FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008
||Marshall Stewart, operator
Raleigh Flea Market
Flea Market at N.C. State Fairgrounds re-opens
Saturday with longer hours, new management
RALEIGH – The Flea Market returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend with longer hours and a new operator. The weekend shopping locale will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and feature roving family entertainment, hundreds of vendors offering goods and services and more than 30 food establishments.
“The State Fairgrounds hosts many different events throughout the year, and the flea market is one of the more popular attractions we have,” said Fairgrounds Manager Wesley Wyatt.
The operation of the Fairgrounds Flea Market is bid out every five years, and Raleigh Flea Market LLC placed the winning bid. This weekend will be the first weekend under the company’s management.
Although the management changed since the flea market closed in late September to make way for the annual State Fair, the current operator is not entirely new.
“My parents, the Stewarts, founded the Raleigh Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds back in 1971 with just a handful of tables and vendors,” said Marshall Stewart III, manager of the Raleigh Flea Market, which originally operated until 1984. “Unfortunately, my parents aren’t here anymore, but it is a dream come true to reclaim my family’s business and to help this event grow.”
Flea market dealers and crafters sell everything from antiques to video games, earning the flea market coverage in national magazines for its eclectic range of offerings.
Community organizations will be featured at the flea market as well. Stewart will highlight a local, non-profit organization each week and give that group a prominent location to hold fundraising events. This weekend’s organization is the People to People Ambassador Program.
Other events at the State Fairgrounds this weekend include a coin and stamp show, a train show and the Cheersport Grand Championship.
Admission to the Flea Market and parking on State Fairgrounds property are free. For more information, visit www.ncstatefair.org/fleamarket or call (919) 899-3532.