This weekend at the Fairgrounds the 24th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo takes over the Graham Building and Expo Center. This event, touted as the “Fishing Event of the Year” by organizers, features fresh water, saltwater, kayaking, offshore and inshore fishing items. If fishing runs in your blood this is the one-stop shop for everything you need. Seminars presented by Bass University feature special guests Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek and others. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and up, $5 for ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are admitted free. Admission is good all 3 days. Visit the website, www.ncboatsshows.com for a $1 discount coupon for admission.
Other events this weekend:
Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility:
There is more than $1,500 in prize money up for grabs at the Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility trials in the Hunt Horse Arena, with three full days of competition. Watch as dogs of every skill level and size run obstacles such as the A-frame, weave poles, jumps and plank. The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free.
North State Hobby Show:
In the Scott Building, the 86th North State Toy & Hobby Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, featuring antique and modern collectible toys. Diecast and plastic models, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of the Rings, sci-fi toys, Western toys and other collectibles will be available from more than 70 exhibitors buying, selling and trading. The event is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily, or $7 for a weekend pass. Children under 16 years are admitted free.
Raleigh FunFest Winter Tournament
On Saturday, the Raleigh FunFest Winter Tournament will take place in the Barn E Ring at the Hunt Horse Complex. This American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas-affliliated tournament is for students currently taking riding lessons. Riders will be judged on basic riding skills. Event is free for spectators. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Young Champions Regional Cheer Competition
Cheerleading competition for ages four to 14 will be held from 11.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in Dorton Arena. Spectator admission is free.
And don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.