NC State Fair Horse Shows, Livestock Competitions & More

NC State Fair Horse Shows Livestock

NC State Fair Horse Shows, Livestock Competitions & More

Fall is in the air and sooner than you know it the annual N.C. State Fair will be in full swing, with all the fun, food and entertainment that make our state fair one of the best in the nation. October’s 10-day event promises, once again, to have something for everyone, including some of the most competitive livestock and horse show competitions in the state.

How to Enter an NC State Fair Competition

The rules for entering a General Competition at the state fair in such categories as Fine Arts & Photography, Bees & Honey, Graphic Design, Heritage Tobacco Harvest and Specialty Cooking vary greatly from rules and applications for entering in either a Livestock or Horse Show Competition. A simple form must be filled out and submitted online, mailed or hand-delivered to the NC State Fair Entry Office, with exhibits accepted at the fairgrounds several days prior to the start of the fair.

Because there is such a wide variety of livestock being shown at the fair, entry deadlines and fees, show dates, health regulations, prize amounts and rules and regulations vary greatly. Junior Competitions require that all exhibitors be able to show their animal without assistance, and each competitor must be able to show that they have worked with the animal for at least 60 days prior to the show date. Extensive additional requirements exist for all non-Junior or -Youth events, including information on the animal’s breed associations, breeding, and overall background.

In order to enter a horse show competition, the form, again, is very complex, and the schedule of entry fees and actual competitions is long and detailed. Horses are required to meet certain health, size and age requirements and an extensive list of rules and regulations is published regarding all aspects of housing, training, feeding, and otherwise caring for the horse.

Livestock Competitions

Livestock competitions take place in either the Fairgrounds’ Exposition Center, the Kelley Building or Jim Graham Building, during every day of the fair. Awards shows, senior showmanship displays, and – a favorite – the Jr. Dairy Cattle Costume Class Show take NC State Fair Horse Shows Livestockplace the final day of the fair. Some of the more interesting competitions include the following.

  • Pygmy goats. Pygmy goats must be registered with the National Pygmy Goat Association, and each goat will compete either in the Costume Class, the Obstacle Course, Best Mother/Daughter competition, the Get-of-Sire contest (three females owned by one individual showing superior traits and consistent quality) and the Exhibitor’s Trio (three goats are required to show consistent style and structure and be perfect examples of their breed).
  • Wool Breeds Sheep. Sheep must have been owned by their owners for at least 30 days beforehand and are judged according to the grade of their wool (fine/medium, long/coarse or dual-coated animals) and class (sex and age). All sheep must have at least 2 inches of fleece, and the sheep’s owner must be prepared to provide the animal’s breed or cross-breed.
  • Market Gilt. A purebred or crossbred gilt – or, young female pig that has not yet been bred – is required to weigh between 230 and 290 pounds upon check-in and have at least a half-inch of hair.
  • Open Dairy Cattle. Over $100,000 in prizes are awarded to the wines of this popular category. Show dates are broken down by breed – Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, or Jersey – and the animals judged according to superior breeding and age and group classifications… Spring Heifer Calf, Summer Yearling Heifer, Dry Cow and Best Udder, for instance.

Around thirty college students and high school students every year are named recipients of Stair Fair Youth scholarships. The number of recipients varies slightly year to year based on qualified applicants and funds available, but all scholarships are for $2,000 and are highly prized.

Horse Shows

Although the vast number of horse competitions take place daily during the fair, one competition – the important Hunter Jumper Show – takes place earlier, from October 2nd through the 6th. Remaining events occur October 16-27 and never overlap so that all who wish to see each event might do so.

