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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Weekend update: April 28-30

Goodguys takes over the fairgrounds this weekend for it’s third annual North Carolina Nationals Giant Automotive Festival. Explore more than 1,500 candy-colored and chrome-plated 1972 and older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked-out trucks and classics on display. 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 more than 100 vendor booths and check out the huge swap meet and the AutoTrader classics car corral. Other events include live music, a kids zone, model car show and Saturday night demolition derby. Late model American-made…

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FFA students compete in poultry judging contest

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. Last month at the Kerr Scott Building, more than 300 youth representing 81 schools flocked to the State FFA Poultry Judging Career Development Event. This event helps provide youth with skills and opportunities that relate to the poultry industry. North Carolina…

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Weekend Update: April 20-22

Want action, adventure and one-of-a-kind shopping? Check out the events this weekend at the Fairgrounds. The Southern Women’s Show is back with 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. 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. Admission is $12. Advance tickets are $10 online or $8 at Walgreens locations; admission for ages 6 to 12 is $6. Special 3-day passes are…

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Weekend Update: April 13-15

Saturday’s Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con  will include the UNC Tar Heel seniors from the 2017 NCAA National Basketball Championship signing autographs.  More than 75 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 160 tables on Saturday in the Scott Building. Autograph guests include the “Teddy Bear Girl” Addy Miller from The Walking Dead, former MLB pitcher Jose Nunez and UNC Chapel Hill 2017 NCAA National Championship Team seniors Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt and Stillman White from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m….

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Weekend Update: April 7-9

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 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday,…

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Weekend Update: March 31 – April 2

Beer, brides-to-be and bargains make the fairgrounds a hot spot this weekend. Events will include the return of the World Beer Festival Raleigh, Southern Bridal Show and the J. Crew Warehouse Sale. See below for event details. J.Crew Warehouse Sale starts Friday and runs through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Items include J.Crew, Madewell & Crewcuts merchandise and accessories. Some product may be samples or second quality. All sales are final. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Precious Gem & Mineral Show celebrates its 41st…

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A man’s heart for livestock, youth and auctioneering

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. “Sold!” booms from the speakers. With that word, another animal is sold in the Sale of Champions at the N.C. State Fair. Proceeds from the sale benefit youth across the state. Of course, you can’t sell an animal without an auctioneer….

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Weekend Update: March 24-26

Come celebrate the first weekend of spring at the fairgrounds. We’ve got a variety of events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Or, if you’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth rental is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net. Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit is through Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This show features…

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Finishing touches added to blacksmith shop

Worker chinking log building

As every homeowner knows, there’s always work to be done. This is especially true when your “home” is the size and scope of the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Several historic buildings and structures are located on the nearly 300 acres. The fairgrounds also hosts hundred of events annually and, of course, puts on the largest event in the state, and one of the largest fairs in the country, every October. It’s year-round work to keep the fairgrounds maintained. This month one of the projects at the fairgrounds is chinking the walls of the new Heritage Forge blacksmith shop. The new blacksmith…

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