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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

April 2015

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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, the Shoppes at Dorton and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds 

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

*NC FFA Poultry Judging
A Poultry Evaluation Career Development event for NC FFA poultry producers. Advance Registration required.

Scott Building


3-5 Region 12 & 15 All-Arabian Horse Show
3 day 39th Annual NCAHA/ODAHA Dual Region Qualifing All-Arabian Horse Show. Arabian-Half Arabian competition includes various events performance, halter, sport horse, dressage, hunter jumper and carriage driving. Free admission. Begins Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. each day until 9 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex
919-906-3510 Rory Meacham

Participant/Exhibitor registration:
4 43rd Annual Raleigh Hamfest
All in one building, huge electronic flea market for new & used amateur radio and electronic equipment. Amateur Radio License Examinations start at 9 a.m. Forums, construction projects, youth lounge. Show hours are  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Saturday - April 4. Advance tickets are $8 pre-registration prior to March 28 or $10 at the door.
Graham Building

Info: 919-872-6555

Exhibitor/dealers call:

4 Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show
Nearly 75 exhibitors will be selling sportscards and collectibles on approximately 160 tables at the show. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free.
Scott Building 540-392-2884
4 Expectant Parents & Kids Easter Expo
A specialty show with vendors offering a variety of products and services for children and expectant parents (and grandparents).Free admission.
Event hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Martin Building


4-5 Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience in North Carolina! Our Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic supercar, drive 3 laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. At the end, you'll feel the responsiveness and distinction of these dragons and you'll develop a new bond between your new driving team-mates. Leave your caffeinated beverage at home - adrenaline comes free of charge!
Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission.
Blue Ridge & Trinity Road Lot
5 Easter Service - Calvary Chapel Cary Easter Celebration
Easter worship service. Doors open at 9:15 am. Service begins at 10 am and concludes at noon. The general public is invited to attend. Free
Dorton Arena 919-367-9250

7 *NC Structural Pesticides Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
8 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
9 Veterans Career Fair & Diversity Expo
Fortune 500 G1000 companies will be represented at this Career Fair. Free admission.
Event hours: Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Martin Building


9-11 Raleigh Invitational Horse Show
American Saddle Bred and Morgan horse show - a qualifier for the World Championship Horse Show. Free spectator admission to show competition. Session times: Thursday morning (April 9) 9:00am and evening 6:00 pm; Friday morning (April 10) 9:00 am and evening 6pm; Saturday (April 11) 9am until approximately 4pm. Exhibitor party Friday night and morning hospitality each day of show.
Hunt Horse Complex

Joyce Wilson

9-12 Chatlee Boat Show & Sale
Boat Show and Sale presented by Chatlee Boats -Large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards to choose from~ a Boat for every Budget~ Event Hours: noon - 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, 9 am - 7 pm on Saturday, and 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday. Free admission.
Scott Building
10-12 Geranium Sale 
The Pilot Club of Raleigh will be selling geraniums to raise money for their charity work.
L.R. Harrill Center
Gate 6

Southern Ideal Home Show - Spring Edition
The show features hundreds of building, remodeling, kitchen and bath, landscaping, outdoor living and interior design companies. This three-day event provides homeowners with opportunities to shop, compare, and seek advice from professionals and see the latest in home improvement trends. The show is a convenient, one-stop shopping, and has set the standard as the “must-see” home and garden event of the year.
Event Times:
Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5pm
At the Door: $9 (Under 15 free with a paying adult)
Advanced Tickets: $9 online
Discount tickets available at local Walgreens locations for $7
Special Days:
(55+) Day: Friday, April 10: $7 (No Coupons)
Hero Day: Friday, April 10: Free Admission with Active and Valid Military, Police, Fire or EMT ID (No Coupons)
5 After 5: $5 admission After 5pm on Friday and Saturday (No Coupons)

