The Fair has ticket packages for every type of Fan

  Football, pumpkin spice and the traditional school year have all returned – which must mean that the N.C. State Fair is right around the corner. Save time in line, money and plan a fabulous fair trip with these packages. The are designed for every type of fairgoer: The Fair Mega Fan: Ok. You may be our favorite type of fairgoer. You are  the one that looks forward to opening day, pours over the daily schedule checking out this year’s cool new stuff and would never ever make other plans because, well, the fair’s in town. The Mega Fan Mini…

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So you want to be a beekeeper?

Eighteen-year-old Molly Carlson makes it look easy. Carlson, a Cary native, started keeping bees in 2012 when she found her passion through a 4-H youth program. Ever since, she has been working hard to maintain as many as 20 hives at once and educate others about the importance of bees – all while juggling classes and homework. “It takes a lot of commitment,” she said. “You can’t just go in once a year and check on your hives – you have to constantly be on top of everything.” As she spent more time with the little insects, Carlson decided bees…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 17 – 19

Sail to the Carolina Boat Show Boat lovers will want to be at the Fairgrounds this weekend. The Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale features 12 marine dealers and more than 200 boats on display. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and military members. Admission is free for children younger than 12. Tickets are available online. Also, be sure to check out the Original Coin & Currency Show. This event features a…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 9 – 12

Learn about wellness at the Fairgrounds If you or your children are intolerant to gluten and other food allergens, the Raleigh Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event may be the place for you this weekend. The event will feature presentations from experts in allergic living, free lectures, cooking demonstrations and product samples. A Kid’s Corner will be provided by Parents of Allergic Kids. Adult admission is $10, and admission for students, seniors and military members is $8. Admission is free for children younger than 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in the Scott Building. Be sure to…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 2 – 5

A day to enjoy Japanese culture The 2018 Japan Summer Festival is Saturday in the Exposition Center. This year’s Japanese Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival will feature traditional street food and drink, including Japanese beer. Attendees can enjoy stage entertainment and traditional Japanese bon odori dancing, performances with taiko drums and other Japanese musical instruments, Japanese choir and musicians, martial arts demos and other Japanese cultural entertainment. Tables will be hosted by other Japanese interest groups and will feature traditional Japanese games for children, displays of Japanese arts and crafts, cultural presentations and Japanese items for sale or trade. Advance ticket admission is…

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What’s new at the 2018 N.C. State Fair competitions?

If you’re looking to show off your hidden talents, at this year’s fair you can try your hand at anything from wreath design to rubber-chicken flinging. With expanded contests and diverse categories, everyone can enter for a chance at a blue ribbon. “We’re anticipating a really good turnout,” said John Buettner, competitive exhibits director. “Tons of competitors have entered since general entries went live July 1, and we’re expecting a lot more.” General competition favorites are returning this year and some are expanding, including an even bigger Flower and Garden Show with more flower and wreath arrangement categories. The Decorated…

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Weekend Update: July 27 – 29

Sports card and comic collectors will convene at Fairgrounds Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Con Sports Card, Memorabilia & Comic Con will feature more than 80 exhibitors that buy, sell and trade vintage to new sports cards, memorabilia and comics on more than 225 tables. Featured autograph guests include UNC Tar Heel and 2005 National Champion Melvin Scott, racing legend and 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Rex White, former Major League Baseball pitcher and N.C. State Hall of Famer Mike Caldwell, 1974 World Series Champion Jim Holt and Barry Foote, who was the third overall pick in the 1970 MLB…

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Weekend Update: July 20 – 22

Buy, sell and serve at the Kid’s Exchange The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale features new clothes, toys and other children’s items offered at discounted prices. Most items will be sold at about a third of their original value. You can register online to sell items. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The biggest deals can be found Sunday when items are marked half-price on. You can also check out the NCHJA “C” Indoors Horse Show…

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Weekend Update: July 12 – 15

Left Hook, Right Hook Triangle Kickboxing Promotions presents the premier amateur and professional kickboxing event “Lightning Strikes” July 14 in the Scott Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Advance ticket prices for general admission is $35, floor preferred seating is $45 and ringside seating is $60 with limited VIP tables. Advance tickets are available at outlets and online at ETIX. Any available seats can be purchased at the door at $10 above the advance price. Be sure to check out other events this weekend at the Fairgrounds: Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza features more…

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Weekend Update: July 5-8

Saturday is for beer lovers No craft beer lover should miss the 13th annual World Beer Festival this weekend at the Fairgrounds. With over 75 breweries participating from all parts of the country, it bills itself as the premier beer festival in the Triangle. Attendees can sample from more than 250 beers in a variety of styles, enjoy a meal from the food truck rodeo and live entertainment, silent Disco and more. Hours are Saturday, July 7, noon to 4 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m. in the Graham Building. General Admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets are $50 and designated driver tickets…

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