Fair Events for Youth

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Calling men, women, and children of all ages; the Lee Regional Fair is taking place next week  and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! The Lee Regional Fair offers more than just good food and thrilling rides for young people. There are plenty of fun and educational opportunities for everyone at the fair. Here are a few of the special youth related events coordinated by Cooperative Extension and other local youth organizations.

The Educational Exhibit Hall will be open all week and offers many opportunities for youth and adults to display their talents in a variety of areas including garden vegetables, flowers, art work, crafts, baked goods, scarecrows and much more. Educational Booths will also be set up in the exhibit hall by a number of local youth and non-profit organizations. Each of the booths present an educational message in a fun and creative format.

The Mayor’s Choice Cookie Bake-Off will be held Tuesday, September 13th and is open to youth in grades 3-12. Registration will begin at 4:45 p.m. at Educational Exhibit Hall Entrance. Cookies must include a recipe and will be judged on appearance, texture, and taste with this year’s cookie of choice being Gingerbread Cookie!

Do you have the skill and precision to master the course at The Tractor and Truck Driving Contest? Come find out on Tuesday, September 13th at the Lee Regional Fair. The event will be hosted by the Lee County High School FFA and North Carolina Cooperative Extension with registration for youth beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the ball field. The Youth Truck and Tractor competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the adult competition will begin at the conclusion of the youth competition at approximately 7:00 p.m. with registration for the adults beginning at 6:00 p.m. Participants will demonstrate safe and efficient operation of farm tractors and equipment, and demonstrate awareness and safe operation of pickup trucks. All truck driving contestants must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license. Youth and adults from surrounding counties are eligible to participate.

Are you an animal lover that would like to learn more about various local livestock and other animals right here in Lee County? If so, then these two events should be right up your alley. The Meat Goat Show will be held on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Barn and the following night the Steer and Heifer Show will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Barn.

On your mark, get set, go! Come join us for The Diaper Derby where pint sized racers compete for the crown of “Lee County’s Fastest Infant”. The Derby will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Lee County Schools Early Childhood Class at Lee Senior High with awards and prizes provided by Lee County ECA, The Sanford Lions Club and Lee County Partnership for Children. Participants must be 10 months old or younger and not yet walking. Only one adult may accompany the infant on the “race track”. Each participant is required to wear a diaper with a waterproof cover. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.

Lee County High School FFA will be host a Hay Bale Maze Saturday, September 17th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the arena barn. This event will cater to younger children and should be a great event for kids and families to participate in while learning more about agriculture in our area.


The Magetsi 4-H Club will also be presenting a Traditional Latin Dance Demonstration on Saturday evening, September 17th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Amphitheater Stage. These talented young performers specialize in a vast array of heritage dances from across Mexico and Central American.

Make sure to come out and join us at the Lee Regional Fair for these wonderful youth and family friendly events!

If you have any questions about the events listed here please call North Carolina Cooperative Extension at (919) 775-5624.

Bill Stone is County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.