Graham Building &
Exposition Center

Show Info: 1-800-849-0248

Exhibitor/Participant Registration:
704-376-6594 Ext. 134

10-12 Wee Cycle Consignment Sale
Consignment sale of gently used clothes, shoes, toys, books, children’s furniture, baby equipment, maternity wear and more! This is the semi annual sale your friends will be talking about all year!
Receiving dates: (drop off your items)Thursday April 9. Pick-up unsold items Sunday April 12 from - 5 - 8 pm (this is a no shopping day) on Monday April 13 from 10 am - 2 pm (this is a no shopping day) . Friday April 10 Volunteers, Consignors, and new moms ONLY Shop 8 am-1pm
Friday, April 10 from1 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, April 11 from 8 - 8 pm, Sunday April 12 from 8 am - 5 pm - FINAL SALE DAY -most items 1/2 price on Sunday. Please visit our website for additional event details.
Holshouser Building
11 The Pipe and Tobacciana Expo
Pipe and tobacciana expo includes the sale of smoking pipes, pipe racks, humidors, custom blended tobaccos, and smokers' accessories. Hourly raffles and door prizes.  Event Hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5
Martin Building 919-526-0159
11 Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling
Free Spring festival for all family members, including dogs! Huge doggie Easter Egg Hunt, games, contests, vendors and lots of rescue groups!Food trucks, gifts and more! Also accepting donated items (food, supplies and cash) for local animal rescue groups.
Free admission - Event hours:
11 am to 3 pm.
Heritage Circle 919-858-6460
11-12 India Fest - A Cultural Arts Showcase
Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere in the magnificent Dorton Arena. Bring your family and friends! Event Hours: Saturday 11 am to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 - 7 p.m. With 1,247 performers, we are now the largest such production in the United States! Headliner performance by Ambili Menon, a Bollywood singer at 7:30 PM on Saturday - April 11. Raffles and door prizes throughout the event.
General Admission: $8 each day ($15 after 4 PM on Sat. only)
Children 5-12 and Senior age 65+: $5 each day ($10 after 4 PM on Sat. only)
FREE for children under 5
For more information email or check our website at:
Dorton Arena 919-228-9867

14 *Sherwin Williams Pro-Paint Expo
This is a private tradeshow - by invitation only.
Event Hours: 10 am - 4 pm. RSVP by phone or email.
Dorton Arena
14-15, 17 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar
Harrill Center


16 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar Certification
Holshouser Building


15 *Triangle Apartment Association Trade Show
Closed show for TAA members and invited guests. Admission is by reservation only. Call (919) 782-1165 for reservations.
Exposition Center (919) 782-1165 Ext.7
15 ODB Co. Equipment Show
Hunt Horse Complex Carl Brewster
804-226-4433 or 804-337-8244
17 *National Wild Turkey Federation -State Chapter Banquet
Email for ticket information.
Event Hours: 6 - 11 p.m. Enter Gate 6 at Youth Center Road for parking.
L. R. Harrill Center

Goodguys 1st North Carolina Nationals
This car show bring Full Throttle Fun to Raleigh welcoming all makes & models 1972 and older and ALL YEARS of American made or powered vehicles all weekend long.
Event Hours: Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Demolition Derby starts at 5:00 p.m - Special admission required for Demo Derby ($10 Adult $6 Kids) Sunday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
General Admission (ages 13+) - $17.00; Kids (ages 7-12) - $6.00; Kids (ages 6 & under) - FREE

PUBLIC ENTRANCE GATE 9 from Trinity Road - Free Parking across the street and at Gate 9. Walk-in entrances at Dorton Arena and swap meet area.

It’s an all-new Goodguys weekend of hot roddin’ fun in the Carolinas! Join us for this brand new event featuring over 1,500 vehicles of all makes and models thru’ 1972 and American made or powered show cars of all years! Start your engines and get ready for the pavement-pounding Goodguys AutoCross racing competition, plus vendor exhibits, Swap Meet & AutoTrader Classics Car Corral, live music, FREE kids entertainment, model car show, cruisin’ and more plus Builder’s Choice awards by Goolsby Customs! Stay late on Saturday Night for Demolition Derby.  This exciting new venue can hold over 3,000 cars so bring your entire car club out for a three-day weekend of automotive excitement! Visit for complete event details! Goodguys...Cool Cars, Cool People…Good Times!

AUTOCROSS FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER:  Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer have announced a partnership to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation’s mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer for patients, survivors and their families.  The partnership will provide the Foundation with opportunities to educate both children and adults about healthy lifestyles that prevent cancer, as well as provide much needed-therapies, in a variety of cities throughout the United States.   At the 1st North Carolina Nationals, event attendees will have the chance of a lifetime…to ride with a Pro AutoCross driver in exchange for a donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.  Rides will be sold on Friday and Sunday at the event at the top of the hour during the AutoCross scheduled times.For more details visit.

