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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

November 2014

Date Event
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Building Contact Info
Every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market reopens on Saturday, Nov. 8 and 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. The Flea Market will be open regular hours on Thanksgiving weekend, but will NOT be open Friday, Nov. 29..

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 

919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)
10/31 - 11/2 Triangle Farms NCHJA "C" Indoors Horse Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show -Friday through Sunday. Daily show begins at 8:00 am. These shows are hunter horse shows with most of the competitors being from North Carolina. NCHJA "C" Rated. Free spectator admission
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty
4-9 'Jump for the Children' Horse Show....benefiting Duke Children's Hospital
Watch Olympic style show jumping at the 'JUMP FOR THE CHILDREN' HORSE SHOW, benefiting Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, NC. The horse show offers U.S. Equestrian Federation "AA" rated hunter and show jumping competition each day. Show Highlights:
Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:00 p.m.
$10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake,
Friday, Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m.
$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland
Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. $30,000 Duke Children's Hospital Grand Prix

Daily show Tuesday through Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. with FREE ADMISSION except for Saturday night. Admission for the Duke Children's Hospital Grand Prix is $10 person. Children under 10 admitted free. Box office opens at 5:00 p.m. Visit for more information on tickets, daily schedules and more.
Hunt Horse Complex

Joan McNair Petty

6 NCSU Ducks Unlimited Banquet
NCSU 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: 6:30 -11:30 pm. Reservations Required. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Scott Building

Tickets & Event Information:

Sim Ogburn919- 868-2403

6 Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc. "Candlelight Reflections"
This is a State-wide event. The candle lighting ceremony remembers those we have lost and honors families and friends taking on the role of caregiver and/or living with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia. Join us in honor of National and North Carolina Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregiver Month. Event will begin at 6:30 with the ceremony at 7 pm on Thursday, November 6.  Admission is free.
Waterfall at Dorton Arena


7-8 Capital Area Handbell Festival
This festival will include over 400 handbell ringers from several States who will join together to ring and learn from a nationally-known handbell clinician. The festival is produced and run by The Raleigh Ringers - registration fee is required for festival participants. Friday night hours are 6 - 10 pm and includes a 3 hour workshop followed by a workshop Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm. All ringer groups will be ringing together in a final massed concert on Saturday at 4pm. The final concert at 4pm is open to the public and free admission.Canned goods are also being collected for Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina..
Scott Building 919-847-7574
7-9 Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
The 68th 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 $6.50 per day $7.50 weekend pass. Discount admission coupon available. Check our website for more details
Graham Building

336-924-8337 or

8 One Tribe Fest 2014
One Tribe Fest is a Local Community Expo and Festival, driven by local and regional talent. Attendees of One Tribe Fest will hear, see, create, learn, and interact. With a theme of Stronger Together, the event showcases local artisans and businesses, crafters, natural products, jewelry, holistic healers, intuitive readers, as well as healing crystals, angelic art, and sacred music. We want to inspire participants to explore the body, mind, and spirit in a playful, safe, and accessible, down-to-earth way. To educate and inspire. Come shop for the Holiday Season! Saturday, November 8th, Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission $5. Ages under 12 and over 60, are admitted free. This includes free exhibits, lectures, performances; music, cultural dancing and drumming. Come Celebrate with us!  One Tribe Fest 2014
Holshouser Building


8-9 Neuse River Trains - 30th Annual Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale
Model railroad show and sale sponsored by Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club, a non-profit educational organization chartered to promote the hobby of model railroading. Several operating layouts on display with many vendors selling train related merchandise. Great fun for kids of ALL ages! Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $8 covers BOTH days for age 12 and older - free admission to age 11 and under when accompanied by adult. $1 discount coupon available with Club Flyer or New & Observer coupon, or click on our website. Call or email George Lasley, 919-834-5531, for more information.
Exposition Center 919-834-5531(7-9PM please)

Southern Showdown
Athletic Crossfit competition of the South. The 2014 Southern Showdown is here! This is the first major offsite Xfit competition in central North Carolina. A professional indoor/outdoor venue, top athletes, intense competition and a $9,000 cash purse guarantees an unforgettable event. The Southern Showdown is a 2 DAY event that will be held at the historic North Carolina State Fair Grounds. The workouts will be varied and will push individuals and teams to the limit.
Daily Event Schedule:

Registration Begins 6:30 am
Event 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

For more information email us or visit:

Dorton Arena

12 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show
RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter Jumper Show - an all day nationally sanctioned hunter/jumper competition.Wed – Sun 8 am - 6:00 pm. Spectator Admission is free.Special Featured events:

