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!

Get Ready for the Got to Be NC Festival

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the 11th 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 Marketplace 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 will get a coupon for $2 off purchase (excluding alcohol) 10th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from 40 Masonic Lodges. Tickets are $15 for ages…

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Lula Palooza kicks off Mother’s Day Weekend

If you love LuLaRoe, then don’t miss Saturday at the Fairgrounds. The Raleigh Spring Lula Palooza is in the Exposition Center. More than 13,000 items including skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings and more will be on sale. 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.  Shop for jewelry, home decor, clothing and more. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from…

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Wake County Libraries Book Sale, Dixie Gun and Knife Classic and more this weekend

Books as far as the eye can see (well, almost) at the Wake County Book Sale. 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…

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Goodguys 4th annual North Carolina Nationals this weekend

It’s the weekend of the Goodguys annual car show at the Fairgrounds and it promises “hot roddin’ fun” with more than 1,500 1987-and-older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and  classics on display. The event will feature cars, vendors and activities in the Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena, Scott Building, Rand Grandstand, Martin Building and grounds. A free tram will run from Trinity Road parking lots to all Goodguys gates and the Raleigh Flea Market. 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…

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It’s Wedding Show Weekend

Calling all brides-to-be! This weekend is the show you have been waiting. Grab your friends, grab your mom or grab your hubby-to-be and head on out to the Graham Building. The Southern Bridal Show and Expo features more than 150 wedding experts from the Triangle ready to help you plan the perfect event for the big day. Also, the event will have wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear and tuxedos. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 at the door and must be paid in cash. Children ages 12 and…

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Southern Women’s Show, Boat Sale, Carolina Rollergirls and more

It’s girl power at the fairgrounds this weekend as the Southern Women’s Show returns to the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Event includes 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. This year’s special guest is Vern Yip, nationally known desginer, author who is best known for his role on the TLC show Trading Spaces. 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….

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Southern Ideal Home Show, Strongest Man & Woman Competition, Unleashed Mutts Spring Fling and more this weekend

Spring has certainly arrived when the popular Southern Ideal Home Show – Spring Edition returns to the Graham Building and Exposition Center. This three-day event allows homeowners to see the latest in home improvement trends, and shop, compare and seek advice from professionals and see the latest in home improvement trends. The event features hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. This event has set the standard as the “must-see” home and garden event of the year. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m….

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Easter weekend events at the fairgrounds

If you have out-of-town guests for Easter or time to kill between egg hunts, then come on out to the fairgrounds. This weekend features a variety of events, including Hamfest, a sports-card and memorabilia show, the flea market and more. Event information is below: Saturday’s Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con  features more than 75 exhibitors that will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 160 tables in the Scott Building. The event will include an appearance by the Hunnies Cheerleading  squad, official cheerleaders for the Triangle Torch Indoor Arena Football team. Stop…

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Weekend Update: Flea Market, Kennel Club Dog Show, Antique Extravaganza, Fiberfest and more

  Come celebrate the first weekend of spring at the fairgrounds. We’ve got a variety of events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Or, if you’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth rental is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net. Kennel Club Dog Show runs Sunday in the Graham Building. This is a championship…

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Weekend Update: Dinosaurs: Time Trek, India Fest, Puppapalooza and more

Puppies and cats and dinosaurs? Oh my! It’s that kind of weekend at the fairgrounds where there’s something for everyone. Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times with the Dinosaurs: Time Trek exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as activities such as Design-A-Dino, Prehistoric Poop and Race Through Time Labyrinth. Visit the Time Trek Theater to meet baby dinosaurs. This is also a dragon-edition event featuring famous dragons and lore….

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