Weekend Update: April 19-21

Through Sunday outside of Gate 10, you’ll find what Cole Brothers Circus claims to be the “World’s Largest Circus Under The Big Top!” This circus has all of the traditional circus elements, including tigers, elephants, comedy dogs, clowns, showgirls, acrobats, high wire acts, Globe of Death and the human cannonball. Show times are Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $21 for adults and $6 for children in general admission, $25 for adults and $20 for children in rows 6 to 14 or $27 for adults and $22 for children in the first five rows. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. each day.

The Carolina Rollergirls bring back the fierce competition of flat-track roller derby to Dorton Arena Saturday night with a double-header against the Appalachian Rollergirls and the Greenville Derby Dames. Doors open at 2 p.m., with the first bout starting at 3 p.m. Game 2 begins at 5 p.m. with the Carolina All-Stars facing off with the South Carolina-based Derby Dames. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors 65 and over or military with ID, $5 children, and free for ages 6 and under (2 per adult admitted free).

On Saturday night, the Holshouser Building will host Drag Bingo to benefit the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m.

The North Central Open Benefit Show takes place Saturday and Sunday to benefit the Equestrian Western Club at N.C. State University and the North Central District 4-H Horse Program. Spectator admission is free.

Brides and grooms will converge on the Jim Graham Building Sunday for the Southern Bridal Show and Expo. The expo features more than 150 Triangle wedding experts and the latest trends in bridal wear and tuxedos. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person at the door (cash only) or $8 for advance purchase.

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

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