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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

March 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, 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)



Dixie Deer Classic
Deer Hunters Convention. Wake County Wildlife Club presents their 38th annual event designed to offer the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors. Seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and archery competition. Special Guests TBA. 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


6 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:



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

Scott Building


6 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
7 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Carolina Collector Auto Fest & XTREME Car Truck Showdown

Rain or Shine, celebrating its 32nd 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 XTREME 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
9-11 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
10-11 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
10-11 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

*NC Structural Pesticides Board

Martin Building 919-733-6100
13 North Carolina CN New Product Food Show
*Industry trade show - pre-registration required.
Scott Building
13-14 *NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Work Session 6 - 10 pm
Wednesday: Public Meeting 8 am - 12 Noon
Graham Building Sales Arena 919-715-0697

“Quilting From The Heart” Quilt Show
Promoted by Capital Quilters Guild, this show is definitely a show stopper!  Our Biennial Quilt Show showcases a juried exhibit of approximately 250 quilts as well as raffle quilts.  Come see a display of beautiful quilts, bid on silent auction wall quilt, purchase boutique items, visit quality vendors for all your sewing needs and take the opportunity to participant in the construction of a quilt block. 
Event Hours:  Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. 
Adult admission:  $8 daily.  Go to for event updates. 

Scott Building
lanakila Classic

Carnival Classic-Spirit Solutions Cheer
All programs with teams in the All-Star Divisions, with the exception of Special Needs, must be current members of the USASF and all athletes must have current ‘Athlete Membership’ through the USASF in order to compete at sanctioned events.
Final registration February 2018. Click weblink for more details. 

Doors open 10:30 am - competition begins at Noon. Spectator admission at the door $12 - ages 5 and under admitted free.

Dorton Arena


17-18 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


17-18 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

Jackie's Puppapalooosa
Join us for a fun-filled all-breed show. Plans are underway to expand in our new location. Check our weblink for updates.

Dorton Arena


21 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
21-25 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. 24 and Sunday Mar. 25 is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 7-12 and Senior Citizens, Children under 7 admitted free.
Graham Building
Dennis McCoy

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 20 from11 a.m.-9 p.m. Large Volume Consignors 150+ items between 10 am - 2 pm on Wednesday-March 21. Pick-up unsold items Tuesday March 27 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (this is a no shopping day).
Thursday March 22 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 22 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

23-24 Carolina FiberFest
Drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, Carolina Fiberfest is a family-friendly event featuring 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



23-25 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



The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of NC Presents “1964 The Tribute” in Concert

Annual Fundraiser featuring the 1964 The Tribute, Rolling Stone says they’re the best Beatles tribute ever. General Admission $30. Buy tickets on line now or beginning at 4 pm day of concert at Dorton Arena Box Office. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information:
Dorton Arena

In Raleigh/Wake County:

26-27 *NC ABC Commission Law Enforcement Training Martin Building 919-839-4508
31 World Beer Festival Raleigh
The 13th annual World Beer Festival Raleigh is proud to bring our event to the State Fairgrounds this year. With over 75 breweries participating from all parts of the country, this is the premier beer festival in the Triangle which no craft beer lover should miss. Attendees can sample from more than 250 beers in a variety of styles, along with a Food Truck Rodeo, Live Entertainment, Silent Disco and more! You can choose from either the 12-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. session and purchase tickets online here
Click below for additional festival information:
Exposition Center & Grounds

31 46th Annual Raleigh Hamfest
All in one building, huge electronic flea market for new & used amateur radio and electronic equipment. Amateur Radio License Examinations start at 9 a.m. Forums, construction projects, youth station. Show hours are  8 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturday - March 31. Advance tickets are $8 pre-registration prior to April 8 or $10 at the door.
Graham Building

Info: 919-872-6555

Exhibitor/dealers call:

31 Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con
Over 75 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 160 tables!Autograph Guests: TBA. Show Hours: Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $5 ($1 off coupon available on website). Free admission for Ages 15 and under. EARLYBIRD PASS available for 8 a.m. Check our website for discount admission coupon.
Scott Building 


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

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