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Weekend Update: June 26-28

June 25, 2015 By: Super Shot Category: Fairgrounds Events, N.C. State Fairgrounds

Scaly critters and creepy crawlers invade the fairgrounds this weekend as Repticon hosts its Reptile and Exotic Animal Show in the Scott Building Saturday and Sunday.


Repticon’s Reptile and Exotic Animal Show returns to the fairgrounds, bringing thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and more to local enthusiasts.

The convention will feature vendors from across the country, offering live animals, animal supplies and other related merchandise. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Spectators can view live animal presentations and seminars throughout the day. VIP Hour/early admission (at 9 a.m.) is $12 and is only available for the Saturday show. General admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 and up), $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. Special two-day admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5.

Other events held at the fairgrounds this weekend include:

NCHJA Annual Hunter Jumper Show, June 24-28
Come watch some of the top riders and horses vie for World Championship Hunter Rider points. The NCHJA Annual Horse Show kicked off Wednesday in the Hunt Horse Complex and will continue through Sunday. The show starts each day at 8 a.m. with special classes held Friday and Saturday evenings. Spectator admission is free throughout the show.

Raleigh Money Expo, June 26-28
This year marks the Raleigh Coin Club’s 42nd Annual Raleigh Money Expo, the biggest coin, currency and stamp show in North Carolina. Individuals can buy, sell and trade coins, paper money, stamps, and other U.S. and world collectibles from more than 160 dealers. There will be free educational seminars on Friday and Saturday, as well as educational exhibits all weekend. The exposition will also feature a special “Kid Zone” with games and free coin and stamp prizes. The show will be held in the Exposition Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Capital City Gun Show, June 27 and 28
C & E Gun Shows presents the Capital City Gun Show held in the Graham Building Saturday and Sunday. The show will offer a variety of guns, gun accessories, hunting supplies, knives and other self-protection items available for sale and trade. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, and is free for children under 13. Discount coupons are available here.

Raleigh Flea Market, June 27 and 28
Although it’s a weekend jam-packed with expositions and horse shows at the fairgrounds, don’t forget about the Raleigh Flea Market. While on your way to or from any of the events listed above, you can take some time to peruse the unique offerings of more than 600 vendors. The flea market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nothing could be Finer!

June 19, 2015 By: Firecracker Category: 2015 N.C. State Fair

20150619_145239Longtime fairgoers may remember this year’s theme. The year was 1997. The main educational exhibit at the fair for the third year in a row was CyberSpace, an exhibit that focused on the newest technology, including a thing called the World Wide Web. The department sponsored an agricultural exhibit called Harvest Time that showcased baby farm animals and crops. The NBA Jam Playground was featured free entertainment and the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show promised to pack out the grandstand. The previous year, we made it through one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit North Carolina, Hurricane Fran, and still set an attendance record at the time of 759,429 fairgoers. So yes, it felt like “Nothing Could be Finer” than to be in Carolina.

We are returning to that theme this year. After all, “Nothing Could Be Finer” epitomizes the foundation of our mission — seeking out and showcasing the finest of North Carolina. Whether that be in a horse show, livestock show, culinary, handicraft or art competition, or with our new “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series in Dorton Arena, we are proud of the talented people of our great state. The State Fair is a way to celebrate everything that is uniquely North Carolina.

And with this heat wave we’re going through, I think we all can agree that nothing could be finer than North Carolina in October. We’re a mere 118 days away from cool, crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons!

Weekend Update: June 19-21

June 18, 2015 By: Super Shot Category: Fairgrounds Events, N.C. State Fairgrounds, Uncategorized

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Bidders will find more than 250 rare and classic automobiles in mint condition at the Raleigh Classic Car Auction.

Vintage car lovers will be in heaven this weekend as the Raleigh Classic Car Auction brings flair, flash and horsepower to the N.C. State fairgrounds.

The auction showcases four private collections offering more than 250 vintage vehicles including classic brands such as Chevrolet and Ford, and rare brands such as Duesenberg. The auction will take place in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The cars are available for preview Friday, June 19, from 8 to 10 a.m., and auction times are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Admission for children ages 12 and under is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Admission for registered bidders is free.

Other events held at the fairgrounds this weekend include:

North State Toy & Hobby Show, June 20 and 21
Inside Pitch Promotions is hosting a toy and hobby show, held in the Scott Building June 20 and 21. More than 70 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading antique and modern collectible toys. Customers will find everything from diecast and plastic models, to Hot Wheels and Star Wars toys. Event hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily, while a weekend pass is $7. Children 15 and under are admitted free.

