Events this weekend at the Fairgrounds include the Classic Car Auction, Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet, and the Scandinavian Christmas Fair.
If you’re hoping to surprise your loved one with a car this Christmas, you may want to attend the Classic Car Auction Friday and Saturday. More than 250 vintage vehicles will be on display and up for auction in the Graham and Expo buildings. Auctions start Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. A public preview will take place Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $15 for a two-day pass. Admission for children under 12 is $5 per day or $7 for both days. Free admission for registered bidders.
This event Saturday in the Holshouser Building features Scandinavian favorites such as homemade foods, unique crafts and entertainment. There will be cultural exhibits and children’s activities. Entertainment includes folk dancing, folk music and the popular Lucia-procession. The food court will have Swedish meatballs, salmon and homemade breads. The event is sponsored by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Association) and VASA (Swedish-American organization). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, and children under 12 are admitted free.
More than 100 vendors will be selling trains, accessories, track switches, hard-to-find parts and other toy train-related items from brands such as Lionel, K-Line, MTH, Weaver, Atlas, American Flyer, Bachmann and more in the Scott Building. Workshops and minor on-site repair will also be offered. Kids Club activities will include train races. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults and free for children under age 13 who are accompanied by a paying adult. If you have a toy-train enthusiast on your Christmas list, you won’t want to miss this show.
The Hunt Horse complex will also host the ASAC Saddlebred Show and the 5th Annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show this weekend. Both of these shows offer free spectator admission.
Also, those wanting to skip the hustle and bustle at the mall and look for unique holiday gift offerings will find the Raleigh Flea Market open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.