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N.C. State Fair Division

January 2020

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every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market will be open during Winter months from 9 a.m. to 5 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

919-839-4560 or click on our website for complete info:
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3 - 5

Spa Swim Spa Show -

Friday: 12 noon - 8 p.m.

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

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



Exposition Center



3-5 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

4-5 The 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
4-5 Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show
Antique guns, U.S. and foreign military arms, books, uniforms, insigna and memorabilia from Civil War,WWI, WWII, and other conflicts 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 ages 7 -12, and free for children age 6 and under.
Scott Building Richard Shields
7 *NC Structural Pesticides Exams
Martin Building


8 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building



*Mastec General Foreman Meeting
Private training event.

Martin Building
10-12 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

10-12 Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo
An event for every fisherman - Tackle, boats, charter captains, boat accessories, State Agency information displays...... 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
11 Champions of the East Classic
North Carolina All-School Cheer & Dance Championship and "Champions of the East" All-Star Cheer & Dance Championship. Doors 9: a..m. - 3 p.m. Competition features Cheerleaders and Dancers of all ages competing to win their Age Divisions and Grand Champion. Spectator Admission: $17 (Ages 13-64) and $11 (Ages 6-12, Ages 65+, and Active Military ID) Free Admission to ages 5 and under.
Dorton Arena 410-579-8668 or 877-322-2310

*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
11 NC ABANA Meeting & Workshop
North Carolina ABANA, an affiliate of Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North American is hosting a meeting designed to teach the craft of blacksmithing for those interested in acquiring the training and skill. Interested in learning the art? Send us an email or come out and meet with us. Meeting/workshop starts at 9 a.m. at the Forge in Heritage Circle.
Heritage Circle Forge

Everyone can ride, but you have to be 18 and older to drive. We will provide helmets for the participants. Participants will be able to experience most of the ATV's and Offroad vehicles that we offer. Hours are Saturday - January 11: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday January 12 : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rand Grandstand

*NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting

Martin Building 919-733-6100

34th 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. Ages 13+ Admission: $10 each day; Children under 12 Free Admission.

Exposition Center
Event Info: 336-344-8400

17-19 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

Champions in Motion 2020 Regional Cheer Competition
Cheerleading competition for ages 4-14 will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Spectator Admission is FREE. Cheer and karate classes are offered year-round to promote physical fitness, good sportsmanship, confidence and competitive spirit and competitions are held each session.

Dorton Arena


18-19 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.
Graham Building



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. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs for sports, non-sports and anything Americana. 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
18-19 Carolina Coin and Stamp Show 
Coins, postcards and stamps, currency (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available. This is an educational show and trade show for collectors. Buy*Sell*Trade.  Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient coins and currency.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Holshouser Building
Event Info: 910-574-4635
Exhibitors: 704-450-1639

*NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams

Martin Building 919-733-6100

El Costeno Comedy Show
Javier Carranza, EL COSTEO, has participated in programs such as Todo se vale, Vidatv and Hoy, as well as special participations in Humor is... Comedians and Zero in behavior. Javier Carranza is one of the comedians who manages the monologue very well and who dominates the problems of the family with humor having fun. .Preview Video
Doors open 6:30 p.m. Event: 7 - 11 p.m. Buy tickets at the Dorton Arena Ticket booth on THURSDAY beginning at 12 Noon or advance ticket purchase here:

Dorton Arena
Tickets: 1-800-668-8080


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

Kids Exchange Consignment Sale
Click on our website for more details. NEW HOURS! ...NEW EVENT ENTRANCE!
Free Admission - most items 1/2 price on Sunday.
Consignor Drop-off on Mon 1/20 from 5-7 p.m., Tues 1/21 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Wed 1/22 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Wed.1/22: Work Exchange Only Sale 2 - 8 p.m (Supers: 2 p.m. and Work Exchange at 4p.m., Recruiting Workers 6 p.m.).
Thurs. 1/23: Seller’s Only Sale 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat. 1/25: Worker Exchangers Private Half-Price Sale 4 - 8 p.m.
Sat. 1/25: Sellers Private Half-Price Sale 5-8 p.m.
Mon. 1/27: Consignor's Unsold Items Pick-Up ONLY 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Open to the public:
Thursday 1/23 KIDS EXCHANGE EVE SALE $10 Admission 5 - 8 p.m. Buy Advance Tickets
Friday 1/24:    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
Saturday 1/25: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
HALF-PRICE SALE Sun. 1/26: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE ADMISSION

Graham Building
23-26 Chatlee Boat Show & Sale
Boat Show and Sale presented by Chatlee Boats - Large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards to choose from ~ a Boat for every Budget ~ Event Hours:
Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission.
Scott Building 919-775-7259
25-26 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. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Free admission.
Holshouser Building

Vietnamese Tết Festival (New Year Celebration) Tết 2020 Festival - Hội Chợ Tết xuân Canh Tý
The Vietnamese American Association of Raleigh presents its annual cultural celebration featuring traditional foods, martial arts demonstrations and musical performances. Please come and join us to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. It is a fun, family event to learn about Vietnam and ring in the year of the Rat. 

Event Hours:
Day Festival: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Night Festival & Concert 5 p.m. -10 p.m.

Day Time Festival Admission ONLY: $10 (Children age 7-12 and Seniors over 70: $5)
Children 6 and under admitted free.

All Day Festival or Night Time Festival & Concert: $25
(Children age 7-12 and Seniors over 70: $15)
Children 6 and under admitted free.
Check out our website for updates & details:

Dorton Arena
28 *NC Structural Pesticides Exams
Martin Building



Triangle Winter Indoors II ‘C’
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 ****** CANCELLED ****** CANCELLED ******** CANCELLED ********
MESSAGE FROM North Carolina Triangle Area Chinese American Society: The TACAS Board has decided, in the spirit of caution, to cancel the Chinese New Year Festival on Feb. 1 at the NC State Fairgrounds, celebrating the Year of the Rat. The TACAS Board is respectful of potential health concerns expressed by performers, vendors, and members of the general public, and look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 when we celebrate the Year of the Ox on Saturday - January 30, 2021. Ticket refunds for the 2020 festival should be requested from the original outlet of purchase and requests will be honored through February 15, 2020. Refunds will include only the ticket price and not transaction fees for electronic tickets. Thank you for your support and understanding. We wish you and your families a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Rat, and look forward to seeing you next year!

Dorton Arena

2/1 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
Exposition Center 919-616-2183

N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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