Weekend Update: Dec. 9-11

The Bulls, Bells and Barrels Bull Riding Event presented by Carousel Farms is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. General admission is $12, VIP admission is $17 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. This event offers bull riding and barrel racing. Doors open at 6 p.m. for shopping. Other events to check out: The Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale starts today in the Exposition Center. Sale will offer huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Special VIP sale hours are Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Regular sale hours are Thursday and Friday,…

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Casey’s favorite N.C. State Fair Finds

Fair mascot Casey Cardinal is back and he’s got lots of tips for fairgoers. Read below to find a few unique N.C. State Fair traditions that makes the fair live up to Nothing Could Be Finer. It’s true, just about every state has a state fair. And these fairs have rides and foods and a midway. But that’s not all that’s at a State Fair. The buildings are full of vendors, state agencies and other organizational booths. The exhibit halls are full of ribbon winners and the livestock barns are bustling with livestock shows. On the grounds you’ll find stilt walkers,…

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2016 N.C. State Fair Bucket List

‘Tis N.C. State Fair season and nothing could be finer. And whether you’re a State Fair veteran or a rookie, you know there is something magical about the state fair that is calling your name. Between the cool autumn nights kept well-lit by the carnival midway, the deep-fried delicacies, and the engaging exhibits and entertainment, what’s not to like? To make sure you’re taking full advantage of your time at the fair, we’ve listed some things that you must do at this year’s event, Oct. 13-23. See a concert on every stage. As a part of this year’s Homegrown Music…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 23-25

It’s a big weekend at the fairgrounds. The Southern Ideal Home Show takes over the Graham Building and the Exposition Center for three days with lots of great home improvement ideas. And this is the last weekend for the Flea Market. All the flea market vendors will have to move out to make room for the State Fair, so there will be plenty of deals to be had. And many wrestling legends make a return to Dorton Arena on Friday night.   The Southern Ideal Home Show is Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m….

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Weekend Update: Sept. 16-18

Supporting North Carolina’s firefighters and paramedics can be as simple as buying a concert ticket. The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of N.C. Presents Neal McCoy in Concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Dorton Arena. General admission is $28, and doors open at 7 p.m. Buy tickets at www.pffpnc.net or at Dorton Arena Box Office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the concert. Other events this weekend include: The 59th Annual N.C. State Championship Horse Show is Thursday through Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in the Hunt Horse Complex. Admission is free to morning sessions. Whiplash will perform each night…

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Weekend Update: Sept. 9-11

Opa! The 35th Annual Greek Festival is Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday  from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Graham Building. Adult admission is $3, but you can find a coupon for free on their website. Admission for children ages 13 to 19 and seniors is $2, while children ages 12 and under are admitted free. This event offers authentic Greek food, live music and traditional Greek dance groups. Part of event proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Go to http://raleighgreekfestival.com/ for more. Other events this weekend include: Meredith College…

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Local Christian music takes center stage in Dorton Arena

Two nights of spirit-filled worship music are included in this year’s Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series.  On Friday, Oct. 16, Summit Church will feature contemporary Christian artists and church members Kaimy Masse and Hank Murphy, and a performance by the Summit Choir. On Thursday, Oct. 23, the gospel sounds of Wake Chapel Choir, Instrument of Praise Gospel Concert Chorale and Watts Chapel Gospel Choir will have fairgoers clapping their hands and singing along to familiar gospel songs. We spoke with Hank Murphy with Summit Church and Angela Coley of Instrument of Praise Concert Chorale to help get us pumped up…

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Indie-group The Love Language brings lo-fi energy and bleeding-heart pop to Dorton Arena

The indie-rock group The Love Language is no strangers to the Triangle-music scene. Since 2008, the group has played to crowds at favorite hot spots such as Cat’s Cradle, Local 506, Kings, Red Hat Amphitheater, Lincoln Theater and the Haw River Ballroom. After Friday, Oct. 23, the group can add Dorton Arena to that group of venues. The group started as a solo project by frontman Stuart McLamb. The first album, The Love Language, drew the attention of another local band, The Rosebuds.  So impressed by the album, the Rosebuds asked that The Love Language be its opening act. And,…

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Rock bands bookend the State Fair’s concert lineup

Throughout its history, Dorton Arena has hosted some of the biggest, loudest and rowdiest rock bands that have toured the country. Bands such as Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Ratt and Bon Jovi have played Dorton Arena. I can only imagine the amped-up guitar squalls and pounding drum solos bouncing off the glass and concrete during any of those shows. Rock on! With the 2015 State Fair, Dorton will be bracing for another round of rock ‘n’ roll warfare with performances by the heavy metal band Firehouse on Oct. 15 and Southern rockers Nantucket…

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Canstruction is Complete

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, in this case,  imitation serves a greater purpose. The Canstruction team finished building a 10-foot tall and 20-foot wide replica of Dorton Arena in the Exposition Center Lobby. The project, sponsored by GEICO and Harris Teeter, used about 13,000 total food goods, including Jello boxes, canned goods and water bottles in construction. After the fair, the food will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The International Association of Fairs and Expos challenged members to collect food for people in need in their communities as part…

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