Oh Boy, Here Comes the Fair!

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This summer can be best described as hot, humid, and miserable. It seems that rain has been in the forecast often, and I find myself dodging storms several times a week. I don’t mind the rain at all; it’s the heat that takes its toll. I do find myself thinking about the cooler fall weather I hope is in the near future.

Speaking of fall, it’s hard to believe it’s almost time for the 70th Annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair. Beginning Thursday, September 29, through Saturday, October 8, there will be ten big days of fun; excitement; food; carnival rides; lots of entertainment; and the traditional exhibits, contests, and livestock shows normally associated with our county fair.

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our fair, it is important to remember that, historically, the county fair has been a place where people in the community proudly displayed their handiwork. It’s a place to highlight the best of the best, and a winning ribbon still gives a person bragging rights. It also can bring some monetary reward in most categories.

I encourage you to get involved in the county fair by taking a moment to consider entering your handiwork in this year’s fair. Exhibits are one of the most interesting and educational aspects of the fair. People can stroll through the home exhibits admiring the quilts, crafts, canned goods, flowers, and hundreds of other items entered by their friends and neighbors. It is not uncommon to hear comments from fair-goers like “I made one of those this year,” or “I should have entered my jams and jellies.”

Most adults have hobbies, special interests, or collectibles that are suitable for entering in the county fair. Houseplants, potted plants, cut flowers, vegetables from the garden, sewing, needlework, quilts, clothing, cakes, cookies, pies, canned fruits or vegetables, paintings, woodwork, and antique farm items are just a small example of what might be entered in the fair. Those adults associated with farming may enter all kinds of farm products like corn, soybeans, cotton, grains, tobacco, livestock, and just about any kind of vegetable you can imagine. This is also a great opportunity to help your children or the young people you may work with to highlight their talents. Many of the same categories are also available for youth entries.

The fair is a great time to show off your talents, so I encourage you to start getting your items ready. All you have to do is take a few minutes to gather your handiwork from this year, take them to the fairgrounds prior to the fair, and enter them for judging. Specifics about rules of entering, categories, prize money, and designated times to enter your items can be found in the 2016 Fair Handbook as well as on the fair’s website (www.robesoncountyfair.com). The fair book is now available and can be picked up from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center (455 Caton Road, Lumberton). Not only will you find information about exhibits, you’ll also find a detailed schedule of events for the entire fair as well as sponsors and contact information.

For more information, please contact Christy Strickland, County Extension Director with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at Christy_Strickland@ncsu.edu, or visit our website at http://robeson.ces.ncsu.edu/. North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.