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February 2014

Date Event
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Building Contact Info
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 
919-899-FLEA (919-899-3532)
1/31 - 2/1-2 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 


1/31 - 2/1-2 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

1 Let's Shop Local - A Southern Shopping Spree
Featuring creative and small businesses from or near Raleigh, this is an event you don't want to miss out on! You'll find affordably priced jewelry, hand-painted scarves, soaps, lotions, unique crochet items, pottery, art and so much more!
Come out and find the perfect gift for that special someone this Valentine's Day, and feel good about the purchase, knowing your money is going right back to your local community! All of our vendors live within 30 miles of Raleigh! Freebie bags stuffed with goodies and local coupons provided by Tedd' Don't forget, when you buy from locally owned businesses, a significant portion of your money is spent to make purchases from other local businesses, keeping your money in your community! Event Hours: 11 am - 6 pm. Admission $3 - free admission for children age 12 and under.
Holshouser Building

5 *20th Annual Gold Star Grower Workshop/Luncheon
Free admission - Private Event.
Martin Building



Wake County Agribusiness Breakfast

Hunt Horse Complex

email for info

5-7 Southern Farm Show
The largest agriculture exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. A major expansion onto the midway of the NC State Fairgrounds means even more equipment, experts and ideas. Filling the NC State Fairgrounds, the show features over 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of NC, and the Southern National Draft Horse Pull (see separate listings below). Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Free admission

Dorton Arena,
Graham Building,
Scott Building,
Exposition Center,
Hunt Horse Complex , Grounds

1-800-849-0248 or 704-376-6594
email for info


2014 NC Ag Development Forum
The economic and policy outlook for North Carolina agriculture will be featured at the ninth annual Ag Development Forum on Feb. 6 at the State Fairgrounds. The forum will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Holshouser Building, in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show. Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is requested by Jan. 31. To register, log on to Individuals with questions may contact Chrissy Waggett at 919-707-3008.
Keynote speaker will be Alejandro Sayago, director of corporate business development with John Deere. His will present an economic, policy and technology outlook for agriculture for the year.The morning session also will feature Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual State of Agriculture address and a panel discussion on interagency cooperation for agribusiness development in North Carolina. Panelists are Tony Tata, secretary of the state Department of Transportation; John Skvarla, secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Susan Fleetwood, director of business and industry development at the Department of Commerce; and Tony Almeida, senior advisor on jobs and the economy for Gov. Pat McCrory.
After lunch, Dr. Dan McChesney of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will give a presentation about FDA’s proposed rule on good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and preventive controls for animal feed.The forum is sponsored by John Deere.

Holshouser Building



FFA Truck Driving Contest

Hunt Horse Complex

Belinda Niedwick


North Carolina Pork Council Conference

Martin Building


7 NC Excellence in Agriculture Benefit Breakfast
Breakfast with Commissioner Steve Troxler in support of the Tobacco Farm Life Musuem 8 a.m. An annual fundraising event for the Tobacco Farm Life Musuem.
Holshouser Building



Tobacco Growers Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Meeting begins at 10 am

Holshouser Building 1-800-849-0248
7 Southern National Draft Horse Pull
Giant percheron and belgian draft horses from across the nation compete for prize money. Pre-show entertainment includes horse-drawn equipment demonstrations, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Coon Mule Jump. Doors open at 5 pm - Event begins at 6:00 pm. .Admission: $8 advance purchase (available at the Graham Building during the Southern Farm Show on February 5 through February 7) or $10 at the door.
Hunt Horse Complex Calvin Davis

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Forum
Guest speaker will be bringing an up-to-minute analysis of the day's market action and trends. Event Hours: 10 am - 2 pm. Free Admission. Please contact the NC Soybean Association for additional information.

Martin Building


11 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
12 *NC FAD Workshop Cancelled Inclement Weather
Martin Building 919-807-4309
13 *GM Dealer Kick-off Breakfast- Cancelled Inclement Weather Scott Building 678-240-9745

Wake County New Vehicle Dealer Association presents the 27th annual international auto expo. More than 160,000 SF show - new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sports utility vehicle manufacturers on display. Fall in love with your car all over again at the Classic Car Display in Dorton Arena on Saturday and Sunday at the NC International Auto Expo. Other special attractions: (see our web link for details ), Sherrif & Highway Patrol Cars, Race Car Display - come out and see the latest Expo! Concept and production models and event attractions are subject to change without notice.

Event hours are 12 noon. to 9 p.m on Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm on Friday, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Admission: $6 Adults* 13 to 60; $5 Over 60; $4 Ages 6-12; Free admission for Under Age 6. Click on our web link for additional information.

