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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

May 2017

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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)
1 *Teleflex Corporate Event
Martin Building 919-433-2688
2 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
3 District III Regional Bus Roadeo Luncheon & Competition Midway/Martin 919-857-7691
3-7 AQHA Novice Championship
Nutrena Level 1 Quarter Horse Championship - shows starts daily at 8 am. Free spectator admission. See information and class list.
  Hunt Horse Complex  Patty Carter
4-7 Wake County Public Library Festival of Reading and Book Sale
This is Wake County Library's annual book sale. The books are in good condition. Some are pulled out of circulation, and others come from donations if library locations already have duplicate copies. Prices Plenty of bestsellers are up for grabs, as well as cookbooks, textbooks and books on history and religion. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted.
Free admission. Hours and Prices:
...Thursday 5 - 9 pm & Friday 9 am - 9 pm (Buy One/Get One Free Friday):
Hardbound books $4; Paperbacks and Children's books $2
...Saturday 9 am - 9 pm (Buy One/Get One Free Saturday):
Hardbound books $2; Paperbacks and Children's books $1
...Sunday Bargain Day 9 am - 6 pm:
Box of books ALL DAY $3

Assisted drive-up loading available. Boxes are provided while supplies last. Daily door prizes. (Customers can bring wagons/carts)
Exposition Center
6 The Torch Arena Football
Arena Football is back in the Triangle! The Torch takes on Savannah Steam (Savannah, GA) - professional indoor football at Dorton Arena on Saturday - May 6! The Torch vs. Savannah Steam
GAME TIME: ~ 7:30PM (autographs available post game)
VIP Seats: Adult $25/Child age 3-12 $25
General Admission: Adult $14/Child $10
Groups of 10 or more: Adult $12 per ticket/Child $8 per ticket

Save money and buy your 3 Game Flex Package or Seasons Ticket Package now: Seasons Tickets Package: Adult $60/Child $40
3 Game Flex Package: Adult $36/Child $24
Dorton Arena

Ticket Information: ETIX 919-653-0516
Group Ticket Information: Tina 919-641-5194
6 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. Event features 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. Special Raffle at 3 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday. 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. Show Flyer
Scott Building Event Info:919-847-5393 Exhibitor Info:252-756-7842
6-7 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
6-7 One Tribe Fest 2017
ONE TRIBE FEST GATHERING / AND CONSCIOUS LIFE EVENT  a North Carolina festival gathering and expo! A Conscious Life event that honors all PATHS and our PLANET! Designed to Unite all people, all tribes of the world; “All is One”, “Working together in Unity”! Helping support North Carolina communities, businesses, healers and artists. A place for all to unite, receive amazing energy, hear live music; to see, touch and purchase amazing works of art, fair trade and natural products, receive amazing insight from holistic healers, intuitive readers, wellness coaches.
Vendors/Exhibitors! Speakers, Work-Shops and Performers! We want to inspire participants to explore the MIND, BODY, SPIRIT and EARTH in a down-to-earth way and in harmony with nature and each other; to educate and inspire! Come see and shop for unique items, receive amazing insight;  enjoy live music and activities for children!
Saturday, May 6, 10-7 and Sunday May 7, 11-6:30, Admission $5 each day (Receive 5 raffle tickets with entry! and chances to win prizes!) 12 and under admitted free. This includes: live music, exhibits, lectures, yoga, meditations, dance movement, group healing and kid’s interactive area with outdoor activities. This is an indoors and outdoors event, featuring a main expo area with lecture room, vendors and children’s activity area are out in nature, live music and food. Outside; Eco village and market, meditations and yoga. Come Join in Celebration and Great Energy! FB Page OneTribeFest
Join or event on FB 
Holshouser Building 919-247-3002
6-7 The Original Coin & Currency Show
Show offers a variety of numismatic items including rare coins, precious metals, paper money, tokens, coin collecting books and supplies. Family event! Fun for all! Bring your coins and currency to be appraised or bought. There will be fun for everyone! Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission. Click on our website for more info:
Martin Building
9 *NC Pesticides & Structural Pests Board Meeting
Martin Building 919-733-6100
9-10 *Graco Spray Event
Private Event - Free admission by invitation only. Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Graco Equipment Product Training for Sherwin Williams store personnel, Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Graco Spray Expo - Graco contractor equipment expo wil provide contractors the opportunity to speak with sales rep professionals and do hands-on demonstrations. Click on our website for more info:
Dorton Arena

