Nearly a million people had a “Bumper Crop of Fun” enjoying the exhibits, entertainment and food at the 2012 N.C. State Fair. Thanks to everyone who came out this year.
The fair is by far the largest event held at the fairgrounds during the year, but it’s not the only one. In fact, the fairgrounds host hundreds of events each year. Continue reading for a lineup of all the great events happening this weekend.
After a month-long break, the Raleigh Flea Market reopens this weekend. Come browse hundreds of vendors as the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are transformed into the largest flea market in the area. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, the N.C. State chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising banquet in the Scott Building. Tickets start at $40. The banquet is from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., and doors open at 5:30.
Also Thursday, Alzheimers North Carolina Inc. will hold its Candlelight Reflections ceremony at the Waterfall next to Dorton Arena. The ceremony honors those living with Alzeheimer’s disease and their caregivers, and remembers those that have died. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, the Raleigh Ringers will host the Capital Area Handbell Festival. Hundreds of ringers from across the region will be on site for handbell clinics and workshops. Saturday, the ensemble will perform a free public concert at 4 p.m. in the Scott Building.
At the Hunt Horse Complex, Triangle Farms will host back-to-back NCHJA “C” Shows Friday through Sunday. Spectator admission is free. Shows start daily at 8 a.m.
Saturday, the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association will host a benefit concert in Dorton Arena featuring country artist John Michael Montgomery with special guest Morgan Frazier. The concert starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. Tickets are $26.
Dubs for a Cause 2012 is another fundraising event planned for Saturday. Volkswagen enthusiasts will gather from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m in and around the Holshouser Building. The group is raising money for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or Stoneman Syndrome.
Finally, the 28th annual Train & Railroadiana Show and Sale will take place in the Expo Center Saturday and Sunday. The model railroad show, sponsored by Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, will feature elaborate model train displays and vendors selling a variety of items. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6, and covers both days. Click here to download a coupon for $1 off admission.