Wildflower must “leaf”

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I hope I don’t offend any of my fellow state government interns by saying that I definitely had the best internship this summer. The N.C. State Government Internship Program places around 100 interns in different state government departments, and I’m sure I hit the jackpot with my internship in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ State Fair Division. I interviewed world-class acrobats, learned about the history of the 163-year-old fair and wrote a story on ice cream (taste test included!) during my time as an intern. I also honed my skills as a writer thanks to Merrie Go…

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Weekend Update: July 29-31

raleigh summer dressage I & II show

Check out the horses at the Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II Show Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Barn E Ring of the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. Also coming up: The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show is 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. in the Scott Building. Admission is $5 per day and $7 for a weekend pass; admission for ages 15 and under is free. The event features over 80…

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Weekend Update: July 22-24

kids exchange consignment sale

  Parents seeking to outfit their ever-growing children are in luck because the popular Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is this weekend in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. Sale hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and most of the clothes, toys and other items are a third of their original price. Register to sell items at www.kidsexchange.net. All items are marked half-price on Sunday. Other events include: The Artisan and Craftsman Benefit Expo is Saturday from 10 a.m….

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Weekend Update: July 15-17

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You can catch a horse show in the morning, antiques in the afternoon and a circus at night this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Not to be forgotten is the free Children’s Good News Spectacular on Saturday. Upcoming events include: The Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association Open Horse Show is Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. daily in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. The event will feature Halter, Western, English and Saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m….

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Weekend Update: July 8-10

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  The State Fairgrounds will be home to everything from gemstones and scrapbooking supplies to horses and survival gear this weekend. Check out the variety of upcoming events: The State 4-H Horse Show is Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this event located in the Hunt Horse Complex. 4-H members from ages 5 to 18 will compete in speed, dressage and Western. The Gem & Jewelry Show will be held Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in…

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Weekend Update: July 1-3

repticon iguana

  Slithering, scaly pets will fill the Scott Building for the Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Two-day passes are $15. Snakes, iguanas, lizards and all the items needed to care for them will be on sale. Live animal presentations and seminars will be offered hourly. Other events this weekend include: The Capital City Gun Show is Saturday from 9…

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Weekend Update: June 24-26

Discover the Dinosaurs in the Expo Center

Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times via the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit on Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as a Dino Dig, face painting and Dino Mini-Golf. To purchase tickets, visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Other events this weekend include: The Raleigh Money Expo is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Exposition Center. Admission…

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Weekend Update: June 17-19

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The State Fairgrounds will be filled with classic cars, toys and miscellaneous treasures this weekend. Upcoming events include: The Raleigh Classic Car Auction is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building and the Exposition Center. Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass; admission for children 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Over 250 vintage vehicles from four private collections will be for sale. The North State Toy and Hobby Show is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10…

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Weekend Update: June 10-12

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Another fun-filled weekend is shaping up at the State Fairgrounds. Check out the following events: The Tarheel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show is Friday through Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. daily in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free to this event sponsored by the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association. The Raleigh Flea Market runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education building and surrounding grounds. Come explore hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. The Gem & Jewelry Show is Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to…

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Weekend Update: June 3-5

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The fairgrounds will host a variety of events this weekend. Come find a new furry friend, examine antique bottles, or watch a youth cattle show at the following events: The Capital Dressage Classic is Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this nationally recognized equestrian competition, which will feature a vendor fair. Event is located in the Hunt Horse Complex. The N.C. Junior Beef Roundup is Saturday and Sunday with competitions beginning at 7:30 a.m. North Carolina’s youth will show off both their skills and their…

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