Weekend Update: Jan. 14-16

Mild temperatures make it a great weekend to explore the Raleigh Flea Market

The snow has melted and this weekend promises to be busy one at the fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy the mild weather at the Raleigh Flea Market, one of the largest in the Southeast, or one of the events listed below. 95th North State Toy & Hobby Show is Friday and Saturday in Dorton Arena. This event was originally scheduled for last weekend in the Scott Building but was postponed due to the winter weather conditions. Antique to modern collectible toys, including diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, Western toys and other…

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North Carolina youth compete nationally in livestock judging and skillathon contests

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. Skillathon Team competed at Keystone Left to Right: Mary Dunn, Sierra Sockwell, Mary Beth Tyndall and Stefani Garbicek Every year, youth from across the state come to Raleigh to compete in livestock judging and skillathon contests. The competition is heated, and…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 30-Jan. 1

The Raleigh Flea Market is open this weekend with plenty of one-of-a-kind, perfect presents.

The Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic Horse Show is today and Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Antique guns, U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia will be exhibited, bought, sold, and traded. These include WWI, WWII, Civil War, and other conflicts. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 and free for children age 6 and under. The Raleigh…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 16-18

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mall, head to the fairgrounds for some one-of-a-kind shopping or head over to the Hunt Horse Complex for the dog agility competition where dogs and their handlers are timed in their efforts to run through a predetermined obstacle course. The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition is Saturday through Monday in the Hunt Horse Complex. Competitions start at 10 a.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Spectators are free. Other events this weekend include: The Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo is Saturday from 10…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 9-11

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The Bulls, Bells and Barrels Bull Riding Event presented by Carousel Farms is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. General admission is $12, VIP admission is $17 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event offers bull riding and barrel racing. Doors open at 6 p.m. for shopping. Other events to check out: The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale starts today in the Exposition Center. Sale will offer huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Special VIP sale hours are Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Regular sale hours are Thursday and Friday,…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 2-4

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Get The Nest for less! It’s time to clear the shelves of the State Fair Nest souvenir shop just in time to save for everyone on your gift list. State Fair staff will be at the Raleigh Flea Market this weekend by the Administration Building on Saturday and Sunday with discounted State Fair merchandise, including t-shirts, pint glasses, hats and more. All 2016 logo merchandise will be 50 percent off and all other merchandise will be 25 percent off. Check out the album of available merchandise on Facebook. The Fair will also offer special ticket packages, with a complimentary holiday card. Packages include: One State Fair ornament plus two…

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Weekend Update: Nov. 25-27

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The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market is Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission covers all three days and is $8 for adults, $7 for senior and members of the military with ID and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event features over 250 exhibitors offering crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and food. Other events this weekend include: The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza is Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday…

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Weekend Update: Nov. 11-13

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Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Christmas Toy Exchange. This event is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Scott Building. Admission is free. This event offers gently used toys, books and videos as well as holiday apparel and decorations. Other events include: The ‘Jump for the Children’ Hunter Jumper Show is Tuesday through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free. This USEF Heritage Competition benefits the Duke Children’s Hospital. This event features the $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix, $10,000 Duke Welcome Jumper Stake and $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The Carolina Collector Auto…

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Happy 65th Birthday, Village of Yesteryear


For as long as most people can remember, the Village of Yesteryear has been housed in the circular building with the white roof adjacent to Heritage Circle. It’s within the walls of the Holshouser Building that you not only observe working artists demonstrating heritage crafts, but purchase the art for yourself. For all 65 years, the mission of the Village of Yesteryear has remained the same: Teaching heritage craftsmanship, demonstrating skills and educating the public. Mary Cornwell, a former extension agent for Cherokee and Haywood counties, was the Village of Yesteryear’s first director and served for 38 years. Below is her account of…

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Maceo blows his horn Sunday night in Dorton Arena


A musical legend will close out the Homegrown Music Fest at the N.C. State Fair this Sunday night. Maceo Parker is a saxophonist whose music is described as 2 percent jazz and 98 percent “funky stuff.” And, longtime James Brown fans might remember Parker being called out in Brown’s songs with “Maceo, blow your horn.” For more than 40 years, Parker has had the opportunity to “blow his horn” for music icons like George Clinton and Prince. He has also made guest appearances on songs such as “What Would You Say” for the Dave Matthews band and on De La Soul’s…

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