Weekend Roundup: Sept. 19-21

Participants in the Electric Run begin the race with glow sticks.Kicking off a big weekend of events at the fairgrounds is Friday night’s Electric Run. Whether you’re a runner, walker or just someone who enjoys an exciting night, the Electric Run is an event you won’t want to miss. Participants will complete the 5k course, which features special lighting effects synced to electronic music. For on-site registration enter through Gates 9 or 10 from Trinity Road. Registration is Thursday until 7 p.m. and Friday 5 p.m. until race time. The race will benefit Special Olympics North Carolina. The first waves begin around 7:45 and will go until 9 p.m. The after-race party ends at 11:30.

Other events this weekend:

More than 125 athletes will participate in the equestrian championship for Special Olympics Saturday and Sunday. Participants come from 20 local programs in North Carolina and will compete in dressage, showmanship, English and Western trails, and equitation. Spectator admission is free. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex.

The American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day is a fun and educational event for all dog lovers. There will also be Canine Good Citizen tests available for $10 each, agility, obedience and flyball demonstrations, games and contests for participants. Microchip your pet for $10 with Wake County Animal Care, Control & Adoption. The fee includes lifetime enrollment in AKC Reunites national recovery service.  Other family-friendly activities include raffles, games for kids, badge opportunities for Y Guides and scouts, and face painting. Admission is free and the first 500 attendees will receive a free goodie bag. The event will be in the Holshouser Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Original Coin & Currency Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Show offers a variety of numismatic items including rare coins, precious metals, paper money, tokens, coin collecting books and supplies. Bring your coins and currency to be appraised or bought. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Central North Carolina Pagan Pride is hosting its Pagan Pride Day in the Harrill Center. The event is open to public and will offer social, commercial and spiritual activities. Admission is one item to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Attendees can join or observe rituals, attend workshops and meet with local groups. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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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