Introducing Wesley Wyatt, State Fair manager

Like most children, young Wesley Wyatt didn’t dream of becoming the State Fair manager, but now there’s no job he’d rather have. Wyatt was born in Greensboro, lived in Burlington until he was 13, and since then has called Raleigh home. He earned an associate’s degree in applied agriculture from N.C. State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. His career with the State Fair began in 1973, when he was still in high school. Back then, he worked in the landscape crew, helped with horse shows, set up buildings for events and cleaned…

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State Fair employee profiles coming soon

The world is huge, there’s no question about it. But it becomes a little bit smaller when working with people from across the globe. The State Fair prides itself on its diverse workforce. In the main office there is even map displaying the birth countries of its employees. Each pin on the map images below represents where a State Fair employee is from. As you can see, these pins are located all around the world, from Montana and Mexico, to India and Iraq. Some State Fair employees traveled a long way to work for the N.C. State Fair, while others…

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Weekend Update: June 14-16

This weekend packs a punch at the fairgrounds in Raleigh; whatever your interests, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy. The Tarheel Triple Classic Quarter Horse Show will stretch from June 13-22, including this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex. The Maker Faire: NC show will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kerr Scott Building. This creative display of American innovation will feature all things homemade, from cookies to robots. Maker Faire: NC will be a cross between craft fair, science fair and world’s fair all mixed together for an afternoon of hands-on learning and fun. Admission…

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What’s in a name?

Most people know about the animals that live at the fairgrounds temporarily during the N.C. State Fair, but there are also a handful of animals that make the fairgrounds their home the rest of the year. One such addition has found a new home in the Flower and Garden Show. Workers first noticed the female duck in the area a couple of weeks ago. The hen soon made a nest out of a nearby hanging basket and has been living there ever since. Veterinarians have examined the duck, and she appears to be healthy and preparing to lay eggs. We’ve…

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Weekend Update: December 30-January 1

This weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off with the Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event is hosted by Triangle Farms and will primarily feature the hunter jumper style. More than 250 cats representing a diversity of breeds will be shown at the 11th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show in the Holshouser Building. The event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, will also feature cats available for adoption and a variety of different vendors. In addition, more than 600 vendors from across the Tarheel state will showcase their goods throughout the…

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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 25-27

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the N.C. State Fair! We have lots to be thankful for this year, including all of our Deep Fried fans. If football isn’t your idea of fun, head over to the Hunt Horse Complex after finishing your Thanksgiving feast and watch the  Turkey Circuit Quarter Horse Show. Events on Thursday include jumping, trail riding, pole bending and barrel racing. The show starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday. If you are looking for unique, handmade gifts for the holidays, the State Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend with two craft shows. Starting…

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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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