Looking for something to do this weekend? Come out to the fairgrounds and spend some time exploring the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features hundreds of vendors. You also can enjoy one of the these special events:
Dixie Gun & Knife Classic
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, and more. The event will be held in the Graham Building Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12 with paying adult. A discounted admission coupon is available online at www.dixiegunandknifeshow.com.
Bead Mercantile Show
On the other side of the fairgrounds, the Bead Mercantile Show will take place in the Scott Building. Attendees can purchase beads and bead-related items from nearly 20 exhibitors, as well as attend beading workshops. The show is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 16.
Johnston County Horse Show Series
This two-day event features hunter, halter, dressage, English, showmanship and Western classes. Shows run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. CORRAL, a non-profit group dedicated to bettering the lives of troubled teens and rescued horses, will be on hand Saturday morning. Admission is free for spectators.
Also, don’t forget the 2012 N.C. State Fair is a short 11 weeks away. You can save money and time by purchasing your admission tickets, rides sheets and concert tickets in advance. Tickets are now available online at www.ncstatefair.org.