Weekend Update: March 27-29

Look for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for spring at the N.C. State Fairgrounds

Spring has sprung and that means Easter, Mother’s Day and graduations are right around the corner. Head out to the fairgrounds this weekend for unique gift ideas for moms, grads and the Easter Basket.

The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers and craftsmen in indoor and outdoor exhibit space.

The Precious Gem and Mineral Show will be Friday through Sunday in the Scott Building. This show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29 dealers and features demonstration areas and lectures. Grab bags with mineral specimens, some with a facet gem, will also be available. Other features include a geode raffle, door prizes and rock candy. The on-going silent auction will have new items every hour. Dealers will provide minerals, fossils, finished jewelry, gemstones, findings and beads for sale. Hours are Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Spring Carousel Gift Market will be Friday through Sunday in the Exposition Center. Show features art, crafts, foods, clothing and more. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by adult.

NCHJA “C” Indoors Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex.  Show begins at 8 a.m. both days. Admission is free.

The Supercar Autocross Ride & Drive Experience returns to the fairgrounds. The Ferrari and Lamborghini Agility Experience is a 60-minute group-based experience that provides education-based instruction on driving an exotic super car, drive three laps around our autocross course in a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo, and the opportunity to meet fellow supercar enthusiasts. Student driver registration required. Family and friends free admission

Capital City Gun Show is Saturday and Sunday in the Graham Building. Guns, knives, hunting supplies and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for both days and free for children 12 and under. Discount coupons are available on their website. Anyone bringing firearms to the show must enter at Gate 4. All firearms must be uncased, unloaded with the actions opened when walking to the building. Follow the signs to the gun check area.

Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Champion Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion is Saturday in Dorton Arena. More than 100 color guards and percussion units from North Carolina and Virginia will compete. Preliminaries are Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Finals are Saturday, 1 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults.

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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