Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope you have a relaxing weekend planned, and if you’re in Raleigh, come visit the fairgrounds for some exciting events.
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, horsewear and riding needs. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and noon to 6 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.
The Tarheel Labor Day Cluster Dog Shows will be in the Graham Building. Each day, American Kennel Club registered dogs from local kennel clubs will compete. The Alamance Kennel Club is Friday, Durham Kennel Club is Saturday, Raleigh Kennel Club is Sunday and the Cary Kennel Club is on Monday. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and children ages 7-11. Children under 7 and military receive free admission.
Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show will be Friday through Monday in the Scott Building. The show offers precious and semi-precious gem stones, pearls, beads and findings, minerals, fossils and finished jewelry in gold and silver. Wire-wrappers and jewelers are available on site. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16. Event hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
The N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is hosting its End of Summer Tailgate Party Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The tailgate will feature other college departments and groups, a silent auction, a visit by the N.C. State Pep Band and Mr. and Mrs. Wuf, and an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Tailgate will be in Dorton Arena and will end before the football game kickoff at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $14 for students, $9 for children ages 4-12 and free for toddlers ages 3 and under.
The North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association‘s Labor of Love Horse Show will be in the Hunt Horse Complex. Events Friday through Sunday will show all levels of dressage for horses and ponies, and Monday competitions will focus on sport-horse breeding, shown in hand and under saddle. Spectator admission is free, and the competitions will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
N.C. State will kick off its football season on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with a game in Carter-Finley Stadium against Louisiana Tech. Be aware that traffic will be heavy.