Weekend Update: Dinosaurs: Time Trek, India Fest, Puppapalooza and more

Discover the Dinosaurs in the Expo Center

Puppies and cats and dinosaurs? Oh my! It’s that kind of weekend at the fairgrounds where there’s something for everyone.

Visitors to the State Fairgrounds can travel back to prehistoric times with the Dinosaurs: Time Trek exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building. This event will feature a life-like interactive dinosaur exhibit as well as activities such as Design-A-Dino, Prehistoric Poop and Race Through Time Labyrinth. Visit the Time Trek Theater to meet baby dinosaurs. This is also a dragon-edition event featuring famous dragons and lore. Dragon legends are thought to have started with the discovery of unknown dinosaur fossils. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.dinosaurtimetrek.com. Tickets will also go on sale at the Graham ticket booths 30 minutes before event opens.

India Fest, featuring more than 1,200 performers, returns to the fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the largest Indian cultural celebration of it’s kind in the nation, with dance, music, cuisine and traditional crafts in a bazaar-style atmosphere in the Exposition Center. Event hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11  a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be held throughout the event.  Admission is $6 daily.

Raleigh Indoor Spring Classic “A” Show is through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. This hunter jumper show is USEF A-rated and sponsored by Triangle Farms. Events begin at 8 a.m. Free spectator admission.

Coastal Paws “Rally in Raleigh” Cat Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. This event is a CFA all-breed cat show, including household pet class judging and feline agility competition. Learn about the many feline breeds in the educational breed ring. Vendors will be available with cat toys, grooming products, pet supplies and more. Spectators can vote for their favorite cat. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children ages 3 to 12 and free admission for children under 3 years old.

The Quilting From The Heart Quilt Show is in the Scott Building. The show features a juried exhibit of 250 quilts, as well as raffle quilts. Come see a display of beautiful quilts, place a silent auction bid on a wall quilt, purchase boutique items, visit vendors with a wide variety of sewing items and participate in the construction of a quilt block. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8.

Jackie’s Puppapalooza is Sunday in Dorton Arena.  This event is an open dog show sponsored by Johnson Subaru in Cary. Friendly dogs can enter agility, small dog agility, puppy commands (5 months or under), most commands, high jump, small dog high jump, team machine (multiple dogs perform together), find it, special talent, catch (ball or treat) amd “Dogue” fashion. Events can be done on leash, with treats or loose.  This event has a special category for older or handicapped dogs, including old dog agility, old dog high jump (really low jumps). The cost for entering can be found at www.jackiesbasicsandbeyond.com. There will be vendors, free gifts, dog adoption groups with puppies.

Carnival Classic Cheer and Dance Championships hosted by Spirit Solutions is Saturday in Dorton Arena.  Doors open at 9 a.m. Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. Spectator admission is $12 and ages five and under admitted free.

The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Been doing a little spring cleaning? Rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth space is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net.

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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