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Facility Rentals

Why choose the State Fairgrounds?

We can accommodate any size show, conference or exhibit. The North Carolina State Fairgrounds consists of 344 acres of land and more than 400,000 total square feet of building space. Our buildings accommodate party sizes from fewer than 100 to over 10,000. (Compare buildings at a glance.) Wi-Fi access is available throughout the complex at no additional charge. Because of the roomy facilities, great location, excellent parking and award winning landscape, the fairgrounds is a popular rental spot.

Easy access from all major highways. The N.C. State Fairgrounds is easily accessible from the I-440 Beltline, Interstate 40 and 540, as well as from Blue Ridge Road, N.C. Highway 54 (Hillsborough Street) and now Edwards Mill Road (see directions below). Free parking is available on State Fair and Carter-Finley Football Stadium property for events scheduled at the Fairgrounds, except for recreational vehicles that park between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m.

Our prices are reasonable. In addition to ample free parking and a great location, building rental prices at the fairgrounds are reasonably priced. At the N.C. State Fairgrounds you can have a meeting, conference or exhibit that is easily accessible without having to spend most of your budget on the building rental. For rental prices, please click on individual building links located at the top of this page. Additional support services are also available to create a one-stop-shop event..

RV hook-up access available (except during State Fair). Recreational vehicle hook-up access for visits of 14 days or less. Water, sewer and electrical access is available on more than 350 sites (electricity access ranges from 30 –50 amps). Rental cost for a 24 hour period is $25 per unit. Primary access is through Gate 11 from Blue Ridge Road. Individual units should check-in with Fairgrounds Public Safety at mobile 919-612-6767. Clubs and groups should contact the Fairgrounds at 919-821-7400 prior to arrival to reserve space. Visit our Calendar of Events at /events/calendar.htm for a listing of other activities scheduled at the Fairgrounds.

Information for disabled visitors.

Parking
•Spaces marked for handicap permits are conveniently located adjacent to each facility.
•Cars occupying spaces designated for disabled visitors must display valid handicap permits, stickers or plates at all times.
• Buses and vehicles may unload/load disabled passengers near the building entrance, but must move to allocated parking. The vehicle may only park in a handicap space if the vehicle displays a valid handicap permit and if space is available. The driver of the vehicle should inform a traffic patrol officer of the intention to simply drop off disabled passengers. Larger events may have allocated bus parking - check with the event prior to your arrival to expedite access. Calendar of Events

Getting around the Fairgrounds
• All buildings at the Fairgrounds have been modified to standards set by the American with Disabilities Act and are in compliance with ADA standards.
• Handicap accessible restrooms are located throughout the Fairgrounds.
• Disabled persons do not need to purchase a special ticket to attend a Dorton Arena concert. If you need wheelchair accessible seating, please purchase a regular ticket. When you arrive, go to the side of the building that your ticket says (North or South). When you enter Dorton, you and one guest will be moved to a wheelchair accessible area. There are four wheelchair accessible sections and each section holds 20 people. If the section does not fill up by the time the concert starts, a person may have two more people from his/her party join them in that section. If these four areas fill up, access on the main floor will be made available by transport to the west side of Dorton and brought in on the floor. Handicap parking is located around the perimater of the building. All of our buildings are ADA compliant

Frequently asked questions
• Can I rent a wheelchair, scooter, stroller or child's wagon in advance?
No. Fairgrounds facilities are leased to year-round events which design their individual event site plan. Some larger events may offer wheelchairs as a customer service. Persons requiring a wheelchair for mobility may bring their own equipment or contact the event number posted on the Calendar of Events for information on any special equipment accommodations available at the event. Also check Raleigh Flea Market for related info.
• Can I bring my Seeing Eye Dog?
Yes. Trained service animals are welcome at the Fairgrounds.
• Can I bring my own golf cart?
No, we do not allow personal golf carts on the grounds due to liability and safety reasons.
• Can I bring my own wheelchair, scooter, stroller or child's wagon?
Yes, you can bring your own wheelchair, scooter, stroller, child's wagon, diaper and lunch bags (unless prohibited by the event Calendar of Events), umbrellas and other personal items to the fairgrounds, just be aware that all baggage is subject to search at the entrance for weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs and other prohibited materials.

Information for parents
• Unless probitied by the scheduled event Calendar of Events, parents can bring their own diaper and lunch bags, wagons, strollers, umbrellas and other personal items to the Fairgrounds, just be aware that all baggage is subject to being searched at the entrance for weapons, glass bottles, alcohol, drugs and other prohibited materials.
• Changing tables are available in most restrooms, and family restrooms are available in the Martin and Expo buildings. There are "mothers'" rooms in the Scott, Martin, Expo and Graham buildings.
• If adults plan to take a child to a concert, be aware that everyone age two and older, or any child who will need to occupy a seat, will need a ticket.

