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: Feb. 21-23

It looks like warmer weather in on tap for the Triangle area this weekend, so why not enjoy it at the fairgrounds? Dinosaurs, rollergirls and health enthusiasts will make up the eclectic mix of visitors. As usual, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of goods and services. Events this weekend: Discover the Dinosaurs: Families can walk through prehistoric times at the Discover the Dinosaurs event Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. This interactive exhibit takes adventurers through life-sized recreations of dinosaurs,…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 14-16

Bounce back from a few days at home by coming out to what will be a busy weekend at the Fairgrounds.  Events include car shows, bull riding, drag bingo and toy and train show.  As always, the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each weekend in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Events this weekend North Carolina International Auto Expo will be in the Graham Building, Exposition Center and Dorton Arena on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association will have new production models and concept cars with…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

The fairgrounds is a bit slower this weekend as we gear up for the Southern Farm Show, which starts Wednesday, Feb. 5.  The Farm Show is the largest event of the year at the fairgrounds, other than the N.C. State Fair, of course! It will take over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building, Expo Center, Scott Building, Hunt Horse Complex and a good portion of the outside grounds. The event is free and open to the public, so make plans to come out Feb. 5-7. Events this weekend: The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show will be in the Scott Building with…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 24-26

Need plans this weekend? Here’s a look at the fantastic line up of events at the Fairgrounds: The popular Kids Exchange Consignment Sale is returning to the Graham Building and Exposition Center this weekend, featuring more than 3 acres of gently used clothes, toys, accessories, furniture, bedding, books, videos and more. The sale is open to the public on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and most items offered for half price on Sunday. The sale will be in the Graham Building only on…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 17-19

The fairgrounds are busy this weekend, with a wide variety of events taking place. Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s what’s going on: Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building and offers live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise.  Live animal presentations and seminars are presented daily. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 10-12

This weekend at the Fairgrounds the 24th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo takes over the Graham Building and Expo Center. This event, touted as the “Fishing Event of the Year” by organizers, features fresh water, saltwater, kayaking, offshore and inshore fishing items. If fishing runs in your blood this is the one-stop shop for everything you need. Seminars presented by Bass University feature special guests Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek and others. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 3-5

Are you a bride-to-be, cat lover, or in search of a new hot tub? If so, the N.C. State Fairgrounds has you covered this weekend. The Spa and Swim Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. According to organizers, hundred of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis will be available, and shoppers can expect discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail. 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. Admission is free.  The First in Flight Cat…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 21-22 and Dec. 28-31

The calendar year is winding down, as is the usual flurry of activity at the fairgrounds. It’s a good weekend to pick up a last-minute gift at the Raleigh Flea Market. The Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds will showcase more than 600 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more on Saturday and Sunday. The fairgrounds will also host the following events: Capital City Gun Show: Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Graham Building. Guns, knives, hunting supplies and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Admission is $10…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 13-15

This weekend at the fairgrounds the popular Bulls, Bells and Barrels show will take place in the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday. This event features championship bull riding and barrel racing. Western and equestrian-themed Christmas items will also be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10, VIP admission is $15, and children ages 5 and under get in free. More information is available at www.carouselfarmsraleigh.com. Other events this weekend: Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Show More than 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage and new…

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Weekend Update: Dec. 6-8

Events this weekend at the Fairgrounds include the Classic Car Auction, Toy  Train Sale and Swap Meet, and the Scandinavian Christmas Fair. Raleigh Classic Car Auction If you’re hoping to surprise your loved one with a car this Christmas, you may want to attend the Classic Car Auction Friday and Saturday. More than 250 vintage vehicles will be on display and up for auction in the Graham and Expo buildings. Auctions start Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. A public preview will take place Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $15…

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