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Natalie Alford, public information officer
N.C. State Fair

(919) 839-4527

Full weekend planned at the N.C. State Fairgrounds

RALEIGH – Visitors will have plenty of activities to choose from this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh as the inaugural Got to Be NC Festival, the Flea Market and other events fill the grounds. Following is a list of activities:

  • The Raleigh Summer Boat Show in the Kerr Scott Building kicks off the weekend at noon on Thursday. Admission is free and the show continues through Sunday at 5 p.m.
  • The first annual Got to Be NC Festival also begins Thursday. Activities include Midway rides, concerts, a draft horse pull, the N.C. Pork Council’s Carolina Championship Barbecue Cook-off, a bluegrass competition and more. Admission to the Got to Be NC Festival is free. Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Midway closes at midnight.
  • One of the free events included in the festival is the Got to Be NC Agriculture Food Expo in the Exposition Center. More than 75 North Carolina companies will offer food products to sample and buy from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cooking demonstrations will also be held at the expo.
  • The N.C. Holstein Association will hold a cattle auction Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and a Parade of Stars cattle show Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building. Both events are free and open to the public.
  • At the Hunt Horse Complex, the National Barrel Horse Association will hold the state finals in barrel horse racing Friday beginning at 8 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.  The event is free.
  • On Friday at 7 p.m., more than 1,300 athletes from across the state will gather at J.S. Dorton Arena for the 2008 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games opening ceremony celebration.  The competitions will take place on Saturday and Sunday at various locations in Raleigh and Cary.
  • Dorton Arena will host another athletic crowd on Saturday night as the Carolina Rollergirls return for the Home Season Championship bout between the Debutante Brawlers and the Trauma Queens. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the skating begins at 6 p.m.
  • And for everything from African art to window treatments, the N.C. State Fairgrounds Flea Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and at various outdoor locations on Saturday and Sunday.

Free parking will be available near Gates 9 and 10 at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads, in Bunn Field off Trinity Road and at Carter Finley Stadium. Shuttles will be available to transport visitors from these parking lots to the fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday from noon until midnight.

Visit for more information. 


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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