Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

Bullriders Finals, Kids Exchange Consignment Sale and more this weekend

Calling all cowgirls and cowboys. It’s the annual Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals this Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex  featuring American Bullriders Finals, Bullriding and Barrel Racing Finals. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $17 for reserved seating, $12 for general admission and kids 5 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, call 919-872-6898. The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center and Graham Building. Admission is free and most items will be half price on Sunday….

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Southern Farm Show runs through Friday, Flea Market open this weekend

The annual Southern Farm Show, the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia, is underway. The event runs through Feb. 2 and features more than 400 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. While we are living in a digital age, where everything can be bought online, this event will allow attendees to get up close and personal with farm equipment, so they can kick the tires and comparison shop in one location. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., the Ag…

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog, Volksfest this weekend

Saturday’s celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dog will be held Saturday in Dorton Arena. The Chinese New Year celebration will feature many Chinese and Asian cultural performances, such as lion and dragon dances, vocal performers and traditional Chinese music, food and crafts. The event, sponsored by the  Triangle Area Chinese American Society, takes place in the Expo Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door for adults or free to children ages 6 and under. Other events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education…

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Dixie Gun and Knife Classic, Flea Market and other events this weekend

The weather is going to be positively spring-like this weekend. Perfect for melting snow and checking out the full slate of events at the State Fairgrounds. Read more about the events below. The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. Attendees can buy, sell or trade collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting equipment, fishing gear, ammo and more. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday at the Commercial…

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Weekend Update: Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo returns to Raleigh. Raleigh Flea Market is OPEN.

After a week off due to unseasonably cold weather conditions, the Raleigh Flea Market is back. Come check out hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. This market features something for everyone including military surplus, metal signs, outdoor items, antiques, collectibles, food, coins, used books, kitchenware, pet supplies, clothing boutiques and even a coffee shop. It may be too cold this weekend to be out on the water, but the 26th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo held in the Graham and Exposition buildings is offering hot deals to anglers who want to restock that…

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Weekend Update: Flea Market closed, other events will continue as planned

Due to the cold temperatures and recent winter weather, the Raleigh Flea Market will be closed this weekend. Other events will continue indoors. Weekend events: Check out the Spa Blowout is in the Exposition Center where visitors can expect big saving on hot tubs and spas. 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 event is free and purchased items will be delivered. Forever Bridal holds its annual Wedding Show in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday.  Event features more than 200 of the area’s top…

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Weekend Update: Flea Market is open for holiday shopping

You’ll find hustle and bustle on the fairgrounds this weekend. There’s a lot going on you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget you have TWO more shopping weekends before Christmas to check out the one-of-a-kind items at The Raleigh Flea Market,  open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come check out hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Bring your out-of-town-guests to one of the largest flea markets in the South. This market features something for everyone including military surplus, metal signs, outdoor items, antiques, collectibles, food, coins, used books, kitchenware, pet supplies,…

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Weekend Update: Bulls, Bells and Barrels, Classic Car Auction and the St. Nicholas Christmas Market

There’s just THREE shopping weekends left until Christmas. Come on out to the fairgrounds for the free St. Nicholas European Christmas Market. Visitors can shop Europe without leaving Raleigh. It features food and gifts from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. You’ll find unique, handmade, collectible and vintage gifts, baked goods from traditional recipes, pirogi and kielbasa and delicious Slavic foods. Entertainment includes Irish Step Dancers, old-fashioned caroling Friday evening and The Little German Band and Dancers on Saturday. Check out the children’s activities and visit St. Nicholas. Shop for nesting dolls, Polish pottery, Czech crystal,…

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Weekend Update: Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Holiday Horse Show and Toy Train Sale/Swap

A trip to the State Fairgrounds this weekend might put you in a festive holiday mood for the first weekend of December. There’s plenty of opportunities to shop and celebrate the season with the Raleigh Flea Market, Scandinavian Christmas Fair, Toy Train Sale and Swap and the annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show. Read more about this weekend’s events below. The Scandinavian Christmas Fair transports visitors back in time through an authentic celebration of holiday traditions found in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. This event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Adult admission is $7,…

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Weekend Update: Christmas Carousel returns to Graham, Fair deals return for Cyber Monday

Looking for a different shopping experience for Black Friday? Check out the Fairgrounds. Where you will find parking and one-of-a-kind gifts. The Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. Admission covers all three days and is $8 for adults, $7 for senior and members of the military with ID and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event features over 250 exhibitors offering crafts, jewelry, art, pottery and food.   The…

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