Exposition Center, Dorton Arena, Scott Building, Rand Grandstand, Martin Building, Grounds

Membership & Registration (925) 838-9876
Vendors: (925) 281-9151



Rally for Boo Radley Foundation
Fundraiser Walk-A-Thon to celebrate the money raised to benefit the Boo Radley Foundation and Brain Cancer Research. Event includes a micro-chip clinic, demonstrations by the K-9 unit in the Raleigh/Cary area, flyball, and an adopt-a-thon. DJ and Luminare lighting at the end of the day, and walk for cancer survivors and in memory of loved ones lost.
Free Admission - ENTER GATE 6 from Youth Center Road.
Event Hours: 12 Noon - 8 pm

Holshouser Building


18-19 North Central Open Benefit Show
Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show - Proceeds benefit the Equestrian Western Club at NCSU and the North Central District 4-H Program.
http://classic-open-horse-show.htmlct 4-H Horse Program.
Hunt Horse Complex Richard Isley 336-908-3302
Class info:
19 Southern Bridal Show and Expo
You will meet over 150 Triangle wedding experts who will inspire you! Also enjoy wedding fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear and tuxeda. Pre-register and purchase tickets on line to recieve a discount. The ultimate wedding one-stop shopping with fun, food and fashion previews every hour!
Event Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $10 per person at the door (cash only) - $8 advance purchase. Click on our website for advance tickets and to register:
Jim Graham Building 919-873-1700
21 *GPS Mobile Solutions EMS Conference
GPSMmobile Solutions will be conducting a conference for EMS/Law Enforcement organizations on how to fully utilize our GPS Fleet Management Solution tailored for this industry.
Event hours: Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Admission to Invitees.
Pre-Registration Required.
Martin Building

Participant/Exhibitor Registration:
Event Info:919-954-8060

22 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
22 *Johnson & Johnson Behind The Wheel - Safety Training
Private Training Event 8:30 am - 5 pm.
Scott Building /BR-TR Lot


Triangle CCANC Banquet
Annual banquet sponsored by Coastal Conservation Association NC - Live Auction, silent Auction, Raffles, Cocktails, Dinner Buffet all included in one ticket price - admission includes one-year membership to CCANC. Doors open 6 pm - event begins at 6:30 pm concludes at 11 pm. Click on our weblink for more information about our organization.

Scott Building

919-781-3474 Event Info


24-25 NCSU Science Olympiad
Opening Ceremony: Friday 5 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: Saturday 6:30 p.m. Competitions will be held on Saturday at NCSU campus.Click on weblink for more information.
Dorton Arena 919-515-9402
24-26 Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show
AQHA horse show, Exhibitors Party and Queen's Contest. Show begins daily at 8 a.m. Free Spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Margaret Byrd
24-26 Southern Women's Show
Spend the day doing the things you love! Come enjoy a festive atmosphere at the 2015 Southern Women's Show and relax with spa treatments and makeovers, value shop for clothes, jewelry and gifts, gourmet food & wine, travel ideas, beauty tips, health screenings, cooking classes, fashion shows, and have FUN! Learn new ways to improve your lifestyle and much more. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Regular admission is $12 at the door - Advance tickets $10 on line or $8 available at Walgreens locations; child 6 - 12 admission $6.Friday and Saturday night special $4 after 4 pm admission at the door..Click on our weblink for advance online tickets $10 or $2 Adult admission discount coupon. A $5 return ticket can be purchased at the show office and used with original ticket stub for return visit to the show.
Graham Building,
Exposition Center
704-494-7560 or 800-849-0248

25 NC Persian Festival
Join us for the 4th Persian Festival in North Carolina - a celebration of Persian culture and cuisine sponsored by Iranian Culture Society of NC features Persian dances performances, live music, art, food, cultural exhibits and displays, handicrafts, silent auction and vendor exhibits for entire family to enjoy. Do not forget to visit our children's activity center. Event hours: 11 am to 7 pm. Admission: $2 (Age 6 and under admitted free.)
Scott Building 919-616-6166

Triangle Multicultural Health Fair
Healthcare advisors will be available during this event. Free health services including eye exams, dental cleaning for children, blood pressure monitoring and medical analysis. Colgate Dental Smiles Bus in coordination with UNC Dental School. Meet NC State Wolfpack Basketball players - photos allowed.
Free admission. Event Hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Holshouser Building 919-247-2868



Fiestal del dia del Nino - Kids Festival Outreach Event
Community Outreach Event offering family information, games and inflatables for kids as well as health and other professional services. Free Admission
Event Hours: 12 Noon - 4 pm

L. R. Harrill Center -
Gate 6




Wake County School Bus Roadeo Luncheon & Competition Midway/Martin 919-857-7691



NC Legislative Ag Products Reception Exposition Center 919-707-3030
30 *NC Drought Management Council Meeting
Martin Building 919-707-9033



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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