Weekend Update: Dec. 13-15

This weekend at the fairgrounds the popular Bulls, Bells and Barrels show returns to the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday. This event features championship bull riding and barrel racing. Western and equestrian-themed Christmas items will also be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $12, VIP admission is $17, and children ages 5 and under get in free. More information is available at www.carouselfarmsraleigh.com.

Other events this weekend:

Sports Card and Sports Memorabilia Show: More than 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage and new sports cards, memorabilia, NASCAR items and more in the Scott Building. Featured autograph guests include Negro League players Pedro Sierra, Jim Robinson and Sam Allen. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Featured autograph guest Denny Mclain, former major league baseball world champion, will be signing autographs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Huggins & Scott Auction House will be in attendance taking consignments for future auctions.  Hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a weekend pass. Free admission for ages 15 and under. Discount admission coupons are available at www.insidepitchpromotions.com.

Wake County Library Book Sale: Wake County Library’s annual book sale is Thursday through Saturday in the Graham Building. The books are in good condition. Some are pulled out of circulation, and others come from donations if library locations already have duplicate copies. Plenty of bestsellers are up for grabs, as well as cookbooks, textbooks and books on history and religion. Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted. Admission is free. Hours and prices are below.

  • Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $5; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $4; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Hardbound books $2; paperbacks and children’s materials $1.
  • Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Bag of books $2; box of books $5. (Customers can bring wagons/carts)

The Raleigh Flea Market will also be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 100 vendors, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing and jewelry, will be on the grounds and in the Commercial and Education buildings.

About Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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