Weekend Update: July 1-4

The holiday weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off today with the start of the NCHJA Annual Hunter Jumper Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. Horses will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, and the show will feature a variety of special events open to the public. Visitors will have the chance to pet ponies, watch a blacksmith at work and browse the offerings at a silent auction. Frank Cox Productions will host its second Gem & Jewelry Show of the summer Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The diverse offerings for show and sale will include…

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Weekend Update: June 23-26

People who enjoy all things retro have three great events at the fairgrounds to checkout this weekend. Auctions America presents the Raleigh Classic Car Auctions in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. A special preview of the cars to be auctioned was held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., and the actual auctions will be held today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A complete listing of the items up for auction is available online here. The North State Toy and Hobby Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The event will feature…

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Weekend Update: June 17-19

This weekend at the fairgrounds kicks off with Maker Faire: North Carolina in the Scott Building on Saturday.  The event is designed to showcase all things home-made and entrepreneurial and to celebrate the American creative spirit.  The events will feature exhibits of handcrafted goods in a variety of categories from engineering and hacking to food and health and beyond.  Maker Faire will also include activities for kids and live music throughout the day. On Saturday and Sunday, C&E Guns Shows and Showmasters Gun Shows will present the Capital City Gun Show in the Graham Building.  The show will give visitors…

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Weekend Update: June 10-12

The 2011 Tarheel Triple Classic began yesterday and will continue through June 18 at the Hunt Horse Complex. The classic features 10 full days of horse shows and combines the N.C. Quarter Horse Association’s Show, Jamboree and Little Futurity into one event.  The event is one of largest of its kind on the East Coast, and $200,000 in prizes will be given away at the main show on Monday night. Check out the video below of Larry and Gale Little explaining some of the events mixed with some competition footage: [youtube dg8NSLjoARc nolink] On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Frank Cox…

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Weekend Update: June 3-5

Although the 2011 N.C. State Fair is still months away, there’s still plenty to do for everyone at the Fairgrounds this weekend.  The Capital Dressage Classic runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sunday.  The horse competition also includes a vendor fair.  On Saturday the Classic will also host a special performance by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus and a Medieval jousting and tournament games exhibition. Also running Friday through Sunday, the North Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up will include steer and breed shows, showmanship competitions and other family activities. …

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Weekend Update: May 25-28

Get an early start to your Memorial Day weekend  at the Fairgrounds with the opening of the Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show today at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex.  The event runs through Saturday and shows will feature a variety of horses including the dressage, English pleasure, Western, Hunt and Classic styles. Last year’s event featured more than 150 different competitions and the offerings this year promise to be just as wide and diverse.  Admission is free, so be sure to stop by. On Saturday the Raleigh-Durham Caged Bird Society will host its 23rd Annual Pet Bird Fair…

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Weekend update: April 29-May 1

There are plenty of activities at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend, so come out and enjoy what is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend. The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there are special events going on in most of the buildings. Those who prefer to spend their summers outside should visit the Scott Building for the Outdoor Living, Home & Gift Expo. The two-day event features vendors selling everything for your patio and grilling needs, as well as a barbecue chicken cook-off. The show is open Saturday…

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Weekend update: April 22-24

We hope everyone affected by last week’s tornadoes is on the road to recovery. It has been heartbreaking to watch the news reports and see the destruction that left so many families without a home. The N.C. State Fairgrounds was fortunate and received little damage. Many of you were at the fairgrounds during the storm, and we’d like to thank those who have shared their photos with us. The Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show started yesterday at the Hunt Horse Complex and will continue through Sunday. The free event features youth and adult competitions in halter, trail, jumping,…

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Weekend update: April 15-17

The N.C. State Fairgrounds is blooming with activities this weekend. Garden enthusiasts will want to check out two events happening in the Flower and Garden Show area this weekend. The Gardeners of Wake County will host its annual Azalea Sale to raise money for horticultural scholarships and other projects at N.C. State University. The 4-H also will be on hand selling a variety of annuals and perennials. The sale runs Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. In a separate event, the Pilot Club of Raleigh will hold a Geranium Sale at the…

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Weekend Update: April 8-10

October may be the busiest time for the State Fairgrounds, but there are a variety of activities happening every week of the year. As we gear up for the 2011 N.C. State Fair, Oct. 13-23, we’ll highlight some of the weekend activities at the fairgrounds. Note: If video doesn’t play, try refreshing browser The forecast is calling for rain, but there is plenty to do indoors at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. In Dorton Arena, check out the NC FIRST Robotics Regional Tournament. FIRST is a program that encourages science and engineering through interactive projects. If you’ve ever played with…

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