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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

May 2019

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 *Triangle Apartment Association Trade Show
Closed show for TAA members and invited guests. Admission is by reservation only.
Call (919) 782-1165 for reservations.
Graham Building 919-782-1165 Ext.7

Structural Pesticide Exams

Martin Building 919-733-6199

*NCDA OSHA Training
Private Event

Hunt Horse Complex

*NC Horse Council Meeting
Private Event - Thursday 7-9 p.m.

Hunt Horse Complex Dining Hall

*Capital City Rambling Sams Camping Club
Private Club activity

3-5 Wake County Public Library Festival of Reading and Book Sale
This is Wake County Library's annual book sale with more than 200,000 books.
This popular event gives visitors the opportunity to pick up some favorite books—and discover new reads—at great prices. The books are in good condition. Some are pulled out of circulation, and others come from donations 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, May 2, from noon – 9 p.m. Expanded hours!
Hardbound books  $4
Paperbacks  $2
Children’s books  $2
Media  $2

Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Half Price Day!
Hardbound books  $2
Paperbacks  $1
Children’s books  $1
Media  $1

Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dollar Day – Everything is a Dollar!
Hardbound books  $1
Paperbacks  $1
Children’s books  $1
Media  $1

Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or while supplies last!
Bargain Day!
Box of books  $3
Boxes available while supplies last.
Bring your own handcart. Assisted drive-up loading available.
All Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) teachers and media specialists with a current WCPSS ID are invited to attend the Wake County Public Library Book Sale and select two free boxes of books for classroom use. Boxes will be available, but teachers are encouraged to bring carts to carry boxes to their cars. Teachers must show a current WCPSS badge to receive the free boxes. This year, in lieu of a teacher pre-sale, the book sale will open early and WCPSS teachers and media specialists are invited to attend the sale at any time during the public hours.

Exposition Center
3-5 SERHA Spring Celebration
Reining Horse Show. Free spectator admission. - open to public. Go to our web site for more details and class list.
 Hunt Horse Complex  Daniel Blackburn

Foundation For Fighting Blindness Benefit Event
BBQ Fundraiser event starts at 6 pm on Saturday - May 4. 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

Neuse River Trains - SPRING Into Trains Show
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.Operating layouts on display with many vendors selling train related merchandise. Great fun for kids of ALL ages! Come see us at our new Spring Into Trains show in the Scott Building. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $8 covers 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.

Scott Building 919-834-5531(7-9 PM please)


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

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

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
5 Unleashed Mutt Spring Fling
Unleashed's 6th Annual K9 Spring Fling dog and cat fundraiser! A family-friendly fun Spring celebration full of good times for good causes. This event is focused on helping local area animal rescue groups. Many rescues will be there along with local vendors. and games. The most popular event is the largest Doggie Easter Egg Hunt around with thousands of eggs filled with special prizes! Donations for local rescue groups appreciated. Free admission for all - welcoming dogs and people of all ages!
Event hours: 11 am to 3 pm.
Holshouser Building, Heritage Circle & Tobacco Pavillion 919-521-0325

*Employee Appreciation Recognition
"Private Event-By Invitation Only

Martin Building  

*"Auxin Herbicides Best Management Practices"
An Ag education and training event.

Martin Building
8 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
8 *Johnson & Johnson Behind The Wheel - Safety Training
Private Training Event 8:30 am - 5 pm.
Scott Building & Blue Ridge/ Trinity Road Lot
9 *NC DOT Materials Test Concrete Field Performance Seminar
Holshouser Building


10-11 NC Trucking Association TDC/Top Tech Championship
The Best of the Best - NCTA State Events Advocating, Promoting, and Educating a Safe and Sustainable Trucking Industry: The NCTA Truck Driving Championship - a state truck driving competition that leads to national competition. The NC Top Tech Challenge is a state competition that leads to national competition, offering technicians the opportunity to show off their skills but it also gives them the opportunity to represent their company, meet like-minded professionals in their field and offers our fleets, dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors the opportunity to build relationships with one another.  For more information visit
Friday 7 a.m. - 12 Noon NCTA Truck Driving Championship
Saturday 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.NCTA Truck Driving Championship
Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 12 Noon NCTA VIP & Past Champions Competition
Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Top Tech Championship Challenge
Saturday 7 a.m. - 12 Noon Top Tech Championship Challenge
Saturday 12:30 - 2 p.m. Awards Banquet
Scott Building, Exposition Center, Grounds 919-834-0387

Vintage Market Days of the Triangle
Vintage Market Days™ presents "Simply Spring"--an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days® events offer a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions! Bringing the Vintage Experience to you! For information email us or visit our website at:
For Discount Advance Ticket Offers Single Day or Weekend Tickets: Click Here
Hours & On Site Admission:
Friday ($15) & Saturday ($10): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday ($5): 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tickets are available all 3 days at the door.

