Fair Events for Youth

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Calling men, women, and children of all ages; the 85th Lee Regional Fair is taking place this coming 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.

Healthy Food Demonstrations: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center will present healthy food demonstrations in the Commercial Exhibit Hall, helping educate fairgoers on fun and easy ways to prepare delicious meals for your family. Visit Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Ashley Szilvay, to learn more about cooking fresh and local foods from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th.

The Agricultural 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.

Tobacco Looping Competition: Looping was once considered an art, where the string had to be tight enough to hold the tobacco onto the sticks while it was curing, but not so tight as to cut the leaves so they would fall off. Tobacco is looped on wooden tobacco sticks, and then hung in the barn to cure. Once the barn was loaded, a wood fire would cure the tobacco for about a week. The Adult and Youth Tobacco Looping Competitions will have three-person teams, competing to see who can string a stick of tobacco the fastest and the best. Central Carolina Antique Power & Equipment Club (C-Cape) will host this event and prizes will be sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions in Sanford. The public is invited to try their hand at looping and help fill the authentic log tobacco barn at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds. Tobacco for the contest has been grown and provided by Lee County’s own Steve Thomas Farms. This event takes place on Wednesday, September 14th beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Tobacco Tying Contest: Tobacco tying is the art of bundling multiple leaves together by banding the top stems to form a “hand”. The public is invited to help tie the tobacco into hands that has been cured in the old log tobacco barn at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds during fair week on Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 p.m. The Tobacco Tying Contest is hosted by Central Carolina Antique Power & Equipment Club (C-Cape) and prizes will be sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions in Sanford.

Are you an animal lover who 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 6:00 p.m. in the Arena Barn and the following night the Steer and Heifer Show will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Arena Barn.

4-H Traditional Latin Dance: The Magetsi 4-H Club performing a number of traditional Mexican dances, in full regalia standard for a celebration or fiesta. This performance will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the arena stage. The group is made up of Lee County students and led by Myrna Rodriguez. Magetsi 4-H Club has performed at numerous venues throughout North Carolina including the annual “La Fiesta Del Pueblo” in Raleigh.


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.