Annual events held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds include the Dixie Deer Classic in March, the Southern Ideal Home Spring Show in April, the North Carolina State Fair in October and the Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale in November. The Dixie Deer Classic is a deer hunters' convention with a focus on archery and hunting white tail deer. The three-day event includes the Saturday evening N.C. Bowhunters Annual Convention Banquet held in the Kerr Scott Building.
The Southern Ideal Home Show features themes such as landscape design and interior renovations. More than 300 professionals set up booths, offering talks and demonstrations and showing off their materials and fixtures. Vendors sell products such as kitchen gadgets and furniture. Prizes are offered throughout the show's run.
The North Carolina State Fair runs for 11 days starting in mid-October. Attractions include a flower and garden show, an antique farm machinery display and the Village of Yesteryear, where guests watch items being made by hand. Horse shows, livestock competitions and cooking contests are annual events. Special ticketed events include tractor pulls, stunt shows and demolition derbies. A ride midway and several dozen food vendors are on site.
Neuss River Trains puts on its Model Train and Railroadiana Show during the second weekend in November. The show features several layouts of trains at different scales, as well as special exhibits. In 2015, the show included Legos train sets and a model of Thomas the Tank Engine.