Weekend Update: March 1-3

The Dixie Deer Classic, the area’s largest deer-hunter convention, takes over the fairgrounds this weekend with the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors, plus seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and an archery competition. Special guests include Steven Rinella, Pat and Nicole Reeve and Tom Miranda. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are admitted free. As part of the Dixie Deer Classic, the Broughton Ducks Unlimited Banquet fundraiser will take place Saturday night in the…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 22-24

  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, plus the Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Gem & Fossil Panning, Dino Mini-Golf, face painting, rides and inflatables. The event is open Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets range from $12-$20. The Carolina Rollergirls are back for a new season on their home track with a double header against Richmond’s River City Rollergirls Saturday in Dorton Arena. Doors…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 15-17

  The 26th annual N.C. International Auto Expo kicks off on Thursday in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association presents more than 160,000 square feet of  new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sports utility vehicle manufacturers on display. Classic cars will be on display in Dorton Arena on Saturday and Sunday. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults ages 13…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 8-10

  The Kids Exchange Consignment Sale  has taken over the  Graham Building and Exposition Center with thousands of square feet of gently used toys, furniture, clothes and books for kids of all ages. Items are half-off on Sunday. Open to the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carousel Farms presents American Bullriders Finals, Bullriding and Barrell Racing Finals at the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $15 for…

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Weekend Update: Feb. 1-3

Things will be mostly quiet this weekend at the fairgrounds, while the Southern Farm Show moves out of all the building and grounds. The 37th-annual show, which features more than 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services, ends Friday at 4 p.m. The grand finale of the Southern Farm Show is the Southern National Draft Horse Pull in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday night. Giant Percheron and Belgian draft horses from across the nation will compete for prize money. Pre-show entertainment includes horse-drawn equipment demonstrations, cowboy mounted shooting and a coon mule jump. Doors open…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 25-27

It’s a relatively slow weekend at the fairgrounds as things are gearing up for the biggest non-fair event of the year — the Southern Farm Show — which opens next Wednesday. This weekend, the Hunt Horse Complex is hosting the Raleigh Winter I Hunter Show, part of the Raleigh Indoors Hunter Jumper Circuit, a USEF A rated show sponsored by Triangle Farms Inc. The show started Thursday and runs through Sunday. Competition begins daily at 8 a.m. and admission for spectators is free. On Saturday, the Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival will take place in the Exposition Center to…

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Chinese New Year kicks off plethora of international events at the fairgrounds

  North Carolina has diverse demographics, especially in urban areas around international corporations and universities. Like myself, many non-North Carolinians have found this state to be a beautiful, fun and gracious place to live. And we decide to stay. For me, one state away isn’t a big deal. But for many, Southern culture is literally foreign to them. In addition to making new friends, they find comfort in sharing their heritage through events that spotlight their culture. Saturday’s celebration of the Chinese Year of the Snake will be the first of several international celebrations taking place at the fairgrounds this…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 18-20

Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction takes place in the Exposition Center Friday and Saturday with a racing trade show and the area’s largest consignment auction of racing related parts, tools and equipment. The racing parts auction begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The rolling stock auction begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Fairgrounds Racer’s Reunion Autograph Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult admission is $10 each day, ages 12 to 15 is $5 a day. Ladies and children under age 12 are admitted free. Show hours are Friday…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 11-13

The fairgrounds are going to the dogs. Or at least the Horse Complex and the Holshouser Building are, with two dog-centered sports taking place at the fairgrounds this weekend. There is more than $1,500 in prize money up for grabs at the Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility trials in the Hunt Horse Arena, with three full days of competition. Watch as dogs of every skill level and size run obstacles such as the A-frame, weave poles, jumps and plank.  The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free. On Saturday and Sunday,…

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Day 14: Deep Fried Kool-Aid and Deep Fried Bubble Gum

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives. 14. Deep Fried Ambassador: Kool-Aid & bubble gum preview (2011) This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from The Practical Cook…

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