  • Oct 16-19 Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney, Roadster, Friesian, Academy and

Carolina Summer Circuit Championship

  • 20, am Mules/Donkeys, Mini Mules/Donkeys
  • Oct 20, pm Draft Horse pull
  • Oct 21-22 Draft Horses 7 Light Draft Horses
  • Oct 23 Extreme Trail Challenge
  • Oct 25 Miniature Horses
  • Oct 25-27 Open Youth Show

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The Best of the Best Fall 2019 Museum Exhibits & Event

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Tryon Palace, New Bern

As the weather starts to cool off and students of all ages head back to school, fall is one of the best times of the year to get out and visit some amazing special shows and exhibits at North Carolina museums from New Bern to Charlotte and Winston-Salem to Fayetteville.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

  • Bugfest 2019, happening on Saturday, September 21, will focus on the amazing world of insects. Visitors will be able to pose questions to guest entomologists and other scientists, and will get to sample some tasty, crittery dishes prepared by local chefs. Festivities on this very special day will take place both inside and outside the museum.
  • The museum’s Beyond Curie exhibit is a free “Celebration of Women in Science” display exploring the life and genius of Marie Curie as well as several other female scientists’ groundbreaking work. An interactive iPod display, 3-D models and an augmented reality app will allow visitors to see beautiful animations inside some of the portraits that they view.

Tryon Palace, New Bern

A host of special exhibits are scheduled for the month of September at Tryon Place, including these fun, family-oriented events

  • During Civil War Weekend on September 14 & 15, visitors will experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War. They’ll watch a posting of colors, regiment drills, and rifle and cannon demonstration, and be able to interact with an actor portraying famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass.
  • For Lanterns on the Lawn: A Family Campout on the weekend of September 21 & 22, campers reserve campsites on the South Lawn, then spend the rest of the day enjoying crafts, a dinner buffet and lawn games with other visitors. Proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.
  • The annual Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament takes place on September 27. Amateur players participate in the day-long competition, enjoying food, drinks and beautiful fall weather on the South Lawn of the property. Museum Exibits and Events NC

Discovery Place, Charlotte

  • The museum celebrates the month of September exploring innovations fueled by space. Many of the items we take for granted nowadays – ear thermometers and baby formula, for instance – came about as a result of space travel. On September 18 & 21, visitors are invited to watch a multi-media “Flight Adventures” planetarium show, and on the 25th and 28th, kids can create their own space bags.
  • Kids may also participate in the One World, One Sky Sesame Street-based planetarium show in the September, following along with Big Bird and Elmo as they take an imaginary trip to the moon.    

Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte / Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte

  • The museum’s Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi exhibition, running through early November 2019, features the original artwork of the bestselling “Dungeons & Dragons” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” author and artist.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Special September events include Quilting Frolic Day and Winkler Baking Day at the John Vogler House each Saturday; Hearth Cooking Day and Cooking a Mid-Day Tavern Meal every Thursday; and The Landscape, Race and Culture: Shaping a World of Color in the American South presentation, occurring each Friday afternoon during the fall. Museum Exibits and Events NC

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill

  • The Planetarium will be presenting the Farmsteaders Film Premiere, a free program on Thursday evening, September 12. The film follows a dairy farmer and his family as they deal with the restoration of the family dairy farm at a time when Big Agriculture seems to be moving more and more toward large-scale farming.

Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, NC

  • Wilmington’s Smithsonian-affiliated Cape Fear Museum will host Planetarium Adventures: Seasonal Stargazing – Fall at 2pm on September 28.
  • The museum’s brand-new Dinosaur Discovery exhibit is also now open, featuring real and replica fossils of dinosaurs and opportunities for kids to dress up like a paleontologist, go on a scavenger hunt, create and scientifically name their own dinosaurs, and uncover replica fossils in a dig pit.

David McCune International Art Gallery, Fayetteville

  • The David McCune Gallery presents the 12 Women 12 Voices exhibition from September 12 – November 9, featuring the works and words of 12 unique artists working with a variety of media including painting, metalwork, fiber, glass and clay.

