It’s Fair Time, Really!

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OMG! Can you believe it is about time again for the biggest party that Lee County will see this year? Consider this news article your invitation and mark your calendars now forSeptember 15-20 to attend the 78th Lee Regional Fair. No need to RSVP, just come as you are and enjoy yourself.

It may seem too early and still a little warm, but Fair organizers promise another AWARD WINNING Fair. Each day of the fair will be filled with agricultural exhibits, farm animals, entertainment, exciting midway rides, great food, and many special events for all ages.
Admission is $8 Tuesday-Saturday and $5 or five cans of food on Sunday. School age children K-12 and Seniors (65 and older) are admitted FREE on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.. Children under 36 inches will be admitted free all week. The admission fee allows fair goers to attend all special events and exhibits.

If you like riding the rides, armbands are $20 and will allow you to ride as many rides as you can handle. Or you can purchase individual ride tickets. Better yet, save a little money and purchased armbands in advance for $17 at Piggly Wiggly, and La Cumplidora. Home schoolers can contact Pamela Kerley at 919-721-0078.

As in the past the Fair will continue to showcase agriculture and youth events through its many entries in the exhibit hall, livestock barn and on the ball field. Prior to opening day, a tobacco-looping contest will be held on Saturday, September 12th at the tobacco barn. Tobacco will be hung in the barn and cured all week with a Tobacco Tying contest on Saturday, September 19th. Opening events on Tuesday will be the youth and adult truck and tractor driving competition on the ball field and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Our annual Meat Goat Show sponsored by Lee County Farm Bureau will be held Wednesday night and the Livestock Show will be held on Thursday night. C-CAPE club members will have on display various antique farm equipment and will conduct demonstrations throughout the week. The annual Diaper Derby competition is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Performing again this year will be our Magetsi 4-H Club Traditional Latino Dancers. In the antique village you visit the General Store, see a working tobacco barn and blacksmith shop, antique farm machinery demonstrations.

Cook-off contest will again be held. We start on Tuesdayfollowing the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor’s Choice Cookie Bake-Off for youth. The mayors of Sanford and Broadway and the chairman of the Lee County Commissioners will judge the cookies and hopefully samples will be left for those of us watching. Additional food contests during the week will be chili, cakes and new this year a pecan pie contest.

In additions to these events, the Lions have much more planned. Come enjoy

The one man band show, an Elephant Extravaganza, the Pork Chop Review, the drunk drivers simulation, the Embers performing, shag and line dancing lessons, an ATV mud bog, a tractor pull, the UNC dance team and cheerleading exhibition, and of course pageants for all youth age groups. On Thursday morning special hours have been set aside for childcare and pre-school visits.

If all this doesn’t get you excited, I encourage you to participate in the Fair by entering exhibits. Entries will be accepted on Saturday, Sept 12 and Sunday, from 1:00 until5:00 p.m.. Bring your prize-winning exhibits to the Agricultural Exhibit hall. Since this is a regional fair, entries can come from counties adjoining Lee County and beyond. Premium awards are great and there will also be a drawing of $250 for one youth and one adult blue ribbon exhibitor.
And you won’t go hungry at the Fair. The Lions concession stand will return with those “fried delights”, popcorn, peanuts, drinks and ice cream. The Lions kitchen will be cranking out the food and of course there will be many midway vendors.

The Lee Regional Fair just keeps getting better each year. Be sure to check the Sanford Lions Club webpage for updates as we get closer to the Fair. Watch for the Fair catalog, which will be distributed through the Sanford Herald this week. Additional copies can be picked up at the Extension Center on Tramway Road or at businesses around town that support the Fair.

The Lee Regional Fair has much to offer for both the young and young at heart. There will be plenty of food, rides, music, commercial exhibits, games and prizes for all. The Lions are working hard to get the fairgrounds in tiptop shape and as always this year’s fair promises to be another exciting event. Come see why the Lee Regional Fair is an “Award Winning Fair.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
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