Weekend Update: July 8-10

  The State Fairgrounds will be home to everything from gemstones and scrapbooking supplies to horses and survival gear this weekend. Check out the variety of upcoming events: The State 4-H Horse Show is Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for this event located in the Hunt Horse Complex. 4-H members from ages 5 to 18 will compete in speed, dressage and Western. The Gem & Jewelry Show will be held Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in…

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Weekend Update: June 24-26

Discover the Dinosaurs in the Expo Center

Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times via the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit on Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as a Dino Dig, face painting and Dino Mini-Golf. To purchase tickets, visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com. Other events this weekend include: The Raleigh Money Expo is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Exposition Center. Admission…

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Weekend Update: May 27-29

A weekend full of fun awaits visitors to the State Fairgrounds this Friday through Sunday. Check out the following events: The final two days of the Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show are Friday and Saturday, with free admission for the public. The event features over 200 Morgan horses coming from across the nation to compete. This show also offers carriage classes and vendors selling horse-themed gifts. Hours in the Main Arena are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Hours in the outside open rings are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday for dressage, and…

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Weekend Update: April 1-3

The Fairgrounds is excited that the 11th annual Wold Beer Festival will be in the Exposition Center and surrounding grounds this Saturday. More than 75 breweries will participate from all parts of the country. Attendees can sample from more than 250 beers in a variety of styles, along with a food truck rodeo, live entertainment, silent disco and more. Choose from two session times: noon to 4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. Other events: J.Crew Warehouse Sale will be Friday through Sunday in the Holshouser Building.  Merchandise includes clothes and accessories from J.Crew, Madewell…

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Weekend Update: March 25-27

Hop on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got a basket-full of events! Events include two church services for Easter Sunday. Calvary Chapel Cary will hold their annual Easter Celebration in Dorton Arena on Sunday. Church service starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free. Church Alive Easter Service will be Sunday in the Scott Building. Service starts at 10 a.m. and admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend. The Torch vs LeHigh Valley Steelhawks is Friday night in Dorton Arena. The Triangle Torch is a professional indoor football team….

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Weekend Update: Sept. 4-7

If you are spending Labor Day weekend around Raleigh, come on out to the Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You might just find your next treasure for your house, apartment or dorm room. Other events this weekend: The Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale will run through Monday, Sept. 2, in the Holshouser Building. The sale has equestrian tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies, horse wear and riding needs. This is North Carolina’s largest equine item consignment sale. It offers the opportunity to buy and sell any equestrian tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies and…

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Weekend Update: Aug. 14-16

If you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive way to entertain the whole family this weekend, here’s some good news: The 11th Annual Children’s Good News Spectacular will be held in the Graham Building this Saturday. The Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Raleigh Area and several area sponsors are hosting this free area-wide event for children and families. Children can enjoy inflatable games and rides, snacks and drinks, and illusion and puppet shows blended with gospel teachings. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. Other events at the fairgrounds this weekend include: Double L…

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Weekend Update: June 12-14

Quarter horses are taking over the Hunt Horse Complex for the 2015 Tarheel Triple Classic. Come see riders from across North Carolina compete in Western pleasure, trail and other categories. The classic, which will continue through June 20, combines three shows into one 10-day long event — the NCQYA Show, NCQHA Jamboree and Little Futurity. Competitions start daily at 8 a.m. and all shows are free to spectators. Other events this weekend: Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show; June 12-14 Calling all jewelry lovers in search of a little more bling. Frank Cox Productions presents the 2015 Gem, Jewelry & Bead…

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Weekend Update: March 2-4

If you’re a horse, a hunter, or a general outdoor enthusiast, make your way down to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got two big events at the Hunt Horse Complex as well as the Dixie Deer Classic, which will fill the Graham Building, Expo Center, Dorton Arena and Scott Building. Here’s a rundown of this weekend’s events: The SERHA Jackpot Reining Fool ‘Em School ‘Em and Introductory Horse Show will take place at the Hunt Horse Complex Saturday and Sunday.  This show is for inexperienced riders hoping to learn better reigning techniques. Classes begin at 9 a.m. each day. You…

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Behind the scenes with…Dale Barnett, Hunt Horse Complex manager

The N.C. State Fair kicks off in a few months, but there’s a ton of preparation already in motion. We’ll bring you behind-the-scenes interviews with fairgrounds employees working to bring you “A Whole Lotta Happy” when the gates open Thursday, Oct. 15. Every year during the N.C. State Fair, the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex is full of activity as it hosts the N.C. State Fair Horse Show. The two-part event includes the N.C. State Fair Hunter Jumper Show, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, and the N.C. State Fair Horse Show, Oct. 12-25. The show is one of 90 horse…

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