Lee Regional Fair Is Near!

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One of the biggest events of the year in our area is the Lee Regional Fair. For one whole week, from September 11 – 16, we can all come out to take part in the carnival life. Every year I look forward to the fair. The rides, the lights and sights, the sounds and the smells, the tasty treats and the captivating competitions.

I’m sure Big Rock Amusements will astound and delight with their awesome traveling amusement park for the Midway. However, I am not so much of a rides-person as a I prefer to spend my time wandering through the educational booths in the Agricultural Exhibit Hall. There are rows upon rows of homemade jellies, canned green beans, and homemade pies. There’s everything from handmade quilts to crafts. Beautiful, original works of art from pencil to oil painting, from handcrafted pottery to photography and more.

Those of us who love the garden will relish homegrown cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins the size of the Poodles in this year’s Paw Pageant. We’ll be dazzled by fabulous flowers and foliage in hanging baskets and tabletop-sized gardens. I am always impressed by the youth and adult handler’s mastery and showmanship at the Livestock Shows. It’s great fun to step back in time with the Antique Tractors and Wheat Threshing Exhibit and the Tobacco Looping & Tying Contests.

I know I’ll enjoy the food demonstration and tastings of local foods by NCCE-Lee County FCS Agent Alyssa Anderson. The annual Cook-Offs – Cake, Pie, Tea-Cake Cookies, and Chili will be delicious. And who doesn’t want a shot at $500 from playing Cow Patty Bingo?

The exhibits at this year’s fair are a testament to hometown talent, ingenuity, and craftsmanship. Come out and celebrate the height of the summer season here in Sanford by attending the Lee Regional Fair because “Nothing Can Compare with the Lee Regional Fair.”

If you would like to enter an exhibit of your own this year you can pre-register online or register in person at the Fairgrounds September 8 and 9, from noon to 6 p.m. If you need an extra copy of this year’s fair catalog to keep track of what events are happening when and what prizes are offered, swing by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center at 2420 Tramway Road in Sanford to pick one up. The catalog is also online.

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