Are you a bride-to-be, cat lover, or in search of a new hot tub? If so, the N.C. State Fairgrounds has you covered this weekend.
- The Spa and Swim Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. According to organizers, hundred of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis will be available, and shoppers can expect discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
- The First in Flight Cat Club 12th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show will be held Friday through Sunday in the Holshouser Building. All cats entered into the competition will be available for viewing during show hours. Cats breeds from around the world will be represented. Vendors will be selling cat-related merchandise and rescue groups will have cats and kittens for adoption. Hours are Friday, 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m .to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $3 for ages 2 to 12.
- The Forever Bridal Wedding Show will be held in the Graham building on Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 wedding professionals will be available to assist brides in planning their dream wedding. Fashion shows will be held hourly. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15, ages 12 and under are admitted free.
- The Old North State Antique Gun and Military Collector Show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Scott Building. Antique guns and U.S. and foreign military arms and memorabilia will be exhibited, bought, sold and traded. Items for sale includes relics, books, uniforms and insignias. Free appraisals will also be available. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for ages 13 and up, $1 for ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.
And as usual, the popular Raleigh Flea Market will be in the Commercial and Education Building and outside grounds. More than 600 vendors offer antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.