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State Fairgrounds Facilities

Gov. James E. Holshouser Building


The Gov. James E. Holshouser Building was built in 1971 to serve the needs of the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Year-round the Holshouser Building hosts festivals, small conferences and trade shows, meetings, social events, and many other types of events.

Building Amenities

  • Completed in 1975, renovated in 1997
    This facility is mechanically heated, but is not air conditioned. Floor fans are available to assist with air circulation.
  • Seating: 900 for a banquet or 1,200 for a conference arrangement
  • Square footage: 13,600
  • Shape: circular (see building floor plan)
  • Ideal for exhibitions, small trade shows, meetings or conventions
  • Four entrances and restroom facilities
  • Rental cost: $900 per day or 10 percent of gross sales after taxes, whichever is greater
  • Support services, such as staging, tables, chairs, electrical hookups, etc., are available for an extra fee.

At a glance

Square Feet 13,600
Seats 1,200 conference style
900 banquet style
Amenities available

Enclosed covered porch
Restroom facilities
One roll-up door
Support services

Rental rate $900 per day or 10% or ticket gross, whichever is greater. Discounted rate for access days other than event days.
Contact Claudine Davis
(919) 821-7400
Ext. 4580


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