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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

September 2010

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Every Sat. & Sun.

The Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Flea Market will close Sunday, Sept. 26, in preparation of the annual State Fair and reopen on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Commercial & Education Bldgs. & outside grounds  919-899-3532 (919-899-FLEA)
1 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
2 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
2-6 Kennel Club Dog Shows
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, Cary Kennel Club; Friday, Alamance Kennel Club; Saturday, Durham Kennel Club; Sunday, Salisbury Kennel Club, and Monday, Raleigh Kennel Club. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission for Monday is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior adults and children 7-12 years of age.
Graham Building Dennis McKoy

Equestrian Exchange Consignment Sale
Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale offers the opportunity to buy and consign anything related to the equestrian sport. All riding disciplines represented for all levels of experience. Saddles, tack, riding clothing, boots, bits, blankets, carts, jewelry, art, helmets and more. Volunteer 8 hours and shop prior to public shopping. This sale encourages all equestrian services to become involved to help promote your needs in our equestrian community. Please visit our website for additional event details.

Receiving dates: (drop off your items) are August 30 from 6-9 for 100+ consignment items or Wednesday 8/31 from 10 am - 9 pm; Pick-up unsold items Tuesday 9/6:from 4 - 8 pm (this is a no shopping day) or Wednesday 9/7 from 10 am - 2 pm. (this is a no shopping day) .

Thursday 9/1 Volunteers Shop 10 am - 9 pm and Consignors shop 1 pm - 9 pm.; Also Volunteers may shop on Monday 9/5 from 8 am - 5 pm and Consignors from 9 am - 5 pm.

OPEN TO PUBLIC for Preview Sale Thursday Sept. 1 from 5-9 pm, Friday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday - Sept. 5 from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is FREE.

Holshouser Building 336-697-6248
3-5 Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Show includes 14K gold and sterling silver jewelry, loose gems, pearls, beads and findings, minerals, crystals, fossils, remounts and wire wrapping by jewelers on site. Jewelers and wire wrappers on site that can do remounts, design or repair jewelry. Admission: Adults $4 - under 16 admitted free. Show hours: Friday: noon - 7, Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Building  (804) 746-7663
4 N.C. State CALS Alumni and Friends Tailgate Party
Activities include live bluegrass band, hands-on exhibits related to agriculture and the life sciences, children’s area, the NC State Pep Band and displays from college departments, related organizations and student clubs. An auction will be held to benefit student scholarships. All-you-can eat buffet with shrimp, chicken, barbecue, and the fixin’s. Tailgate begins at 1pm, and ends at 5pm, with a 6pm kickoff. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for students, $8 for ages 4 to 12, and free for toddlers age 3 and under. Visit our website for more information:
Dorton Arena (919) 515-6212
4 *50th Wedding Blessing of Albert & Florine Justice

Martin Building  
4-5 The Carolina Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
National breeders and manufacturers selling reptiles, birds and mammals along with cages, food and supplies, and live animal shows and seminars on animal breeding and care.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.  General admission Ages 13 and over is $9; Senior citizens and Ages 5 - 12 admission $6, Ages 4 and under admitted free. Special two-day general admission $15. Click on our website for more info:
Exposition Center
4-5 NCDCTA Labor of Love Horse Show
Show consists of all levels of dressage competition.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Spectator admission is Free.
Hunt Horse Complex Olga Wagner
6 NCDCTA Sport Horse Breeding Show
Dressage sport horse breeding competition. Horses shown in hand and under saddle.
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Spectator admission is Free.
Hunt Horse Complex Olga Wagner

Mix 101.5 Taste of Home Cooking School
Event Hours: 4 to 9:30 pm - Doors open at 4pm - Show starts at 7pm - General Admission $12

Exposition Center

8 *Wake County Executive Meeting

Graham Hall of Fame Room  
8-9 *Governor's Food Safety & Defensive Taskforce Meeting

Martin Building  

EID UL-FITR Prayer Meeting
Salat-ul-Eid will be on at 8 a.m.