The fairgrounds is already home to hundreds of events each year. Each weekend, except during the month of October due to the State Fair, the buildings are transformed into different events that appeal to different members of the same family. On a typical weekend the event may be a dog show, trade show or auction in the Graham Building; a coin/stamp show, train show, or social event in the Holshouser Building; Dorton Arena may host a trade show, concert, conference or sporting event; and a sportscard show, equipment expo or festival could take place in the Kerr Scott Building. The Exposition Center is home to several trade shows, banquets and special events. A broad range of horse disciplines are hosted each week at the Hunt Horse Complex. The Martin Building is ideal for small busines meetings, training, or social events. Several unique venues on the grounds host company outings, festivals, family reunions and special outdoor events. All events have ample parking available. In addition to these special events, the Flea Market, the largest in the state, is held each weekend November through September.  A calendar of events is posted on our Web site.

Facility Rental Director
Claudine Davis (e-mail)
( 919) 821-7400 ext. 4501


Facilities at-a-glance

Jim Graham Building 

The Jim Graham Building is the largest of the fairgrounds buildings. During the year it hosts a variety of livestock shows, home and garden shows, sales showcases, farm shows, trade shows and other special events. Exhibit space can be extended with the use of outdoor tents and fencing, or installation of tent connector to adjacent facility. The climate-controlled building has a total of 100,000 square feet - 95,000 square foot main floor, 3,000 square foot meeting room and a 240 seat sales arena. More info>>


Exposition Center

The Expo Center is ideal for banquets, trade shows, political rallies and large proms with 50,000 square feet of exhibition space. The building includes a spacious lobby, ample bathroom facilities, loading dock and drive-through access. It is also connected to the Jim Graham Building by a covered breezeway. More info>>


J.S. Dorton Arena

This building, which was named a National Historic Monument for being the first building with a cable supported roof system, is ideal for concerts, athletic events, circuses, speakers, proms and other large special events. There are 4,750 permanent seats, 360 box seats and potentially 2,500 portable seats that can be installed when a stage is used. Total seating capacity is 7,610 but may vary based upon event structure. Total square footage is 25,000 square feet. More info>>


Governor W. Kerr Scott Building

The versatile Kerr Scott Building serves as a popular venue for trade shows, banquets, proms, political rallies and other events. The building seats 2,000 in front of a portable stage or 1,500 in a banquet setting. The building has 19,500 square feet of exhibition space and 3,128 square feet of meeting space in an upstairs area that overlooks the show floor. More info>>


Governor James E. Holshouser Building 

The circular Holshouser Building allows for a unique venue for many events, including festivals, train shows, conventions, meetings, social events, small trade shows, and other events. The 13,600 square-foot building holds 900 people banquet style or 1,200 people in a conference arrangement. More info>>


Governor James G. Martin Building

The Gov. James G. Martin Building Agriculture Department Auxiliary (ADA) Room is perfect for hosting small business meetings, training, social events, small trade shows, and many other types of events. The ADA Room seats 150 people in a banquet set-up or 200 for a conference arrangement. The 2,489 square-foot room also has a small kitchen area that includes a refrigerator and sink. Attached to the building is a 2,277 square foot covered porch that can be used in a myriad of ways. The building also includes large bathroom facilities. More info>>


Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex 

The nationally acclaimed Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex is one of the best in the country. The Hunt Horse Complex sits on 30 fenced acres of the 344-acre fairgrounds. The cafeteria dining room in the horse complex seats 200 people and it may be reserved on a rental basis when not being used for activities within the main arena. There is an extensive menu for breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners. The main show arena is 81,000 square feet with a 138' x 248' show ring and 4,748 permanent seats. There are two warm-up areas, one covered, that are 120' x 240'. More info>>


Sam G. Rand Grandstand 

The Sam Rand Grandstand is ideal for concerts and outdoor competitive events such as tractor pulls and demolition derbies. The grandstand has 2,800 covered seats and 1,200 uncovered bleacher seats and restroom facilities. More info>>


LR Harrill Center

The LR Harrill Center is ideal for smaller company meetings, family reunions, civic groups and youth activities. The center has heated/air conditioned dining hall and dorm rooms. The maximum capacity in the dining hall is 225 persons, but outdoor picnic tables are available to seat an additional 150 people. Two dormitories are available and includes restrooms, showers, single bed and mattress - lessee must provide all linens and toiletries. The men's dorm has 30 bunks and the women's dorm has 32 bunks. More info>>


Pitzer Heritage Circle

This outdoor area located near the Fairgrounds lake features numerous buildings (including a church, school and blacksmith shop) depicting the cultural history of North Carolina. Area also includes a small covered stage and covered shelter. It is ideal for company outings, social events, festivals or combined with the nearby Holshouser Building to create a larger venue. More info>>


Grounds

Many open areas within the Fairgrounds have been the site of various events such as a circus, trade show ride and drive, festivals, small dealer shows, or as outdoor display areas associated with an enclosed event. More info>>


RV Access

The Fairgrounds offers recreational vehicle hook-up access for visits of 14 days or less with water, sewer and electrical access available on more than 350 sites (electricity access ranges from 30 - 50 amps). .A new campground area was added in 2010. Individual units should check in with Fairgrounds Public Safety at 919-612-6767. Clubs and groups should contact the Fairgrounds at 919-821-7400 prior to arrival to reserve space. For more info>>

 

 

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