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!

60 tons of shavings: The N.C. State Fair by the numbers

The annual N.C. State Fair is less than 2 weeks away. The fairgrounds crew is busily preparing the grounds for the nearly 1 million fairgoers that will visit during the annual 11-day event. Check out these fun numerical facts about the 151st N.C. State Fair, which runs Oct. 11 through the 21st. 2,855: Number of windows on the exterior of Dorton Arena 1,674: Number of mums ordered for the Flower and Garden Show. Several of these will be used to build the giant mum-tree, one of the fair’s most popular photo spots. 60 tons: And what do you get? All…

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Be a State Fair Adventurer: Earn a ribbon by completing the scavenger hunt

The Fair makes it easy to have fun and learn something – and anyone can be a State Fair adventurer. Each year the Fair offers two scavenger hunts. One scavenger hunt features questions that relate to exhibits and locations on the fairgrounds. The other is STEM-based and requires some math skills.  Print out a copy from our website or stop by the Expo Center to pick one up, and then set off on your quest for answers. Both scavenger hunts take you through many of the educational exhibits on the grounds, where you will learn more about our soil, our forests, plants,…

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The Fair has ticket packages for every type of Fan

  Football, pumpkin spice and the traditional school year have all returned – which must mean that the N.C. State Fair is right around the corner. Save time in line, money and plan a fabulous fair trip with these packages. The are designed for every type of fairgoer: The Fair Mega Fan: Ok. You may be our favorite type of fairgoer. You are  the one that looks forward to opening day, pours over the daily schedule checking out this year’s cool new stuff and would never ever make other plans because, well, the fair’s in town. The Mega Fan Mini…

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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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