Weekend Update: March 23-25

India Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday in Dorton Arena.

Spring has sprung, which means it must be time for the Kennel Club Dog Show. The Championship Purebred AKC event started yesterday and will continue through Sunday. Area kennel clubs will host daily dog shows, obedience and rally trials. Shows will run in the Graham Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7-12. Senior citizens and children under 7 are admitted free.

If you lean more toward the equestrian then the canine, stop by the Hunt Horse Complex for the Raleigh Spring Premier, organized by Ray Cloninger Horse Show Services. The show features contests for American Saddlebred horses, Roadsters, Hackney ponies, Southeast riders and more. Contests run today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, contests will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Parents of young children should check out the Children’s Spring Clothing and Baby Equipment Sale in the Scott Building. The sale, sponsored by Triangle Mothers of Twins & Triplets (TMOTT), will feature everything from maternity clothing and toys to strollers and car seats. Friday is preview night for TMOTT members and guests, but Saturday is open to the public. The doors will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can find tips for planning your shopping trip and more event information at www.tmott.org.

Dorton Arena will be full of dancing, music, crafts and food for the 9th annual India Fest this weekend. Discover Indian culture in a Bazaar-style atmosphere. Meiyang Chang, from “Indian Idol” and “India’s Got Talent,” will headline this year’s event with a performance Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The event is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details and ticket information, check out Nuv Yug Cultural Organization’s website.

In addition to all these great events, don’t forget to check out the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And, go ahead and mark your calendars for these great upcoming events:

March 29-April 1: Wake County Library Book Sale
April 5-7: 2012 FIRST NC Robotics Regional Tournament
April 13-15: Southern Ideal Home Show
April 22: Southern Bridal Show & Expo

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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