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Fairgrounds to host football fans, dog lovers, decorators

Posted September 25, 2009

— Football fans, dog lovers and decorating enthusiasts will pack the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend, which could create traffic congestion on Blue Ridge and Trinity roads. 

N.C. State University Wolfpack fans will fill nearby Carter Finley Stadium in a sold out game against Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Several other events will also be going on at the same time, including the final weekend for the Raleigh Flea Market before the State Fair. It will reopen on Nov. 7. It's one of the largest flea markets in the Southeast and always attracts hundreds of people.

The Southern Ideal Home Show kicks off Friday from noon to 9 p.m. It continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The three-day event features nearly 400 builders, designers and landscapers. Homeowners can see, compare and buy the latest building, remodeling, outdoor living, kitchen and bath and interior design products for the home and garden.

The fairground is also hosting the American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Dog-lovers can meet WRAL’s newsroom dog, Tracker, meet the dog breeds, see obedience demonstrations and take a Canine Good Citizens test.

Check out a replay of GOLO's live chat with Andrea Lane, manager of public education for the American Kennel Club, about responsible dog ownership.

Other events at the fairground include the Toy, Hobby and Sports Card Show, an antique bottle and collectibles show and a Quarter Horse association meeting.

To see other events happening in and around the Triangle this weekend, check out WRAL.com’s Out & About section. Before you go, check traffic and weather conditions.


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  • NCPACKER Sep 25, 2009

    Wow. The State Fair again. JUst goes to show how pathetic Raleigh Durham is when this is the biggest thing in town. COUNTRY!

  • time4real Sep 25, 2009

    ain't going anywhere near that traffic fest.

  • pinball wizard Sep 25, 2009


    There are plenty of Interstates near the area. The management of the surface streets present most of the problem. Trinity, Blue ridge and Edwards are for the most part 5 lanes. Most cities would use that situation to allow 4 lanes in, then switch to 4 lanes out after an event. The SHP allows drivers to go in almost any direction they want to. For example, after a game, why do they allow people to turn left from Trinity onto Blue Ridge Road? This only runs the traffic right into the people exiting West Chase. Why do they allow West Chase to turn right on to Blue Ridge only to run into Trinity traffic. Also, they should warn motorist to avoid the area to by pass the extreme congestion, via information signs placed on surface streets as well as interstate well before the congested areas.

    Many gallons of gas and resources are wasted. If the area was cleared quickly, the visitors and residents would be much happier.

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 25, 2009

    can we schedule a few more things...i hope they are billing all the road help back to the events causing it.

  • jayj Sep 25, 2009

    Pinball, what exactly can the RPD and SHP do ? The only additional road in that area since 40+ years is Edwards Mill Rd, and I-40. Hillsborough St, Trinity Road, and the one down by the lake that runs from Hillsborough and down to Trinity have not changed. So, do you have any newer suggestions ?

  • robcpuman Sep 25, 2009

    The Antique Bottle show's website is: www.raleighbottleclub.org

  • jgilchr Sep 25, 2009

    There are always multiple events going on in that area at one time. If you are not headed to one just avoid that area for the day. I know when I went to state there were often trade shows happening at the same time as football games. I am just happy to see the activity there.

  • donnaferguson Sep 25, 2009

    No more than for the State Fair. We've lived directly on Trinity for more than 15 yr. Edwards Mill Road makes a huge difference. The State Fair and usually a home game from NCSU is the most horrible traffic nightmare we've seen. Just my nickle's worth. Have a great weekend.

  • LocalYokel Sep 25, 2009

    haha. your funny ApexGuy75.

  • pinball wizard Sep 25, 2009

    After 40+ years of traffic jams in the area, you would think that the RPD and SHP could figure out how to manage the traffic. Sadly, they have no clue. Go to any other city with large sporting events and they all do a much better job.