Weekend Update: Feb. 9-12

Cruise into the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend for the International Auto Expo.

Start your engines because it’s going to be a great weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The Graham Building, Expo Center and Dorton Arena will be packed with antique, vintage, contemporary and concept cars for the 25th Annual International Auto Expo. The expo starts at noon today and runs through Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, with special prices for children and seniors. You can find more information at www.ncautoexpo.com.

Be sure to check out the Cowboys-N-Cowgirls, Valentine’s Day, Bulls-N-Barrels at the Hunt Horse Complex. You may not find love at this NBRA bull-riding event, but your heart could skip a beat for eight seconds. Contests start Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10.

The Hunt Horse Complex also will be the site of the Carolinas Winter Tournament hosted by the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas. The tournament is open for students currently taking riding lessons, but visitors are welcome to watch. Competitions begin Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Barn E Ring.

Fishermen looking to improve their skills can get advice from the experts at the Fly Fishing Show in the Scott and Martin buildings. The show will feature lectures and casting demonstrations by celebrity instructors, as well as exhibits with all the rods, reels and products needed for fly fishing. Stop by Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 or $25 for a two-day pass. Admission for kids under 12 is $2 and children under 5 are admitted for free.

If you still need a last-minute gift for Valentine’s Day, make sure you visit the Raleigh Flea Market. You’ll find thousands of items for the special person in your life. The flea market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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