Weekend Update: May 11-13

Visitors enjoy the Raleigh Flea Market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

It’s going to be fairly quiet this Mother’s Day weekend at the State Fairgrounds, so come on out to enjoy the Raleigh Flea Market. The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re also hosting a horse show, sports show and dog show this weekend. Read on for more details:

The N.C. Plantation Pleasure Tarheel Classic will take place Friday and Saturday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses are a combination of bloodlines from Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Morgans and American Saddlebreds. Shows run daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free for spectators.

In the Scott Building, more than 200 tables will be set up for the Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show. Vendors will be on hand to buy, sell and trade sportscards and other sports collectibles. In addition, James Spence Authentication will be authenticating autographs. Show hours are Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16.

Dog lovers will enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Hound Association Dog Show in the Holshouser Building Saturday and Sunday. Come see hound breeds compete in a variety of classes daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Please note: Baby carriages, strollers and non-competing dogs will not be allowed in the building.

Congratulations to the Shaw University Class of 2012, who will receive their diplomas in Dorton Arena on Saturday at 11 a.m. We’re proud to be a part of your special day and wish you lots of luck in the future (No public admission for this event).

That’s all for this weekend. To all the mothers out there, thank you for your love, sacrifices and strength. Happy Mother’s Day!

Next weekend, the fairgrounds hosts the Got to Be NC Festival. You can win tickets to the carnival, Third Day concert and Roller Derby all next week. Connect with the festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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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