Raleigh Flea Market, June 20 and 21
Calling all procrastinators. It may be a little late to order something online for Father’s Day, but you can still find great gift ideas at the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open for business at the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. With offerings from more than 600 vendors for sale, the opportunities to find a unique gift for dad are endless.

Weekend Update: June 12-14

June 12, 2015 By: Super Shot Category: Fairgrounds Events, N.C. State Fairgrounds, Uncategorized

Quarter horses are taking over the Hunt Horse Complex for the 2015 Tarheel Triple Classic. Come see riders from across North Carolina compete in Western pleasure, trail and other categories. The classic, which will continue through June 20, combines three shows into one 10-day long event — the NCQYA Show, NCQHA Jamboree and Little Futurity. Competitions start daily at 8 a.m. and all shows are free to spectators.

Other events this weekend:

Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show; June 12-14
Calling all jewelry lovers in search of a little more bling. Frank Cox Productions presents the 2015 Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show, which will take place in the Scott Building Friday through Sunday. Dealers will be showing and selling a variety of gems, jewelry, crystals and beads. Rare fossils, minerals and giant shark teeth will also be on display. The show is free to the public and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Raleigh Flea Market; June 13-14
Although Father’s Day is still a little over a week away, it’s never too late to start looking for a unique gift. The Raleigh Flea Market is open for business at the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to peruse the offerings of over 600 vendors and find a one-of-a-kind gift your dad is sure to love.

Drumroll, please…introducing Super Shot!

June 11, 2015 By: Super Shot Category: Uncategorized

A little over a month ago I was finishing my sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill and preparing to spend another summer counseling campers and guarding lives at my neighborhood swim club. I didn’t mind; however, as I’d think about the long days outside in the scorching heat, I longed for a little AC just like I longed for the crispness of fall and all the great things I associated with it.

Many of my associations were pretty basic, ranging from all foods pumpkin-spiced to the changing color of the leaves. Yet, the No. 1 thing that came to my mind was the N.C. State Fair. For me, the State Fair has always been one of the highpoints of fall. The fair is one of my favorite events of the year, it’s the kickoff to months of celebrations, and it’s the perfect time to take a second to appreciate my home – North Carolina.

And, then like some sweet twist of fate, I found myself in the Public Affairs office at the Department of Agriculture, working as the N.C. State Fair public relations intern.

I’ve grown up with the fair, and some of my best memories were made at the fairgrounds. In terms of food, I always have to make a stop at the John Deere ice cream stand, and more recently the milk and cookies vendor has become a favorite. When it comes to the animals, I like to make the rounds, but as a child I would spend too much of my time and money at that old game where you’d bet on the hole the mouse would crawl through. Finally, as a self-professed adrenaline junkie, the rides have always been my favorite part of the fair. The vintage Crazy Mouse turned me into a thrill-seeker. That ride definitely lived up to its name. It was intense.

You're sure to get the best view of the fairgrounds from the top of the Super Shot.

You’re sure to get the best view of the fairgrounds from the top of the Super Shot.

But as picking a fair-related pen name to blog under is one of the first orders of business here, I’ve settled on the name of my all-time favorite ride: the Super Shot. For just a few tickets you get your heart racing and one of the best views of the fairgrounds. Super Shot (aka, me, Sarah Crump) has dropped down and the shock still hasn’t worn off. Nonetheless, I am beyond thrilled to have the experience of working to promote one of the state’s best events.

In my 19 years of life, I’ve never lived too far away from the fairgrounds, and I have never missed a fair. My love for the fair has grown with each passing year, and I know my experiences as an intern this summer will only deepen my excitement for it. Three weeks in, I’ve already learned so much about the State Fair and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I’ve written press releases and blog posts on events at the fairgrounds, helped work on a video to promote the Standard Division’s work to inspect grocery store scanners and scales, and started a grassroots advertising campaign targeting state high schools.

I’ve never been so involved in such a large event and I am beyond excited to be a part of, and work with, the Deep Fried Crew. I’ll be working to make sure you are all provided with everything you need to know about what’s currently happening at the fairgrounds and what will be happening at the 2015 N.C. State Fair this October. So stay tuned and I hope to make you all feel just as involved and ready for the excitement as I am.

Weekend Update: June 6-7

June 05, 2015 By: Super Shot Category: Uncategorized

Handicrafts, collectibles and other unique products are available weekends at the Raleigh Flea Market.

