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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

January 2015

Date Event
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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 and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 



2 *Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp VBF All Hands Meeting
Private Corporate Event.
Exposition Center 919-884-4418
2-4 First in Flight Cat Club 13th Annual "Meowing in the New Year" TICA Cat Show
3-Day TICA cat show: Friday 2 - 9 pm, Saturday 9am - 5 pm and Sunday 9 am - 4 pm ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Senior Citizens and Students with ID, $3 Ages 2 - 12 years .
See up to 250 cats of varioiusbreeds from around the world judged by 20 distinguished judges. Shop at our vendors for wonderful things for your and your cat loving friends. Lots of family fun!
Holshouser Building
2-4 Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility
Dog agility competitions. Free spectator admissions. Event Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 am thru approx. 4 pm
Hunt Horse Complex

Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010


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.

Dorton Arena 1-877-55-HOTTUB
3-4 Wedding Show
Over 200 of the area's top wedding professionals will be on hand to assist you with your dream wedding. Hourly fashion shows, entertainment and fabulous prizes await you.  Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15. Brides can save on admission by pre-registering on the web ($12 on-line admission). Ages 12 and under admitted free.
Graham Building 919-873-1700
3-4 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
6 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
7 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
9-11 Bass & Salt Water Fishing Expo
The Fishing Event of the Year . Whether you're looking to re-stock the tackle box, find out how to fish the hottest lure on the market, buy the boat to put you on the water or simply come connect withfishing buddies, the Fishing Expo is for you! Over 150 vendors from lead weights to offshore fishing machines - it's all here! Admission is good all 3 days. Show Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is adults $8, Seniors(60+) $7, Jr. Anglers (Ages 6-12) $5. Ages 5 and under admitted free.Click on our website for advance tickets and more info.
Graham Building &
Exposition Center
9-11 Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility
Dog agility competitions. Free spectator admissions. Event Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 am thru approx. 4 pm
Hunt Horse Complex

Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010

10 Young Champions State Karate Championship
State Karate Championships will be held from12 Noon to 7 pm. Participant Check-in begins at 11:30 am. Spectator Admission is FREE. Cheer and karate classes are offered year-round to promote physical fitness, good sportsmanship, confidence and competitive spirit and competitions are held each session.
Dorton Arena 919-535-8304
10-11 89th North State Toy & Hobby Show
Antique to modern collectible toys, including diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, western toys, and other collectibles. Over 70 exhibitors buying, selling & trading!
EVENT HOURS: Saturday 9 am - 4 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Admission is $5 daily - Weekend pass $7. Age 15 and Under admitted Free.
Scott Building 540-392-2884
13 NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building


14 *NC Board of Agriculture Meeting
Martin Building 919-707-3008

Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction
Racing trade show and area's largest consignment auction of racing related parts, tools and equipment.
Consignments accepted on Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Event Show Hours: Friday 10am - 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Racing parts Auction begins 12 noon Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Rolling Stock Auction begins approximately 2 p.m. Saturday. Fairgrounds Racer's Reunion Autograph Session 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. Adult Admission: $10 each day; Age 12-15: $5/day; Ladies & kids under 12 Free.

Exposition Center 919-732-7024
16-18 NCHJA "C" Indoor Hunter/Jumper Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show. Daily show begin at 8 a.m.
Spectator Free admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-669-9877

*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
17-18 Dixie Gun & Knife Classic
Buy, sell or trade. Modern and collectible firearms, custom made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and much, much more....something for the whole family. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit our website for a $1 discount admission coupon.

Graham Building


17-18 Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon is a reptile and exotic animal convention showcasing vendors from around the country offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animals presentations and seminars are presented throughout the show hours.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  VIP Admission (Sat. 9 am): $12. General admission Ages 13 and over is $10; Ages 5 - 12 admission $5, Ages 4 and under admitted free. Special two-day general admission $15. Click on our website for more info:
Scott Building
17-18 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
21 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Kids Exchange Consignment Sale
Click on our website for more details. Free Admission - most items 1/2 price on Sunday.
Wed. Jan.21: Work Exchange Only Sale 3 - 8 p.m (Supers: 3pm and Work Exchange at 5pm).
Thurs. Jan.22: Seller’s Only Sale 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Open to the public:
Fri. Jan.23: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat. Jan.24: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun. Jan.25: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Graham Building
- Jan.22-25
Exposition Center-Jan. 22-24
22-25 Raleigh Winter I Hunter Show
Raleigh Indoors 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 919-669-9877

24 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.Featuring 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 919-847-5393
24 Champion Cheerleading Competition
North Carolina All-School Cheer & Dance Championship and "Champions of the East" All-Star Cheer & Dance Championship. Doors open at 8:00 am. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and features Cheerleaders and Dancers of all ages competing to win their Age Divisions and Grand Champion. Spectator Admission: (Ages 13-64) $15 and (Ages 6-12 and 65+) $8
Dorton Arena 919-851-5436
24 *Gardiner- Sowers Lasagna Night L.R. Harrill Center  
24-25 DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament 
Flyball dog racing! Come out and watch the flyball dogs! Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Free admission.
Holshouser Building
28 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar
Holshouser Building


29 *DENR Water Resource Division Employee Recognition Luncheon
Holshouser Building


1/30,31 - 2/1 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 autograophy guests TBA. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Show Hours: Friday 2 - 7 pm, Saturday 10 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 


1/30,31 - 2/1 Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility
Dog agility competitions. Free spectator admissions. Event Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 am thru approx. 4 pm
Hunt Horse Complex

Greg Fontaine 828-275-8010

30 *Triton Sitework Development Benefits & Safety Training
 Private Employee event.
Martin Building 919-836-0220
31 *Engagement Party
Martin Building  



Chinese New Year Celebration
Join us at the Triangle's largest Chinese New Year Festival. It's with tremendous pride that we share the festive and charming culture with all our Triangle friends.
Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with the Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage (including the famous lion and dragon dances, vocal talents, traditional Chinese music, and more), exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Event hours: 10 am - 5 pm. Admission $5 ADVANCE and $8 at door. Children age 6 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at facilitated by ETIX and at many local Asian groceries. .
Dorton Arena



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