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!

Weekend Update: June 2-4

With bottles, military items, antiques and money, it’s an eclectic mix of collections at the fairgrounds this weekend. Rounding out these events is a high-energy Triangle Torch Arena Football game in Dorton Arena and the Junior Beef Roundup in the Graham Building. This weekend’s events: Come on out to the Raleigh Flea Market and check out the great finds and one-of-a-kind items located in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes, handcrafted items, baked goods and more. Flea market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Raleigh Money Expo…

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NC State Fair youth scholarship recipients honored at Got to Be NC Festival

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. Youth who show livestock at the N.C. State Fair are a hardworking, responsible and dedicated group. They stay busy working with their animals and taking care of them. While these youth are focused on their livestock and showing, they are also…

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Weekend Update: May 26-28

Hanging around home this Memorial Day weekend? Come on out to the Raleigh Flea Market and check out the great finds and one-of-a-kind items located in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes, handcrafted items, baked goods and, even a coffee shop in the Education Building. The Raleigh Flea Market is included in USA Today’s 10 Best List for Raleigh shopping areas. Check out our other events below: Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show runs through Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This is the 44th year of the…

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Weekend Update: The Got to Be NC Festival celebrates 10 years!

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the 10th annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include: Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods, in the Exposition Center. Nearly 100 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Admission is $3 for ages 12 or older, but visitors can show their Lowes Foods loyalty card and receive two free admissions at the door. 9th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from…

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Weekend Update: May 12-14

Saturday could be the perfect girl’s day out at the fairgrounds. The Raleigh Spring Lula Palooza is in the Exposition Center. More than 30 LuLaRoe consultants will have more than 13,000 items including skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings and more. Sizes range from XXS to 3XL. The event features multiple dressing rooms and a central check out location. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. While at the fairgrounds check out the antiques and one-of-a-kind gifts for moms or yourself at the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m….

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Weekend Update: May 5-7

Calling all bookworms! The popular Wake County Public Library Festival of Reading and Book Sale is this weekend in the Exposition Center. Books are copies that have been pulled from circulation or come from donations. All books are in good condition. Plenty of bestsellers are up for grabs, as well as cookbooks, textbooks and books on history and religion. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted. Admission is free.Customers can bring wagons and carts to assist with their purchases. Daily door prizes are given. Hours and Prices: Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. & Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m….

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Youth learn showmanship skills from experts at Livestock School

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. We’ve probably all heard of dog shows, but what about a goat show? No? Well, how about a pig, cow or sheep show? They exist; I promise. Growing up, people would ask me, “How exactly do you show a goat or…

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Weekend update: April 28-30

Goodguys takes over the fairgrounds this weekend for it’s third annual North Carolina Nationals Giant Automotive Festival. Explore more than 1,500 candy-colored and chrome-plated 1972 and older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked-out trucks and classics on display. Grab a seat in the stands or put your vehicle and driving skills to the test at the pavement-pounding Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition. Shop more than 100 vendor booths and check out the huge swap meet and the AutoTrader classics car corral. Other events include live music, a kids zone, model car show and Saturday night demolition derby. Late model American-made…

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FFA students compete in poultry judging contest

Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. Last month at the Kerr Scott Building, more than 300 youth representing 81 schools flocked to the State FFA Poultry Judging Career Development Event. This event helps provide youth with skills and opportunities that relate to the poultry industry. North Carolina…

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Weekend Update: April 20-22

Want action, adventure and one-of-a-kind shopping? Check out the events this weekend at the Fairgrounds. The Southern Women’s Show is back with spa treatments, makeovers, jewelry, gifts, food, wine, cooking classes, health screenings and more. For more than three decades, the show has been recognized as a premier event for women in the Triangle community. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12. Advance tickets are $10 online or $8 at Walgreens locations; admission for ages 6 to 12 is $6. Special 3-day passes are…

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