The Hunt Horse Complex will be bustling with activity this weekend as the North Carolina Arabian Horse Association hosts its Open Summer Extravaganza Saturday and Sunday. The horse shows will take place in both the outdoor and indoor arenas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday activities will include the  open sport horse show and Sunday’s festivities will include dressage events. The event is free to spectators.

Other events this weekend:

Raleigh Bottle Club Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show; June 6

On Saturday, the Raleigh Bottle and Collectibles Club will host its annual bottle show in the James Martin Building from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors can see and purchase a variety of small antique products including signs, bottles and other glassware. Admission is $3.

Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show; June 6-7

The Scott Building will be home to military memorabilia from the Civil War, WWI and WWII Saturday and Sunday. Items include antique U.S. and foreign military arms for show, sale and trade. Hours are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under.

Raleigh Flea Market; June 6-7

As usual the Raleigh Flea Market is open for business at the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Don’t miss out on the unique offerings of over 600 vendors.


Weekend update: May 29-31

May 28, 2015 By: Merrie Go Round Category: Uncategorized

Come see the N.C. Junior Beef Roundup Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building.

It may be getting hotter as we officially head toward summer, but for those who might be weary of the rising temperatures, much of the activity this weekend at the fairgrounds will be indoors. A few of the highlights include weightlifting, cattle, toy trains and more:
NC Strongest Man & Woman USA-Powerlifting State Championships
Visitors can see more than 200 athletes compete in strongman lifting and powerlifting competitions Saturday. The competition, hosted by Train Strongman LLC and USA Powerlifting, will take place in Dorton Arena from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Want to learn how to make your own rocks? Then attend this vendor exposition sponsored by Sustainable Reef, a nonprofit organization that promotes commercial entities who produce captive-grown corals and other reef species. In addition to offering free swag and raffles from numerous vendors, the expo will present coral frag making demonstrations. The exhibition will take place in the Holshouser Building on Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m., with $20 admission between 11 a.m. and noon. Free general admission from noon to 6 p.m.

The North Carolina Junior Beef Roundup
This youth livestock show will take place Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building with event competition starting at 7:30 a.m. each day. Come see the state’s youth compete in skill and showmanship competitions. The “roundup” events will offer family-friendly activities. Admission is free to spectators.

Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
Over 100 vendors will be set up in the Scott Building Saturday and Sunday featuring products including toy trains, train accessories, tracks, switches and other hard-to-find parts. Presenting one of the largest O gauge train layouts ever set up in Raleigh, this event will also feature over 30 child-friendly interactive modules. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 13 who are accompanied by an adult.

Capital Dressage Classic
This official qualifying competition for the 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will also include a vendor fair featuring businesses such as Elite Vet Products and Custom Saddlery. The event is free to spectators and will be housed in the Hunt Horse Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

And if you are interested in spending the day outdoors, the Raleigh Flea Market is still open every Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend Update: May 22-24

May 20, 2015 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

Wall-to-wall sunshine this weekend at the Raleigh Flea Market

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer and things are moving at a little slower pace at the fairgrounds. Holiday weekends usually means fewer events, making it a great weekend for a leisurely stroll through the flea market. The Raleigh Flea Market is open every Saturday and Sunday. The Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Have stuff to sell? You can rent a booth at the market for $30 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday or $50 for the whole weekend.

Other events this weekend:

Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show runs through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is a world-class event with more than 200 Morgans from across the United States traveling to compete in divisions ranging from Hunt and Classic Pleasure to English and Park classes, both under saddle and in harness. There are also dressage trail and carriage classes as well as vendors displaying a variety of unique equine gifts. Spectator admission is free. The main arena is open daily 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Outside open ring hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for dressage; and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon for carriage driving.

The Raleigh Durham Caged Bird Society’s 27th Annual Pet Bird Fair is Saturday in the Scott Building. This show features exotic birds from around the world, a large selection of vendors selling bird-related items, and a huge raffle to benefit avian research and conservation. Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.





Weekend Update: May 15-17

May 14, 2015 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

Foods, rides and tractors of all types at this weekend's Got to Be NC Festival. Tractor parades will take place daily at 1 p.m.

