Weekend update: April 15-17

The N.C. State Fairgrounds is blooming with activities this weekend.

Photo credit: Gardeners of Wake County

Garden enthusiasts will want to check out two events happening in the Flower and Garden Show area this weekend. The Gardeners of Wake County will host its annual Azalea Sale to raise money for horticultural scholarships and other projects at N.C. State University. The 4-H also will be on hand selling a variety of annuals and perennials. The sale runs Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. In a separate event, the Pilot Club of Raleigh will hold a Geranium Sale at the L.R. Harrill Center Friday through Sunday.

Those looking for a little more excitement may want to check out the events happening in the Scott Building and Dorton Arena. Pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats and more will be on display during the Spring Boat Show in the Scott Building. The free event starts Friday at noon and runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday. In Dorton Arena, the Carolina Rollergirls continue their season with a double-header Saturday at 3 and 5 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at www.carolinarollergirls.com.

This weekend, the Hunt Horse Complex will host the Raleigh Invitational Horse Show with morning and afternoon competitions Friday to Sunday. The free event is a qualifier for the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Ky.

On Sunday, hundreds of brides-to-be will fill the Graham Building for the Southern Bridal Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re planning a wedding, you will find vendors for everything from wedding dresses to thank-you cards. Purchase advance tickets and register online at Forever Bridal’s website.

And if these events aren’t enough for you, you also can stroll through the Raleigh Flea Market. What events at the fairgrounds are you looking forward to this weekend?

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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