Bring your coins and currency to be appraised or bought. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

 


Be sure to mark your calendars for May 16 through 18 as the annual Got to Be N.C. Festival arrives at the fairgrounds. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. Gate admission is free.

For a complete calender of events visit www.ncstatefair.org/events/calendar.htm

 

Weekend Update: May 2-4

May 02, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events, Uncategorized

Enjoy the beautiful weekend at the fairgrounds and spend some time at the Raleigh Flea Market. It's a good weekend to shop for a Mothers' Day gift.

All things moms comes a week early to the N.C. State Fairgrounds as the All about Motherhood Expo will be held in the Holshouser Building on Saturday and Sunday. The expo will include talks by pregnancy, childbirth and parenting experts, educators and real parents as well as a maternity expo, dads panel, exhibits by local retailers and more. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Other events this weekend:

The Raleigh Flea Market in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. The flea market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

Dixie Gun and Knife Classic is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. This is a buy, sell or trade event. Modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more will be available. 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 coupon for $1 off admission. Show visitors who wish to bring unloaded firearms to sell or trade must enter through Gate 4.

The Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet is Saturday in the Scott Building. More than 100 vendors featuring Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, Williams, Marklin, Ives, Marx, LGB, Aristocraft, Bachmann, Varney, American Flyer, “N”, “HO”, “O”, “S” and “G” gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard-to-find parts will be available. Other activities include hands-on layouts and train races for the children. Minor on-site repairs also offered. Door prizes and a raffle drawing for a Lionel #6-11745 US Navy Diesel Freight Set. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults, free for children under age 13 accompanied by paying adult.

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters is Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex and 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. The timed event combines shooting skill with horsemanship. Shows start at 7 p.m and admission is free.

Also at the Hunt Horse Complex is the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association May Days horse show event featuring halter, Western, English and saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. Activities begin at 9 a.m. daily. Free admission.


Mark your calendars for May 16-18 for the Got to Be N.C. Festival. Events include the Carolina Pig Jig BBQ cook-off, Gator Wars, carnival rides and the Food, Wine and Beer Expo.  Gate admission is free. Expo admission is $2.

 

 

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.

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