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Weekend Update: December 30-January 1

December 29, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

This weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off with the Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event is hosted by Triangle Farms and will primarily feature the hunter jumper style.

More than 250 cats representing a diversity of breeds will be shown at the 11th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show in the Holshouser Building. The event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, will also feature cats available for adoption and a variety of different vendors.

In addition, more than 600 vendors from across the Tarheel state will showcase their goods throughout the fairgrounds as part of the Raleigh Flea Market Saturday and Sunday.

On behalf of the N.C. State Fair, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy new year!

Weekend Update: December 9-11

December 08, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

UPDATE: THE N.C. POTTERY FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELED THIS YEAR. More than 50 exhibitors from across the state will participate in the second annual N.C. Pottery Fair. Famous potters from Sanford and Seagrove will be among those present. The event will be held in the Holshouser Building Friday through Sunday and will also feature a wine tasting hosted by three N.C. wineries.

The N.C. Pottery Fair will be held Friday to Sunday in the Holshouser Building.

Carousel Farms of Raleigh will present Bulls, Bells & Barrels in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday and Saturday. Championship bull riding, barrel racing, equestrian-themed holiday shopping and live entertainment guarantee fun for the entire family.

Young martial arts students from around the region will showcase their skills Saturday as part of the Young Champions Karate Best of the Best in Dorton Arena. The event is designed to promote physical fitness, good sportsmanship, confidence and competitive spirit.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open as usual Saturday and Sunday. Vendors from across the Tarheel state will be selling everything from afghans to wall hangings and much more.

Weekend Update: December 3-5

December 01, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

This weekend at the fairgrounds is another busy one. Whether you’re in the mood to shop or browse, explore a new craft or watch a competition, there’s something for everyone. First, visitors can check out three different shows:

  • In the Graham Building and Exposition Center a Classic Car Auction will be held. More than 250 vintage cars will be on display Thursday and Friday.
  • Homemade foods, unique crafts, live entertainment and cultural exhibits will be showcased at the Scandinavian Christmas Fair Friday in the Holshouser Building.
  • The Train Collectors Association will present the Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet Saturday and Sunday. Held in the Scott Building, the event will feature trains, accessories, track, switches and hard to find parts.

The ASAC Academy Saddlebred Show will be in the Hunt Horse Complex this weekend. Photo credit: ASAC.

Also, visitors can watch three different competitions:

The holiday season is right around the corner and you can find something for everyone on your list at the Raleigh Flea Market.  Open Saturday and Sunday, the market will feature more than 600 vendors across the fairgrounds.

Weekend Update: November 25-27

November 24, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Happy Thanksgiving from the N.C. State Fair.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the N.C. State Fair! We have lots to be thankful for this year, including all of our Deep Fried fans.

If football isn’t your idea of fun, head over to the Hunt Horse Complex after finishing your Thanksgiving feast and watch the  Turkey Circuit Quarter Horse Show. Events on Thursday include jumping, trail riding, pole bending and barrel racing. The show starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday.

If you are looking for unique, handmade gifts for the holidays, the State Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend with two craft shows.

Starting Friday, A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival will feature original artwork and crafts, Christmas decorations, prints and pottery for sale from N.C. artisans. The event, which runs through Sunday in the Graham Building, will also feature live holiday music, cooking demonstrations, candle making and an appearance by Santa.

Held every Thanksgiving weekend, the 42nd Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Crafts Show will feature a variety of fine crafts on display from pottery to wearable fiber and from blown glass to metal work. The event will be held in the Exposition Center Friday through Sunday.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday with hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths. The Raleigh Flea Market will NOT be open on Black Friday as it has in the past.

Weekend Update: November 11-13

November 11, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

The Duke Children’s Hospital Benefit Hunter/Jumper Classic began Tuesday in the Hunt Horse Complex and continues through Sunday. The Classic benefits offers a behind-the-scenes look at how horses are cared for, trained and shown in addition to actual competitions.

The Carolina Collector Auto Fest will feature hundreds of classic cars.

More than 125 vendors will be showcasing classic cars at the Carolina Collector Auto Fest. The event runs Friday through Sunday in the Dorton Arena, Graham Building and Exposition Center.

The Carolina Coin and Stamp Show takes place in the Holshouser Building Saturday and Sunday. Dealers will be selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency, postcards and stamps.  Admission is free.

Saturday and Sunday the N.C. Cooperative Extension will present a Horse Judging Clinic at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event will train participants on horse judging and presenting oral reasons.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday with vendors across the fairgrounds selling a variety of locally-made products and antiques.

Weekend Update: November 4-6

November 04, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Though the fair has come and passed, there is still plenty going on at the fairgrounds this weekend. Handbell ringers from several states will come together in Scott Building Friday and Saturday for the Capital Area Handbell Festival. The event will be hosted by the Raleigh Ringers.

The Raleigh Flea Market opens this weekend for the first time since the 2011 N.C. State Fair.

Running Friday through Sunday, visitors can check out:

On both Saturday and Sunday, the fairgrounds will host:

  • The 27th annual Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale in the Exposition Center. The event will feature several different operating layouts and vendors selling varied kinds of train merchandise.
  • The first Raleigh Flea Market in more than a month. Come browse among the 600 vendors showcasing the best North Carolina has to offer.

