Weekend Update: March 10-12

Need a little variety? Head on out to the fairgrounds this weekend. We’ve got something for everyone.

The Kerr Scott Building will be filled with boats this weekend.

The Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes over Dorton Arena, the Graham Building and the grounds between the buildings this weekend. This event is celebrating its 31st year and will include a swap meet with more than 100 vendors, indoor and outdoor car corral for buying and selling. Friday and Saturday will have car and truck shows for 1900-1989 vehicle years. On Sunday, the inaugural XTREME Car & Truck Showdown will be held in the Graham Building. Come see the baddest, coolest, tallest, most customized, wildest cars and trucks around for model years 1990-2017. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and students, $5 for ages 11-15 and under age 10 are admitted free.

The Chatlee Boat Show & Sale is Friday through Sunday in the Scott Building. Come check out the large selection of saltwater, skiffs, ski & deck boards. Show features a boat for every budget. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Triangle Farms Spring Indoor II NCHJA “C” Indoors Show is this weekend at the Hunt Horse Complex. Daily shows begin at 8 a.m. Spectator admission is free.

The SpaBlowout this weekend in the Exposition Center. Attendees can take advantage of once-a-year discounts from 40 to 80 percent off suggested retail prices. Come explore hundreds of hot tubs, swim spas and everything needed to create a backyard oasis. Admission is free. Hours are Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.p; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register on-line for instant factory rebate.

Carolina Coin and Stamp Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Coins, postcards and stamps, currency (U.S., foreign, ancient, gold & silver) will be available. Dealers will be buying and selling foreign, domestic and ancient currency. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Bead Mercantile Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Martin Building. Visit for a great selection of beads and bead-related items from vendors selling everything from handmade artisan glass beads to direct imports such as beads (seed, pewter, semi-precious gemstones), findings, threads/cord and everything else you need to make beaded jewelry. Workshops also available. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission of $6 is discounted to $3 with registration at door or online. Children under 16 admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. Been doing a little spring cleaning with the spring-like temperatures? Rent a booth and sell some of your unwanted stuff. Information on booth space is available at the flea market’s website: raleighfleamarket.net.

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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