Weekend Update: Feb. 16-19

The Carolina Rollergirls kick off the 2012 season Saturday in Dorton Arena.

Entrepreneurs, horses, felines, fish and the start of the 2012 Carolina Rollergirls season are all part of a presidential lineup of events this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

The Carolina Rollergirls return to Dorton Arena Saturday for the start of the 2012 season. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the first bout starts at 3:30 p.m. The second match begins at 5 p.m. Bout day admission is $14 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $7 for children. Advance discounts and group rates are available for the roller derby. You can find out more about the bouts, teams and ticket information online at www.carolinarollergirls.com.

The Raleigh Indoor Winter II “A” horse show, organized by Triangle Farms, starts today at the Hunt Horse Complex. The show features a variety of horse competitions through Sunday, with shows beginning daily at 8 a.m. Visitors are welcome and admission is free.

If you’ve ever thought of owning a franchise, you’ll want to come to the Scott Building Saturday and Sunday for the National Franchise and Business Opportunities Show. The event features workshops, seminars and exhibits to give you all the information you need to start your own franchise business. The show runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door, but you can buy discounted tickets online here.

Feline philanthropists should enjoy the Southeast Regional Fund Raiser Cat Show at the Holshouser Building. Money raised from the event will benefit The International Cat Association (TICA). Come see numerous breeds of cats, purchase cat supplies for your own cat or cat-loving friend and even adopt a cat of your own. The cat show is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, $3 for children ages 2-13 and free for children under 2.

The Raleigh Aquarium Society will host the 2012 Carolina Aquarium Workshop and Auction in the Martin Building Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, come out and participate in a variety of workshops and seminars on aquariums. The auction portion of the two-day event starts Sunday. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the auction starts at 11 a.m.

And, just in case you need another reason to come to the fairgrounds this President’s Day weekend, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market hosts hundreds of vendors selling everything from furniture to 45s. You never know what you’ll find.

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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