Family coming in town early for the Thanksgiving holiday? Head downtown to the Raleigh Christmas Parade and then stop by the fairgrounds afterwards where there is surely something for everyone. Variety abounds at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend as the buildings and grounds host events such as the Dixie Gun and Knife Classic, the Southern Horse Festival, the Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show and the rare sneaker show, Sneakers Over Everything. Also, those wanting to skip the mall and look for more unique holiday gift offerings will find the Raleigh Flea Market open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This weekend’s events:
- Sneakers over Everything is Saturday in the Holshouser Building. Buy and sell rare sneakers. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10. Attendees can bring up to three pairs of sneakers to sell or trade.
- The Southern Horse Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Events include the Miss Southern Horse Festival and Junior Miss Southern Horse Festival pageant, clinics, open horse shows and trail challenges.
- The Dixie Gun and Knife Classic will be held in the Graham Building on Saturday and Sunday. Modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories and more will be available to buy, sell or trade. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, and children ages 12 and under are free with paying adult. For a $1 discount admission coupon and more information, visit www.dixiegunandknifeshow.com. Unloaded firearms can be brought to the show for sell or trade. No cases are allowed, and actions should be open. Patrons with firearms should enter through Gate 4.
- The Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show will be held in the Scott Building on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors from around the country will be offering live animals, animal supplies and related merchandise. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and over, $5 for ages 5 to 12, and ages 4 and under are admitted free. Two-day general admission is also offered for $15.
- X Evolution Cheerleading Competition is Sunday in Dorton Arena. This is a one-day regional event.