Weekend update: April 29-May 1

There are plenty of activities at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend, so come out and enjoy what is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend. The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there are special events going on in most of the buildings.

Those who prefer to spend their summers outside should visit the Scott Building for the Outdoor Living, Home & Gift Expo. The two-day event features vendors selling everything for your patio and grilling needs, as well as a barbecue chicken cook-off. The show is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 per day or $8 for a weekend pass, and children under 15 receive free admission. You can find discount coupons on American Heritage Shows’ website.

Dorton Arena will be full of kicks, flips, extensions and vaults during Young Champions Karate and Cheer State Competitions Saturday. Cheer competitions run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and karate competitions will follow.

The Dixie Gun & Knife Show returns to the Graham Building Saturday and Sunday with a wide assortment of modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, accessories and more. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and a discount coupon is available.  Children under 12 get in free with a paying adult.

Across the walkway in the Expo Center, the fairgrounds will host the Carolina Raptor and Exotic Animal Show Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes interactive demonstrations, seminars and vendors selling reptiles, birds and mammals. You also can browse and purchase a large selection of food, cages and supplies.

And finally, the Hunt Horse Complex will host the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association Show Saturday and Sunday with Western, hunt seat and saddle seat classes. The event is open to the public and is free for visitors.

You can find a list of other upcoming events at www.ncstatefair.org.

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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