Museum of Life & Science, Durham

  • September exhibits include Carolina Wildlife, where you’ll explore the habitats of many unique animals native to North Carolina; Into the Mist, helping visitors learn all about how droplets of water form clouds; Magic Wings Butterfly House, featuring a 35-foot tall glass conservatory populated with hundreds of tropical rainforest butterflies; and Launch Lab, where kids of all ages explore aerodynamics in hands-on activities designed to teach about flight, airflow and gravity.











Labor Day Festivals and Fun in North Carolina

Labor Day Festivals and Fun in North Carolina

Labor Day Festivals in North CarolinaThe last hurrah for family summer fun and unofficial start to the school year for many kids is the first weekend of September: Labor Day weekend. An annual tribute to the contributions American workers have made to our well-being as a nation, Labor Day is held in honor of all working people on the first Monday of every September. The history of this holiday, which nowadays is more often marked by weekend beach trips, retail sales and barbecues than by the speeches and parades of early Labor Day celebrations, is one of an abundance of unfair labor practices in the mid- to late-19th Century, and the organized actions of labor unions in response.

The Origins of Labor Day

It wasn’t easy to be a worker in the late 1800s. Many Americans worked 12 hours or more each day, often 7 days per week, and conditions in factories, mines and elsewhere were frequently unsafe and unregulated. Up to 20% of the workforce during this period was made up of children, and child labor laws, too, were few and far between. In early September of 1882, the nation’s first labor demonstration – later considered by many to be the first Labor Day – occurred when a parade of 10,000 workers marched on strike from New York City’s City Hall to a neighborhood park, risking their employment by protesting long hours of work and the use of convict labor. “Less Work and More Pay!” was their slogan, and although the parade was a peaceful one, it was the first real organized act of a trade union to protest working conditions in the name of labor and labor organizations.

In June of 1984, with 31 states already unofficially celebrating the day of commemoration, Congress declared the day a federal holiday, intending it to be a day not only filled with street parades and speeches designed to show appreciation for the work of trade organizations and labor unions, but also a time of festivals and picnics to entertain laborers and their families. Although other nations worldwide by this time were celebrating their own labor-related holidays, typically on May 1st (May Day, or International Workers’ Day), the U.S. Congress specifically chose the first Monday of September in order to bridge the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving holidays.

North Carolina Fairs & Festivals

Although you might not have felt that first chill of fall air by the time Labor Day rolls around in just a week or two, unofficially the weekend marks the beginning of autumn. Many individuals take advantage of the rare 3-day weekend to get away to the beach or mountains or to seek out fun events as a of nod to the end of summer. Check out one or two of these annual food, music and end-of-summer craft fairs for yourself. Labor Day Festivals in North Carolina

  • Beech Mountain’s very family-friendly Mile High Kite & Craft Festival takes place in the town’s wide-open meadow, with prizes awarded for biggest, smallest and most decorated kites. Other fun activities include scenic chairlift rides and a popular all-ages-allowed street dance that evening.
  • The town of Oxford this year hosts the 13th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest & Festival in celebration of the state’s very own hot sauces and barbecue sauces, local breweries and wineries, and live local bands, turning the downtown area into one large zone of fun and activity. 15,000 visitors converge on the town to taste and rate over 200 vendors, all vying for the coveted title of “Hottest Sauce in North Carolina.”
  • Visitors enjoy arts and crafts, kids’ activities, live music and more on historic Main Street of Hendersonville for the 4-day annual North Carolina Apple Festival.
  • A perfect Labor Day weekend for some is nothing without some great entertainment in the form of music and dance, and Lenoir’s 15th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers’ Convention at Jones Farm in Happy Valley will be packed with music contests, hayrides, and children’s crafts as well as folk, blues, and gospel concerts, all in the spectacular natural setting of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.
  • A full schedule of Labor Day weekend activities at Charlotte’s Labor Day Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center includes a triathlon, yoga and climbing competitions, trail races, concerts and fireworks. The Center itself will be fully open, and guests will be able to enjoy rafting, rope courses, zip lining and the ever-popular Pump House Biergarten, with over 60 craft brews on tap.
  • Oak Island’s Labor Day Surf Off at the Ocean Crest Pier is a day of sun and fun surf and body board competition, suitable for individuals of all ages, skill levels and physical capabilities. If hanging ten or watching others hang ten isn’t your thing, the competitive cornhole tournament just might be.

