Got to Be NC Festival this weekend

This weekend, the fairgrounds will host the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival. The annual event is a celebration of North Carolina’s food and agricultural heritage, and there is plenty new in store this year. Consider the following five tips when making your plans: 1. New Festival Hours The festival has new Friday hours this year. The gates will be open from noon to midnight on Friday. Hours for Saturday and Sunday remain 9 a.m. to midnight and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., respectively. For a full schedule of events, go to www.GotToBeNCFestival.com. 2. Cookbook Authors at the Food and…

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Weekend Update: April 27-29

You’ll find a lot to love at the fairgrounds this weekend, including the Southern Women’s Show, Knight Southeastern Doll & Bear Show,  horse shows and performances by The Temptations Review and The Embers, as well as hundreds of vendors at the Raleigh Flea Market. Read on for more information about these great events. Southern Women’s Show Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Southern Women’s Show in the Graham Building and Expo Center this Friday through Sunday. Relax with spa treatments and makeovers; shop for clothes, jewelry and gifts; sample gourmet food and wine; and learn how to improve your lifestyle.The…

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Weekend Update: March 30-April 1

It’s hard to believe we’ve almost wrapped up the first three months of 2012. That means the State Fair will be here before you know it. Sadly, it’s not this weekend. But, there are plenty of activities going on at the fairgrounds we think you will enjoy. The Wake County Library Book Sale started Thursday in the Graham Building with more than 450,000 items for sale. Bibliophiles and bookworms love this annual event, which benefits the Wake County Library.  Book prices range from $2-4 each. Saturday, you can snag the books for half off those prices and Sunday you can…

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Weekend Update: Jan. 20-22

If you have children and consider yourself a bit of a “frugalista,” make sure you come to the fairgrounds this weekend for the Kids Exchange Consignment Sale. The sale offers parents a chance to buy and sell gently used clothing, toys and other goods for their children, and is open to the public Friday to Sunday in the Graham Building and Expo Center. If you come early, don’t forget to come back on Sunday, when all items will be half-priced. Dorton Arena will host another round of cheerleading competitions this weekend. The Champions of the East competition and All School…

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Weekend Update: January 6-8

Did you get a new boat for Christmas? No? Well, then buy yourself a New Year’s gift starting this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo in the Graham and Expo buildings! This show for the serious fisherman features more than 175 booths offering everything from the latest lures, custom rods, apparel, knives, product sample booths, seminars, electronics and more. The N.C. Bass Federation will host a kid’s zone where youth anglers can cast at targets to gain points. The “G Man” Gerald Swindle, 2011 Elite Tour Champion, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday. And you can…

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Weekend Update: December 16-18

A variety of vintage sports trading cards and sports memorabilia will be on display at the Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show in the Scott Building. The event will feature nearly 100 merchants and will be open Friday through Sunday. In the Graham Building, a variety of vendors will be selling guns, knives, ammo and hunting supplies during the Capital City Gun Show. The show will be held Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, the Showcase of the Stars Cheer Competition will feature the best cheerleaders from schools across the region showcasing their skills and competing for the top prize. The event…

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Weekend Update: December 9-11

UPDATE: THE N.C. POTTERY FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELED THIS YEAR. More than 50 exhibitors from across the state will participate in the second annual N.C. Pottery Fair. Famous potters from Sanford and Seagrove will be among those present. The event will be held in the Holshouser Building Friday through Sunday and will also feature a wine tasting hosted by three N.C. wineries. Carousel Farms of Raleigh will present Bulls, Bells & Barrels in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday and Saturday. Championship bull riding, barrel racing, equestrian-themed holiday shopping and live entertainment guarantee fun for the entire family. Young martial arts…

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Weekend Update: December 3-5

This weekend at the fairgrounds is another busy one. Whether you’re in the mood to shop or browse, explore a new craft or watch a competition, there’s something for everyone. First, visitors can check out three different shows: In the Graham Building and Exposition Center a Classic Car Auction will be held. More than 250 vintage cars will be on display Thursday and Friday. Homemade foods, unique crafts, live entertainment and cultural exhibits will be showcased at the Scandinavian Christmas Fair Friday in the Holshouser Building. The Train Collectors Association will present the Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet Saturday…

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Weekend Update: November 18-20

The RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show is already underway at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event benefits the Hunt Seat Equestrian Club at N.C. State University and the U.S. Equine Rescue League, which cares for neglected or abused horses across the nation. Shows will continue through Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Women’s Club of Raleigh will host its annual Antiques Show and Sale in the Scott Building. The show will feature vendors from across the East Coast selling period furniture, fine jewelry, silver, folk art and other antiques. There also will be a special lecture about pearls held Friday…

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Weekend Update: November 11-13

The Duke Children’s Hospital Benefit Hunter/Jumper Classic began Tuesday in the Hunt Horse Complex and continues through Sunday. The Classic benefits offers a behind-the-scenes look at how horses are cared for, trained and shown in addition to actual competitions. More than 125 vendors will be showcasing classic cars at the Carolina Collector Auto Fest. The event runs Friday through Sunday in the Dorton Arena, Graham Building and Exposition Center. The Carolina Coin and Stamp Show takes place in the Holshouser Building Saturday and Sunday. Dealers will be selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency, postcards and stamps.  Admission is free. Saturday…

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