Weekend Update: Feb. 27-March 1

The annual Dixie Deer Classic takes over the fairgrounds this weekend. (photo courtesy Dixie Deer Classic)

It’s Dixie Deer Classic time at the fairgrounds as this huge, outdoor sporting event takes over Dorton Arena, Graham Building, Exposition Center, Scott Building, Holshouser Building and part of the outside grounds. This event is a deer hunter’s dream, offering the latest in hunting equipment from more than 200 vendors.  The event also features seminars, displays, trophy scoring and an archery competition.

Special guests include the team from Dressed To Kill, Fred & Michele Eichler, Mike Stroff from Savage Outdoors, and Roger & Ayla from Antler Dog. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and older, children 12 and under are admitted free. Get your hand stamped for free return admission. Special Friday-only admission prices are $6 for youth ages 13 to 18, seniors over 65, military members and women.

The North Carolina BowHunters Association banquet will be held as part of the event on Saturday evening and the N.C. State Championship Turkey Calling Contest will in conjunction on Saturday.

Other events this weekend:

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Hunt Horse Complex features riders dressed in period and contemporary Western costumes. Riders on horseback shoot balloons from their galloping horses in the main arena with six guns, rifles and shotguns using safety blanks. Spectator admission is free.

The Raleigh Flea Market will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hundreds of vendors offering a variety of goods and services in the Commercial and Education buildings and on the outside grounds.

Coming up next weekend March 6-8:

  • Garden Brothers Circus in Dorton Arena
  • Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza in the Exposition Center
  • Discover the Dinosaurs in the Graham Building
  • Carolina Roller Derby in Dorton Arena
  • Bead Mercantile Show in the Scott Building

A complete calendar of events is online at www.ncstatefair.org/events/calendar.htm

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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