The annual Southern Farm Show, the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia, is underway. The event runs through Feb. 2 and features more than 400 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. While we are living in a digital age, where everything can be bought online, 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 with free admission and parking.
While at the Farm Show, be sure to stop by the Hall of Fame Room in the Jim Graham Building. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will have more than a dozen exhibits showcasing services of the department. Be sure to pick up the latest N.C. Agriculture magazine and some free apples from the Food Distribution Division. In the Expo Center, we will have Got to Be NC merchandise for sale.
The Farm Show moves out on Friday and the The Raleigh Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come check out hundreds of vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. This flea market is one of the largest in the south and has something for everyone including military surplus, metal signs, outdoor items, antiques, collectibles, food, coins, used books, kitchenware, pet supplies, clothing boutiques and even a coffee shop.
- Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals, Feb. 9-10
- Kids Exchange Consignment Sale , Feb. 9-11
- Sports Card, Memorabilia, & Comic Con, Feb. 9-11
- North Carolina International Auto Expo, Feb. 15-18
Visit ncstatefair.org for a complete calendar of events.