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N.C. State Fairgrounds Events

August 2020

Date Event
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every Sat. & Sun. 


*************** THE RALEIGH FLEA MARKET IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The health and safety of our vendors and customers remains our highest priority, and we appreciate your understanding as we work with the State to be able to have a safe and successful reopening. When we have a reopen date, we will publish it on our facebook page and website.*************

Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths.

Commercial & Education Bldgs.
Outside grounds

919-839-4560 or click on our website for complete info:
Email us:

1 NC Capital City Sneaker Expo CANCELLED*************************
Come Buy, Sell and Trade rare sneakers, apparel and accessories. Event Hours: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $15 per person. For more information visit our website https://capitalcitysneakerexpo
Scott Building
Event Ibfo: 919-421-7183
Exhibitor Info: 919-720-6005

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. Cash Only at door. 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


1-2 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


Trianglewide Horseman's Association TWHA Show
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
1-2 *Draughon Family Reunion ****Event CANCELLED for 2020********
Private Event-by invitation only.
Martin Building  

Tactical Distribution Dealer Show *****Event CANCELLED ********
Private wholesale Dealer
Sunday - August 2: Private Event - Welcome Reception 5 - 7 p.m.
Monday - August 3: Private Event: TGD Dealer Show - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Exposition Center

3-4 *The Annual NC Livestock/Forage/Crops Extension Agent Training
Martin Building 919-515-4005
4 *Home Builders of Raleigh-Wake County Triangle New Home Expo **CANCELLED - Rescheduled December 2020**
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This event is not open to the public.
Scott Building
5 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
6 *NC Structural Pesticide Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
7-9 Precious Gem & Mineral Show *************APRIL SHOW RESCHEDULED FOR: August 7-9, 2020********

CELEBRATING THEIR 44th YEAR at the State Fairgrounds, this annual show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers. The Club Demonstration area includes club members faceting, cabbing, chainmaking, wirewraping, bead stringing and gem tree creating. Club members will also provide lectures about minerals and demonstrations of gem polishing, geode cutting plus associated hobbies. The Hospitality area sells grab bags with mineral specimens - some could contain a faceted gem. Tickets for the geode raffle and door prizes are in this area. Buy a rock at the Geode booth and be the first to see what is inside. The on-going Silent Auction has new items every hour. Dealers provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale.
Admission: $3.
Event Hours: Friday 3 to 7 p.m. * Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Scott Building 

The Wedding Show - Summer Edition ***** CANCELLED - CHANGED to offer a VIRTUAL Experience Option - click on our weblink for more information.
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
8-9 NC Kid Expo Raleigh 2020
The NC Kid Expo is the ultimate event for kids and those kids at heart! During the event, attendees will be able to explore, shop, play and learn at this unforgettable event. The Expo is part businesses, non-profits on display and part experiences, and fun for all! Expect to see local and national companies that have products and services catered to kids and families. Meet instructors and coaches teaching karate, soccer and football. Or sign up for gymnastics, dance schools and so much more! Event Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: age 13 and over: $10; Ages 5-12 $5; Grandparent General Admission $8; General Admission for Family 4-Park $25. For more information go to
Exposition Center

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

11 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
12 *NC 2020 State Agency Wellness Fair *****CANCELLED - To Be Rescheduled in 2021*******
Event open to State of NC employees and State of NC Retirees ONLY from 9 am - 3 pm offering a wide variety of wellness, safety and health information. Free Admission.
Graham Building

Event Info: 919-807-4800
Exhibitor Info: 919-807-4829

12 *JoCo Plant Show *****CANCELLED - Next Event: August 11, 2021 ****************************
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
15 16th Annual Children's Good News Spectacular ***CANCELLED - NEXT SCHEDULED August 14, 2021****
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Raleigh Area and several area sponsors are hosting a free area-wide event for children and families at our expanded location on the Fairgrounds. Children can enjoy inflatible games and rides, popcorn, snow cones, soft drinks, and an illusion show blended with several gospel puppet presentations. FREE Admission Event Hours 10 am - 3 pm.
Graham Building 919-779-2825
15 New Breed Jiu Jitsu Federation Championship Tournament **CANCELLED - Next Event 2021 TBA**
Doors open 8 a.m. Tournament : 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Admission #15 Click on our website for more information
Scott Building 864-520-8255
15 *Realtor Client Appreciation Event - ** RESCHEDULED from: June 13, 2020 ******
Private Event - By Invitation Only
Tobacco Pavilion  
15-16 Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Hours are 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (VIP Entry at 9:00 a.m.) on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday(No VIP Early Entry) . General admission Ages 13 and over is $10; Ages 5 - 12 admission $5, Ages 4 and under admitted free. Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets. Special two-day general admission $15. Early Admission VIP tickets also available. Click on our website for more info:
Exposition Center
15-16 The Original Coin & Currency Show **CANCELLED - NEXT EVENT May 1-2, 2021***
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
18 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
19 *AASOC of NC C-Store Trade Show Vendor Kick-off Event **CANCELLED - NEXT EVENT 2021***
Private Event-by invitation only.
Maritn Building
20 AASOC of NC C-Store Trade Show ***CANCELLED - NEXT EVENT 2021***
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

21-23 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

Body Mind Spirit Expo
Holistic living expo - health, wellness and metaphysical booths - Natural Health * Personal Growth * Psychics
Body Mind Spirit Expo is the largest health and wellness expo in the U.S. Come explore over 150 exhibitor booths at our new expanded location. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend Admission covers both days - $15 for adults and children under age 10 are admitted free. Visit the web site for a $1 discount coupon:

Exposition Center 541-482-3722

Indian Orthodox Church Harvest and Cultural Fest 2020 ***CANCELLED-NEXT SCHEDULED: November 13, 2021
More info coming soon.Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Admission:$2. Click on our website for more info:

Scott Building  
25 *NC Pesticides Board Meeting
Martin Building 919-733-6100

The Commissioner’s Food Safety Conference
9 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m.
To register for the forum, visit
by August 24. People with questions should contact Christina Waggett at
or 919-707-3008.

Scott Building 919-707-3008
26 *NC Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exams
Martin Building 919-733-6100
26-27 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.

Gate 9 - Coleman Hill

28-30 North Carolina Dealers Association Fall RV Show ***CANCELLED - NEXT SCHEDULED EVENT: February 19-21, 2021************
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 2020 RV, come on out to the NCRVDA’s Fall RV Sale Event. Hours: Friday Delayed Opening until 12 Noon - 9 p.m.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 after 5 p.m. all Adult Tickets are only $8 from 5-8 pm; 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,
29 Raleigh Fall Bird Fair
Exotic Bird Show - Raleigh Bird Fair - Educational opportunity - shop for pet birds and their needs. Everything needed for a pet bird cave will be available. Vendors offering food, supplies, cages, birds, information, education, fellowship and make contacts with other bird enthusiasts. Event Hours: 9 am - 4 pm. Admission $2 (Ages 11 & under and 65 & older admitted free.)
Holshouser Building
828-443-0434 day
828-439-8477 night

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

SaLori Kaminski

29-30 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 conflict bought, sold and traded. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children 7 -12 and free for children age 6 and under.
Scott Building Richard Shields

NC Structural Pesticides Exam Review

Martin Building


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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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