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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Weekend Update: Nov. 16-18

Horses, Rollergirls and outdoors enthusiasts are all part of the lineup this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Read on for more details. RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show Hunter and jumper competitions return to the Hunt Horse complex this week with the RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show. This nationally sanctioned event runs through Sunday with shows starting daily at 8 a.m. Saturday night, visitors can enjoy the Grand Prix at  7 p.m. All events are free for spectators. Carolina Roller Derby Carolina Rollergirls will take to the track in Dorton Arena Saturday for their annual charity bout. A portion of…

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Jump for the Children Horse Show and more this weekend

This weekend, you can enjoy some of the best horse jumping on the East Coast and support the Duke Children’s Hospital at the Jump for the Children Horse Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. The horse show, which runs through Sunday, offers U.S. Equestrian Federation AA-rated hunter and jumper competitions each day. Free shows start daily at 8 a.m. Saturday, come out for the Duke Children’s Hospital Grand Prix, part of the Jump for the Children event. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 10. Go to…

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Raleigh Flea Market reopens Nov. 3

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…

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Announcing the 2012 N.C. State Fair Concert Lineup

It’s hard to believe I’m already a month into my internship. Time flies when you’re having fun, and believe me, I’m having fun. Last week, we shot a video to announce our concert lineup for the N.C. State Fair. So, watch this video, get excited and buy your tickets on Aug. 1. Ready. Set. Go! Here’s a recap in case you missed it on the video: Thursday, Oct. 11: Varsity Vocal Showcase, $10 Friday, Oct. 12: Matthew West and Sanctus Real, $10 Saturday, Oct. 13: Jake Owen, $10 Sunday, Oct. 14: Hot Chelle Rae, $15 Monday, Oct. 15: Scotty McCreery,…

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