Exposition Center

10 Carolina Welsh Club Fall Classic
Hunt Horse Complex - Barn E Ring Deb Branson
10-12 NC State Charity Classic
Hunt Horse Complex Bill Whitley

Carolina Roller Derby
Carolina Rollergirls brings back the fierce competition of flat-track roller derby in their 2010 series. This bout is a double header featuring:
Carolina Bootleggers vs Gold Coast Derby Girls
Carolina All Stars vs TBD
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Game 1 begins at 6 pm, Game 2 begins at 7:30 pm.
Bout Day admission:$14 Adults, $8 with college ID, $7 children (age 5 and under - 2 per adult admitted free). Advance admission $10 Adults, $5 children

Dorton Arena


11 Unity In The Community Day
The Light 103.9 FM presents the 2010 Unity in the Community Day from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday. Free Admission. A day of gospel music and family fun. Food & beverage vendors will be available.
Trinity & Blue Ridge Road Lot 919-848-9736
11 *Tekelec Family Picnic
12 - 4pm - Private Corporate Event
L. R. Harrill Center  
11-12 La Fiesta del Pueblo
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, El Pueblo presents the largest Latin American cultural event in the Carolinas. The 2010 festival includes a new indoor location at the State Fairgrounds. Designed to provide an opportunity for cultural interchanges, event activities include two food courts with more than 30 vendors offering cuisine from Latin America; Employment, Health, & Education Fairs in Spanish and English; 3 stages featuring continuous music performances; a dance stage; cultural exhibits and Nindandia's Children's Carnival with special guests Remi the Puerto Rican clown, Harry the Dragon, and Ronald McDonald. This community outreach and education event includes the opportunity to register to vote. Hours are Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
Graham Building 919-835-1525
11-12 Carolina Carriage Fall Classic
Carriage driving classes for horses and ponies. Free spectator admission. Hours: Saturday 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 8 am - 3 pm.
Hunt Horse Complex - Barn E Ring Linda Sewell
Dede Bushneck 919-815-4723
Information: 252-753-7777
Participant/Exhibitor: 919-801-7925
11-12 NC Gourd Arts & Craft Festival
Promoted by the country's oldest gourd society, the 69th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 70 growing, crafting, and artistic competitive categories, as well as workshops and vendors of gourd crafts, dried gourds, and gourd crafting supplies, and a free hands-on ground crafting table for children. Hours: Sat 9 am- 5 pm and Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (65+ years old), $2 for children ages 12 - 17. Children under 12 admitted free.
Holshouser Building 919-696-0744
12 Meredith College Sizzlin September Concert
RAIN Contingency Site for concert scheduled at Meredith Amphitheatre. Gate opens at 6 pm Concert starts 7 pm. Opening act Liquid Pleasure with Kenny Mann and headliner The Ying Yang Twins. Free admission for Meredith students, faculty, and staff. Public Admission is $8 per person.
Dorton Arena


14 *Eye Care Expo and Summit
By invitation Only - Corporate Trade Show
Exposition Center
14 *NC Pesticides & Structural Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building 919-733-6100
15 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
15-20 *Friendship Club - an FMCA Camping Club
15-18 NC State Championship Horse Show
53rd annual N.C. Championship Horse Show - a Charity event sponsored by The Raleigh Host Lions Club.
Event Hours: 10 am - 6 pm.
Hunt Horse Complex Bill Whitley
16 *NCDA Tobacco Taskforce Meeting

Martin Building 919-733-7125
16 *NC Green Meeting

Scott Building 919-830-4527
17 MC of NC Expo and CE Classes
Mechanical Contractors of North Carolina Association presents their 2010 Expo representing Industrial, Commercial, and Residential Contractors of Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing - Free Admission - Expo hours are 11 am - 3 pm. Continuing Education Classes will be offered 8 am - 3 pm - click on weblink for registration and additional information.
Graham Building



Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair & Fundraiser
9:00 am - 4:30 pm College Fair with renouned panelists and presenters - click on our website for a complete agenda. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessee W. Jackson III.
Meet & Greet Social 5 - 7 pm

