First week of fall on the fairgrounds

If you couldn’t tell by the recent weather, the turning of the seasons is upon us. Today marks the first day of fall, which can mean only one thing: There are only 22 days (!) until the N.C. State Fair opens. As the leaves start to turn, college football ramps up and we start breaking out our jackets, things are buzzing around the fairgrounds. This weekend is the last for shoppers to search for bargains at the Raleigh Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds before the market closes in preparation for the N.C. State Fair, which runs Oct. 15-25. The…

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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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