Weekend Update: Jan. 9-11

It may be too cold this weekend to be out on the water,but the 25th annual Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo held in the Graham and Exposition buildings is offering hot deals to anglers who want to restock that tackle box. This event, touted as the “Fishing Event of the Year” by organizers, features fresh water, saltwater, kayaking, offshore and inshore fishing items. 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. Visit their website for advance tickets and more information.

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 tackle 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 89th 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.

Young Champions State Karate Championship

State Karate Championships for ages 4 to 14 will be held from noon  to 7 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. 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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