Weekend Update: March 28-30

March 27, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events

The Raleigh Flea Market has indoor exhibit space in the historic Commercial and Education buildings.

Spring is in the air at the Spring Carousel Gift Market this weekend in the Exposition Center.  This show features art, crafts, food, clothing and more.  It’s one of the many events taking place at the fairgrounds this weekend:

  • The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.
  • The Precious Gem and Mineral Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Scott Building. This show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers and features demonstration areas and lectures. Grab bags with mineral specimens, some with a facet gem, will also be available. Other show features include a geode raffle, door prizes and rock candy. The on-going silent auction will have new items every hour. Dealers will provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale. Hours are Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
  • The Spring Carousel Gift Market will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. Show features art, crafts, foods, clothing and more. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • NCHJA “C” Indoors Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex.  Show begins at 8 a.m. both days. Admission is free.
  • The N.C. Diocese Ignited by Truth Conference  is being held in the Graham Building Friday and Saturday. Dynamic Catholic speakers will offer two days of spiritual insight and inspiration for people of all faith traditions, with subjects ranging from sacred scripture to spiritual combat. The Friday evening workshop is for people considering the Catholic Church. The event begins with live music and will feature two speakers. Spanish sessions will also be offered. Saturday is a full day of presentations, including sessions for students and ending with a Vigil Mass celebration. Other offerings include confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and a Vendor and Ministry Fair. Conference hours are Friday, 6  to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free on Friday evening. Saturday’s program is $45 for adults or $25 for students ages 10 and up, and includes lunch.
  • Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Champion Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion is Saturday in Dorton Arena. More than 100 color guards and percussion units from North Carolina and Virginia will compete. Preliminaries are Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Finals are Saturday, 1 to 10:30 p.m. Admission for the preliminaries is $10 for adults and $5 for children and admission for the finals is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
  • Mid Atlantic Persian & Himalayan Fanciers CFA Cat Show is Saturday in the Holshouser Building. Nearly 250 pedigree and household pets compete for awards at this Cat Fanciers Association-sanctioned cat show. Attendees can also see cats and kittens run an agility competition and try their hand at this new sport by running available demonstration cats. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Vision Cat Club TICA Cat Show is Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Nearly 125 cats will compete at The International Cat Association-sanctioned cat show. Also offered will be a feline agility competition. Cats will run an obstacle course to determine the fastest feline. Attendees can try their hand at agility with available demonstration cats. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, $3 for ages 2 to 12 years, and free for under two years of age.

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

Weekend Events: April 1-3

April 01, 2011 By: Blue Ribbon Category: N.C. State Fairgrounds

As we gear up for the 2011 N.C. State Fair, Oct. 13-23, we’ll highlight some of the weekend activities at the Fair. Hopefully, they will inspire some of you to come out and enjoy the fairgrounds year round.

The weekend starts on Friday at the Fairgrounds!

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From Friday through Sunday, the Fairgrounds will host the Southern Ideal Home Show in the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center, and the Precious Gem & Mineral Show in the Scott Building. On Saturday and Sunday, the Hunt Horse Complex will have a new event called the North Central Open Benefit Show. The Raleigh Flea Market also operates on Saturday and Sunday from the indoor and outdoor space at the Commercial and Education Building. And on Saturday in the Martin Building, the public is invited to attend the Blue Ridge Corridor Visioning Workshop to share ideas about the future of Blue Ridge Road.

Click here for a full calendar of events. See you this weekend!

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