Graham Building,
Exposition Center,
Dorton Arena
14-15 Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals
Carousel Farms presents American Bullriders Finals, Bullriding and Barrell Racing Finals. Doors open at 6 pm. Event starts at 7:30 pm each night. Admission: $17 VIP reserved seating and $12 general admission - kids 5 and under admitted free. Ticket Sales & Information 919-872-6898.
Hunt Horse Complex

Info: Jeff Mullens 919-796-8375

Tickets: 919-872-6898

15 VolksFest
All Volkswagen car show & swap meet. VW enthusiasts come buy and sell vintage VW parts, sell or show off your vehicle. Event Hours: 10 am - 4 pm. General Admission $10 - children 12 and under admited free.
Scott Building 919-616-2183 or 919-616-1039

Drag Bingo
Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina presents Drag Bingo, an annual fundraiser to benefit AASC.Doors Open 6 pm - Show begins 7 pm. Admission $25 - Tickets available at the door or click our website for more information

Holshouser Building 919-368-3139
15-16 29th Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop & Auction
Raleigh Aquariun Society presents the 2014 annual Carolina Aquariun Workshop and Auction. Offering workshops throughout the day on Saturday and and auction on Sunday with a wide variety of fish, plants, and hardware items - often rare and difficult to find (plus some old collectibles) . Doors open at 8:30 am. Check our website for more details about workshops. Auction registration on Sunday from 9 - 11 am. Auction begins at 11 am on Sunday.
Martin Building

16 Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet
Over 100 vendors featuring Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Bachmann, Varney "N", "HO", "O", "S". and "G" gauge trains, accessories, track, switches and hard to find parts, and other toy train related items. Kidss 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
18-19 NC DOT Pavement Marking Seminar
Hunt Horse Complex Amy Wolfe
19 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
19 *NCSHPD DOE In-Service Training
Dorton Arena 919-839-4508
21 Triangle Delta Waterfowl 3rd Annual Banquet
Raleigh Chapter annual banquet. Support the "2013 Governor;s Conservation Organization of the Year" by joining us to "secure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting." 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 - email or call 919-538-7874. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Dorton Arena

Tickets & Event Information:


21-23 Discover The Dinosaurs
Discover the Dinosaurs provides a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. Once you enter through the stone arch, the adventure begins - full of smiles, amazement and fun as you walk through this dynamic interactive exhibit along with the Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Gem & Fossil Panning, Dino mini Golf, face painting, rides and inflatables. Friday Noon - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm. Tickets will go on sale at the Exposition Center lobby 30 minutes before event opens. For advance ticket purchase and additional information, click the following link:
Exposition Center



Triangle Farms 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

*India Fest Performer Audition
Click on our website or email for more information.

Holshouser Building 919-271-8983

Carolina Roller Derby
Carolina Rollergirls brings back the fierce competition of flat-track roller derby in their 2014 season with another Double-header event.

North Dorton Box Office opens 11 am GAME DAY! Doors open at 2:00 p.m. - Game 1 starts at 3:00 pm. Game 2 begins at 5:00 pm facing off with another league from across the United States! 2 games for one low price. Buy in advance for ticket discounts, or purchase on game day at the Dorton Arena Box Office. .All seats are general admission. A family friendly sporting event!
Bout Day Admission: $15 adults, $10 students, seniors 65+, and military with ID, $5 children (age 6 and under - 2 per adult admitted free). Advance admission $12 adults, $5 children - Special rates available for advance purchase for groups of 15 or more- Click for advance ticket and season ticket info:

Dorton Arena

22-23 Body Mind Spirit Expo
Holistic living expo - heatlh, wellness and metaphysical booths and lectures featuring natural and holistic health produces, intuitive redings, enlightened art, crystals, massage and chiropractic. Body Mind Spirit Expo is the largest health and wellness expo in the U.S. Come explore over 100 exhibitor booths and 70 free lectures. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend Admission covers both days - $10 for adults and children under age 10 are admitted free. Visit the web site for a $1 discount coupon:
Scott Building 541-482-3722

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

Graham Building


25-26 *NC Bar Exams
Scott Building & Dorton Arena

*Charlotte Law School Law Graduate Student Reception

Martin Building  
26-27 Eastern Technical Associates Smoke School
8 am - 5 pm 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



Dixie Deer Classic
Deer Hunters Convention. This is the 34th annual event designed to offer the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors. Seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and archery competition. Special Guests include Lee & Tiffany - Stars of the Crush Television Show, C.J. Winand - writer and wildlife biologist, Joe Teti - Star of Discovery's Dual Survival TV Show, and Team Primos - Kevin Meacham, Keith Burgess, Chris Ashley & Cody Kelley. Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 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, and Women can purchase their admission ticket for $5. Youth Seminars will be held at the Holshouser Building, North Carolina BowHunters Association banquet will be Saturday evening and the NC State Championship Turkey Calling Contest will be held in the Dixie Deer Classic on Saturday.

Dorton Arena,
Graham Building,
Exposition Center,
Grounds, Scott Building, Holshouser Building




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