Weekend update: May 6-8

The Hunt Horse Complex is the busiest equine facility in North Carolina and Virginia

If you’ve never been to a horse show at the Hunt Horse Complex, you will have two opportunities this weekend to enjoy the busiest equine facility in North Carolina and Virginia. The Tar Heel Plantation Classic will feature plantation pleasure walking horses competing in meets Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you want to see a variety of breeds, come to the Carolina Mane Event Saturday or Sunday. Shows will be held for open, dressage and hunter jumper from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission for both events is free for spectators.

For those looking for something else to do, try the Raleigh Flea Market. You never know what you’ll find, and you may be able to pick up a last-minute Mother’s Day gift while you’re there.

Saturday, the Scott Building will host the N.C. Persian Festival, sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina. Come out and enjoy Persian food, traditional dances, arts and entertainment. The festival is being held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Fairgrounds also has the pleasure of being a part of two graduation ceremonies this weekend. Saturday, Shaw University’s graduating class of 2011 will take the stage at Dorton Arena for commencement exercises. And Sunday, Dorton Arena will serve as the backup site for Meredith College’s graduation ceremonies. We know this is a special time of year for all of the graduating seniors in the area, and we’re glad the Fairgrounds gets to be a part of your special day. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Did you graduate in Dorton Arena? We’d love to hear from you. Share your graduation photos with us on Flickr, post to our Facebook wall, or send us a pic on Twitter. We’ll post graduation photos next week on this blog.

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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