Graham Building

contact email:
11 *YMCA YOTA Swim Team Celebration
"Private Event-By Invitation Only
Dorton Arena
11 *NC Sweet Potato Commission's "Come to the Table" Event
Private Event - By invitation only.
Tobacco Pavilion  
11-12 Mid Atlantic Hound Association Dog Show
AKC Dog Shows for all Hound breeds - veteran and puppy competitions - Must pre-enter except for hound match & coonhound bench show on Saturday afternoon. No unentered dogs allowed. Spectators welcome at no charge. No baby strollers please..... American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test 4 p.m. on Saturday, AKC Coonhound Bench Show 4 p.m. Saturday. Event Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Admission for spectators is FREE.
Holshouser Building Event Info:
Ann Roth 910-232-5976
Exhibitor Info: 336-379-9352
Brenda Adams, Show Secretary
14 *NC Pesticides & Structural Pests Board Meeting
Graham Sales Arena 919733-6100
15-19 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. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10- 6 p.m.
Graham Building
15-19 The Buckhead Betties Outlet Sale
Warehouse Clearance Event - Boutique style apparel, beach bags & cover-ups, tote bags, travel accessories, home decor & organization, jewelry, hats & so much more - all up to 70% off retail prices. SPECIAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOURS: 5 - 8 p.m.
Public Daily Hours: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7 p.m, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10- 6 p.m.
Graham Building Magz King 1-866-284-0296 Ext.114

Spa Blowout Clearance Sale
SpaBlowout is a once a year event where attendees can take advantage of once-a-year discounts from 40% - 80% off suggested retail. Attendees can explore hundreds of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis. FREE ADMISSION. Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register on-line for instant factory rebate.

Dorton Arena 1-877-55-HOTTUB
17-19 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., Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Building 919-775-7259
Celebrate North Carolina as we "Spring into Summer" during the 12th annual Got to be NC Festival, May 17-19! 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 Marketplace at the Exposition Center (admission required - get redeemable coupons at door), enjoy the free Festival Music Stage with Bluegrass Competition on Saturday, 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 in the new Heritage Arts Corner with heritage demonstrations 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!!! Check out the weblink below for updates.

Festival Gate Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Friday: 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

Friday: 9:15 p.m.
Saturday: 9:15 p.m.

Carnival Wristbands
Friday: Purchase from Noon to 9 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides
Sunday: Purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides
Exposition Center, Grandstand, Graham Building, Grounds Automated Info Line: 919-821-7400
Ext. 123
17 *NC Farm-To-School Program Recognition Event
Private Event - By Invitation: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Graham Building
Sales Arena
18 Wake County 4-H Horse Show 
41st 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, 2019 and North Central District Horse Show - 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
18 *NC Livestock Scholars Recognition Awards Event
Private Event - By Invitation: 12 Noon
Tobacco Pavilion 919-839-4527
18-19 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
19 North Central District 4-H Horse Show 
41st Annual Wake County 4-H Horse Program sponsored "Open all Youth Horse Show" ages 5 - 19 and North Central District Horse Show - 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
22 *Accent Imaging Customer Appreciation & Technology Show
Private technology trade show & client appreciation event 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.- Invitation and Registration required.
Scott Building 919-782-3332 or 919-926-3027
22 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
22-25 Southern States Regional Morgan Horse Show
This is the 46th 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
23 *Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Sort-A-Rama Day of Service
Sort-A-Rama 2019 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
23 *Wake Radiology UNC Rex Healthcare Picnic
Private Event - By Invitation Only
Tobacco Pavilion/Public House 919-788-7909
23-26 *Gold Leaf Sams Camping Club
25 RDCBS Pet Bird Fair
The Raleigh Durham Caged Bird Society’s 31st 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 26th
For more info visit:
Scot Building Info Line:
25-26 Carolina Fear Fest
Attention Horror Fans! The newest Con to hit the Carolinas, bringing the Horror genre closer to home. Featuring Celebrity Guest Appearances: Michael Koske, Cristin Azure and more, Film Fest and screenings, Vendors, Panel discussions, Q&A sessions and so much more! Learn, Shop and Explore: Special Effects Makeup. Horror Art, Movies, Literature, and Entertainment. Show off your cosplay, depth of your horror trivia knowledge and your bloody pride! This event is intended to be family-friendly but given the nature of some of the displayed content and general themes, parental discretion is advised. Carolina Fear Fest - celebrating all things HORROR! Coming to Raleigh, NC Memorial Day weekend 2019. Event Hours 10 am - 6 pm daily. Admission Options - Saturday Only: $30 Age 13 Up, $25 Age 6-12. Sunday Only:$25 Ages 13 Up, $20 Ages 6-12. Weekend Pass: $40 Age 13 UP, $35 Ages 6-12-weekend pass purchaseat door ends at 4pm on Saturday May 25. A $15 return ticket for Sunday can be purchased either day on site with armband still in place.A $1 convenience fee will be charged. Click here for tickets: Carolina Fear Fest TICKETS For more info visit:
Graham Building 919-266-0906
25 *Benitez-Yanez Wedding Reception
Private Event - By invitation only.
Exposition Center  
25 *Koob-Booker Wedding & Reception
Private Event - By invitation only.
Tobacco Pavilion  


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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