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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

August 2019

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Every Sat. & Sun. 

The Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 5 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)

2019 NC Japan Summer Festival (New expanded location)
An authentic Japanese culture summer festival or "natsu matsuri" featuring delicious traditional street food and drink (including Japanese beer), interesting one-of-a-kind goods, and thrilling entertainment.  Enjoy live performances of Japanese pop music, taiko drumming, martial arts demos, a Japanese choir, traditional bon odori dancing, and a Japanese karaoke contest with prizes for the winners.  Includes a Community Market area with tables and booths where visitors can view and buy a wide variety of unique Japanese arts, crafts and other goods.  For more info, please visit

Save time and money, and enter the Festival two hours earlier, by clicking here to purchase in advance discounted Admission Tickets online: NC Japan Summer Festival ADVANCE TICKETS 
Tickets are $4.50 (plus taxes and fees) in advance online or $6.00 (plus taxes and fees) for on-site purchase at the gate on event day.  Children 12 and under are FREE.  Advance ticket purchasers may enter from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  On-site tickets will be available from noon for admission to the general public from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  FREE parking!

Exposition Center
3-4 Finally Farm Show Series - Summer Special Horse Show
The Summer Special Horse Show is a combined event with Finally Farm Horse Show Series and Johnston County Show Series. Free Spectator Admission. Both shows starts at 9 a.m. - 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Hunt Horse Complex

Lesley Jenks 919-280-8087
JOCO: 919-622-4365


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


3-4 *Draughon Family Reunion
Private Event-by invitation only.
Martin Building  
5-6 *The Annual NC Livestock/Forage/Crops Extension Agent Training
Martin Building 919-515-4005
6 *Home Builders of Raleigh-Wake County Triangle New Home Expo
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This event is not open to the public.
Scott Building
7 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100



Raleigh Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event
Come explore this Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event ~ Where learning is fun and delicious. Presentations hourly from experts in allergic living. Free lectures and cooking demonstrations. Product samples all day. Kids Corner provided by Parents of Allergic Kids..Adults $10, Students/Seniors/Military $8. Children under 13 free admission.
Event Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Scott Building


10 The Fallen Outdoors East Coast Banquet
Exposition Center

Robert Brewer

10-11 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: Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $10 per person at the door (cash only) - $8 advance purchase.Children age 12 and under admitted free. Click on our website for advance tickets and to register:
Jim Graham Building 919-873-1700

UHC Youth Day Open Horse Show
Youth Benefit Horse Show preented by United Horsemen of the Carolinas. Show begins at 10 a.m. daily.

Hunt Horse Complex

Nancy Barbee

13 NC ABANA Meeting & Workshop
North Carolina ABANA, an affiliate of Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North American is hosting a meeting designed to teach the craft of blacksmithing for those interested in acquiring the training and skill. Interested in learning the art? Send us an email or come out and meet with us. Meeting/workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Forge in Heritage Circle.
Heritage Circle Forge
14 *JoCo Plant Show
Showcase of premier plants grown in central North Carolina. Free admission. Private trade show for horticulture industry professionals only - open to landscapers, nurseries, garden centers, municipalities, wholesale nursery buyers. Plants grown by members of Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association will be on display 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Scott Building
14 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
16-18 Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale
Boat Inventory Reduction Sale showcasing 12 marine dealers and over 200 boats on display. Show Hours: Friday 10 am til 7 pm, Saturday 9 am til 6 pm and Sunday 10 am til 5 pm. Admission: Adults $7.00 Seniors and Military $6; Children ages 12 and under admitted free. For show information and online tickets visit our website at:
Graham Building 336-855-0208
17-18 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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Free Admission. Click on our website for more info:
Martin Building rarecoinsof
23-25 North Carolina Dealers Association Fall RV Show
Promoted by NC RV Dealers Association, this show & sale offers the largest selection of new and used RVs under one roof. Looking for the best deal on a 2019 RV, come on out to the NCRVDA’s Fall RV Sale Event. Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily Admission: $10 for age 13 and older, children 12 and under are free. Special Rate Tickets: Family Night on Friday and Saturday 5 - 8 p.m. all Adult Tickets are only $8; Seniors (Age 60 and older) and Military/First Responders (Active & Retired with ID) All Day Friday $8 Only!!! and Saturday or Sunday $9. (Additional discounts and coupons do not apply to special rate tickets.)
Go to for advance purchase discount prices and coupons.
Graham Building, Exposition Center,

