Weekend Update: Sept. 6-8

What do horses, RVs and roller skates have in common this weekend? The N.C. State Fairgrounds, of course.

The N.C. State Charity Classic Horse Show will be Friday and Saturday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The event will feature competitors in Saddlebred, Roadster and Morgan classes as part of the Lion’s Club annual fundraiser event. Competitions will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day; admission is free for spectators.

The North Carolina RV Dealers’ Association presents its RV Sale and Show this weekend in the Graham Building and Expo Center. The show is the largest of its kind in North Carolina with the biggest selection of RVs on display. Attendees may tour RVs and hear seminars about buying, using and maintaining an RV. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and up; children 12 and under get in free. Seniors ages 55 and up may buy tickets on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for only $6 as part of the Seniors Day. Also on Friday, after 5 p.m. all adult tickets are only $5.  For additional information about the event, visit the association’s website.

The 72nd Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. The event will feature a variety of competitions in gourd growing and crafting, in addition to gourd workshops being held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Vendors will also be selling gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds, books and other crafting supplies. Saturday will feature a live auction at noon. Event hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults ages 16 and up.

For those seeking a more action-packed activity, Carolina Rollergirls Roller Derby will bring its competition to Dorton Arena Saturday. The flat-track roller derby event is a doubleheader, opening with a 3 p.m. match between the Carolina Bootleggers and Palmetto State. The second derby will begin at 5 p.m. between the Debutante Brawlers and another U.S. team. Tickets are on sale through the Dorton Arena Box Office. Day-of adult tickets are $15; seniors, students and military are $10; children are $5; and children 6 and under get in free.

The Debutante Brawlers in a match against the Trauma Queens in November 2011.

The Light 103.9 FM, The Triangle’s Inspiration Station, is hosting its annual Unity in the Community Day in the Kerr Scott Building Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will salute our service men and women with family fun and an inspirational concert. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.


About Jane Deere

My name is Rebecca, but around here, you can call me Jane Deere. My love for the State Fair and all that it brings - John Deere tractors, the barbecue sundae and Midway lights at night - is what landed me here. After interning in 2013, I'm back with the Deep Fried crew to enjoy the fair for a few days.

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