3 brothers and a goat named John

Meet the Henson brothers—Noah, Jesse, and Caleb. They live in the mountain town of Canton. Every year, they set goals for the season and do their best to achieve them. During last year’s fair season, they had a goal that revolved around a goat named John. They knew the goat was special, and they wanted to make sure he reached his full potential by the time he was shown at the N.C. State Fair. After hard work all season, it was time to walk in the ring with John. The only thing left was to hope that the judge thought…

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Weekend Update: June 28 – July 1

Lizards and snakes and turtles, oh my! The Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is coming to the Scott Building at the Fairgrounds June 30 and July 1. Repticon is a reptile and exotic animal convention that showcases vendors from around the country offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animals, presentations and educational seminars are presented throughout the show. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. VIP admission for 9 a.m. Saturday is $12. General admission for ages 13 and older is $10, admission for ages 5 through 12 is $5…

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Weekend Update: June 22-24

The Fairgrounds is where the car lovers go If you’re a vintage car lover, the Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend. The Raleigh Classic Car Auction features the most desirable and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Preview cars available on Friday, June 22, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Auction hours are Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 per day or $25 for a two-days pass. Admission for ages 12 and younger is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Registered bidders are admitted…

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Weekend Update: June 14-17

Hang out at the Fairgrounds with Dad The Tar Heel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show comes to the Hunt Horse Complex this weekend. Classes are offered in Western Pleasure, Trail, Walk Jog, Horsemanship, Reining, Ranch Riding and Western Riding with a Barrel class on Saturday only. Halter, Showmanship, English Walk Trot, Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation are also included June 15-17. This American Quarter Horse Show runs through June 27, with show times starting at 8 a.m. All events are free for spectators. If you are still looking for a unique gift for dad, consider the Raleigh Flea Market, which is…

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Weekend Update: June 8-10

The Exposition Center will be home to the Raleigh Money Expo, the biggest money show in the Carolinas, this weekend, June 8-10. At Raleigh Coin Club’s 45th annual coin, currency and stamp show, you can buy, sell and trade coins, paper money, stamps, gold, silver and more. There will also be free educational seminars and exhibits on Friday and Saturday, and a special “kids zone” with games and prizes. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but food donations for Food Bank of Central and Eastern North…

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Employee Profile: Maintenance worker Thuy Ksor brings Montagnard culture to the fairgrounds

Thuy Ksor may be accustomed to the fresh air and green grass in the Vietnam central highlands, but he gets his fill of the countryside right here at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Ksor, part of an ethnic minority group called the Montagnards, came to North Carolina in 2007. He’s one of about 20 Montagnard employees at the fairgrounds, and after getting his maintenance job here in 2008, he attributes much of what he’s learned in America so far to the diversity of tasks under his jurisdiction. “My job is totally different from everybody’s – I help people finish construction jobs…

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The State Fair Behind the Scenes: Meet the Intern

I’m Molly, but you can call me Teacup – nicknamed after my favorite fair ride. I’m a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill studying media and journalism, and I’m just starting the second week of my summer internship! While I may not be an expert on agriculture, fairgrounds events or fried Twinkies yet, I’m fascinated by all the work that goes into everything from designing logos and advertisements to promote the fair beforehand to communicating with local vendors to bring that North Carolina goodness straight to the attendees. As far as the fair goes, anyone who knows me would gladly vouch for…

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NC State Fair Livestock Scholarship recipients honored

With the last truckload of livestock sold at the NC State Fair Sale of Champions, the lights dim and everyone goes home, exhausted but happy. While the sale has ended the impact has not. The NC State Fair Sale of Champions is more than just a one-night sale. It is more than supporting the youth who exhibited the champion animals. The Sale of Champions impacts hundreds of youth across the state of North Carolina. Proceeds from the sale are divided into different areas: 60 percent of the auction total is awarded to the individual NC State Fair Jr. Livestock Show…

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Weekend Update: June 2-3

Come Rock ‘n Ride in Raleigh Cyclists at all levels can turn their pedal power into an opportunity to give back to the community at the Rock ‘n Ride Raleigh event. This eight-hour cycling event with food, beer, live music and more, benefits the Tammy Lynn Center, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Triangle. Children on three-wheeled bikes are also invited to participate in the Kids Fun Ride. Spectator admission is free and rider registration is $25 per person ($30 on the day of the event). There is no cost…

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Weekend Update: May 24 – 27

Hanging around home this Memorial Day weekend? You can find plenty of activities at the State Fairgrounds. Come on out to the 45th Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show, a world-class event with more than 200 Morgans from across the United States. The horses compete in divisions ranging from Hunt and Classic Pleasure to English and Park, with classes both under saddle and in harness. There are also dressage trail and carriage classes and vendors displaying a variety of unique equine gifts. Spectator admission is free. The show starts at 10 a.m Wednesday, and at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Visit…

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