Next week is the start of October, which means that North Carolina’s October Original, The N.C. State Fair, is almost here! But that also means that the Raleigh Flea Market has to vacate the fairgrounds to make room. Many vendors will be looking to make a deal this weekend so they don’t have to pack up and store items in October, so come on out. The Flea Market will be on hiatus until Saturday, Nov. 9.
Also at the Fairgrounds this weekend:
The Southern Ideal Home Show will fill the Graham Building and Expo Center this weekend. The home and garden event will feature hundreds of exhibitors who can answer questions about remodeling, decorating and landscaping projects. Attendees can also shop for home and garden resources. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults ages 15 and up and free for children 14 and under. Seniors ages 55 and up receive admission for $7 on Friday only. Find more information and discount coupons here. [Be on the lookout for the N.C. State Fair booth inside the Graham Building. We’ll be selling discount N.C. State Fair admission tickets and ride sheets during show hours.]
The North Carolina Quarter Horse Association’s Futurity Show will run Friday through Sunday in the Hunt Horse Complex. The show is expected to award $90,000 in money and prizes. Spectator admission is free.
NCHJA “C” Outdoors Horse Show is Friday through Sunday at the Hunt Horse Complex. These shows are hunter horse shows with most of the competitors being from North Carolina. Shows will be held in three rings outside. Spectator admission is free and shows starts daily at 8 a.m.
DogGoneFast Flyball Club is hosting aFlyball Tournament Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. Flyball is a relay race with four dogs to a team. Each dog jumps over four hurdles, catches a tennis ball and runs back over the hurdles. The sport is featured on Animal Planet and on ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Spectators and leashed dogs are welcome to come and watch. Admission is free.
The North State Toy and Hobby Show will showcase antique and modern toys in the Scott Building Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature collectible memorabilia such as Barbie, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Hallmark ornaments, Yu-gi-oh, Lord of the Rings, Sci-Fi, Western and NASCAR toys. There will be more than 70 exhibitors buying, selling and trading. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for a weekend pass or $5 daily for adults ages 16 and up.
On Sunday at 6:30 p.m. the Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association presents country act Diamond Rio in Dorton Arena. This is the association’s annual fundraiser. General admission is $26 and doors open at 5:30.