Weekend Update: Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

January 30, 2014 By: Funhouse Category: Fairgrounds Events

Pottery will be for sale at the Let's Shop Local event in the Holshouser Building on Saturday

The fairgrounds is a bit slower this weekend as we gear up for the Southern Farm Show, which starts Wednesday, Feb. 5.  The Farm Show is the largest event of the year at the fairgrounds, other than the N.C. State Fair, of course! It will take over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building, Expo Center, Scott Building, Hunt Horse Complex and a good portion of the outside grounds. The event is free and open to the public, so make plans to come out Feb. 5-7.

Events this weekend:

The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show
will be in the Scott Building with more than 80 exhibitors who will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR and related merchandise on more than 225 tables. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Show hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a weekend pass. A discount coupon is available on the website. Free admission for ages 15 and under.

The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility competition will be Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Watch as dogs of all breeds and their handlers compete for fastest times on obstacle courses with tunnels, weave poles, A-frames, see-saws and more. Admission is free.

On Saturday, the Let’s Shop Local – A Southern Shopping Spree will feature creative and small businesses from the Raleigh area in the Holshouser Building. Items available include reasonably priced jewelry, hand-painted scarves, soaps, lotions, unique crochet items, pottery, art and more. Come out and find the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone and feel good about your local purchase. All vendors live within 30 miles of Raleigh. Freebie bags stuffed with goodies and local coupons will be provided by TedsList.com. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children age 12 and under.

Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend Update: July 26-28

July 26, 2013 By: Jane Deere Category: Fairgrounds Events, N.C. State Fairgrounds

It’s time for another weekend at the fairgrounds, complete with a consignment sale, sportscard show and horse show double-feature.

In the Graham Building and Expo Center, the Kids Exchange Consignment Sale will run Friday through Sunday. The sale will offer like-new clothes, toys and other children’s items at discounted prices. Most items will be sold at nearly one-third of their original value. Items will be marked half-price on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are:

  • Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

More than 80 exhibitors will gather in the Scott Building for the Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show Friday through Sunday. Exhibitors will be buying, trading and selling vintage and new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR and other items. Admission is $5 per day or $7 for a weekend pass. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Show hours are:

  • Friday 2-7 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Hunter Jumper Horse Show, sponsored by Triangle Farms, kicks off its Summer Indoors I competition this weekend at the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will feature competitors from North Carolina in professional, amateur and “wee” categories. Shows begin daily at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.

The Raleigh Summer Dressage I and II, another horse show, will also be this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex Barn “E” Ring. Dressage and dressage sport horse breeding classes will be held both days. Event hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

 

 

 

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 www.ncstatefair.org.

 

 

 

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: Jan. 27-29

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

Saturday, you’re invited to come out to the fairgrounds and join the Triangle Area Chinese American Society of North Carolina as they usher in the Year of the Dragon. Now in its eighth year, the Chinese New Year celebration will feature performances, exhibits, traditional Chinese arts and crafts, and of course authentic Chinese food. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Expo Center. Admission is $8 at the door, or you can buy $5 tickets in advance here.

It's the Year of the Dragon! Join the NCTACAS for its Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday at the fairgrounds.

The Raleigh Indoor Winter I “A” horse show is already underway at the Hunt Horse Complex. Stop by this weekend for a series of shows featuring hunter and jumper competitions for all ages. Daily shows begin at 8 a.m. and admission is free.

In the Scott Building, nearly 70 exhibitors and 175 tables will be set up with sports memorabilia during the 86th Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Show Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 per day, or you can get a weekend pass for $7. Children under 16 are admitted free.

If you’re still looking for a reason to come to the fairgrounds this weekend, don’t forget about the Raleigh Flea Market. The market features hundreds of vendors and is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking and admission are always free.

See you at the fairgrounds!

We’re just 5 months away

May 13, 2011 By: Bearded Lady Category: 2011 N.C. State Fair, N.C. State Fairgrounds

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven months since the start of the 2010 N.C. State Fair. It seems like it was just yesterday we were trying our first Krispy Kreme Burger, going for a ride on the Fighter, and passing a new milestone with more than 1 million of our closest friends. We’re gearing up for the 2011 N.C. State Fair, Oct. 13-23, and can’t wait to share more about the food, rides and entertainment that make this one of the best events in the state.

This weekend at the Fairgrounds, check out the following events:

If you need a more immediate fair fix, check out the Got to Be NC Festival, May 20-22, at the State Fairgrounds. The festival features more than 1,000 pieces of antique farm equipment, a food and wine expo, fiber fest, barbecue cook-off, fish fry, classic car show, live music, grandstand events, carnival rides and more. Gate admission, parking and grandstand events are free. The Deep Fried Crew will be there covering all the events, so check back here or visit the Got to Be NC Festival blog for updates.

With just five months remaining, we want to hear from you. What are you most looking forward to about the 2011 State Fair?

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