Thursday, August 8, 2013 —
The Stanly County American Legion Post 76 Agricultural Fair opened its doors Tuesday evening.
This year’s fair features farm animals such as cows, donkeys, goats, chickens and ducks, crafts and creations of local vendors and individuals, produce, games and concessions and a handful of rides, as well as local talent performing each evening. Antiques – including cars and tractors – are on display.
“This is indeed a country fair,” Staff Volunteer Ann Hudson said.
Every night features a raffle, Hudson said, and prizes include a grill and a wooden swing.
“All kinds of novelties” are for sale at the fair,” Fair Representative Pattie Huneycutt said, including produce and glass bottle Cheerwine and Sundrop.
Several vendors will give demonstrations of their talents for visitors to the fair.
“We've got weavers, beekeepers and people that sew showing you what they do,” Huneycutt said.
“We've even got a wood carver who makes carousel animals.
“Children have especially enjoyed the baby animals so far. We’ve got 11 baby pigs, and we’ve got chickens and guineas that will be hatched in the incubator this week.”
At 3 p.m. Friday, a cattle and goat show will take place, followed by a horse and mule pull at 6 p.m.
The sheep show will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the tractor pull will take place at 4 p.m.
Kristy Lynn sang on the stage Tuesday night, with Keith Byrd and the praise band Decree performing on Wednesday.
Tonight will be Karaoke night.
“Brenda Spencer won the contest last year, and she is bringing a group back,” Huneycutt said.
Blak Saturn featuring WiseGuys will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“We have been very blessed with the talent that we’ve got this week,” Huneycutt said.
The Stanly County Fairgrounds is at South Business 52, Albemarle.
“Parking at the fair costs $3, and a wristband for riding rides costs $14. Coupons for $2 off the wristbands are dispersed throughout the fair with several vendors and sponsors and will be available for as long as supplies last,” Huneycutt said.
The fair will be open 5-10 p.m. today, 3-11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
This will be the only Stanly County fair this year, Huneycutt said.
For more information about the horse or tractor pull, contact Marvin Bost at (980) 521-1302. For more information about the fair contact Tommy Alley at (704) 244-3503, Cal Massingale at (704) 985-8214 or the fairgrounds at (704) 983-2913.
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