Heat doesn’t stop youth from competing in 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. It was hot. The kind of hot that North Carolina summers are known for, where the humidity envelops you like clothes. It’s the kind of hot day where air conditioning is preferred. However, more than 100 youth gave up a few…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 15-17

The Triangle Gujarati Association Navaratri is Friday and Saturday in Dorton Arena. The TGA was created in 1988 to serve the Gujarati community in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The organization aims to promote and preserve Gujarati Culture. The event is a pre-Navaratri celebration and will feature traditional cultural line dancing from Gujarat, India. Hours are 8 to 11 p.m. both days. Admission is $12 for TGA members and $15 for non-members. The Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. U.S. and foreign military arms, antique guns and memorabilia from…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 8-10

Opa! It’s one of the tastiest weekends of the year. The popular Greek Festival returns Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building. The event will offer authentic Greek food, a marketplace, live music, dancing and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults. Admission for ages 13 to 19 and seniors is $2, and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. Attention bargain shoppers: The J. Crew Fall…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 1-3

The Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale will run Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3, with free admission throughout the weekend. The event is North Carolina’s largest equine-item consignment sale. It gives attendees the opportunity to buy and sell tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies, horse wear and other riding gear. Event hours Friday through Sunday are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The sale is in the Holshouser Building. Other events: The Kennel Club Dog Shows are Friday through Monday in the Graham Building. The American Kennel Club registered dogs will compete each day for points that will lead to…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 18-20

The Carolina Fall Boat Show and Sale is Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building. The event will feature a boat inventory reduction sale showcasing 12 marine dealers and over 200 boats on display. Hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and members of the military, and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. The Original Coin and Currency Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Martin Building. The show will offer a…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 11-13

This weekend at the fairgrounds has something for jewelry makers, horse lovers and brides-to-be. Here’s what’s coming up: The Raleigh Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event is Saturday in the Scott Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature hourly presentations from experts about living with allergies. There will also be product sampling and cooking demonstrations. The Kids Corner will be provided by the Parents of Allergic Kids. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and military. Children under 13 are admitted for free. The Southern Bridal Show and Expo is Saturday and Sunday…

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Pumpkin is wrapping it up

I’m not sure how to begin to summarize the summer I’ve spent interning with the N.C. State Government Internship Program. To say I’ve gained experience in the real world by working with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services State Fair Division is an incredible understatement. Here’s why. Throughout my internship, I attended press conferences, directed a video shoot at Food Lion and even met Gov. Roy Cooper at the Executive Mansion. Along the way, I improved my skills as a writer, an interviewer and a videographer. Not to mention I managed a grassroots high school advertising campaign! But the most…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 4-6

The Summer Special Horse Show is Friday through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The event is combined with the Finally Farm Horse Show Series and the Johnston County Show Series. Shows will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Admission is free for all spectators. The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. Attendees can buy, sell or trade collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting equipment, fishing gear, ammo and more. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults. Children…

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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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Weekend Update: July 28-30

The Japanese Summer Festival is Saturday in the Scott Building. The event will feature traditional festival-type street food and drinks. There will also be a variety of entertainment, such as bon odori dancing, taiko drums, a Japanese choir and other musicians and Japanese martial arts demonstrations. Japanese-interest groups will host tables with games for children, arts and crafts displays and goods for sale. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up. Event hours are 1 to 8 p.m. The Raleigh Summer Dressage I and II Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show will have dressage…

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