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The Joys of Kayaking in North Carolina

The Joys of Kayaking in North Carolina

Kayaking in North CarolinaLike any sport, Kayaking isn’t for everyone, but the simple satisfaction of paddling down a meandering stream, across a tranquil lake or along some of North Carolina’s windy Atlantic coastline is a strong draw for many. Whether your goal is peaceful alone time exploring creeks and other waterways for the sheer joy of seeing where they lead, or an invigorating experience maneuvering through mountain rapids or along a particularly rough stretch of ocean coastline, it’s a sport that will no doubt provide exactly what you seek – peace, or adventure, or a combination of the two.

The Best Places to Paddle

Atkinson, North Carolina’s Three Sisters Swamp, along the Black River, lives up to is reputation as the perfect blackwater kayaking destination. The dark color of this remote swamp’s eerie waters comes from tannins in the water, a marshland containing some of the oldest bald cypress trees on earth. The flow of water through this swamp turns and shifts between the majestic cypress, making the 12-mile stretch of water ideal for more serious paddlers.

For kayakers who crave more of a true white-knuckle kayaking experience, the 20-mile long Cheoah River is fun and challenging. You’ll face both Class IV and Class V rapids on this thrilling run, coming up against boulder fields, a 12-foot waterfall, and some extremely heavy currents along the way. For classic whitewater rafting, the Cheoah River is perfect for expert kayakers.

Lake Johnson, just outside of Raleigh, is the ideal destination for those who seek a more relaxing, family-oriented adventure. Kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and sailboats are all allowed on this glassy-surfaced lake where routes along some of the more remote sections of the lake will allow you to explore a variety of terrain, including marshy wetlands and the rambling waters of Walnut Creek. A lack of power boats on this lake will create a true sense of peaceful exploration – perfect for kayakers who are just starting out or simply wish to have a more low-key paddling experience.

Which Kayak is Right for You?

When it comes to selecting the right kayak, it’s important to keep in mind where you plan on using it, your skill level, and how much you’re willing to spend. Kayaking in NC

For kayaking on very calm waters – lakes or smooth-flowing rivers, for instance – a sit-on-top kayak might suit your needs.

  • Sit-on-top kayaks are easy to board and get out of, which is ideal for children or beginners.
  • Although chances of getting wet are greater with this type of kayak, when it’s warm out, this type of non-enclosed seating is ideal.
  • Ride-on-top kayaks often have greater storage than a sit-in kayak, although they are heavier to carry and store.

A sit-in kayak, quicker to paddle than a sit-on-top for most people, is the more common of the two varieties.

  • Sit-in kayaks are more comfortable to sit inside when the air and water outside are cooler.
  • With a sit-in kayak, you’ll need to be able to accomplish a “wet exit” – successfully getting out of a kayak when it capsizes or becomes flooded – which involves a bit more training than some people are willing to go through.
  • Some individuals find this type of kayak more fun than a sit-on-top one since there is a greater sense of maneuverability and room inside the kayak for positioning your legs and lower body.

Kayaks are further broken down according to how and where the kayak will be used. Recreational kayaks are usually affordable, easy to maneuver, easy to carry and most suitable for shorter, more recreational trips. Day touring, sit-in kayaks are sleeker, faster, and more costly than simple recreational kayaks, and they’re easier to transport, being shorter than recreational ones. Sit-in sea kayaks are longer and are most efficiently used when paddling over greater distances, such as in coastal kayaking.