NCHJA " C" Indoors Horse Show
Triangle Farms NCHJA "C" 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. Free spectator admission

Hunt Horse Complex

Joan Petty

24-25 Body Mind Spirit Expo
Holistic living expo - health, wellness and metaphysical booths and lectures featuring natural and holistic health produces, intuitive readings, 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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend Admission covers both days - $12 for adults and children under age 10 are admitted free. Visit the web site for a $1 discount coupon:
Scott Building 541-482-3722

American Hanoverian Society Tour
American Hanoverian Society Inspection Tour. Please review the following link for general information and deadlines. Free spectator admission

Hunt Horse Complex

Samantha Kidd


The Commissioner’s Food Safety Conference
9 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m.
To register for the forum, visit
by August 26. People with questions should contact Christina Waggett at
or 919-707-3008.

Scott Building 919-707-3008
27 *AASOC of NC C-Store Trade Show Vendor Kick-off Event
Private Event-by invitation only.
Maritn Building
28 AASOC of NC C-Store Trade Show
Exposition Center
28 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
28-29 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

Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale
Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale is North Carolina's largest equine item consignment sale. It offers the opportunity to buy and sell any equestrian tack, saddles, show clothing, barn supplies, horsewaer and riding needs for all disciplines of riding. New bar code tagging system - refer to website for all details. Consignors earn 75% of all sold and shop before public. Anything related to the equestrian sport is represented at this sale. Barn supplies, show clothing and more! Encourage all non-profit horse progrms and equestrian camps to be involved in buying and selling horse items. Large items such as carts, wagons welcome.
Receiving dates: (Consignors drop off your items) Tuesday-August 27 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Large Volume Consignors 150+ items call for appointment. Pick-up unsold items Wednesday 8/28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (this is a no shopping day).
Thursday 8/29 Volunteers Shop 12 Noon- 9 pm and Consignors (and 1 guest - passes required) shop 3 pm - 9 pm.; Also Volunteers may shop on Monday 9/2 from 10 am - 7 pm and Consignors (and 1 guest - passes required) from 10 am - 7 pm.
Special Premier Shopping Night Thursday August 29 from 5 - 9 p.m. with $10 (CASH ONLY) Admission.
FREE Admission on Friday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday - Sept. 2 from 12 noon - 7 p.m. Some items marked half off on last day of sale. Please visit our website for additional event details.

Holshouser Building

336-362-6248 Event Info
336-697-1097 Consignor/Vendors

8/29-9/2 Kennel Club Dog Shows-Tarheel Labor Day Cluster
AKC (American Kennel Club) registered dogs will compete each day for points leading to championships, as well as dog obedience trials for degrees and obedience championship points.  Championship all breed dog show, obedience and rally trials - a different Kennel Club hosts competitions each day. The schedule is: Thursday, Fayetteville Kennel Club; Friday, Alamance Kennel Club; Saturday, Durham Kennel Club; Sunday, Raleigh Kennel Club, and Monday, Cary Kennel Club. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior adults and children 7-11 years of age. Free admission with military ID and for children under 7 years of age. Special outdoor attraction each day: North American Dock Diving Dogs - bring your dog (and current health records) to participate. This is a free spectator attraction sponsored by AKC and located outside the South end of the Graham Building near Hillsborough Street.
Graham Building Dennis McKoy
8/30-9/2 Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
This show offers a vast array of precious and semi-precious gem stones, pearls, beads and beading supplies, minerals, crystals, gems, and finished jewelry in gold and silver including 14K, 18K and platinum fine jewelry, hand-crafted, custom designs, fashion jewelry, and sterling silver. Wirewrappers and jewelers on site.Various discounts offered by vendors. Admission: Adults $5 general admission $1 discount with website coupon or mailer - Military free admission and under 16 admitted free. Show hours: Friday: noon - 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Monday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Scott Building  (804) 642-2011 (757) 641-2124

NCDCTA Labor of Love Dressage Horse Show I & II
Recognized dressage equestrian competition - dressage through FEI - vendor fair
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and Sunday. This is a FREE spectator admission event.

Hunt Horse Complex

Sandy Donovan
Martie Healey 352-363-0085

* indicates the event is not open to the public

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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