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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

January 2018

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every Sat. & Sun.  The Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.
Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 




*NC Structural Pesticide Exams

Martin Building



Spa Swimspa Show

Friday: 12 noon - 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.



Exposition Center



6-7 Wedding Show
Over 200 of the area's top wedding professionals will be on hand to assist you with your dream wedding. Hourly fashion shows, entertainment and fabulous prizes await you.  Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15. Brides can save on admission by pre-registering on the web ($12 on-line admission). Ages 12 and under admitted free.
Graham Building 919-873-1700
6-7 Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show
Antique guns, U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia exhibited, bought, sold, and traded - WWI, WWII, Civil War, and other conflict bought, sold and traded. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 -12 and free for children age 6 and under.
Scott Building Richard Shields
9 NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building



*NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams

Martin Building 919-733-6100
12-14 Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo
The Fishing Event of the Year. For 3 BIG DAYS the Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo brings together the finest products and services the fishing industry has to offer. Whether you're looking to re-stock the tackle box, find out how to fish the hottest lure on the market, buy the boat to put you on the water or simply come connect withfishing buddies, the Fishing Expo is for you! Over 150 vendors from lead weights to offshore fishing machines - it's all here! Everything to get you out on the water “Rigged & Ready” for the season. And just to make sure you make the most of your fishing trip….we’ve put together a top notch panel of national & regional pros to share their secrets on “When, Where and How” to have the best fishing trip possible. Show Hours are Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is adults $9, Seniors(60+) and Military $8, Jr. Anglers (Ages 6-12) $5. Ages 5 and under admitted free. Admission good for all three days with return pass. Click on our website for advance tickets and more info.
Graham Building &
Exposition Center
12-14 Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility
Dog agility competitions. Free spectator admissions. Event Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 am thru approx. 4 pm
Hunt Horse Complex

Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010


*NC Pumper Group & Portable Toilet Group
Continuing education for septage management firms and portable sanitation firms. Includes mandatory industry training . Registration and certification $100.00 per person. Seminar is 7 am - 5 pm.

Martin Building 252-671-1559
13-14 Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Hours are10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (VIP Entry at 9:00 a.m.) on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday(No VIP Early Entry) .  General admission Ages 13 and over is $10; Ages 5 - 12 admission $5, Ages 4 and under admitted free. Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets. Special two-day general admission $15. Early Admission VIP tickets also available. Click on our website for more info:
Scott Building
13-14 Carolina Coin and Stamp Show 
Coins, postcards and stamps, 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. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 
Holshouser Building  Dot Hendrick

*NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams

Graham Sales Arena 919-733-6100

32nd Annual Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction
Motorsports Trade Show, Auction & Racers Reunion
Racing trade show and area's largest consignment auction of racing related parts, tools and equipment.
Consignments accepted on Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Event Show Hours: Friday doors open at 10 a.m. - auction starts at Noon and Saturday doors open at 8 a.m. - auction starts at 9 a.m.Racing parts Auction begins 12 noon Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Legendary Drivers Reunion/Autograph Session 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday. Adult Admission: $10 each day; Ages 12-15: $5/day; Ladies & kids under 12 Free.

Exposition Center
Event Info: 336-344-8400

19-21 NCHJA "C" Indoor Hunter/Jumper Show -
Hunter Jumper Horse Show. Daily show begin at 8 a.m. Spectator Free admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877
20 Champion Cheerleading Competition
North Carolina All-School Cheer & Dance Championship and "Champions of the East" All-Star Cheer & Dance Championship. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration. Competition features Cheerleaders and Dancers of all ages competing to win their Age Divisions and Grand Champion. Spectator Admission: (Ages 13-64) $14 and (Ages 6-12 and 65+) $8
Dorton Arena 410-579-8668 or 877-322-2310
20-21 Dixie Gun & Knife Classic
Buy, sell or trade. Modern and collectible firearms, custom made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and much, much more....something for the whole family. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit our website for a $1 discount admission coupon.

Graham Building


20-21 DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament
Flyball dog racing! Come out and watch the flyball dogs! Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Free admission.
Holshouser Building



95th North State Toy & Hobby Show
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 collectibles. Over 70 exhibitors buying, selling & trading!
EVENT HOURS: Saturday 9 am - 4 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Admission is $5 daily - Weekend pass $7. Age 15 and Under admitted Free.

Scott Building 540-392-2884

Wedding and Quinceanera Expo

EVENT HOURS: 12 noon – 4 pm

Martin Building



*NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams

Expo Atrium 919-733-6100



Raleigh Indoors Winter I Classic ‘A’
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.

Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877



Chinese New Year Celebration
Join us at the Triangle's largest Chinese New Year Festival. It's with tremendous pride that we share the festive and charming culture with all our Triangle friends.
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage (including the famous lion and dragon dances, vocal talents, traditional Chinese music, and more), exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Event hours: 10 am - 5 pm. Admission $5 ADVANCE and $8 at door. Children age 6 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at facilitated by ETIX and at many local Asian groceries. .

Dorton Arena

27 Winter VolksFest
All Volkswagen car show & swap meet. New and used parts vendors and various VW new and old models on display. VW enthusiasts come buy and sell vintage VW parts, sell or show off your vehicle. Event Hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Spectator General Admission $10 - children 12 and under admited free.
Exposition Center 919-616-2183
31 *24th Annual Double Gold Star Grower Workshop/Meeting
Free admission with Registration - Tickets will be mailed to attendees to secure their seating - Private Event. 10 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Training and recognition meeting for NC Double Gold Star Growers that provide migrant housing.
Martin Building

Information: 919-807-2925
Registration: 919-807-2923


Wake County Agribusiness Breakfast

Hunt Horse Complex

800-849-0248 or 919-250-1068
email for info

1/31-2/2 Southern Farm Show
The largest agriculture exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. A major expansion onto the midway of the NC State Fairgrounds means even more equipment, experts and ideas. Filling the NC State Fairgrounds, the show features over 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of NC, and the Southern National Draft Horse Pull (see separate listings below). Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Free admission

Dorton Arena,
Graham Building,
Scott Building,
Exposition Center,
Hunt Horse Complex , Grounds

1-800-849-0248 or 704-376-6594
email for info


N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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