Specialty kayaks include folding kayaks, inflatable kayaks, kayaks-for-2 (or “tandem” kayaks), and even foot-pedaled kayaks! A kayak exists for every skill level and for every budget.

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Wedding Venue for Sale NC

Don’t miss this opportunity to own your own Wedding Venue for Sale NC! Watch the video below from the owners and learn more about this one for sale in Warrenton North Carolina!

It doesn’t happen often that a unique property with a sterling reputation and proven business income becomes available in our area. When that property includes 13 acres, a restored and updated plantation house that dates originally to the early 1800s, several original outbuildings, a pecan orchard with 21 mature trees along with a variety of other trees, and a magnificent showcase Magnolia tree, it is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. The Magnolia Manor could be your primary residence if the business wasn’t part of your dream. For more information and other photos and maps, visit the property here!

705 Glosson Road


705 Glosson RoadThe Winters Farm is a perfect example of how custom renovations to older homes can achieve a comfortable modern Southern country living style.  The original farm house built in 1935, was totally renovated to become at first a weekend house, then a permanent home. The home expanded significantly by reclaiming an 1840’s log cabin, making a cozy master bedroom. Custom construction seamlessly joined the two structures together, resulting in a stunning home with completely modern kitchen and large great room, perfect for entertaining. 
This farm acquired an additional 1840’s open dog trot log cabin from Kentucky for a winter fireplace gathering spot for family and friends.  Another old structure, a granary, was 705 Glosson Road renovated into a perfect guest house. There are three additional barns of differing styles and a chicken coop, perfect spaces for all your animals from horses to llamas.  The largest barn one has a center aisle, with two large workrooms, tack room, and six horse stalls.  Sellers also built a beautiful hobbit-style stone house with arched red door and greenhouse attached at back.  
To preserve outdoor spaces, the sellers placed a portion of the acreage in a conservation easement with Triangle Land Conservancy. This was a personally important decision for them, knowing it would keep the land from development and preserving the green space. There is a 2.5-3 acre pond on the property, perfect for canoeing or sitting beside to watch the bountiful wild life of deer, turkey, ducks and geese.
Call for a showing today! $849,500  705 Glosson Road, Siler City

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190 Old Express Road in Louisburg


Only 15 minutes from Downtown Louisburg, this Scenic Farm has IT ALL With 2 Homes, Equipment Barn 50’x80′, 2nd Barn 80’x130′ with Walk In Freezer, Hoop Barn 20’x50′, Pasture Piping and Waterers, High Tensile Fencing, All ready for Animals! Classic Log Home Built in 2015, Large Second Home with Pool (Built in 1975 and Needs Major Renovations)! Property Groomed for Years for Cattle! Perfect Family Compound! Approx 180 Acres Open, 110 in Woods and Buffers.  Call for details! $975,000 190 Old Express Road Louisburg NC 27549
Seller will consider subdividing and sell the land without the homes! 265 acres at $660,000!!

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NC Deer Season 2019

NC Deer Season 2019

NC Deer Season 2019With the first day of North Carolina deer hunting season little more than a month away – in most zones archery season starts on or around September 7 – it pays to be aware of hunting rules and to familiarize yourself with some tips and tactics that will help you get the most out of your 2019 deer hunting experience.

Regulations, Limits & Licenses

Archery season kicks off fall hunting on September 7th for a period of between 3 weeks in the Northeastern and Southeastern zones of the state to 10 weeks or more in the wild western part of North Carolina. Blackpowder and gun hunting seasons follow shortly thereafter, and on one special date, Youth Deer Hunting Day – September 28, in 2019 – individuals under the age of 18 may hunt deer using any legal weapon to do so, although adults 18 and older are only allowed to use the weapon that is legal for the season.

