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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

December 2016

Date Event
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every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday except on Christmas Day. The Flea Market will be closed on Sunday - December 25. 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 



1 *Sears Contracting Christmas Party
Holshouser Building 919-754-0750
1 *Mid-Atlantic Secure Pork Supply Plan Meeting
Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Martin Building 919-707-3250

Classic Car Auction
The Raleigh Classic - four private collections offering more than 250 vintage vehicles. Registered Bidder preview on Thursday, December 1 from 5 - 8 pm. Public may preview the cars on Friday, December 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 am. Auction time on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass.
Age 12 and Under $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Free Admission to registered bidders.

Graham Building and Exposition Center




Scandinavian Christmas Fair
This event features Scandivanian favorites like homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children's activities. Come and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Christmas, certain to get you in the spirit. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music, and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. Event is sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women's Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and children under 13 admitted free.

Holshouser Building

Participant/Exhibitor Info:
919- 846-3785

3-4 8th Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show
Statewide open horse show classes for youth and adult exhibitors in western, hunter and saddleseat divisions to benefit the NCSU Intercollegiate Western Riding Team and the North Central District 4-H Horse Program. Free spectator admission. Open to public beginning at 8 am - 10 pm daily.
Hunt Horse Complex



Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
Over 100 vendors featuring Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Marklin Bachmann, Varney "N", "HO", "O", "S". and "G" gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard to find parts, and other toy train related items. Event features over 100 tables plus operating layouts, Kids Club activities, hands-on layouts and train races for the children. Workshops and minor on-site repairs. Auction at 1 p.m. Special Raffle at 3 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults ($1 off coupon in News & Observer or Event Flyer), free for children under age 13 accompanied by paying adult.

Scott Building

Event Info:919-847-5393

Exhibitor Info:252-756-7842

4 X-Evolution Cheerleading
Cheerleading one-day regional event - Fun and instructional cheerleading competitions.
Dorton Arena Email click below:
4 *Ford's Produce Annual Awards Dinner
Martin Building 919-833-7559
7-11 Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale
Warehouse Clearance Event - Huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Best prices of the year!
SPECIAL VIP SALE: Wednesday 5 - 8 p.m.
Daily Hours Thursday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 10- 6 p.m.
Exposition Center


**NCDOT Materials & Test Unit Holiday Celebration/Employee Appreciation Event
Private Event - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. by invitation only.

Holshouser Building



*SHPD Troop C Headquarters Retiree Luncheon
Private Event - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. by invitation only.

Dorton Arena


8 *SiteOne Landscape Supply Hardscape Academy
Private "green industry" event - Advance registration required.

Martin Building
8 *ARA of NC Rental Reveal
Private industry event - Only equipment rental business owners and personnel can register as rental store attendees.

Scott Building
8 *NC Dept of Public Safety-Adult Corrections & Juvenile Justice Central Engineering EAP Event
L. R. Harrill Center 919-324-1215

Bulls, Bells & Barrels - Bull Riding Event
Carousel Farms present "Bulls, Bells, & Barrels" championship bull riding - barrel racing - western and equestrian christmas shopping - entertainment for the whole family. Admission $12 General; $17 VIP; Age 5 and under free admission.

Doors open at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday for shopping - show starts at 7:30 pm.

Hunt Horse Complex

Jeff Mullen
919-796-8375 or 919-872-6898

9-11 Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show
Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR, etc. on over 225 tables! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to talk with experts and take advantage of this valuable service! Featured autograph guest Denny Mclain, former major league baseball world champion, will be signing autographs Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Huggins & Scott Auction House will be in attendance taking consignments for future auctions. Show Hours: Friday 2 - 7 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Admission: $5 daily; Weekend Pass $7. Free admission for Ages 15 and under. Check our website for discount admission coupon.
Scott Building 



*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



Posada Navideña 2016
A Hispanic holiday celebration with international bands performing and booths offering health professional services as well as traditional Christmas-related items. Free admission.
Event Hours: 3 - 7 pm

Dorton Arena


12 NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building


13 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
14 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
14 *NC Dept of Public Safety-Dept of Corrections Facility Mgt EAP
L. R. Harrill Center 984-204-2848

*Oak City Employee Safety & Appreciation Day
Private by invitation event.

Martin Building 919-836-0220

Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility Competition

Hunt Horse Complex Andy Hartman 919-345-7714
Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010
17 EPIC Cheerleading City of Oaks Beach Classic - EVENT CANCELLED
North Carolina City of Oaks Beach Classic.
Dorton Arena
17 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo
Join us for our 3rd Annual Christmas Shopping Expo on Dec 17th from 10 am-5 pm in the Kerr Scott Building off gate #11 located on the NC State Fairground. Shop with 50+ unique Vendors, visit with Santa Claus and get Pictures for the kids from 11 am-4 pm.... and lots of Raffles to win. Its FREE ADMISSION for everyone.So come out and bring the family and also find that Last Minute Christmas Gift .See you there!
Scott Building




Fiesta Navideña / Community Outreach Event
Community Outreach Event offering family information, children's toys as well as health and other professional services. Free Admission
Event Hours: 12 Noon - 4 pm

Holshouser Building



Capital City Gun Show
Buy - Sell - Trade event : guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies and anything related to shoorting sports. Event hours are: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily admission is $10 ages 12 and up.Saturday admission good for both days. Discount coupons available in local newspapers and on our weblink:.

Exposition Center


22 *Fred Smith Company Year-End Event
 Private Employee event.
Exposition Center

Industrial Hemp Commission Meeting
The purpose for the meeting will be to establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the State. Meeting time is 2 p.m.

Martin Building



Raleigh Indoor Holiday Classic
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - USEF "A" Rated - Wednesday thru Saturday - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. FREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION

Hunt Horse Complex

Joan Petty

12/31-1/1 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


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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