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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3 brothers and a goat named John

Meet the Henson brothers—Noah, Jesse, and Caleb. They live in the mountain town of Canton. Every year, they set goals for the season and do their best to achieve them. During last year’s fair season, they had a goal that revolved around a goat named John. They knew the goat was special, and they wanted to make sure he reached his full potential by the time he was shown at the N.C. State Fair. After hard work all season, it was time to walk in the ring with John. The only thing left was to hope that the judge thought…

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Weekend Update: June 28 – July 1

Lizards and snakes and turtles, oh my! The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is coming to the Scott Building at the Fairgrounds June 30 and July 1. Repticon is a reptile and exotic animal convention that showcases vendors from around the country offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animals, presentations and educational seminars are presented throughout the show. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. VIP admission for 9 a.m. Saturday is $12. General admission for ages 13 and older is $10, admission for ages 5 through 12 is $5…

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Weekend Update: June 22-24

The Fairgrounds is where the car lovers go If you’re a vintage car lover, the Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend. The Raleigh Classic Car Auction features the most desirable and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Preview cars available on Friday, June 22, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Auction hours are Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 per day or $25 for a two-days pass. Admission for ages 12 and younger is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Registered bidders are admitted…

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Weekend Update: June 14-17

Hang out at the Fairgrounds with Dad The Tar Heel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show comes to the Hunt Horse Complex this weekend. Classes are offered in Western Pleasure, Trail, Walk Jog, Horsemanship, Reining, Ranch Riding and Western Riding with a Barrel class on Saturday only. Halter, Showmanship, English Walk Trot, Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation are also included June 15-17. This American Quarter Horse Show runs through June 27, with show times starting at 8 a.m. All events are free for spectators. If you are still looking for a unique gift for dad, consider the Raleigh Flea Market, which is…

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Weekend Update: June 8-10

The Exposition Center will be home to the Raleigh Money Expo, the biggest money show in the Carolinas, this weekend, June 8-10. At Raleigh Coin Club’s 45th annual coin, currency and stamp show, you can buy, sell and trade coins, paper money, stamps, gold, silver and more. There will also be free educational seminars and exhibits on Friday and Saturday, and a special “kids zone” with games and prizes. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but food donations for Food Bank of Central and Eastern North…

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Employee Profile: Maintenance worker Thuy Ksor brings Montagnard culture to the fairgrounds

Thuy Ksor may be accustomed to the fresh air and green grass in the Vietnam central highlands, but he gets his fill of the countryside right here at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Ksor, part of an ethnic minority group called the Montagnards, came to North Carolina in 2007. He’s one of about 20 Montagnard employees at the fairgrounds, and after getting his maintenance job here in 2008, he attributes much of what he’s learned in America so far to the diversity of tasks under his jurisdiction. “My job is totally different from everybody’s – I help people finish construction jobs…

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The State Fair Behind the Scenes: Meet the Intern

I’m Molly, but you can call me Teacup – nicknamed after my favorite fair ride. I’m a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying media and journalism, and I’m just starting the second week of my summer internship! While I may not be an expert on agriculture, fairgrounds events or fried Twinkies yet, I’m fascinated by all the work that goes into everything from designing logos and advertisements to promote the fair beforehand to communicating with local vendors to bring that North Carolina goodness straight to the attendees. As far as the fair goes, anyone who knows me would gladly vouch for…

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