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Family Picks: The Fair at St. Raphael provides taste of the midway

CorrespondentAugust 22, 2013 

The Fair at Saint Raphael will be held from 5 PM to 11 PM on Friday August 23 and from 1 PM to 11 PM on Saturday August 24.


If you can’t wait for the State Fair to arrive in October, you can get a little taste of the midway this weekend at the Fair at St. Raphael.

The fair, held in the parking lot of a North Raleigh church, is open 5-11 p.m. Friday and 1-11 p.m. Saturday.

It has been held for the past 40 years. This year, in addition to the classic rides, games, face-painting and bingo tables, it will also include a food truck rodeo. The fare may not be fried candy bars, but it will include Italian, Mexican, Greek and Asian, as well as some good old American barbecue, hot dogs and ice cream.

There will be a dozen rides, including a Ferris wheel, and traditional carnival games like putt-putt, skee ball and milk bottle toss.. On Friday night, there will also be a cornhole tournament and a karaoke contest.

The fair also includes a used-book sale and performances by more than a dozen musical groups.

The St. Raphael event may be a bit easier on your wallet than the State Fair. While you will have to pay for rides, admission and parking are free. You can also buy wristbands, for $25 each, for an unlimited number of rides.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to

Laze Daze Arts and Crafts

This Saturday is also Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Cary, there will be food, live music, arts vendors and much more.

The festival will have a special Kids’ World, with live entertainment including a magician, well-known children’s band Sandbox and several other performers. Kids can also make crafts with bubble art, packing peanut butterflies and bookmarks.

For all the details, go to

Back-to-school celebration

In Durham this Saturday, Northgate Mall will host a free back-to-school celebration.

From noon to 2 p.m., kids can make artworks out of recycled materials provided by the Scrap Exchange. And from 3-4 p.m., they can enjoy the illusions, magic tricks and comedy of Raleigh magician Jeff Jones.

All events are in the Children’s Alleyway near Justice, Children’s Place and Claire’s.

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