Weekend Update: Feb. 1-3

Things will be mostly quiet this weekend at the fairgrounds, while the Southern Farm Show moves out of all the building and grounds. The 37th-annual show, which features more than 500 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services, ends Friday at 4 p.m.

The grand finale of the Southern Farm Show is the Southern National Draft Horse Pull in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday night. Giant Percheron and Belgian draft horses from across the nation will compete for prize money. Pre-show entertainment includes horse-drawn equipment demonstrations, cowboy mounted shooting and a coon mule jump. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

On Sunday, come for a traditional Tet Festival (or Vietnamese New Year Celebration) in the Scott Building, sponsored by the Vietnamese American Association of Raleigh. This cultural festival features Vietnamese food, martial arts demonstrations and children’s cultural dancing. The celebration will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 10-70.

And rain or shine, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of goods and services.

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

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