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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

March 2017

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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, the Shoppes at Dorton and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 

919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)
2/28-3/1 *NC DOT Pavement Marking Seminar - PMCT2017
Private CertificationTraining Event
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex Ramona Atchley 919-773-2800
2-5 *Coastal Tarheels - FMCA Camping Club
Private camping event.



Dixie Deer Classic
Deer Hunters Convention. Wake County Wildlife Club presents their 37th annual event designed to offer the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors. Seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and archery competition. Special Guests include Chris Brackett from Fear No Evil. Over $50,000 in hunting gear and prizes given away each year. Plus the NC State Championship Turkey Calling Contest will be held in the Dixie Deer Classic on Saturday. Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for age 13 and older (get your hand stamped for return admission good all 3 days), children 12 and under are admitted free. SPECIAL ADMISSION ticket for Friday Only: All Youth age 13 to 18, Seniors 65 and over, Military Men, and all Women can purchase their admission ticket for $6.

Dorton Arena,
Graham Building,
Exposition Center,
Grounds, Scott Building, Holshouser Building



Ranch Sorting National Championship
RSNC Tough South Eastern Regional Super Sort Show - preserving the heritage and integrity of the ranching lifestyle while providing a family oriented, competitive riding experience at the grassroots level. No other cowhorse competition has as much to offer to such a wide variety of riders. RSNC sorting takes place in a controlled environment where a rider can set his or her own pace; less cattle are required for a greater number of teams; it is a timed event where politics do not affect the outcome; contestants of all ages and abilities can succeed in a competition made fair by ratings and a handicapping system; the variables make it challenging and exciting and it can also be a great schooling experience for young horses! Event opens at 8 a.m. daily - starts at 9 a.m - 6 p.m. Free spectator admission.

Hunt Horse Complex 970-897-2901 DaveWolfe
5 Broughton Ducks Unlimited Banquet
Broughton Chapter annual banquet. Fundraiser event includes dinner, annual membership, raffles, live band, and information on the conservation of North America's wetlands and wildlife. Doors open 5:30 pm Event Hours: 6 - 10 pm. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Holshouser Building

Tickets & Event Information:


7 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
7-8 *UMU 2017
Holshouser Building
8 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Carolina Collector Auto Fest & XTREME Car Truck Showdown

Rain or Shine, celebrating its 31st year, this event will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors, Indoor & Outdoor Car Corral for buying and selling, and Car/Truck shows Friday thru Saturday, March 10th-11th, for 1900-1989 vehicles; Find us on Facebook for latest info.
Show Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On Sunday join us for the inaugural XREME Car & Truck Showdown. Come see the Baddest, Coolest, Tallest, Most Customized, Wildest Cars & Trucks around. 1990-2017 Models. Vendor Setup is 7am-9am, Car Show Registration 9am-12noon, Awards at 4pm. Like us on Facebook!
Admission each day: $10 Adults, Sr/Military/Student-$8, Jrs ages 11-15 $5, under age10 free admission. Websites: or

Dorton Arena/ Graham Building/ Grounds 336-972-4362 or 919-215-3351
10-12 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:
Friday 10 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



Triangle Farms Spring Indoor II NCHJA "C" Indoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877

Spa & Swim Spa Show
SpaBlowout is a once a year event where attendees can take advantage of once-a-year discounts from 40% - 80% off suggested retail. Attendees can explore hundreds of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis. FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING. Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register on-line for instant factory rebate.

Exposition Center 1-877-55-HOTTUB
11-12 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
11-12 Bead Mercantile Show
Visit our event for a great selection of beads and bead related items from vendors from across the country and world selling everything from hand-made artisan glass beads to direct imports such as beads (seed, pewter, semi-precious gemstones), findings, trheads/cord and everything else you need to make beaded jewelry. Workshops also available. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. General Admission of $6 is discounted to $3 with registration at door or online - children under 16 admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Martin Building 610-909-2674
14 Persian New Year Celebration
Persian New Year starts on the 1st day of the Spring. Traditionally Persians celebrate the last Tuesday night of the year which is called Chaharshanbe-Souri or the Wednesday Feast. It is a prelude to Norooz, which marks the arrival of spring. The event is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina. Free admission. Event hours 6 - 10
L. R. Harrill Center 919-870-5670

*NC Structural Pesticides Board

Martin Building 919-733-6100
14 North Carolina CN New Product Food Show
*Industry trade show - pre-registration required.
Scott Building

