Weekend Update: Jan. 16-18

Come on out to Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show this weekend in the Scott Building. (photo from Repticon.com)

The fairgrounds are busy this weekend, with a wide variety of events taking place. Come and enjoy plenty of free parking and of course, don’t forget that the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here’s what’s going on:

Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building and offers live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Live animal presentations and seminars are presented daily. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. VIP admission on Saturday at 9 a.m. is $12. General admission is $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Special two-day general admission is $15.

Piedmont Racing Expo & Auction takes place in the Exposition Center Friday and Saturday with a racing trade show and the area’s largest consignment auction of racing-related parts, tools and equipment. The racing parts auction begins at noon on Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The rolling stock auction begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Fairgrounds Racer’s Reunion Autograph Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult admission is $10 each day, ages 12 to 15 is $5 a day. Ladies and children under age 12 are admitted free. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dixie Gun and Knife Show returns to the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. This show features modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult. Visit their website for a $1 discount admission coupon. Customers bringing unloaded firearms to the show for sale or trade must enter through Gate 4 at the fairgrounds.

NCHJA “C” Indoor Hunter/Jumper Show takes place in the Hunt Horse Complex Friday through Sunday. The show begins daily at 8 a.m. and is free for spectators.

Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building and features coins, postcards and stamps. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

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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