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!

Youth take field trips to prepare for state livestock contests

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. Do you know how to tell the difference between a loin chop and a rib chop? Do you know what breed of sheep was developed at N.C. State University? Or what makes a good quality heifer? Every summer, youth from across…

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Dorton Arena is a field-trip destination

If you have ever attended the fair or other events at the fairgrounds, probably one of the first things you see from a distance is the odd-shaped roof of the most standout building on the grounds. J.S. Dorton Arena is certainly a symbol of the fairgrounds, but it also has an important place in architectural history. Elizabeth Grant is a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech University. Each year she takes her second-year students on a field trip to visit architecturally significant buildings. Some noted buildings in Raleigh include the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, the N.C. Museum of Art…

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NC Junior Beef Roundup focuses on family, friends and cattle

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. If you were anywhere near the N.C. State Fairgrounds during the first week of June, you probably heard the lowing of cattle. Every year, youth and their families come together with their bovine at the Junior Beef Roundup. This event is…

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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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