Weekend Update: April 19-22

There's a lot in store this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Time to prepare for another exciting weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. This weekend, we’ll have brides and bridles, dinner and dancing, plus some amazing big-top performances. Plus, the largest flea market in Raleigh. Read on to see what’s in store this weekend.

Brides from across the Triangle will descend on the Jim Graham Building this weekend for the Southern Bridal Show and Expo. The showcase will have more than 150 local wedding experts and vendors, fashion shows, raffle drawings and more. Discounted tickets are available in advance. The show is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10.

The Easter Bunny Circuit Horse Show will be held this weekend in the Hunt Horse Complex. Youth and amateur riders will compete in more than 100 divisions. Admission is free for visitors. Shows begin start daily at 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit the Eastern Quarter Horse of North Carolina website.

If you’re in the mood for a circus, step under the big top at the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars. This annual event will be set up at the corner of Trinity and Blue Ridge roads Friday through Sunday. Come see this exciting two-hour performance, featuring tigers, elephants, clowns, human cannonballs, aerobatics and more. Showtimes are Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children. Additional information, including details on admission discounts and VIP seating, are available online at www.gotothecircus.com.

In the Scott Building, the Triangle Lebanese Association will host the 14th annual Lebanese Festival. Visitors can explore the food, music and cultural exhibits of Lebanon Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $3; children under 6 are admitted free. There will also be a special event Saturday evening featuring dinner and dancing to complement the day’s activities. The evening event is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

In addition, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You never know what treasures you’ll find.

On the horizon, the Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds May 18-20 with plenty of delicious food, rides, fun activities and horsepower to satisfy every attendee. Some of the highlights of the festival include, the Got to Be NC Food and Wine Expo, Carolina FiberFest, antique tractor and farm equipment displays, and barbecue competitions. You can find more information about the festival at www.GottoBeNCFestival.com.

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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