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the eighth annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include:

  • Homegrown Fare, sponsored by Lowes Foods, will be in the Exposition Center. More than 80 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Outside the Exposition Center is the Lowes Foods tent featuring the Great Carolina Food Bizarre. Check out a blog post from earlier this week on food at the Got to Be NC Festival.
  • 8th annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from 40 Masonic Lodges. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 7-11, and free for ages 6 and under. Barbecue sales start at 11 a.m.
  • Grandstand events include canine and equine shows Friday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Tractor pulls will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Dorton Arena entertainment includes FFA Gator Wars on Friday and Raleigh Trans Jam BMX Contest on Saturday and Sunday.
  • More than 30 rides along with food and games of chance will be on the midway. On Friday and Sunday, thrill seekers can take advantage of unlimited-ride wristbands for $20. Ride tickets are $1 each, and rides will take 3-5 tickets per ride. Purchase 14 tickets for $12 or 30 tickets for $20.
  • Additional free entertainment includes fireworks, auto and truck shows, lumberjacks, bluegrass band competition, rabbit and cavy shows and racing pigs. The popular tractor parade will also be held daily at 1 p.m.

Other events at the fairgrounds this weekend:

The Chatleee Boat Show and Sale will be in the Scott Building. Show features a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski and deck boards. This show boasts a boat for every budget. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Bill Plemmons RV World Open House Celebration Sale will be in the Graham Building. They have been a NC-family-owned-and-operated RV dealership since 1951 and have been awarded as one of the TOP 5 RV Dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Show features everyday low prices, parts and service on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and pop-ups. Admission is free. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 6 p.m.

The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale starts today and runs through Sunday in the Graham Building. Enjoy huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Hours are Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Island Spring Festival will be held in the Graham Building Sales Arena. Show features vendors offering a variety of local products and services. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show will be Saturday and Sunday at the Holshouser Building. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The club will offer a Canine Good Citizen certification immediately following the conclusion of the show. Owners may pre-register their dog or do so the day of the show. Free admission to public spectators.

The Wake County 4-H Horse Show will be held Saturday and the North Central District 4-H Show will be held Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is an open all-youth horse show for all youth up to 18 years old. Show features Hunter, Western and walking horse classes. Championship and Reserve-Championship for multi-age and divisions. Shows start at 8 a.m. and spectator admission is free.



Enjoy taste of North Carolina at the Got to Be NC Festival

May 12, 2015 By: Funhouse Category: Uncategorized

Enjoy the "sweet" taste of North Carolina at the Homegrown Fare in the Expo Center.

Love North Carolina and all it has to offer? Come celebrate our great state at the Got to Be NC Festival presented by Lowe’s Foods. Visitors will be able to taste food, wine and beer made in our state at the Homegrown Fare, enjoy some odder delicacies at The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, and enjoy delicious North Carolina barbecue at the Carolina Pig Jig.

The Homegrown Fare features more than 80 North Carolina companies offering samples and selling their products. A $2 admission fee for ages 12 and up includes a coupon sheet with more than $24 in deals with the vendors.

Several new companies will be represented this year, including Zynnovations, the makers of ZYN smoothies. This Statesville company makes all-natural and gluten-free smoothies with added benefits such as energy, focus and immunity. Other vendors include the Produce Box, a community-supported agriculture program that provides home deliveries of produce direct from the farm; Bull City Ciderworks of Durham, offering samples of hard cider crafted from North Carolina apples; and Little Black Dressing Co. of High Point, offering unique salad dressings such as It Takes Three to Tango, which combines ranch and 1000 island dressings with blue cheese crumbles. With three breweries and 13 wineries, visitors can also take a wine and beer tour of the state without ever leaving the Expo Center.

A complete list of vendors is offered at the Got to Be N.C. Festival website.

Those looking for culinary adventure will want to stop by The Great Carolina Food Bizarre, located in the Lowes Foods tent in front of the Expo Center, for a chance to taste weird and unusual food pairings. Offerings include deep-fried sweet tea or Cheerwine, pimento cheese ice cream, livermush balls, chicken livers, frog legs and sour cotton candy. The bizarre will also feature fire breathers, stilt walkers, high-flying aerialists and performances by North Carolina musicians.

Hours for the Homegrown Fare and The Great Carolina Food Bizarre are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday starting at 11 a.m., about 40 chapters of Masons will gather for the ninth annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off. This can’t-miss event for barbecue lovers allows attendees to purchase a ticket and then sample barbecue from as many cooks as you can. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 11 and free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

The Got to Be N.C. Festival also features carnival rides, antique tractors and equipment, a daily tractor parade, fireworks, racing pigs, lumberjacks, bluegrass and more. Admission and parking are free.