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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

March 2019

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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)



Dixie Deer Classic
Deer Hunters Convention. Wake County Wildlife Club presents their 39th annual event designed to offer the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors. Seminars, displays, trophy scoring, and archery competition. Special GuestJim Shockey, Frank Addington, Larysa Switlyk, Eva Shockey. Over $60,000 in hunting gear and prizes given away each year. Special Features: NTWF Turkey Callers Competition, Call Makers Competition, Trail Cam, Video Contest, Ourdoor Lore, Carolina Dock Diving Dogs and for the kids a Sea Fishing Rodeo and Scavenger Hunt. Hours are Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for age 13 and older (get your hand stamped for return admission good all 3 days), children 12 and under are admitted free. SPECIAL ADMISSION ticket for Friday Only: All Youth age 13 to 18, Seniors 65 and over, Military Men, and all Women can purchase their admission ticket for $6.

Dorton Arena,
Graham Building,
Exposition Center,


2 Korea Fest 2019
Presented by the Global Korean Wave Federation - celebrating Korean Identity - come and experience everything, shopping, entertainment, K-Pop Dance Contest, Korean Singing Contest, Youn Duck Kyung, Korean Dance Company, Dominic Pangborn, Evolutionary Artist Games, Lessons and much more. Admission $10 Event Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Scott Building 919-210-2845
3 Broughton Ducks Unlimited Banquet
Broughton Chapter annual banquet. Fundraiser event includes dinner, annual membership, raffles, live band, and information on the conservation of North America's wetlands and wildlife. Doors open 5:30 pm Event Hours: 6 - 10 pm. To learn more about how you can make a difference call 1-800-45-Ducks.
Holshouser Building

Tickets & Event Information:


5 North Carolina CN New Product Food Show
*Industry trade show - pre-registration required.
Scott Building
5 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
6 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100

Garden Brothers Circus
The Happiest Show on the Planet! A Family Tradition for Over 100 Years! New for 2019 - 3 rings bursting with excitement, laughs & memories! One and one-half hours of real quality family entertainment. Over 60 performers from 18 countries featuring the Human Pyramid, high flying Aeriaal Daredevils, Crazy Cossack Horse riders, 6 Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Comedy Dogs, Wheel of Death, and the Funniest Clowns! Live animal rides, food & face painting in the Kids Fun Zone!A real Family Adventure! Come Easly! Enjoy our Fun Zone with rides and activities. Meet and greet all the characters. One and a half hours of surprises with sound, lights, music & special effects that'll blow you away!
Show times: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission: Child General Admission $10, VIP Child Ringside Seats $20, ($10 VIP upgrade with Child's Free Ticket, Child or Adult General Admission Ticket)
Adult General Admission $25, VIP Adult Ringside Seats $35

Credit cards are accepted online, but cash only day of event - ATM available at Dorton Arena. Free childrens's tickets are distributed to area schools. pre-schools and selected area service stations and convenience stores. Child ticket upgrades available Online & on the day of event at Box Office beginning at 3:30 pm each day. Only one free kid's ticket can be used per Paid Adult. Special rates available online for a limited time for each showtime at only $12.50 Adult tickets while supplies last! Click below for availability and advance ticket purchase:



Dorton Arena

Ticket Info:888-620-8936


8-10 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~ Event Hours:
Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission.
Scott Building 919-775-7259



Triangle Farms Spring Indoor II NCHJA "C" Indoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-556-7321

Maximum Cheer March Mash-Up
Cheer and dance competition hosting an individual, duo, stunt group and team competition for dance and cheer. This spring floor event will be awarding bids to our Championship and National events in March, April and May. Doors open 10 a.m. - competition begins at 11 a.m. Spectator Admission tickets: $15 available at the door.

Dorton Arena
9-10 Carolina Coin and Stamp Show 
Coins, postcards and stamps, currency (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 
Holshouser Building  Dot Hendrick

Capital City Gun Show
Buy - Sell - Trade event : guns, knives, ammo, hunting supplies and anything related to shooting sports. Event hours are: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily admission is $10 ages 12 and up. Cash only. Saturday admission good for both days. Discount coupons available in local newspapers and on our weblink:.

Exposition Center



*NC Structural Pesticides Board

Graham Building Sales Arena 919-733-6100

*NC FFA Poultry Judging
A Poultry Evaluation Career Development event for NC FFA poultry producers. Advance Registration required.

Scott Building




Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic - "A" Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - USEF A rated sponsored by Triangle Farms, Inc. Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-556-7321

Carnival Classic Cheer and Dance Championships hosted by Spirit Solutions
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  Competition begins at 10:30 a.m.   Spectator admission at the door $12 - ages 5 and under admitted free.

Dorton Arena


16-17 Coastal Paws Cat Show
The Coastal Paws Cat Club presents the "Rally in Raleigh Cat Show" - CFA Allbreed cat show including household pet class judging and feline agility competition. Learn about the many feline breeds in our special educational breed ring. Vendors with cat toys, grooming products, pet supplies and more. Activities for children. Vote for your favorite cat. Show hours: 9 am - 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday. Daily Admission: Adults $6, Seniors/Students $4, Children age 3-12 $3, free admission for children under 3 years of age.
Holshouser Building

Exhibitors Call: 410-679-1873


16-17 India Fest - A Cultural Arts Showcase
Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere in the our expanded location at the GRAHAM BUILDING. Featuring Dance Dhamaaka - The Ultimate Blowout! Bring your family and friends! Event Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. With over 1,200 performers, we are now the largest such production in the United States! Raffles and door prizes throughout the event.