Dorton Arena


17-19 Greek Festival
Authentic Greek food - Homemade Greek pastries & marketplace - Live Greek music - Greek Dance Groups - & More...... Portions of the event proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Event Hours: Friday 5 - 10 pm, Saturday 11 am - 10 pm, Sunday 11 am - 7 pm....GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults - $3, Ages 13-18 and Senior Citizens - $2, Ages 12 and under admitted free. Visit our website at for a free admission ticket.
Exposition Center 919-781-4548
18-19 Central North Carolina Pagan Pride Day
Open to the general public, this festival offers both entertainment and education with a variety of social, commercial and spiritual activities. Attendees are welcome to join or observe rituals, attend workshops, meet with a variety of local groups, and much more, all in a festival environment full of vendors, music, and fun.
L.R. Harrill Center
Toll Free (800) 979-4423
18-19 Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show
Antique guns, U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia exhibited, bought, sold, and traded - WWI, WWII, Civil War, and other conflicts. Also includes relics, books, uniforms and insignias. Free appraisals. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children 7 -12 and free for children age 6 and under.
Scott Building Richard Shields
18-19 DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament 
Flyball is a fast-paced family-oriented dog sport that has become a hit on Animal Planet and ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race with 4 dogs per team. Each dog jumps 4 hurdles and steps on a spring loaded box, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission.
Holshouser Building 919-787-8048
18-19 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 collections to be apparised or sold! Hours are Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Free Admission. Click on our website for more info:
Martin Building rarecoins@bellsouth,net
19 Mexican Independence Day Celebration CANCELLED
Mexican Rodeo, music featuring several popular Hispanic bands. Event Hours: 12 noon - 11 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults - age 12 and under admitted free.
Rand Grandstand


23-24 North Carolina State Games Satelite Parking Grounds  
24-26 Southern Ideal Home Show - Fall Edition
The Triangle's biggest and best home and garden event features three buildings filled with hundreds of exhibitors to answer questions, help with your next building or remodeling project, decorating or landscaping your home. Enjoy shopping, comparing prices, talking to experts and finding resources for any home or garden project. Hours are Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults (age 15 and over) and free for children 15 and under. 55+ Day on Friday only, seniors ages 55 and older receive admission for $7 (no coupons). Show your Costco Club card Friday and Saturday after 5pm for a $5 admission. Click on our website for admission additional discount
Graham Building Exposition Center
Dorton Arena


24-26 NCQHA Futurity
2010 Futurity Horse Show - estimated $90,000 to be awarded in money & prizes. Circuit awards for each class: Open, Amateur, 13 & under and 14-18 all arounds.
Hunt Horse Complex Becky Poe
25 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Fun and educational activities for all dog lovers, including the ever popular "Meet the Breeds" (over 50 different AKC breeds), Canine Good Citizen Tests (CGC) available ($5 each), agility, obedience, and flyball demonstrations, as well as fun activities for all participants. AKC Companion Animal Recovery will offer Micro-chip Clinic. Dog-related vendors, free games, contests and giveaways - free goodie bags to the first 500 attendees.
Event Hours 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission
Holshouser Building 919-816-3717
25-26 76th North State Toy & Hobby Show
Antique to modern and collectible toys, sportscards & sports memorabilia,including Barbie, diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Hallmark ornaments, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of Rings, Sci-Fi toys, western toys, NASCAR, etc. Over 70 exhibitors buying, selling & trading! EVENT HOURS: Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 daily - Weekend pass $7. Age 15 and Under admitted Free.
Scott Building 919-553-4285

Spending Revolt Rally & Town Hall Meeting

Public welcome - free

Scott Building 919-839-1011
9/30-10/2 Special Olympics
Over 125 athletes from 20 local programs (counties) across NC will compete for equestrian championship in dressage, showmanship and English and Western trails and equitation. Free spectator admission. Show times Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 9am - 5 pm .
Hunt Horse Complex 800-843-6276


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