Weekend Update: Feb. 12-14

Wrestling, bull riders, an auto expo and a sports card show highlight the events at the fairgrounds this weekend. Check below for event details: North Carolina International Auto Expo – Thursday- Sunday Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association presents the 29th annual international auto expo in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. More than 160,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring new production models and concept cars. Car, truck and sports utility vehicle manufacturers on display. Classic cars will be on display in Dorton Arena on Saturday and Sunday. Other special attractions include sheriff and highway patrol cars and race…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 5-7

The Southern National Draft Horse Pull is Friday at the horse complex (photo from Southern National Draft Horse Pull Facebook page)

There’s still time to visit The Southern Farm Show, the largest agriculture exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. A major expansion onto the midway of the N.C. State Fairgrounds means even more equipment, experts and ideas. Filling the N.C. State Fairgrounds, the show features more than 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Other events this weekend: Southern National Draft Horse Pull – Friday Giant Percheron and Belgian draft horses from across the nation compete for prize money at the…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 30-31

Get ready for the Southern Farm Show.

The fairgrounds is hosting a pair of multi-cultural events this weekend. Come join the fun at the Chinese New Year Celebration, the Vietnamese New Year Celebration or both. The fairgrounds will also be busy preparing for one of its largest shows of the year, The Southern Farm Show.  Information on all events is below. Chinese New Year Celebration – The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival will be held in Dorton Arena on Saturday. Come celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Chinese and Asian cultural performances such as the famous lion and dragon dances, songs, traditional Chinese music, exhibits,…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 22-24

The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is today through Sunday.

Winter weather is playing havoc with events at the Fairgrounds this weekend. The Next Level Fight Club Mixed Martial Arts Competition scheduled in the Scott Building on Saturday and DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building have been cancelled and will reschedule. The Raleigh Flea Market will be closed on Saturday. Be sure to check with the event organizer before coming to the fairgrounds to be sure it is still being held. Or check our Facebook page for updates. RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE: Parents and grandparents can save big this weekend at the…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 15-17

Come on out to Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show this weekend in the Scott Building. (photo from Repticon.com)

Check out what’s happening at the state fairgrounds this weekend: Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction will be Friday and Saturday in the Exposition Center. This is a racing trade show and the area’s largest consignment auction of racing-related parts, tools and equipment. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Racing parts auction begins at noon on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Rolling stock auction begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fairgrounds Racer’s Reunion autograph session is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $10 each day and ages…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 8-10

The fishing event of the year is this weekend in the Graham Building and Exposition Center.

It may only be January, but the Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo in the Exposition Center and Graham Building this weekend will be the fishing event of the year. Whether you’re looking to restock the tackle box, find out how to fish the hottest lure on the market, buy the boat to put you on the water or simply come connect with other fishing enthusiasts, the Fishing Expo is for you. More than 150 vendors will feature items ranging from lead weights to salt water fishing boats. Admission is good all three days. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m….

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56 million bubbles in a bottle

biltmore sparkling wine

Are you looking for something to toast in the new year with? We may not produce champagne in North Carolina (to call it champagne, it must be produced in the Champagne region of France), but we do produce some really great sparkling wines. Champagne became popular with European royalty and was originally expensive and seen as a status symbol. We’re lucky to have several great, affordable sparkling wines to choose from made similarly to how champagne is made in France. American sparkling wines are typically made in two methods, méthode champenoise and the charmat method. The first is more expensive…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 1-3

Did he put on ring on it over the holidays? The Forever Bridal Show will be held in the Graham Building Saturday and Sunday.

The rain is finally moving out of the area, so come on out to the fairgrounds to celebrate the start of a new year at the Fairgrounds this weekend. Find great deals at the Raleigh Flea Market, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or check out these events. Spa & Swim Show SpaBlowout is an annual event where attendees can take advantage of once-a-year discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail prices. Head to the Expo Center to explore hundreds of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis. Hours…

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Seasons Greetings from the Deep Fried Crew


Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the office, lights were off and doors were shut because the holidays were among us. But as soon as the holidays are through, we have the 2016 N.C. State Fair to plan for you. Just 295 days until the fair. (Yes, we are counting!) The Deep Fried Crew  and the rest of the N.C. State Fair staff would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

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Weekend Update: Dec. 17-20

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

  Hustle and bustle on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. There’s a lot going on you won’t want to miss. The N.C. State Wrestling Team hosts Old Dominion in the Holshouser Building at 7 p.m. Come check out Wolfpack wrestling at its best. The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility competition will take place Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Judging starts at 8 a.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. Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo is Saturday in the Scott…

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