Easter weekend events at the fairgrounds

If you have out-of-town guests for Easter or time to kill between egg hunts, then come on out to the fairgrounds. This weekend features a variety of events, including Hamfest, a sports-card and memorabilia show, the flea market and more. Event information is below: Saturday’s Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con  features more than 75 exhibitors that will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 160 tables in the Scott Building. The event will include an appearance by the Hunnies Cheerleading  squad, official cheerleaders for the Triangle Torch Indoor Arena Football team. Stop…

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Nance family invests in youth at Meat Goat Leadership Institute

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Nance have a passion for both the meat goat industry and for youth. The result is a yearly 4-H meat goat leadership institute made possible by an endowment from the couple. The 8th Annual Billy Nance Family 4-H Meat Goat Leadership Institute was held on Feb. 10 at the N.C. State University Beef Education Unit in Raleigh. Youth learned about more than goats, though. They also gained skills to become an effective leader in their communities and beyond. The institute invites youth ages 10-19 to apply, and the top applicants are selected to attend the day-long…

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Weekend Update: Flea Market, Kennel Club Dog Show, Antique Extravaganza, Fiberfest and more

  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. Kennel Club Dog Show runs Sunday in the Graham Building. This is a championship…

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There’s a New Boss at the Fairgrounds

It’s been a little more than a month since Kent Yelverton was named manager of the N.C. State Fair and we think that’s just the right amount of time to get acclimated to the fairgrounds frenzy.  While the State Fair is just 11 days of the year, the fairgrounds is a year-round operation, renting buildings and space for events 364 days a year. It’s a busy place. Read below to find out how Kent is transitioning into his new role and learn a little bit about the new boss at the fairgrounds. Kent was born and raised in Wayne County…

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Weekend Update: Dinosaurs: Time Trek, India Fest, Puppapalooza and more

Puppies and cats and dinosaurs? Oh my! It’s that kind of weekend at the fairgrounds where there’s something for everyone. Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times with the Dinosaurs: Time Trek exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as activities such as Design-A-Dino, Prehistoric Poop and Race Through Time Labyrinth. Visit the Time Trek Theater to meet baby dinosaurs. This is also a dragon-edition event featuring famous dragons and lore….

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Weekend Update: Auto fest, autocross and more

It’s a full house at the fairgrounds. Come on out and browse: The Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the grounds between the buildings this weekend. This event is celebrating its 32nd year and will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors and an indoor and outdoor car corral for buying and selling. Friday and Saturday will have car and truck shows for 1900-1989 vehicle years. On Sunday, the inaugural XTREME Car & Truck Showdown will be held in the Graham Building. Come see the baddest, coolest, tallest, most customized, wildest cars and trucks around for…

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Construction to begin on pedestrian tunnel under Trinity Road

If Trinity Road is part of your normal commute you will be faced with some closures in the coming months – but it’s all for a good cause. The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a 25-foot-wide pedestrian tunnel under Trinity Road, just east of Youth Center Drive.  Because of the construction, Trinity Road will be closed between March 5 and Aug. 1.  Detour routes will include Edwards Mill Road, Wade Avenue and Blue Ridge Road. “Pedestrian and vehicle traffic are heavy on Trinity Road not only during the annual N.C. State Fair but also during football games at Carter-Finley…

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Weekend update: Dixie Deer Classic returns for its 38th year

This weekend is for the deer hunters. The popular Dixie Deer Classic returns for its 38th year. Come check out the latest hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors in Dorton Arena, the Exposition Center, Graham, Scott and Holshouser buildings and outdoor exhibitors. Other activities include seminars, displays, trophy scoring, archery competition and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest. More than $50,000 in hunting gear and prizes are given away each year. Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 13…

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For the Love of Livestock

Showing livestock, as so many youth and families in North Carolina do, is not an easy thing. It is not as simple as walking an animal around a ring, accepting a ribbon, and having your picture taken. The days are long and include hours working with your animal, making sure it stands just so. These hours are longer when that goat or steer decides to be exasperatingly stubborn and rebellious. The work is hard. Many a showman have earned their share of blisters from shoveling manure or playing tug of war with an animal. The experience is messy. Mud-caked boots…

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Weekend Update: RV show and sale, spring-like temps for Raleigh flea market

  Come on out to the fairgrounds this weekend and check out the “original” tiny houses at the North Carolina Dealers Assocation Spring RV Sale. The show and sale runs Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena and grounds. Promoted by N.C. RV Dealers Association, this event offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;  and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older and children 12 and under are free. See the website for special…

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