Garden Brother Circus
The Happiest Show on the Planet! A Family Tradition for Over 100 Years! Exploding with high flying daredevils, BMX Extreme Stunt Team, Flash Mob Dancers, Pink Poodles, Clowns, the Human Canonball, Princesses, Heros and Penguins! A Real Family Adventure! Come Easly! Enjoy our Fun Zone with rides and activities. Meet and greet all the characters. One and a half hours of surprises with sound, lights, music & special effects that'll blow you away!
Show times: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission: Child General Admission $8, VIP Child Ringside Seats $18, Adult General Admission $24, VIP Adult Ringside Seats $34

Credit cards are accepted online, but cash only day of event - ATM available at Dorton Arena. Free childrens's tickets are distributed to area schools and selected area service stations and convenient stores. Child ticket upgrades available Online & on the day of event at Box Office beginning at 3:30 pm each day. Only one free kid's ticket can be used per Paid Adult. Special rates available for a limited time only $9.95 Adult tickets while supplies last! Click below for availability and advance ticket purchase:



Dorton Arena

Ticket Info:888-620-8936


14-15 *NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Work Session 6 - 10 pm
Wednesday: Public Meeting 8 am - 12 Noon
Graham Building Sales Arena 919-715-0697
15 *NC Ag Awareness Day Celebration
Community Ag Leaders visit the Legislature.
Exposition Center 919-707-3012

*NC FFA Poultry Judging
A Poultry Evaluation Career Development event for NC FFA poultry producers. Advance Registration required.

Scott Building




Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic - "A" Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - USEF A rated sponsored by Triangle Farms, Inc. Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-556-7321
18 Summer + Track Out Camp Expo
Join at the NC State Fairgrounds - Scott Building on Saturday - March 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2017 Camp Expo! Area camps, including those offering summer, track-out, and holiday camps, will be there introducing all of the awesome things they've got to offer for 2017! Expo also features demonstrations, interactive experiences, special deals that are only promoted at the expo, and much more! Free Admission!

Scott 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:.

Graham Building


18-19 Coastal Paws Cat Show
The Coastal Paws Cat Club presents the "Rally in Raleigh Cat Show" - CFA Allbreed cat show including household pet class judging and feline agility competition. Learn about the many feline breeds in our special educational breed ring. Vendors with cat toys, grooming products, pet supplies and more. Activities for children. Vote for your favorite cat. Show hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm Saturday & Sunday. Daily Admission: Adults $6, Seniors/Students $4, Children age 3-12 $3, free admission for children under 3 years of
Holshouser Building

Exhibitors Call: 410-679-1873


18-19 India Fest - A Cultural Arts Showcase
Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere in the our expanded location at the Exposition Center. Bring your family and friends! Event Hours: Saturday 11 am to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 - 7:30 p.m. With over 1,200 performers, we are now the largest such production in the United States! Raffles and door prizes throughout the event.

General Admission: $6 each day.  
Saturday after 7 pm is Free Admission. Sunday after 5 pm is Free Admission. 
FREE for children under 5.
Performer Family Member Advance Purchase: $5 each day. FREE for children under 5. 

For more information email or check our website at:
Exposition Center 919-228-9867

*NC DOT Career Exploration Day
Creating a critical link between link between the classroom and workplace by giving students the opportunity to explore various careers. Program is 9 am - 1: pm. Private event by invitation.

Scott Building 919-707-4329
22 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit
Show features classes for American Saddlebred horses, Roadster horses and ponies, Hackney ponies, Southeast riders and a full Morgan Division. Plus a full division for beginning riders who participate in the academy starting at 1 pm Saturday afternoon. Exhibitor party Friday night and morning hospitality each day of show. Event times are 10 am and 6 pm on Thursday and Friday; 9 am - 12:30 pm and 6 pm on Saturday. Free spectator admission.

Hunt Horse Complex 919-365-5149 Joyce Wilson
22-26 Kennel Club Dog Show
Championship Purebred AKC event - registered dogs will compete each day in championship dog shows, obedience and rally trials.  A different Kennel Club hosts competitions each day. The schedule is:
Wednesday - Cary Kennel Club;
Thursday - Alamance Kennel Club;
Friday - Durham Kennel Club;
Saturday - Raleigh Kennel Club;
and Sunday - Fayetteville Kennel Club.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission on Saturday, Mar. 25 and Sunday Mar. 26 is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 7-12 and Senior Citizens, Children under 7 admitted free.
Graham Building
Dennis McCoy
23 *BRI Research & Industry Update
* 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Martin Building 919-693-2483

Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale
Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale is North Carolina's largest equine item consignment sale. It offers the opportunity to buy and sell any equestrian tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies, horsewear and riding needs for all disciplines of riding. New bar code tagging system - refer to website for all details. Consignors earn 75% of all sold and shop before public. Anything related to the equestrian sport is represented at this sale. Barn supplies, show clothing and more! Encourage all non-profit horse progrms and equestrian camps to be involved in buying and selling horse items. Large items such as carts, wagons welcome.
Receiving dates: (Consignors drop off your items) Tuesday-March 21 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Large Volume Consignors 150+ items between 10 am - 2 pm on Wednesday-March 22. Pick-up unsold items Tuesday March 28 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (this is a no shopping day).
Thursday March 23 Volunteers Shop 12 Noon- 10 pm and Consignors and 1 guest (passes required) shop 3 pm - 10 pm.;
OPEN TO PUBLIC for Special Premier Shopping Night Thursday March 23 from 5 - 10 p.m. with $10 per person (CASH ONLY) Admission (Age 12 and under free admission).
FREE Admission on Friday thru Sunday Hours: Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday - Discount Shopping Day
Volunteers ONLY shop 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Public shop 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please visit our website for additional event details.

Holshouser Building

336-362-6248 Event Info
336-697-1097 Consignor/Vendors

24-25 Carolina FiberFest
Carolina Fiberfest returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC with an expanded facility. Drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, this family-friendly event features classes, free demonstrations, and shopping for yarn, ready to spin fiber, patterns, tools, accessories, and specialty items. "Carolina FiberFest is a wonderful opportunity to learn heritage craft skills and to connect with those who are passionate about fiber arts. Schedule to be posted soon at Event hours: Friday 10 - 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free Admission
Scott Building

Event Info:
Carolyn Beasley 919-464-6411

Exhibitors Registration:
Glenda Moore 919-720-0852



24-26 Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza - over 125 exhibitors, from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and old collectibles. Event Hours: Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. Admission $7 per day $8 weekend pass. Ages 12 and under admited free. Discount admission coupon available. Check our website for more details.
Exposition Center


25 NC Triangle Chapter SCI Annual Banquet
Private event for members and potential members of NC Triangle Chapter Safari Club International. Check our website for more information and updates.
Dorton Arena 919-749-0442
25-26 Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in North Carolina! Our Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic supercar, drive 3 laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. At the end, you'll feel the responsiveness and distinction of these dragons and you'll develop a new bond between your new driving team-mates. Leave your caffeinated beverage at home - adrenaline comes free of charge!
Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission.
Blue Ridge & Trinity Road Lot
27-29 *NC ABC Commission Law Enforcement Training Martin Building 919-839-4508
27-31 *NCDA Standards Division NIST Handbook 133 Training
L. R. Harrill Center 919-707-3225
28 Wake County Republican Convention
Doors open 5:30 Convention starts at 7 pm - Keynote Speakers:TBA
To pay ON-line for your Convention fees and get your VIP reception tickets (click here) REGISTER HERE
Scott Building 919-872-0026

NC FFA Livestock Judging Contest
Career development event - State FFA livestock evaluation and judging competition. Event hours: 8 am - 5 pm Free admission.

Hunt Horse Complex
29 *Triangle Apartment Association Trade Show
Closed show for TAA members and invited guests. Admission is by reservation only. Call (919) 782-1165 for reservations.
Exposition Center (919) 782-1165 Ext.7
30 *Fred Smith Company Kick-off
 Private Employee event.
Dorton Arena
31 *Garner Magnet High School Army ROTC Military Ball
7-11 pm.The Military Ball is an opportunity for JROTC cadets to participate in a formal social event and teaches the traditions and customs of the US Army.
Private Event by invitation only.
Martin Building 919-662-5605


Triangle Farms Spring Indoor III NCHJA "C" Indoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877

J.Crew Warehouse Sale
Warehouse sale of J.Crew, Madewell & Crewcuts merchandise and accessories. Some product may of sample or second quality.
All sales are final. Event Hours:
Friday 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Free admission.

Holshouser Building

3/31-4-2 Precious Gem & Mineral Show
CELEBRATING THEIR 41st YEAR at the State Fairgrounds, this show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers. The Club Demonstration area includes club members faceting, cabbing, chainmaking, wirewraping, bead stringing and gem tree creating. Club members will also provide lectures about minerals and demonstrationf of gem polishing, geoge cutting plus associated hobbies. The Hospitality area sells grab bags with mineral specimens. Some could contain a faceted gem. Tickets for the geode raffle, door prizes and rock candy are in this area. Buy a rock at the Geode booth and be the first to see what is inside. The on-going Silent Auction has new items every hour. Dealers provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale. FREE admission.
Friday 3 to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Scott Building 

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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