The mercury’s rising in Raleigh and so are the number of fun events happening this weekend at the fairgrounds. We’ve got cheer competitions, cultural events and activities for all types of collectors. Read on to see what’s happening this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
Saturday, Dorton Arena will be full of high-flying kicks, handstands and lots of cheer at the Young Champions Cheer Regional Competition. The cheer competition for ages 4-14 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectator admission is free.
The Iranian Culture Society of North Carolina will host the N.C. Persian Festival in the Scott Building Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cultural event will feature Persian dances, live music, art, food, handicrafts and more. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 7.
Also on Saturday, you can stop by the Holshouser Building for the Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet. More than 100 vendors will be set up selling trains, accessories, tracks and hard-to-find parts. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 13 with a paying adult. Click here for discount tickets and additional event information.
The Graham Building will host the quarterly Dixie Gun & Knife Classic Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be on hand selling antique and modern guns, surplus and accessories, as well as hunting, camping and outdoor recreational equipment. Doors are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. A $1 off coupon is available on the organizer’s website.
Next door, the Expo Center will host the Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show. National breeders and manufacturers will be selling reptiles, birds and mammals, along with cages, food and supplies at the event. There also will be live animal shows, as well as seminars on animal breeding and care. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children 5-10, and free for children under 5.
If that’s not enough incentive to visit the fairgrounds, don’t forget about the Raleigh Flea Market. The weekly market features hundreds of vendors selling everything from 8-tracks to gun racks and a whole lot more. Vendors are set up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.