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56th annual Ag Fair begins today

Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

October 7, 2013

Carnival rides, livestock, funnel cakes oh my!


It’s that time again for Richmond County residents to attend the Richmond County Agricultural Fair.


Gates open at 4 p.m. each day. The fair runs from today through Saturday at the Richmond County Fairgrounds in Hamlet.


“The Hamlet Lions Club sponsors this event because it is the main fundraiser for all of our projects,” said Anne Wheeler, educational coordinator.


Today starts the 56th annual Richmond County Agricultural Fair that residents love to attend.


The average amount of individuals who come out to the fair every year is between 12,ooo and 15,000, said Jerry Thomas, president.


“We always have a good turnout,” said Wheeler. “However, if the weather is good we have a better turnout.”


The admission fee to the fair is $4 for those who are 6 and older. However, if you would like to enjoy any of the rides an armband in the amount of $18 will need to be purchased.


Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter free of charge, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, if they bring the ticket given to them by Richmond County public schools.


Those who attend the fair will be able to do a variety of things, including viewing various types of livestock up close, enjoying delicious food and riding fun rides.


Some of the livestock that attendees will be able to see, include goats, donkeys, ducks, chickens, turkeys and rabbits.


The rain has kind of held us up in getting some of the bigger animals,” said Bill Bayles, fair manager.


Some of the food that you will be able to chow down on include, funnel cakes, pretzels, barbecue, nachos, sausage dogs, hamburgers and hot dogs.


In the past, there have not been as many rides for residents to enjoy, but this year there will be more rides.


“There are approximately 18 rides,” said Bayles.


“We are expecting a bigger turnout this year due to the increase in the number of carnival rides,” said Thomas.


If you are interested in winning a bike, you may want to join in on the fun. Kids who attend the event will have a chance to win a bike after their ticket is entered into a drawing. There will be two bike giveaways during the duration of the fair, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. The winner does not have to be present to win.


It would be hard for you to get bored even if you attend the fair all five nights since there will be different presenters each night. On Tuesday, Tyson Pruitte, an archer, and his family will be demonstrating how to use a bow and arrow and they will have hands on activities for the kids.


Pruitte has been shooting since he was 5 years old and competing in tournaments since he was nine. He will be competing in the Archery Youth World Championship that will be held in China this month.


“We have lots of kids in Richmond County that participate in archery through Dirtroad Archery,” said Wheeler.


The fair will be open through Friday starting at 4 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m.


— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at ihunter@civitasmedia.com.