Event Info: 336-225-00615
Participant/Exhibitor Info:
612-623-6761 and

10 *NC Legislative Ag Products Reception Exposition Center 919-707-3030
10 *NC Genealogical Society's Pig Pickin'
Holshouser Building
10 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
10 *Accent Imaging Customer Appreciation & Technology Show
Private trade show 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.- Invitation and Registration required.
Scott Building 919-782-3332 or 919-926-3027
10-14 Andalusion Breed Show
Andalusion World East is a one of a kind event, open to registered Iberian Horses from all registries, with horses and spectators traveling from around the globe to compete and watch the event while celebrating the sense of community, hospitality, and spirit of the East Coast.
  Hunt Horse Complex  Kevin Kidder
11-14 *Capital City Rambling Sams Camping Club Campgrounds
12 The Torch Arena Football
Arena Football is back in the Triangle! The Torch takes on Cape Fear Heroes (Fayetteville, NC) - professional indoor football at Dorton Arena on Friday - May 12! The Torch vs. Cape Fear Heroes
GAME TIME: ~ 7:30PM (autographs available post game)
VIP Seats: Adult $25/Child age 3-12 $25
General Admission: Adult $14/Child $10
Groups of 10 or more: Adult $12 per ticket/Child $8 per ticket

Save money and buy your 3 Game Flex Package or Seasons Ticket Package now: Seasons Tickets Package: Adult $60/Child $40
3 Game Flex Package: Adult $36/Child $24
Dorton Arena

Ticket Information: ETIX 919-653-0516
Group Ticket Information: Tina 919-641-5194
13 *Meredith College Commencement
Commencement Ceremony 7 p.m.
Dorton Arena 919-760-8117
13 Next Level Fight Club Mixed Martial Arts Competition NLFC7
Taking our fighters to the Next Level of competition. Next Level Fight Club is a premier mixed martial arts fighting group. Based out of Greenville, NC our focus is set on providing Eastern NC and the surrounding areas with the highest quality shows.   Reserved Ringside Row 1: $80, Reserved Ringside Row 2: $65, General admission: (first come-first serve seating): $35. Limited time VIP Tables for 10 also available. Click on our website for advance tickets or to contact us and see more info:
Scott Building
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13 Raleigh Spring 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
13 Foundation For Fighting Blindness Benefit Event
BBQ Fundraiser event starts at 6 pm on Saturday - May 13. Join Honorary Chair Phil Ford and special guests for live music, BBQ, live auction and lots of fun in support of Foundation For Fighting Blindness.
Event main entrance from Trinity Road - Gate 9 (enter right lot and drive down to Gate 8 entrance on left). Accessible drop off from Gate 5 (enter gate and bear left toward Flowerhouse and Heritage Circle). Click here for event flyer:
Tobacco Pavilion 919-781-8014
13-14 Mid Atlantic Hound Association Dog Show
AKC Dog Shows for all Hound breeds - veteran and puppy competitions, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test 4 p.m. on Saturday, AKC Coonhound Bench Show 4 p.m. Saturday, Free dog show tours both days - see our web site for details and schedule of events. Event Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Admission for spectators is FREE.
Holshouser Building Event Info: Ann Roth 910-971-3950
Exhibitor Info: 919-452-7035
Brenda Adams, Show Secretary

TWHA open horse show event featuring Hatler, Western, English and Saddle seat classes for all horse breeds. Activities begin at 9:00 am daily. Free spectator admission. - open to public. Go to our web site for more details and class list.