For more information email or check our website at:
Graham Building 919-228-9867
16-17 Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con
Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia and comics on over 225 tables! Featured autograph guests TBA. Show Hours: Friday 2 - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $5 daily; Weekend Pass $7. Free admission for Ages 15 and under. Check our website for discount admission coupon.
Scott Building 



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

Martin Building
19 Persian New Year Celebration (ICSNC Nowruz)
Persian New Year starts on the 1st day of the Spring. Traditionally Persians celebrate the last Tuesday night of the year which is called Chaharshanbe-Souri or the Wednesday Feast. It is a prelude to Norooz, which marks the arrival of spring. The event is sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina. Free admission. Event hours 5 - 9 p.m.
Martin Building
20 *NC Ag Awareness Day Celebration
Community Ag Leaders visit the Legislature.
Exposition Center 919-707-3012
20 *Johnson & Johnson Behind The Wheel - Safety Training
Private Training Event 8:30 am - 5 pm.

Dorton Arena &
South Dorton Lot

Raleigh Spring Premier Benefit
Show features classes for American Saddlebred horses, Roadster horses and ponies, Hackney ponies, Southeast riders and a full Morgan Division. Plus a full division for beginning riders who participate in the academy starting at 1 pm Saturday afternoon. Exhibitor party Friday night and morning hospitality each day of show. Event times are 10 am and 6 pm on Thursday and Friday; 9 am - 12:30 pm and 6 pm on Saturday. Free spectator admission.

Hunt Horse Complex 919-365-5149 Joyce Wilson
20-24 Kennel Club Dog Show
Championship Purebred AKC event - registered dogs will compete each day in championship dog shows, obedience and rally trials.  A different Kennel Club hosts competitions each day. The schedule is:
Wednesday - Cary Kennel Club;
Thursday - Alamance Kennel Club;
Friday - Durham Kennel Club;
Saturday - Raleigh Kennel Club;
and Sunday - Fayetteville Kennel Club.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission on Saturday, Mar. 23 and Sunday Mar. 24 is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 7-12 and Senior Citizens, Children under 7 admitted free.
Graham Building
Dennis McCoy

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, horsewear 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-March 19 from11 a.m.-9 p.m. Large Volume Consignors 150+ items between 10 am - 2 pm on Wednesday-March 20. Pick-up unsold items Tuesday March 26 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (this is a no shopping day).
Thursday March 21 Volunteers Shop 12 Noon- 10 pm and Consignors and 1 guest (passes required) shop 3 pm - 10 pm.;
OPEN TO PUBLIC for Special Premier Shopping Night Thursday March 21 from 5 - 10 p.m. with $10 per person (CASH ONLY) Admission (Age 12 and under free admission).
FREE Admission on Friday thru Sunday Hours: Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday - Discount Shopping Day
Volunteers ONLY shop 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Public shop 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please visit our website for additional event details.

Holshouser Building

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

22-23 Carolina FiberFest
Drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, Carolina Fiberfest is a family-friendly event featuring classes, free demonstrations, and shopping for yarn, ready to spin fiber, patterns, tools, accessories, and specialty items. "Carolina FiberFest is a wonderful opportunity to learn heritage craft skills and to connect with those who are passionate about fiber arts. Schedule to be posted soon at Event hours: Friday 9 - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free Admission
Scott Building

Event Info:
Carolyn Beasley 919-464-6411

Exhibitors Registration:
Glenda Moore 919-720-0852



22-24 Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
The Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza - over 125 exhibitors, from Florida to New England, featuring quality antiques and old collectibles. Event Hours: Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. Admission $7 per day $8 weekend pass. Ages 12 and under admited free. Discount admission coupon available. Check our website for more details.
Exposition Center


25-26 *NC ABC Commission Law Enforcement Training Martin Building 919-839-4508
27 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
28-30 *S.H.E.D. Student Hands-On Experience Day
Wake County Public Schools Technical Career Education Carpentry Competition event. 8 am - 5 pm
Scott Building 919-533-7065
29 *Garner Magnet High School Army ROTC Military Ball
7-11 pm.The Military Ball is an opportunity for JROTC cadets to participate in a formal social event and teaches the traditions and customs of the US Army.
Private Event by invitation only.
Martin Building 919-662-5605


Triangle Farms Spring Indoor III NCHJA "C" Indoors Show
Hunter Jumper Horse Show - Daily show begins at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.
Hunt Horse Complex Joan Petty 919-556-7321


*Ashlei & Elias: "A Greek & A Rose" Wedding
Private event - by invitation only.
Dorton Arena

Mid Atlantic Persian & Himalayan Fanciers CFA Cat Show
TICA cat show: Saturday 9 am - 5 pm See up to 250 pedigree and household pets compete for awards at this CFA sanctioned cat show. Special event: See cat and kittens run an agility competition. Try your hand at this new sport by running available demonstration cats. Then stay for Sunday and see a different set of cats at the TICA Show being held at the same location. Both shows will have beautiful cats as well as vendors with items for you, your cats, and your cat loving friends. ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Senior Citizens and Students with ID, $3 Ages 2 - 12 years, free admission under 2 years of age.

Holshouser Building

Vision Cat Club TICA Cat Show
TICA cat show: Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. See up to 125 beautiful cats in competition at this TICA sanctioned cat show. Special feline agility compettiion! See cats run an obstacle course for the fastest feline. Try your hand at this sport with available demonstration cats. Come on Saturday as well as see a different set of cats in competition at the CFA Show being held in the same location. You will also be able to shop at our vendors for items for you, your cats and your cat loving friends. ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Senior Citizens and Students with ID, $3 Ages 2 - 12 years, free admission under 2 years of age.

Holshouser Building
30-31 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: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Admission: $10 per person at the door (cash only) - $8 advance purchase. Click on our website for advance tickets and to register:
Jim Graham Building 919-873-1700

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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