Cowboys and cars make an odd couple this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Both events offer plenty to get excited about.
It’s not too late to get tickets to Carousel Farms American Bullriders Finals on Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex and enjoy Valentine’s weekend in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The event features bull riding, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, pony rides and a mechanical bull. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the events starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $17 for VIP reserved seating and $12 for general admission. Children ages five and under are admitted free. Call 919-872-6898 for ticket sales and information.
The North Carolina International Auto Expo is taking over the Graham Building, Exposition Center and Dorton Arena this weekend. With more than 160,000 square feet of new production models and concept cars with car, truck and sport utility vehicle manufacturers on display, this event is a can’t miss for all auto enthusiasts — and a perfect place to take your car-loving honey for Valentine’s Day. Classic cars will be on display in Dorton Arena. Other special attractions include sheriff’s department, highway patrol cars and race cars on display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 60; and $4 for ages 60 and over and ages 6-12. Admission is free for under age six.
Other events this weekend:
The TET Festival (Vietnamese New Year Celebration) will be held on Saturday in the Scott Building. This cultural celebration will feature food, vendors, martial arts demonstrations and children’s dancing. Doors open at 9 a.m. and admission is $5. An evening concert will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. admission is $40 and includes admission to the festival.
The 30th Annual Carolina Aquarium Workshop & Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Martin Building. The Raleigh Aquarium Society will offer workshops throughout the day on Saturday (registration fees are listed at their website) and an auction on Sunday with a wide variety of fish, plants and hardware items. The auction is free for members and $5 for non-members. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Auction registration will be on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m.
As usual, 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. Shoppers are also invited to come in from the cold and visit the Flea Market’s indoor vendors in the Commercial and Education buildings.