71st annual Wayne Regional Fair coming Thursday

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The 71st annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair is set to treat fair goers this year from Thursday through Oct. 5.

The traditional week of gala activities this year is being promoted as “the 10 best days of fall.”

And, again, it is being headed up by longtime veteran manager Eddie Pitzer, office manager Edythe Blanton, and dozens of others.

It is a widely known, award winning event targeted for family entertainment that pays recognition to Wayne County’s agricultural tradition.

General admission this year is $7 for ages 13 and up, $4 for children 12 and under and free for children in preschool or younger.

School tickets for Monday and Tuesday nights (free admission) are for grades K-12. There is also a $3 discount ride coupon on the back of the school tickets.

A traditional attraction is the Queen of the Fair Contest, set for 8 p.m. on Friday.

Another new attraction this year is the Wayne UNC Health Care Senior Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1. There is free admission for seniors aged 60 and up.

Flu shots and blood pressure checks will be provided.

A number of contests are scheduled, including youngest grandparent, oldest senior citizen, most recent grandparent, most grandchildren, most children, most great grandchildren, and a special award will go to the couple who has been married the longest.

There is also a senior citizens talent show that begins at 3 p.m.

The popular spelling bee is set for Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. and is open to all Wayne County Schools for students in grades 5-12.

Other fair attractions are: the Western Gunfight Show, Wagon Rides, and the Powers Great American Midways that feature 48 rides.

For $20, ride wristbands are good for any day.

There are also daily K-9 shows featuring rescue dogs and dogs with amazing tricks.

The shows are at Center Stage.

New this year is Max Nitro, performing daily near the food court area.

At the fair pavilion, the Extreme Illusions and Escape show starring Josh Knotts and Lea is a daily attraction.

The dynamic duo of Almost Amazing Rex and Dana, a magic, music and family fun attraction, also performs daily at the pavilion.

Fair goers are also reminded of the Youth Barn that features cow milking, coloring and registration to win a free bike.

It is for youngsters 5-12 years old. Two bikes will be given away on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

Other features are displays by Wayne County Master Gardeners, Vintage Farm Equipment, livestock shows and the demolition derby.

The regional fair is owned and operated by the Wayne County Livestock Development Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Fair goers may obtain other information by calling the fair office at 919-735-7277, or go online at www.waynefair.com.

The fair employs a photographer who shoots random photos daily, and anyone desiring not to have his or her picture taken must notify the fair office.

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