Weekend update: April 22-24

We hope everyone affected by last week’s tornadoes is on the road to recovery. It has been heartbreaking to watch the news reports and see the destruction that left so many families without a home. The N.C. State Fairgrounds was fortunate and received little damage. Many of you were at the fairgrounds during the storm, and we’d like to thank those who have shared their photos with us.

The Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show started yesterday at the Hunt Horse Complex and will continue through Sunday. The free event features youth and adult competitions in halter, trail, jumping, western riding, barrels and more. Shows start daily at 8 a.m.

At the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity, the Cole Brother’s Circus of the Stars will start its three-day run today with a performance at 4:30 p.m. The circus includes elephants and tigers; clowns and jugglers; highwire acts and trapeze artists; and even a human canonball. Tickets start at $12 for children. Advance tickets and VIP seating options also are available.

On Saturday, the Graham Building will open for the 39th annual RARSfest, hosted by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society. If you’re an amateur-radio enthusiast, this event is for you. The event features vendors selling new and used equipment, as well as forums and licensing classes. Tickets are $8 at the door, but children 16 and under can get in free with a paying adult. There also is a talk-in for those unable to attend.

On the other side of the grounds, the Sportscards and Sports Memorabilia Show will take place in the Scott Building Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 vendors will be on hand to sell trading cards and one-of-a-kind sports merchandise. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children 15 and under get in free.

On Sunday, Calvary Chapel Cary will host an Easter Sunday service in Dorton Arena at 10 a.m. The free service is open to anyone, and will be performed in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Part of the Raleigh Flea Market was closed following the storm, but the market will be back in full swing Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you’re going to an event at the fairgounds, we’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below, post on our Facebook wall, or send us a tweet on Twitter.

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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