Weekend Update: Jan. 25-27

Chinese New Year

It’s a relatively slow weekend at the fairgrounds as things are gearing up for the biggest non-fair event of the year — the Southern Farm Show — which opens next Wednesday.

This weekend, the Hunt Horse Complex is hosting the Raleigh Winter I Hunter Show, part of the Raleigh Indoors Hunter Jumper Circuit, a USEF A rated show sponsored by Triangle Farms Inc. The show started Thursday and runs through Sunday. Competition begins daily at 8 a.m. and admission for spectators is free.

On Saturday, the Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival will take place in the Exposition Center to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The event will feature Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage, exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.nctacas.org or at many local Asian groceries. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Admission is free for children ages 6 and under.

On Saturday, Dorton Arena hosts the N.C. All-School Cheer & Dance Champsionship and “Champions of the East” All-Star Cheer & Dance Championship. Doors open at 8 a.m. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and features cheerleaders and dancers of all ages competing to win their age divisions and the grand champion trophy. Spectator admission is $12.

And don’t forget, the Flea Market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

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