Weekend Update: Sept. 23-25

It’s a big weekend at the fairgrounds. The Southern Ideal Home Show takes over the Graham Building and the Exposition Center for three days with lots of great home improvement ideas. And this is the last weekend for the Flea Market. All the flea market vendors will have to move out to make room for the State Fair, so there will be plenty of deals to be had. And many wrestling legends make a return to Dorton Arena on Friday night.

The Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh (photo from their Facebook Page)


The Southern Ideal Home Show is Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graham Building and Exposition Center. Adult admission is $9 at the door and online and $7 at local Walgreens locations. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Go to www.southernshows.com for information about special discount days.

Other events this weekend include:

Big Time Wrestling is Friday at 8 p.m. in Dorton Arena. Wrestling legends such as the Nature Boy Ric Flair, the Hardy Boyz, Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, Magnum T.A. and many more return to Dorton Arena. Photos and autographs will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and wrestling starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Go to BTW’s website for information.

Flyball may be the only activity you can watch on both ESPN and Animal Planet. This dog sport involves relay teams of four dogs each racing to jump hurdles and catch tennis balls. The DogGone Fast Flyball Tournament is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Admission is free, and spectators and leashed dogs are welcome. Go to www.doggonefast.com for more.

The North State Toy and Hobby Show is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Scott Building. Adult admission is $5 and $7 for a weekend pass. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free. This event will feature over 70 exhibitors buying, selling and trading brands such as Barbie, Star Wars and Hot Wheels.

Like sneakers?  Like music? Into urban clothing brands?  If so, Dorton Arena is the place to be on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for Sole Assembly. General admission is $10. Special package add-ons are available at the door or online at www.kicklahoma.bigcartel.com.

The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education building and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend. This is the last weekend of the Flea Market until it reopens on Nov. 5.



About Wildflower

I'm Wildflower (a.k.a Evie Fordham), and when the middle of October rolls around every year, you'll most likely find me strolling through the gardens, admiring the blue ribbon flowers, and sipping on lemonade at the State Fair. I'm having fun as a summer intern writing and researching about this North Carolina tradition!

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