Weekend Update: March 28-30

The Raleigh Flea Market has indoor exhibit space in the historic Commercial and Education buildings.

Spring is in the air at the Spring Carousel Gift Market this weekend in the Exposition Center.  This show features art, crafts, food, clothing and more.  It’s one of the many events taking place at the fairgrounds this weekend:

  • The Raleigh Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, featuring hundreds of dealers, craftsmen and booths.
  • 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 show 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 Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • NCHJA “C” Indoors Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex.  Show begins at 8 a.m. both days. Admission is free.
  • The N.C. Diocese Ignited by Truth Conference  is being held in the Graham Building Friday and Saturday. Dynamic Catholic speakers will offer two days of spiritual insight and inspiration for people of all faith traditions, with subjects ranging from sacred scripture to spiritual combat. The Friday evening workshop is for people considering the Catholic Church. The event begins with live music and will feature two speakers. Spanish sessions will also be offered. Saturday is a full day of presentations, including sessions for students and ending with a Vigil Mass celebration. Other offerings include confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and a Vendor and Ministry Fair. Conference hours are Friday, 6  to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free on Friday evening. Saturday’s program is $45 for adults or $25 for students ages 10 and up, and includes lunch.
  • 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. Admission for the preliminaries is $10 for adults and $5 for children and admission for the finals is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
  • Mid Atlantic Persian & Himalayan Fanciers CFA Cat Show is Saturday in the Holshouser Building. Nearly 250 pedigree and household pets compete for awards at this Cat Fanciers Association-sanctioned cat show. Attendees can also see cats and kittens run an agility competition and try their hand at this new sport by running available demonstration cats. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Vision Cat Club TICA Cat Show is Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Nearly 125 cats will compete at The International Cat Association-sanctioned cat show. Also offered will be a feline agility competition. Cats will run an obstacle course to determine the fastest feline. Attendees can try their hand at agility with available demonstration cats. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students with ID, $3 for ages 2 to 12 years, and free for under two years of age.

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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