Weekend Update: September 23-25

September 22, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

Though the fair is still a few weeks away, this weekend the fairgrounds will be abuzz with activity. The weekend kicks off with the Southern Ideal Home Show in the Graham Building and Exposition Center Friday through Sunday. The Triangle’s biggest and best home and garden event and will be packed full with hundreds of experts providing advice on home projects and selling home and garden-related products. Three other events will feature shopping opportunities:

  • The North State Toy & Hobby Show Saturday and Sunday collectible toys, sports cards & sports memorabilia in the Scott Building.
  • Sunday a wide variety of fish, plants and hardware items will be available in the Martin Building as part of the 2011 Carolina Aquarium Auction.
  • Across the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday the Raleigh Flea Market will feature a variety of local vendors selling their wares.

The Southern Ideal Home Show will feature a variety of landscape displays. Photo credit: Flickr.

The NCHQA Futurity will feature horse competitions that will award nearly $100,000 in prizes and a vendor. The event will be held in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday through Sunday.

The American Kennel Club will feature its Responsible Dog Ownership Day Saturday in the Holshouser Building. The focus of the day’s events will be a “Meet the Breeds” show. Dog-related vendors, demonstrations, games, contests and giveaways will also be featured.

Weekend Update: September 16-18

September 14, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

September has been a busy month a the fairgrounds and this weekend is no exception. The weekend kicks off today with the 53rd annual N.C. State Championship Horse Show in the Hunt Horse Complex. The event is hosted by the Raleigh Lions Club and will benefit local charities.

On Friday visitors can also check out:

The Greek Festival that will be held in the Exposition Center will feature authentic Greek food, music, dance and more. A portions of the proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Experience the best of Greek food at the Greek Festival this weekend. Photo courtesy of Triangle Arts and Entertainment.

On Saturday, N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host it’s annual CALS Tailgate. The tailgate will include MCalls barbecue, the N.C. State Pep Band and other live entertainment and family-friendly games and booths. The N.C State-South Alabama football game will follow.

Visitors have five different events that they can experience Saturday and Sunday :

  • At Central North Carolina Pagan Pride at the L.R. Harrill Center attendees are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet with a variety of local pagan groups and more.
  • Antique guns and U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia are just a few examples of the items on display at the Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show in the Scott Building.
  • Visitors can watch or play the fast-paced family-oriented dog sport at DoggoneFast Flyball Club’s 2011 Tournament in the Holshouser Building.
  • The Original Coin and Currency Show in the Martin Building will give visitors the opportunity to buy or sell rare coins, precious metals and paper money among other things.
  • As usual, the Raleigh Flea Market will be feature more than 600 North Carolina vendors selling everything from antiques to window treatments and well beyond.

Weekend Update: September 9-11

September 09, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

The N.C. Gourd Arts and Craft Festival will feature a variety of gourd art. Photo credit: Wizard of Awes Gourd Art

Friday and Saturday, the N.C. State Charity Classic Horse Show will be held in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will include 50 competitions and performances and more than 25 horse academies for children. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Lions Club.

The Light 103.9 presents the annual Unity in the Community Day in the Scott Building and parking lot at Blue Ridge and Trinity Roads Saturday. The entire day of gospel music and family fun will also feature a variety of food and beverage vendors.

The 70th annual N.C. Gourd Arts and Craft Festival will be hosted by the N.C. Gourd Society in the Holshouser Building Saturday and Sunday. The Festival will feature competitions in growing, crafting and artistic categories as well as children’s activities and vendors selling gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds and gourd crafting supplies.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors from across the Tarheel state will be selling everything from ceramics and comic books to country crafts and more.

Weekend Update: September 2-4

September 02, 2011 By: Tilt-A-Whirl Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

This weekend, the fairgrounds is packed full of wonderful events. kicking off with the  Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale which began Wednesday in the Holshouser Building. This event offers visitors the opportunity to buy and consign anything related to the equestrian sport. Four other events this weekend are also animal related:

  • Starting Friday local kennel clubs will host all-breed dog shows, dog obedience competitions and rally trials as part of the Kennel Club Dog Shows in the Graham Building.
  • The Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show will feature vendors selling reptiles, birds and mammals, cages, food and supplies. Live animal shows and seminars on animal breeding and care will also be part of the event in Expo Center.
  • Saturday and Sunday CDI Raleigh will host the NCDCTA Labor of Love Horse Show, featuring dressage competitions.
  • CDI Raleigh will also host the NCDCTA Sport Horse Breeding Show Monday at the Hunt Horse Complex. The dressage event will feature horses shown both in-hand and under saddle.

The Treasurers of Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be in the Scott Building Friday through Monday. Vendors will be selling 14-carat gold and sterling silver jewelry, loose gems, pearls, beads, minerals, crystals and fossils. Jewelers will also be available on site to design, remount or repair jewelry.

The Carolina Rollergirls call Dorton Arena home, and will hold a derby there Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Carolina Rollergirls.

The Carolina Rollergirls will host the Tai Chi-tahs, Atlanta Rumble B’s and Atlanta All-Stars Saturday in a double-header edition of the Carolina Roller Derby in Dorton Arena. Doors open 2:30 p.m. and the first game will start at 3 p.m. The second game will start at 5:30 p.m.

More than 600 vendors will be selling their wares at the weekly Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday on the fairgrounds.

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