Celebrate the Year of the Dog, Volksfest this weekend

Chinese New Year

Come celebrate the Year of the Dog this weekend

Saturday’s celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dog will be held Saturday in Dorton Arena. The Chinese New Year celebration will feature many Chinese and Asian cultural performances, such as lion and dragon dances, vocal performers and traditional Chinese music, food and crafts. The event, sponsored by the  Triangle Area Chinese American Society, takes place in the Expo Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door for adults or free to children ages 6 and under.

Other events:

The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend.

Winter VolksFest is Saturday in the Scott Building. This is an all-Volkswagen car show and swap meet. The event features vendors of new and used parts and various new and old VW models on display. VW enthusiasts come buy and sell vintage VW parts, and sell or show off your vehicle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 and children 12 and under admitted free.

Southern Farm Show features more than 400 vendors.

If you’re at the fairgrounds this weekend, you’ll notice we’re getting ready for something big. It’s the annual Southern Farm Show. This is the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. The event, held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, features more than 400 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. We might be living in a digital age, but this event will allow attendees to get up close and personal with farm equipment, so they can kick the tires and comparison shop in one location. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., the Ag Development Forum and the Southern National Draft Horse Pull. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free admission and free parking.

About Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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