 Hunt Horse Complex  Kim Moser
14 *GCKA Family Fest-2017
Private Event - 2 - 8 p.m. Membership and pre-registration required.
Tobacco Pavilion/Heritage Circle
17-21 Adidas Warehouse Clearance Sale
Warehouse Clearance Event - Huge savings on Adidas apparel, footwear and accessories. Best prices of the year!
SPECIAL VIP SALE: Register/Login Adidas Account Wednesday 5 - 8 p.m.
Public Daily Hours: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7 p.m, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.* (may extend until 8 p.m. with 50 or more shoppers*), Sunday 10- 6 p.m.
Graham Building
19 *NC Farm-To-School Program Recognition Event
Private Event - By Invitation: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Graham Building
Sales Arena
19-21 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~ Free admission.
Event Hours: Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Scott Building
19-21 Island Spring Festival
A specialty show with vendors offering a variety of local products and services. Free admission. Event hours: Friday Noon - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m, and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Graham Building 910-973-6976
Celebrate North Carolina as we "Spring into Summer" during the 10th annual Got to be NC Festival, May 19-21! Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, gate admission is free for all ages! Come sample and buy food, beer and wine from dozens of North Carolina companies in the Got to be NC Homegrown Fare at Exposition Center, sponsored by Lowe's Foods (admission required - get redeemable coupons at door), enjoy the free Dorton Arena Music Stage, and treat your kids to the pony rides, racing pigs and a Kidz Corral Activity Zone. Don't miss the fun at Heritage Plaza and the new Heritage Arts Corner inside of Graham. How about a daily tractor parade of the antique tractors on hand? Loads of fun with more details to come! And remember, gate admission is FREE!!!

Friday Gates open at 12 noon. to 10 p.m.
Saturday gates open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday gates open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Building & Exhibit Hours:
Friday 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Got To be NC Homegrown Fare, sponsored by Lowe's Foods Exposition Center

10th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off: $15 for adults and kids 6 and under eat FREE - Saturday only beginning 11a.m. on lot beside the Exposition Center. Grandstand Activities:
Friday 2 p.m. Presented by Go Unmanned! specialists in Drone Technology
Friday 4:30-7:30 p.m. Gator Wars
Friday 5 p.m. Flag Presentations on Horseback
Friday 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. Wake County Sheriff's K-9 Unit
Saturday 2-8 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull
Sunday 2-8 p.m. Garden Tractor & Lawnmower Pull

Dorton Arena: Attractions/Music
Outlaw Nation - Southern Rock * Real Country
(starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday)
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Carolina Bluegrass Battle
(Host Band: The Church Sisters 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.)

- Pay as you go - click below for details
(buy wristbands on site on Friday and Sunday):
Friday: 12 noon - 10 p.m.*
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.*
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
* May extend for one hour based on attendance
Carnival Wrist Bands
Friday: $20 - purchase noon to 5 p.m. - Good until 10:00 p.m. - unlimited rides
Sunday: $20 - purchase all-day Sunday - unlimited rides

FIREWORKS: 9:15 pm on Friday & Saturday!
Daily Tractor Parade at 1 p.m. and much, much, much more!