Friday: Pairs Costume Class 6 pm
Sat Night: 6:30 pm - $30,000.00 Grand Prix Hunter-Jumper competition Grand Prix show jumping. - Free Admission

Hunt Horse Complex John Rush

Fax 904-592-6604
13 *US Tobacco Cooperative Annual Meeting
Holshouser Building 919-821-4560
13 *Tobacco Growers Association of NC Board Meeting
Harrill Center
13 *NC Structural Pesticide Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
13 Raleigh Ducks Unlimited Banquet
Raleigh 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: 6:30 -10:30 pm. Reservations required. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Scott Building

Tickets & Event Information:


14 *NCDA March Across Carolinas
Exposition Center/Graham Hall of Fame 919-575-4490

Carolina Collector Auto Fest
Rain or Shine, this three-day event will include a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling and Car/Truck shows: Sat - Pre-1973 vehicles; Sun -Open Car Show, All Makes, Models, Years, Imports & Rat Rods.. Hours: Friday, 10 am to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Car Club with the most entries (min.10) can win a Cash Prize for their clubs! SWAP & SHOP FRIDAY SPECIAL $5 Admission all day Friday only ages 11 and up - no coupons or discounts.
Daily Saturday & Sunday Admission is $10, under 10 free; click on the website below for a $2 discount coupon. Click on our web link and go to the registration page to Pre-Register for Swap Meet/Car Corral or Car Shows (print & mail)

Dorton Arena/ Graham Building/ Grounds 336-972-4362 or 919-215-3351
TBD Pate-Dawson Produce Delivery Site
Click our website to pre-order.
Upper Bunn 1-888-889-7940

Business Alliance of NC - Business & Opportunities Expo
Building person at a time. Put your company in front of thousands of people looking to purchase your products and services! Learn how to showcase your business with exposure, business breakout sessions and advertising.
Event Hours: 10 am - 7 pm
Business Registration online at:

Scott Building  919-374-0315
15-16 Carolina Coin and Stamp Show 
Coins, postcards and stamps (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 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 
Holshouser Building  Dot Hendrick
18 Amran Shrine Circus
Amran Shriners present Amram Shrine Circus
Show Times: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 Adults - Children age 6 and under free admission. Tickets available at the door beginning at 3pm on November 18. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE at area locations or at Hunt Horse Arena on the day of the event. Click on our weblink for locations and more info:
Hunt Horse Complex 919-848-7972
18-19 *NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Retreat 2 - 5 pm
*Tuesday: Work Session 7 - 10 pm
Wednesday: Public Meeting 9 am - 12 Noon
Martin Building 919-715-0697

Job Shop - Southeast Design 2 Part Show
The Southeast Design-2-Part Show features hundreds of American job shops and contract manufacturing experts showcasing their skills for producing custom and stopck parts, components, design, prototypes, assemblies, and much more. Meet face-to-face with regional and national suppliers and get the answers you need on the spot. Free parking. One day at this show will help you research advanced technologies, vendors, and processes to do your job better and get to market faster. Free admission to qualified industry professionals.. Wed. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Thurs. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Exposition Center

20 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet
  Free admission by reservation only. FCA Fund Raiser Banquet - keynote speaker starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.
Scott Building 919-848-4646

Southern Horse Festival
Open Horse Show - Free Spectator Admission.

Hunt Horse Complex NC Horse Council Office
22 Pate-Dawson Produce Delivery Site
Click our website to pre-order.
Upper Bunn 1-888-889-7940

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 $8 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit our website for a $1 discount admission coupon.

Graham Building


22-23 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.  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
28 *AKA Debutante Ball
Debutante Ball sponsored by Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. A culmination of a year-long program of activities for rising seniors who were recommended for scholarship or financial awards.
Scott Building
28-30 A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival
The complete holiday experience for the entire family. Featuring personal gifts, crafts, jewelry, art, pottery, holiday foods - it's the perfect stop to start & finish your holliday shopping. Admission is good all three days so plan on spending the weekend.  Event hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: Adults - $8, Seniors (60+) and Military w/ ID - $7, Child (6-12) - $4. Discount coupons available at
Graham Building 336-855-0208
28-30 45th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Designer Crafts Show is held every Thanksgiving  weekend. Hours are Friday 6 to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. Admission is $7 daily or $11 weekend admission; children under 12 are admitted free. Check our website for advance purchase discounts offers.
Exposition Center


30 *Ford's Produce Annual Awards Dinner
Martin Building 919-833-7559



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