Deep Fried @ the N.C. State Fair

FFA students compete in poultry judging contest

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:07
Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. Last month at the Kerr Scott Building, more than 300 youth representing 81 schools flocked to the State FFA Poultry Judging Career Development Event. This event helps provide youth with skills and opportunities that relate to the poultry industry. North Carolina...

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Weekend Update: April 20-22

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:28
Want action, adventure and one-of-a-kind shopping? Check out the events this weekend at the Fairgrounds. The Southern Women’s Show is back with spa treatments, makeovers, jewelry, gifts, food, wine, cooking classes, health screenings and more. For more than three decades, the show has been recognized as a premier event for women in the Triangle community. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12. Advance tickets are $10 online or $8 at Walgreens locations; admission for ages 6 to 12 is $6. Special 3-day passes are...

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Weekend Update: April 13-15

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:55
Saturday’s Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con  will include the UNC Tar Heel seniors from the 2017 NCAA National Basketball Championship signing autographs.  More than 75 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 160 tables on Saturday in the Scott Building. Autograph guests include the “Teddy Bear Girl” Addy Miller from The Walking Dead, former MLB pitcher Jose Nunez and UNC Chapel Hill 2017 NCAA National Championship Team seniors Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt and Stillman White from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

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Weekend Update: April 7-9

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:17
Spring has certainly arrived when the popular Southern Ideal Home Show – Spring Edition returns to the Graham Building and Exposition Center. This three-day event allows homeowners to see the latest in home improvement trends, and shop, compare and seek advice from professionals and see the latest in home improvement trends. The event features hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. This event has set the standard as the “must-see” home and garden event of the year. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday,...

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Weekend Update: March 31 – April 2

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:54
Beer, brides-to-be and bargains make the fairgrounds a hot spot this weekend. Events will include the return of the World Beer Festival Raleigh, Southern Bridal Show and the J. Crew Warehouse Sale. See below for event details. J.Crew Warehouse Sale starts Friday and runs through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Items include J.Crew, Madewell & Crewcuts merchandise and accessories. Some product may be samples or second quality. All sales are final. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Precious Gem & Mineral Show celebrates its 41st...

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A man’s heart for livestock, youth and auctioneering

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:36
Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. “Sold!” booms from the speakers. With that word, another animal is sold in the Sale of Champions at the N.C. State Fair. Proceeds from the sale benefit youth across the state. Of course, you can’t sell an animal without an auctioneer....

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Weekend Update: March 24-26

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:55
Come celebrate the first weekend of spring at the fairgrounds. We’ve got a variety of events: The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Or, if you’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth rental is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net. Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit is through Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This show features...

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Finishing touches added to blacksmith shop

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:32
As every homeowner knows, there’s always work to be done. This is especially true when your “home” is the size and scope of the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Several historic buildings and structures are located on the nearly 300 acres. The fairgrounds also hosts hundred of events annually and, of course, puts on the largest event in the state, and one of the largest fairs in the country, every October. It’s year-round work to keep the fairgrounds maintained. This month one of the projects at the fairgrounds is chinking the walls of the new Heritage Forge blacksmith shop. The new blacksmith...

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Weekend update: March 17-19

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:09
India Fest, with more than 1,200 performers, returns to the fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday in an expanded location. Enjoy the largest Indian cultural celebration of it’s kind in the nation. Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cuisine and traditional crafts in a bazaar-style atmosphere in the Exposition Center. Event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11  a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be held throughout the event.  Admission is $6 daily. Free admission offered Saturday after 7 p.m. and Sunday after 5 p.m. Other events: Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic “A” Show...

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Weekend Update: March 10-12

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:15
Need a little variety? Head on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got something for everyone. The Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the grounds between the buildings this weekend. This event is celebrating its 31st year and will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors, indoor and outdoor car corral for buying and selling. Friday and Saturday will have car and truck shows for 1900-1989 vehicle years. On Sunday, the inaugural XTREME Car & Truck Showdown will be held in the Graham Building. Come see the baddest, coolest, tallest, most customized, wildest...

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Weekend Update: March 3-5

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 14:06
This weekend is for the deer hunters. The popular Dixie Deer Classic returns for its 37th annual event. Come check out the latest hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors in Dorton Arena, the Exposition Center, Graham, Scott and Holshouser buildings and outdoor exhibitors. Other activities include seminars, displays, trophy scoring, archery competition and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest. More than $50,000 in hunting gear and prizes are given away each year. Special guests include Lee and Tiffany from Crush along with Chris Brackett from Fear No Evil.  Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9...

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Judging in January hosts 141 youth from across North Carolina

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 04:28
Following is a guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive. She has shown animals at the N.C. State Fair for the past 14 years and is a past youth livestock scholarship recipient. She is an N.C. State University graduate, agricultural photographer and blogger. For years, Judging in January has brought youth from across North Carolina to both compete in and learn about livestock judging. As the name implies, the event is held in January; however, there have been several years where Judging in January...

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Weekend Update: Feb. 24-26

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 13:49
  Come on out to the fairgrounds this weekend and check out the “original” tiny houses at the North Carolina Dealers Assocation Spring RV Sale. The show and sale runs Friday through Sunday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center, Dorton Arena and grounds. Promoted by N.C. RV Dealers Association, this event offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;  and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older and children 12 and under are free. See the website for special...

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Weekend Update: Feb. 17-19

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:29
Calling all auto aficionados. The North Carolina International Auto Expo starts Thursday in the Graham Building, Exposition Center and Dorton Arena. The 30th annual expo, presented by the Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association, includes new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sports utility vehicle manufacturers on display. Fall in love with your car all over again at the Classic Car Display in Dorton Arena on Saturday and Sunday. Other special attractions include sheriff and highway patrol cars, a race car display and more. Concept and production models and event attractions are subject to change without notice....

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Weekend Update: Feb. 10 -12

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:51
This weekend promises to be a knock-out when it comes to the weather and to Dorton Arena entertainment. On Friday night, Big Time Wrestling returns with WWE Hall of Famer “The Icon” Sting.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and bell time is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 for arena seating to $75 for VIP seats. Tickets will be sold at the Dorton Arena Box Office beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Check the website to purchase advance tickets and for more details. On Saturday night,  boxing takes center stage with the main event featuring DeWayne Beamon vs Christian Esquivel. This is...

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Weekend Update: Jan. 27-29

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:26
The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival is this Saturday in Dorton Arena. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage, exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is  $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Children age 6 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at their website and at many local Asian grocery stores. Other events: Raleigh Indoors Winter I Classic ‘A’ starts Thursday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Competitions...

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Weekend Update: January 20-22

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:16
Check out the following events this weekend at the fairgrounds. The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. 31st Annual Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction and Motorsports Trade Show, Auction and Racers Reunion is Friday and Saturday in the Exposition Center. This is the area’s largest consignment auction of racing related parts, tools and equipment. Show opens Friday 10 a.m. and auction starts at noon. Doors open Saturday at 8...

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Weekend Update: Jan. 14-16

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:52
The snow has melted and this weekend promises to be busy one at the fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy the mild weather at the Raleigh Flea Market, one of the largest in the Southeast, or one of the events listed below. 95th North State Toy & Hobby Show is Friday and Saturday in Dorton Arena. This event was originally scheduled for last weekend in the Scott Building but was postponed due to the winter weather conditions. Antique to modern collectible toys, including diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, Western toys and other...

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