Weekend Update: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

Get Ready. The Southern Farm Show will be here Feb. 4.

The fairgrounds is a bit slower this weekend as we gear up for the start of the  Southern Farm Show next week. The Farm Show is the largest event of the year at the fairgrounds, other than the N.C. State Fair, of course! It will take over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building, Expo Center, Scott Building, Hunt Horse Complex and a good portion of the outside grounds. The event is free and open to the public, so make plans to come out Feb. 4-6.

Events this weekend:

The Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show will be in the Scott Building with more than 80 exhibitors who will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR and related merchandise on more than 225 tables. James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs and accepting raw cards for submission to Beckett for grading. Show hours are Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a weekend pass. A discount coupon is available on the website. Free admission for ages 15 and under. A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

The Carolina Piedmont Dog Agility competition will be Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Watch as dogs of all breeds and their handlers compete for fastest times on obstacle courses with tunnels, weave poles, A-frames, see-saws and more. Admission is free.

Chinese New YearOn Saturday, the Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival will take place in the Exposition Center to celebrate the Year of the Sheep. 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 on their website 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.

And as always, the Raleigh Flea Market takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.

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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