Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

Weekend Update: May 3-5

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters will take over the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the Hunt Horse Complex will also host the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association Show with Western, hunt seat and saddle seat classes, plus a versatility class Saturday night. Activities begin at 8 a.m. daily. Spectator admission is free. Dorton Arena will be filled with the sounds of the Young Champions Karate & Cheer State Competitions all day Saturday. The cheer competition will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The karate competition begins at 3…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: April 26-28

The Southern Women’s Show takes over the Graham and Expo buildings Friday through Sunday, featuring vendors offering spa treatments and makeovers, clothes, jewelry and gifts, gourmet food and wine, travel ideas, beauty tips, health screenings, cooking classes, fashion shows and more. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door for adults or $5 for children ages 6 to 12.¬† A $5 return ticket can be purchased at the show office and used with original ticket stub for return visit to the…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: April 19-21

Through Sunday outside of Gate 10, you’ll find what Cole Brothers Circus claims to be the “World’s Largest Circus Under The Big Top!” This circus has all of the traditional circus elements, including tigers, elephants, comedy dogs, clowns, showgirls, acrobats, high wire acts, Globe of Death and the human cannonball. Show times are Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $21 for adults and $6 for children in general admission, $25 for adults and $20 for children in rows 6 to 14 or $27 for adults and $22 for…

Continue Reading

Weekend update: April 12-14

There’s a diverse lineup of events at the fairgrounds this weekend. The Chatlee Boat Show & Sale kicked off on Thursday in the Scott Building, featuring a large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards. The show is open noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. The N.C. Diocese Ignited by Truth Conference¬† is being held in the Graham Building Friday and Saturday. Dynamic Catholic speakers will offer two days of spiritual insight and inspiration for people of all faith traditions, with subjects…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: March 29-31

The NCHJA “C” Hunter Jumper Horse Show is Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. both days. Admission is free. The 41st Annual Raleigh Hamfest takes place Saturday in the Graham Building from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a huge electronic flea market for new & used amateur radio equipment, plus forums, construction projects and other special events. The Amateur Radio License Examinations start at 9 a.m. Advance tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show will feature nearly 75 exhibitors selling sportscards and collectibles on nearly 160 tables. The…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: March 22-24

The Graham Building is going to the dogs for an AKC dog show. Registered dogs will compete in ongoing championship shows, obedience and rally trials through Sunday. Friday’s show is hosted by the Durham Kennel Club, the Raleigh Kennel Club hosts on Saturday and Fayetteville Kennel Club hosts Sunday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is $5 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children ages 7-12 , free for children under 7. The Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit features classes for American Saddlebred horses, roadster horses and ponies, hackney ponies, Southeast riders and a full…

Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Homecoming

We introduced the 2013 Fair theme last Friday afternoon. The State Fair office staff and grounds crew performed a crazed edition of the Harlem Shake. We figured this video was the perfect way to be somewhat relevant and also to portray the craziness that is the N.C. State Fair. The great thing about the fair is that it draws people of all walks of life and from all over North Carolina. For 11 days, we’re one big melting pot for the state. Or as our theme puts it, we’re North Carolina’s homecoming. We love the imagery of the theme. Anyone…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: March 15-17

High schoolers are battling it out at the 2013 FIRST Regional Tournament in Dorton Arena Friday and Saturday. This varsity robotics competition features 54 teams from across the nation. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Doors open at 9 a.m. The finals begin Saturday at 1 p.m. The Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic¬† “A” Show takes place all weekend at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is a USEF A-rated Hunter Jumper Horse Show sponsored by Triangle Farms, Inc. Shows begin daily at 8 a.m. The North Carolina RV Dealers Association Spring RV Sale offers the largest selection of new and…

Continue Reading

Raising ticket prices

Today we asked the N.C. Board of Agriculture for permission to raise prices for admission tickets, and they approved our request to move forward with the rule change. If approved, admission ticket prices will increase by $1 for both adult and children’s tickets in time for the 2013 N.C. State Fair. This does not affect ride ticket prices. We don’t like raising ticket prices, and we’ve avoided doing so for some time. Ticket prices have been mostly stagnant, even as inflation has caused other fairs to raise ticket prices. We are proud to be one of the most affordable fairs…

Continue Reading

Weekend Update: March 1-3

The Dixie Deer Classic, the area’s largest deer-hunter convention, takes over the fairgrounds this weekend with the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors, plus seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and an archery competition. Special guests include Steven Rinella, Pat and Nicole Reeve and Tom Miranda. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are admitted free. As part of the Dixie Deer Classic, the Broughton Ducks Unlimited Banquet fundraiser will take place Saturday night in the…

Continue Reading