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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)
28-3/1 Eastern Technical Associates Smoke School
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily - Training to read visible emissions; Program offers a 6 month certification in EPA regulation Method-9 Visible Emissions Training and Certification.
Midway 919-878-3188
1 *DDC Kickoff Meeting
Private event
Martin Building  



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, Holshouser Building


4 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:


6 North Carolina CN New Product Food Show
*Industry trade show - pre-registration required.
Scott Building
6 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Garden Brothers Circus
The Happiest Show on the Planet! A Family Tradition for Over 100 Years! New for 2018 - 3 rings bursting with excitement, laughs & memories! One and one-half hours of real quality family entertainment. Over 60 performers from 18 countries featuring the Human Pyramid, high flying Aeriaal Daredevils, Crazy Cossack Horse riders, 6 Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Comedy Dogs, Wheel of Death, and the Funniest Clowns! Live animal rides, food & face painting in the Kids Fun Zone!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 $10, VIP Child Ringside Seats $20, ($10 VIP upgrade with Child's Free Ticket, Child or Adult General Admission Ticket)
Adult General Admission $25, VIP Adult Ringside Seats $35

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. pre-schools and selected area service stations and convenience 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 online for a limited time for each showtime at only $12.50 Adult tickets while supplies last! Click below for availability and advance ticket purchase:



Dorton Arena

Ticket Info:888-620-8936


8 *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. - 6 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 Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience - Educational Car-Control Clinic
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. Special - $99 for 3 laps in a Ferrari. Family and friends free admission.
Blue Ridge & Trinity Road Lot
(Enter Gate 9 from Trinity Road)
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



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
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

Capital City Gun Show
Buy - Sell - Trade event : guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies and anything related to shooting 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. Cash only. Saturday admission good for both days. Discount coupons available in local newspapers and on our weblink:.

Exposition Center


12 YMCA Annual Celebration
By invitation. 6 pm
Dorton Arena
13 *UMU 2018
Holshouser Building

*NC Structural Pesticides Board

Graham Building Sales Arena 919-733-6100
13 Persian New Year Celebration (ICSNC Nowruz)
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 5 - 9 p.m.
Martin Building
14 *Tall Fescue Pasture Renovation Workshop
A County Agent Extension Training offering farmers options and information for renovating KY 31 Tall Fescue pastures with improved novel endophyte tall fescue.
Martin Building
15 4th Annual Shuck -n-Chuck Oyster Roast
Fundraiser to support Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Oysters, chicken, sides, beer & wine included with admission. Live local music, a raffle and opportunities to learn more about RTT's work to ensure low-income families across the Triangle have a safe, healthy place to live. Event hours are 6 - 10 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $60 per person. For more information, visit our website:
Tobacco Pavilion 919-996-02999



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

“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 Cheer and Dance Championships hosted by Spirit Solutions
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  Competition begins at 10:30 a.m.   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 - 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday. Daily Admission: Adults $6, Seniors/Students $4, Children age 3-12 $3, free admission for children under 3 years of age.
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.  FREE for children under age 5.

Performer Festival Pass Advance Purchase: $5 (valid 2 days)
(ALL Performers must have either a pass or a ticket for admission)

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

Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek

It’s family expedition time! At Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek, you’ll be transported through our special Time Lab where you can observe enormous prehistoric dinosaurs and glimpse at mythological, magical dragons. This experience is all about hands-on family fun! Kids will love the larger-than-life creatures, and activities like Design-a-Dino, Prehistoric Poop, or the Race Through Time Labyrinth will keep everyone entertained. Families can compete in the Cretaceous Challenge Zone, visit the Time Trek Theater to meet baby dinosaurs, and test their dino-knowledge in our family and individual trivia contests. Even see a Dino skeleton come to life!

PLUS at our Dragon Edition events, we’ve incorporated famous dragons and lore from three very distinct cultures – dragon legends are thought to have started with the discovery of unknown dinosaur fossils!

Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$5 military discount with ID. Purchase your advance tickets now from our website at VStar Entertainment 763-324-7889 (Mon.-Fri.) TicketWeb 1-866-468-3399. Tickets will also go on sale at the Graham Ticket Booths 30 minutes before event opens.
Graham Building

Customer Service: 763-324-7889


Jackie's Puppapalooosa
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join us for our 5th Annual Jackie’s Puppapalooza Open Dog Show sponsored by Johnson Subaru in Cary ~ this is a fun event open to all friendly dogs ~ you can enter just for fun, get ready for a dog show or come and watch. The events your dog can enter are; Agility, Small Dog Agility, Puppy Commands (5 months or under), Most Commands, High Jump, Small Dog High Jump, Team Machine (multiple dogs perform together), Find It, Special Talent, Catch (ball or treat), Dogue Fashion. You can do the events on leash, with treats or loose, up to you, it will be fenced off. We have a special category for old or
handicapped dogs, Old Dog Agility, Old Dog High jump (really low jumps). The cost for entering is on our web site There will be vendors, free gifts, dog adoption groups with puppies. It’s Fun, a lot of Fun, we have more than doubled in size each thats fun!

Dorton Arena



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
21 *Johnson & Johnson Behind The Wheel - Safety Training
Private Training Event 8:30 am - 5 pm.

Dorton Arena &
South Dorton Lot
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
22 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

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 9 - 6 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
27 *NFPA70E Training
NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Training
Graham - Sales Arena 919-839-4601
27-28 *NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Work Session 6 - 10 p.m.
Wednesday: Public Meeting 8 a.m. - 12 Noon
Graham - Hall of Fame Room 919-715-6097

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

Scott Building



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
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. sharp. Forums, construction projects, operate the RARSfest GOTA Station and see a satellite communications demo. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, Saturday - March 31. Advance tickets are $8 pre-registration until March 24 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, 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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