Lee Regional Fair

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Lift your spirits with light-hearted fun at this year’s Lee Regional Fair. The Sanford Lion’s Club, N.C. Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers are working hard to put together a six-day event from September 12th thru the 17th that offers something to enjoy for everyone. Rides, pageants, livestock shows, four wheelin’ mud boggin’, and pulls are only part of the line-up of attractions. The fair is a week of clean, family fun in a friendly atmosphere and it’s just around the corner.

Be sure to take in the eye-catching exhibits and colorful competitions while you get your fill of delicious fair food! The Sanford Lions Club will offer pre-sale ride bracelet and gate tickets for $21 each. These advanced tickets may be purchased at Piggly Wiggly stores and the La Cumplidora Grocery. Home schoolers can contact Pamela Kerley at 919-721- 0078 for advanced tickets as well. Ride bracelets at the fair are $20 and gate entry tickets are $8, except for $5 or 5 cans-of-food Sunday.

Agriculture interacts with and impacts us every day here in Lee County. Celebrate the very best agricultural products and livestock in the region with a visit to the education displays and livestock judging shows at the Educational Exhibit Hall. Not only will you see interesting booths from 4-H and various community groups, the hall showcases local talent in everything from artwork and pottery to tobacco and herbs. The Lee Regional Fair informs and educates the thousands of people who stroll through the Exhibit Hall about the connection between families and the foods we eat, the green spaces we enjoy and the growing places that make it all possible here in the county. At the fair, examine a cotton boll up close and see where the clothes you are wearing come from. Take in the smell of cured tobacco and realize of the importance of the agricultural industry not only to our history but to the future of our area as well.

The 2017 Lee Regional Fair Catalog details how each crop and craft can be exhibited. Show off your best-looking produce, preserves or pie! Your flowers, fruits or fancy needle craft may win you a ribbon or even prize money! There are categories for everyone! The general rules and regulations regarding fair exhibits and competitions can be found inside the cover to this year’s fair catalog included in the August 20, 2017 edition of the Sanford Herald. If you need an extra copy swing by the Lee County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension at 2420 Tramway Road in Sanford and pick one up. The catalog is also online at http://www.sanfordlionsclub.com

Minda Daughtry is Horticulture Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.