Visit or for an expanded list of free attractions. Produced by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Steve Troxler, Commissioner. Free Admission activities also scheduled at the Fairgrounds during the GOT TO BE NC FESTIVAL:
Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show in the Holshouser Building, Chatlee Boat Show & Sale in the Scott Building, Adidas Clearance Sale,and Island Spring Festival in the Graham Building, Wake County 4-H Horse Show on Saturday and District 4-H Horse Show on Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex and the Raleigh Flea Market in the Education & Commercial Buildings.
Exposition Center, Grandstand, Dorton Arena, Graham Building, Grounds Automated Info Line: 919-821-7400 Ext. 123
20-21 Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show
Raleigh Durham Labrador Retriever Club presents the Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show. Event Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The club will offer a Canine Good Citizen certification beginning immediately following the conclusion of the show. Owners may pre-register their dog or do so the day of the show. Free admission to public spectators.
Holshouser Building
20 Wake County 4-H Horse Show 
39th Annual Wake County 4-H Horse Program sponsored "Open all Youth Horse Show"open to all youth up to 19 years old as of January 1, 2017 and North Central District Horse Show - April 1-2- Hunter, Western, and Walking Horse classes. Championship and Reserve Championshio Awards for multi-age and divisions. Free spectator admission. Show begins at 8 a.m. thru approximately 8 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex Heather Schaffer 919-250-1093

Bill Crouse 919-624-1014
21 North Central District 4-H Horse Show 
39th Annual Wake County 4-H Horse Program sponsored "Open all Youth Horse Show" ages 5 - 19 and North Central District Horse Show - April 23-24 - Hunter, Western, and Walking Horse classes.Championship and Reserve Championship Awards for multi-age and divisions. Free spectator admission. Show begins at 8 a.m. thru approximately 5 p.m.
Hunt Horse Complex 

Nan Guldenschuh
23 Gregory Poole Power Systems Customer Care Event
Maintaining your equipment is our priority - see how we can help you.
9 am - 2 pm Product display and lunch. Registration Required.
Martin Building 919-836-4466
24-27 Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show
This is the 44th year of the Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show. This is a world class event with 200+ Morgans from across the US traveling to compete in divisions ranging from Hunt and Classic Pleasure to English and Park classes both under saddle and in harness. There are also dressage trail and carriage classes as well as vendors displaying a variety of unique equine gifts - Fun for all ages! Public invited. Spectators Free Admission.
Indoor Main Arena ................................Outside Open Rings:
Wed: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m..............................Wed: 8 a.m. Trail
Thur: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m................................Thur: 9 a.m. Dressgae
Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m....................................Fri: 9 a.m. Dressage
Sat: Academy 8:30 a.m./10 a.m./6 p.m...Sat: 9 a.m. Carriage-Arena 1
.................................................................Sat: 9 a.m. Western Dressage-Arena 2
.................................................................Sat: 1 p.m. Opportunity Classes-Arena 1
Hunt Horse Complex  Info: 919-672-3741
24 *NC Board of Agriculture Meeting
Wednesday - 2 pm
Martin Building 919-707-3000
24 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Exposition Center Atrium 919-733-6100
24-28 *Gold Leaf Sams Camping Club Campgrounds
25 North Carolina School Bus Roadeo Luncheon & Competition Midway/Martin 919-857-7691
25 *Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Sort-A-Rama Day of Service
Sort-A-Rama 2017 is a corporate volunteer event to support the Stop Summer Hunger Kids Campaign at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Help bag thousands of meals to feed kids and their families in our
Graham Building
26 World of Champions Fight Night
Action-packed professional boxing. Local fights from North Carolina including the surrounding area, Raleigh/Durham.
Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Show Starts: 7 p.m.
General Admission: $27 VIP Seats: 67 VIP Platinum Table for 8: $600
For more information click on the following web links:
Holshouser Building Event Info: 704-390-5540
27 NC Strongest Man & Woman Competition
Train Strongman, LLC presents the North Carolina Strongest Man & Woman Competition.
Friday: Private weigh-ins and Coaching Seminars by registration only.
Saturday: Public Welcome! Come see over 200 athletes compete in five strongman lifts competitions.This is a FREE spectator admission event. Event hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information click on the following web links:

27 RDCBS Pet Bird Fair
The Raleigh Durham Caged Bird Society’s 29th Annual Pet Bird Fair. FREE ADMISSION featuring Exotic Birds from around the world, large selection of vendors selling bird related items, and a huge raffle to benefit avian research and conservation. Event hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Saturday, May 27th
For more info visit:
Scott Building Info Line:


N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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