Weekend Update: Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo returns to Raleigh. Raleigh Flea Market is OPEN.

The fishing event of the year is this weekend in the Graham Building and Exposition Center.

After a week off due to unseasonably cold weather conditions, the Raleigh Flea Market is back. Come check out hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. This market features something for everyone including military surplus, metal signs, outdoor items, antiques, collectibles, food, coins, used books, kitchenware, pet supplies, clothing boutiques and even a coffee shop.

The Raleigh Flea Market is home to great finds and one-of-a-kinds.

It may be too cold this weekend to be out on the water, but the 26th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo held in the Graham and Exposition buildings is offering hot deals to anglers who want to restock that tackle box. This event, touted as the “Fishing Event of the Year” by organizers, features fresh water, saltwater, kayaking, offshore and inshore fishing items. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 60 and up, $5 for ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are admitted free. Admission is good for all three days with a return pass. Visit their website for advance tickets and more information.

Other events this weekend:

Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility  is in the Hunt Horse Arena, with three full days of competition. Watch as dogs of every skill level and size tackle obstacles such as the A-frame, weave poles, jumps and plank.  The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free.

Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. The event features vendors offering reptiles, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise, as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for prizes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. VIP entry is at 9 a.m. on Saturday only. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages five to 12, and ages four and under are free. Special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets are online.

Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Coins, postcards, stamps and currency (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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