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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

November 2016

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Every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market reopens on Saturday, Nov. 5 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. 25.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 

919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)

Industrial Hemp Commission Meeting
The purpose for the meeting will be to establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the State. Meeting time is 2 p.m.

Martin Building


2 *NC Pork Council Meeting
Martin Building


3 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:

Drew Clapp 336-669-1788
Zach Pegram 252-425-1913

3 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 pm with the ceremony at 7 pm on Thursday, November 3.  Admission is free. CandlelightReflections_Flyer_2016
Waterfall at Dorton Arena


4-5 Capital Area Handbell Festival
This festival will include 300-400 handbell ringers from several States who will join together ringing en masse under a nationally-known handbell clinician. The festival is produced and run by The Raleigh Ringers - registration fee is required for festival participants. Friday hours are 1 - 10 pm ; Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The final concert at 4 p.m. 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
4-5 City of Oaks Health & Wellness Expo
The new and improved Duke Raleigh Hospital City of Oaks Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public. More than 60 exhibitors are expected to participate in this fun-filled event offering a wide variety of health and fitness related content including interactive sports activities, free health tests and screenings, free fitness classes and many more health and wellness resources for the entire family!
Friday 3 - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Expo will also be the site of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Raleigh City of Oaks race packet pick-up. All race packets must be picked up at the Health and Fitness Expo.
Exposition Center 919-396-5968
4-6 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
5 Annual Family Congress
This annual family congress is a healing retreat for the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh under the guidance of Bishop Michael F. Burbridge. Featured speakers Reverend Father Rafael Buzman from Bolivia and Preacher Niel Velez from New York City. Activities 7 am - 6 p.m.
Dorton Arena anastaciogonzales12@gmailcom
5-6 Neuse River Trains - 32nd 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! Come see us in our expanded building beside the Exposition Center. 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.
Graham Building 919-834-5531(7-9 PM please)

Donald Trump for President Rally
Outside and North lobby concessions available from Murphy House Restaurants, LLC.
Doors will open at 1 Noon
Rally starts at 3 pm 
RSVP for admission tickets (up to 3) at:

Dorton Arena


8 NC Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building


8-13 '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. 10 at 6:00 p.m.
$10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake,
Friday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m.
$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland
Saturday, Nov. 12 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

9 *NCDA March Across Carolinas
Exposition Center 919-575-4490
9 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
10 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
10 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:



Carolina Collector Auto Fest
Rain or Shine, now celebrating its 29th year, this event will include a Swap Meet with more than 125 vendors, Car Corral for buying and selling, and Car/Truck Shows.  New for November will be an expansion of our Classic Car Show to a Two-Day Show on Friday and Saturday along with New Friday Hours, 1pm-8pm.  Special Awards at 7:30pm for all cars registered and checked in on Friday afternoon    Sat Hours are 8am-5pm, with Car Show Awards at 4pm.  Sun hours: 9am-3pm, with Open Car Show for All Makes, Models, & Years.  Friday Adm $5, Sat-Sun Adm-$10 adult, Sr. Military, & Student-$8, Jrs 11-15-$5, 10 & Under Free. Bring your Sunday Nov 13, 2016 church bulletin and get in for $5. Click on our web link for Pre-Registration Form, email contact, and more information or follow us on FACEBOOK for the latest updates.

Dorton Arena/ Graham Building/ Grounds 336-972-4362 or 919-215-3351
12 Raleigh Holiday Lula Palooza
Over 30 LuLaRoe consultants in one shopping extravaganza....
with over 13,000 pieces of beautiful skirts, dresses, shirts, leggings and more....ranging in sizes XXS - 3XL ....multiple dressing rooms and one central check-out for your shopping convenience. Free Admission. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Exposition Center

12 *Church of Good Shepherd Oyster Roast L.R. Harrill Center 919-831-2002
12-13 Christmas Toy Exchange by Kids Exchange
Kids Exchange exists to provide families in our communities the avenue to buy and sell gently used children’s items as well as a new home for holiday items.  Our new Christmas Toy Sale has expanded to a larger facility and will focus on seasonal products.

*BOOK & VIDEOS (gift quality only)
*MOM & DAD RE-GIFTING ITEMS (new & unused only)

Free Admission. Event Hours:
Saturday Noon - 8 p.m. Public Regular Sale Hours
Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Public Regular Sale Hours
Sunday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Public Half-Price Sale
Scott Building
14 Congressional Farmers’ Briefing
Update on agriculture in North Carolina by Congressman Price and special guests - breakfast provided - open to the public. 8 - 10 a.m. Free Admission with RSVP requested by phone or email.
Graham Building 919-859-5999
15 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet
Free admission by reservation only. FCA Fund Raiser Banquet - keynote speaker starts at 6:15 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.
Scott Building 919-848-4646
15-16 *NC Soil & Water Commission
*Tuesday: Work Session 6 - 10 pm
Wednesday: Public Meeting 8 am - 12 Noon
Martin Building 919-715-0697

RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Show
RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter Jumper Show - an all day nationally sanctioned hunter/jumper competition. Wed – Sun 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Spectator Admission is free.
Special Featured events:
Friday: International Hunter Derby, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday: $30,000 Grand Prix, 7:30 p.m.
Free Spectator Admission both days.

Hunt Horse Complex John Rush

Fax 904-592-6604
19-20 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

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


19-20 Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Hours: Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) and Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (No VIP Early Entry)
Admission: Ages 13 and up - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Admission. Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets
Scott Building
22 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
25-27 Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza - qualtiy 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:  $7.00 Daily or $8.00 Weekend (3-day pass). Discount admission coupon available. Check our website for more details.
Exposition Center

336-924-8337 or

25-27 A Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market
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 6 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.Visit our website for additional information.
Graham Building 336-855-0208

Turkey Circuit Quarter Horse Show
Event starts 8 a.m. - Free Spectator Admission.

Hunt Horse Complex

NC Horse Council Office

Margaret Byrd

29 *NC FFA Dairy Evaluation
Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career
Development Event provides a competitive event for agricultural education students. The
event emphasizes skills in dairy cattle evaluation, selection, and dairy herd management.
Hunt Horse Complex Email:
29-30 *Mid-Atlantic Secure Milk Supply (SMS) Plan Meetings
Tuesday 1 - 8 p.m; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Martin Building 919-707-3250


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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