Some of the most basic rules and regulations for deer hunting season are the following:

  • Anyone hunting deer – including those under 18, on Youth Deer Hunting Day – during a firearms season or hunting with archery equipment on a Sunday is obliged to wear bright orange clothing that is visible from any direction.
  • The use of commercially available mineral supplements to feed and attract deer is permitted anywhere in the state with the exception of private game lands, although the placement of any processed foods as bait is specifically forbidden during black bear season.
  • Although there is no daily bag limit, the season and possession limit is six deer. The limit includes two antlered and two antlerless animals; additional antlerless deer are sometimes allowed during archery season.
  • Hunting licenses are sold to the public through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission which will regulate when and where hunting activities might take place. A license may ONLY be purchased if a hunter is able to provide a hunter’s education certificate of competency, a NC hunting heritage apprentice permit, or an NC hunting license obtained prior to July of 2013.

Exceptions to these rules include –

  • Youth under the age of 16 who are accompanied by a properly licensed adult;
  • A landowner who hunts primarily for the purposes of cultivation;
  • A state resident who is a member of the Armed Forces serving outside of North Carolina, or who is on military duty outside the state but who is on leave inside the state for 30 days or less.
  • Certain deer hunting zones allow the use of hunting dogs, and some do not. Generally speaking, zones in the Eastern part of the state allow the use of dogs, and zones in the West prohibit their use.

Game Lands Regulations

North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission oversees over 2,000,000 acres of both public and private lands in our state for the purpose of hunting, trapping and inland fishing. In addition to a standard hunting license, a permit is required through the Commission to hunt, trap, train dogs or participate in field trials (events in which hunting dogs compete with one another) on game lands. Seasonal hunting dates apply to public and private game lands just as they do elsewhere in the state, though motorized vehicles on game lands are only allowed in areas in which they are specifically allowed. Finally, it is against the law to discharge a weapon on public or private game lands from a vehicle or within 150 yards of any residence or official building. Firearms may be carried either openly or concealed, with a valid concealed handgun permit.  

Urban Archery Season

Some municipalities now allow periodic deer hunting in order to reduce deer populations in their cities and towns. Certain public areas within those zones allow for the harvesting of deer of either sex, with seasonal bag and possession limits applying just as they do for the general archery season. Private landowners are under no obligation to allow hunting on their property during Urban Archery Season, but with proper written permission, hunters may utilize private lands.

Optional Gear Specific to Deer Hunting

It’s important to be prepared during the season with the proper equipment, which may include the following.

  • A hunting blind is a structure or cover that conceals the hunter from wildlife. The blind might accommodate one individual or several and is either placed on the ground or is elevated. NC Deer Season 2019
  • A tree stand, or deer stand, is a platform used by a hunter to raise him or her off the ground in order to provide a better view of the surrounding area.
  • Thermal clothing that is made of a quiet, camouflage-type material and is typically full of pockets and compartments is commonly used, especially during the cooler months of hunting season.
  • A handheld GPS unit is useful both in tracking deer and providing the hunter with an added level of safety in being able to backtrack out of an area in case of an emergency.

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Pulley Town Road Horse Farm for Sale

Wake Forest Equestrian Property


67+/- Acres of Beautiful Rolling Pastures with Scenic Views Throughout! Private Gated Entry with Lots of Road Frontage! Perfect for Families and a Boarding Operation! 4 Bedroom Home Overlooks the Scenic Pond. Enjoy 2 Barns with 18 + Stalls, Barn Office, 1 Bedroom Apartment Over Barn, 20,000 Sq. ft. Covered Arena, Stand Alone 2 Bay Garage-Storage Building, 4000 Sq. Ft. 5 Bay Garage-Shop-Storage & Kennels and More! Just minutes from Rolesville and Bypass!
The large Brown Barn has drive through access with 11 stalls  with Nelson Waterers and Feeders, Heated Wash Down Bay, Noritz Hot Water Heater, and 3 zone heating and cooling system for the whole barn. Washer-Dryer connections and sink and pre-wired for cameras and media.
6421 Pulley Town Road Wake Forest NC 27587

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